August 2015  

    2016 Chapter Elections

    Survey: 2016 OCASLA Elections (click here to access)

    Please take a moment and vote on your candidates for the Ohio Chapter ASLA Executive Committee. Voting is open until Thursday, September 17th at 5pm. All of these elected positions will take effect immediately following the ASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO in Chicago (Tuesday, November 10th). 

    You must be a registered OCASLA member to vote and you must login to to vote. Once you are logged in, click on the "Survey" link to vote on the candidates.

    If you have questions please contact

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    Knowlton School 2015 Mentor Program

    2015 Mentor Program

    The Knowlton School Alumni Society invites you to become a mentor!

    As a mentor, you will serve as the link between career goals and realities of the business world for a group of young professionals. 

    The mission of the mentor program is to foster an exchange of professional ideas, friendship and expertise among Knowlton students and professionals in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and city and regional planning. The program matches Knowlton students (mentees) with experienced professionals (mentors) for guidance and support, while offering mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with future leaders.

    We are seeking individuals from the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning. It is NOT required that mentors are Ohio State alumni.

    Learn more about the Mentor Program at


    Registration for the 2015-16 program is now open. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please register by September 8, 2015.

    Register to become a mentor!


    Contact Karin Gillund, Alumni and Events Coordinator.

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    Celebrate 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University

    100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University

    1915 - 2015

    We invite you to join us for a celebration of 100 years:
    8-10 October 2015

    Dear Alumni and Friends,

    Celebrations are in order: LArch turns 100!

    Please join us for Homecoming. The parties, exhibition, studio visits, parade and tailgate promise to be loads of fun! Starting on Thursday 8 October and lasting throughSaturday 10 October, we will celebrate the program, its students and faculty. This “once in a lifetime” event will give you a chance to revisit academic memories, meet current students and faculty, and let us know how you are doing.

    In an effort to tell the story of landscape architecture at OSU, we are seeking reminiscences, projects, sketches, and photographs from alumni and friends. Please make sure to contribute to this effort through the electronic questionnaire below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Alumni and Events Coordinator, Karin Gillund, at or 614-247-5409.

    Spring 2016 will bring two more happenings: a landscape architecture symposium 3–5 March, followed by a great LABASH organized by SCASLA and the very energetic class of 2016 on 7–9 April! We will keep you informed as we finalize the program.

    We look forward to seeing you at Knowlton in October!


    Dorothée Imbert
    Professor and Section Head


    Link  to Electronic Questionaire

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National E-News: August 5, 2015

    Governance and Administration

    • On Monday, President Richard Zweifel, FASLA, President-Elect Chad Danos, FASLA, and EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, met with their counterparts from the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association at AIA’s headquarters to discuss common issues and objectives, closer collaboration, and current and future initiatives. The group agreed to focus joint initiatives on the issue of the built environment and public health.


    • The ASLA Nominating Committee will convene during the upcoming annual meeting to prepare the 2016 national officer slate. (See more in yesterday’s LAND.) The committee requests your help now in identifying potential candidates for the following offices:
    • 2017 President-Elect
    • 2017–2018 Vice President, Finance
    • 2017–2018 Vice President, Membership

    o    2017–2018 Vice President, Professional Practice.


    • The Council of Fellows biennial election for executive committee officers is now open until Friday, August 21.   All active Fellows should refer to COF Chair Jacobson’s message on July 20 with candidate information and a link to the electronic ballot. Contact Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, if you need assistance.


    • Green roof visitors have been numerous in the last few weeks. They’ve included 26 international environmental studies students and their professors from Kansas State University; 13 art students and their lead teaching artist from Maryland; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.; as well as others from Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Toronto, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri.


    • Surveyors and engineers have been in and out of the building and courtyard looking at building systems and structural elements as part of the redesign.  


    Finance, Meetings, and Publishing

    • CFO Mike O’Brien and the Accounting staff are closing July this week and will report to the Executive Committee on August 19 during the monthly conference call and to the Finance and Investments Committee on August 20.


    • Registration for the Chicago annual meeting stands at 2,793 as of last Friday, with revenues for registration and ticket sales at 74 percent against theannual budgeted goal. Thehotel room blockis at 78 percent sold. Book now as rooms are going fast and don’t forget about the discount for booking within the block!


    Resource Development


    Government Affairs

    • On July 30, the U.S. Senate passed a six-year surface transportation bill by a vote of 65-34. The bill includes three major legislative accomplishments for ASLA: continuing the critical Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP); including the Highway BEE Act language championed by ASLA; and establishing a national Complete Streets policy. ASLA is celebrating these important victories and also preparing to secure these wins in the House version of a multi-year surface transportation bill. The House is expected to begin consideration on a measure when it returns from August recess in early fall. Now is a good time to tell your member of Congress to support active transportation in any new surface transportation bill.


    • Last week, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bipartisan provision was included in a broader energy bill, which will be considered by the full Senate after the summer congressional recess. With less than 70 days until LWCF expires on September 30, ASLA will continue its work with coalition partners and congressional champions to get this breakthrough agreement signed into law.


    • Last week, Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell met with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR) and representatives from the other design professions, including American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Trust for Historic Preservation to discuss ideas for legislation addressing community design and development.


    • Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason participated in the National Complete Streets Coalition annual strategy meeting, which provided an opportunity to review the coalition’s work in 2014-2015, discuss areas of importance to the Complete Streets movement, and identify opportunities to optimize the coalition’s value beyond 2015.


    • The ASLA Licensure & Advocacy Grant Program is currently accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The grant program provides financial assistance to chapters working to promote and defend practice act licensure across the United States. The program also assists chapters that are active (or plan to be active) in any ASLA state or local advocacy efforts, including defending the right to practice from local challenges. The FY 2016 application guidelines include: eligibility requirements, matching funds requirements, grant guidelines, grant selection criteria, and application schedule. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 30. For more information on this program, please email Government Affairs Legislative Analyst Leighton Yates or call 202-216-7841.


    • LARE Prep review sessions offers exam candidates an array information to prepare for the exam, from hands-on vignettes, multiple choice structure, to project management, contracts, and codes and land use regulations. If your chapter is conducting an upcoming review session, please contact ASLA Government Affairs to include the session on the ASLA Prep for LARE webpage as an additional resource for future candidates to develop their knowledge and skills needed to pass the various sections of the LARE.


    Public Relations and Communications

    • Director Terry Poltrack served on the jury to choose a winner of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards’ Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition. The goal was to use any medium of choice to explain the health, safety, and welfare benefits, particularly the last, that the landscape architects bring to the general public. The winner will be announced next week.
    • ASLA staff helped a Total Landscape Care writer connect yesterday with James Coffman, ASLA, for an article on xeriscaping.
    • As part of the ongoing Public Awareness campaign, on September 18, ASLA encourages students and professionals alike to participate PARK(ing) Day! Share pictures of your parklet on social media with #ASLAPD, and it could be featured in a congratulatory ad in Landscape Architecture Magazine.
    • The web team is working to constantly improve the readability of Site fonts have been increased to 13 pt. Helvetica, with an additional update to the link style coming this week.
    • Pick-ups: The Dirt was featured in Wired’s roundup of blogs that explain “the secrets of how cities work,” with a very positive shout-out to the profession; summer intern Liz Camuti covered the launch of the report Cities Safer by Design at the World Resources Institute (WRI); more Dirt posts have been republished at The Huffington Post; Planetizen featured a Dirt post on walkability apps, and ArchNewsNow covered a post on Charles Jenck’s new Crawick Multiverse, a new report on safer streets, and a review of the new book Roads Are Not for Cars.


    Member and Chapter Services

    • Today’s membership total is 15,341 (see details below):


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    Deadlines and Reminders

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    2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

    The AIA Ohio Valley Region, including AIA Indiana, AIA Kentucky and AIA Ohio, along host chapter AIA Columbus, is pleased to announce that this year's Ohio Valley Region Convention will be held in Columbus, Ohio, at the new Downtown Hilton Hotel.  The conference, planned for October 11-13, will bring together more than 350 architects and allied professionals from around the region for three days of programs and activities.

    Read more by clicking here.

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    OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

    Please click here to current postings.

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    Classified Ads


    Landscape Designer

    Location: Headquarters
    Job Code: 41
    # of Openings: 0


    Extremely creative person sought to be part of our award winning Landscape Architect and Design team. This position will work alongside our senior Landscape Designers to complete site studies and create base plans, planting plans, grading plans, lighting plans, and final master plans for high end residential and specialty commercial clientele. Hand drawing and CAD experience desired. Ideal candidate will also be asked to assist with design/construction details and 2-dimensional color rendered elevation sketches.

    Education/Experience Required:
    This position requires a Landscape Architecture degree and certificate and or Landscape Design certificate. Must have fine art or graphic design skills. 1-5 years experience is preferred, but not mandatory in designing residential landscapes. Ideal candidate will have a thorough knowledge of Ohio native plant material, Auto CAD and Sketch Up. In addition to proper training and education, obvious artistic ability and creativity must be apparent. Knowledge in artistic landscape lighting and irrigation is a plus. Design and fine art portfolio will be required throughout the interview process to verify level of competence.  


    • Medical, Dental & Vision
    • Short term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Profit Sharing
    • 401 K
    • Education and Training Programs



    • Vacation & Holiday Pay
    • Company Picnics and Meetings with Breakfasts or Lunches
    • Awards Banquets
    • Discount Major League Sporting Tickets



    • Competitive & Negotiable


    • Under the general direction of the Director of Planning & Operations, the position is responsible for assisting in all areas of the design process as it pertains to park planning as directly related to agency park development, conservation and preservation goals.

       POSITION REQUIREMENTS: this position minimally requires the following:


    • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or Civil Engineering related fields with a minimum of one to five (1-5) years of related experience.

    • Professional registration and/or state licensure as a landscape architect, planner or civil engineer is preferred but not required.


    • Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License and maintain a good driving record.

    • Must obtain and/or be able to maintain Park District approved first aid and CPR certification.

    • This is a confidential position, requiring the ability to maintain confidentiality at all times. This position must be able to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the agency.

       ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: includes the following; Other related duties may also be assigned as determined by the Director of Planning & Operations.

    • Responsible for assisting the Director of Planning & Operations in the identification and implementation of the department’s annual plan of operation.
    • Responsible for assisting the Director of Planning & Operations in the preparation of the departmental budget.
    • Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, strategic plans, along with all phases of individual project development including but not limited to conceptual design, master planning, design development, cost estimating, construction document preparation, public bidding, construction administration, and field representation.
    • Assist in the administration of grants.
    • Prepares presentation level graphic plans and supporting documentation utilizing ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Programs.
    • Assists in developing and maintaining departmental operating standards for graphic development programs including ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Programs.
    • May prepare and deliver presentations to the Board of Park Commissioners and public groups, such as civic organizations, boards, user groups, the general public and Park District staff.
    • Assists in the administration of outside contracts for all phases of the project design process including but not limited to; professional surveying, geotechnical investigations, wetland delineations, project design and construction document preparation, construction and various other professional services.
    • Assists in the coordination and acquisition of all required permits and regulatory agency reviews including but not limited to GSWCD, OEPA, USACE, and other regulatory agency reviews.


    Please forward resumes and porfolios to:  Geauga Park District, Attn:  Matthew McCue, Director of Planning & Operations;  9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, OH 44024


    Commercial Sales Representative Columbus, OH

    Unilock, the leading manufacturer of concrete paving stones and retaining walls, has an immediate opening for a Commercial Sales Representative. The primary role will be to secure Unilock product specifications for commercial, industrial and municipal projects.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Consult with engineering, architectural, and landscape architectural professionals in both the private and public sector to develop Unilock specifications
    • Organize and execute Unilock presentations to design professionals and owners
    • Assist the designers/project management team to generate their specification documents and technical drawings
    • Advise design professionals in the proper selection and specification of products
    • Maintain and grow sales and specifications of Unlock proprietary products
    • Meet and exceed annual sales budgets and continually increase market share 
    • Develop strong relationships with design professionals and national accounts
    • Network at association trade shows, meetings and conferences
    • Become the go-to-person for hardscape/SRW solutions in our category.



    • Candidate must reside in the Columbus area
    • 3-5 years successful sales experience, preferably in the specifying community
    • College degree preferably in a design capacity
    • Knowledge of the commercial specification and construction process.
    • A hunter who seeks new opportunities
    • Innovative thinker with excellent organizational skills and business acumen
    • High sense of urgency and goal driven with a need to win attitude
    • Commitment to providing excellent client service
    • Exceptional oral, written, and computer skills
    • Sound problem solving skills to effectively handle customer objections and questions
    • Comfortable with public speaking.


    Our organization offers an excellent career opportunity with competitive salary, incentives, vehicle, profit sharing, 401K and comprehensive benefit package.

    Join the industry leader and become part of an organization with a fast paced work environment, commitment to growth and helping our employees succeed in their careers and realize their ambitions.

    Please visit us at for more information regarding our organization.

    Applicants should forward resume to:


    Cincinnati Restructures Development Services – Hiring Begins Immediately for Zoning Plan Examiners

    On the direction of City Manager Harry Black, the City of Cincinnati is embarking on a significant restructuring of its Development Review services. 

    To effect the changes necessary, Zoning Administration is being reestablished within the Building Department, complementing the Building Inspection and Code Enforcement Divisions.  Beginning immediately the City has begun the process to implement a plan several months in the making, to improve upon development review services.  Zoning Administration shall be the central location for review, guidance interpretation and compliance concerns, including those reviews within Historic Districts.

    Hiring has now commenced for new Zoning Plan Examiner positions.  Qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to analyze site developments for zoning and overlay district compliance, execute effective project management skills, provide exceptional customer service and collaborate with city staff and customers to enable quality development solutions meeting the intent of the City’s development standards. 


    You may review the listing through the City of Cincinnati’s website, OR

    Review the job link is BELOW – Application deadline is August 5.

    Please review examples of work carefully here:

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