October 2015  

    OCASLA Pledges to Support Branch Out Columbus

    A new report shows that Columbus needs to plant 300,000 trees in the next three years to recover from damage caused by insects and severe weather. Some areas have less than 15% tree canopy cover and are in desperate need of new plantings. 

    On September 15, 2015, the City of Columbus launched the Branch Out Columbus campaign, whose goal is to plant 300,000 trees throughout the city by 2020. OCASLA President Carmine Russo signed the pledge at the Campaign Kick-Off Event. View the pledge by clicking this link.


    Read the press release by clicking this link.

    To learn how you can volunteer, please contact OCASLA Buckeye Section Chair Ashley Solether at

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    Knowlton School Fall 2015 Baumer Lecture Series: Energies

    Metaphorical energies power architectural discourse just as literal energy powers buildings, cities and landscapes. The autumn 2015 Baumer lecture series aims to address both the metaphorical and literal understanding of energies. The series brings together architects, landscape architects, planners while adding to this typical cast of characters an artist, a physician and an engineer. All of these speakers play significant roles in developing visions for the contemporary world. Metaphorically they will bring new enthusiasms, new energies, to debates and discussions around the Knowlton School.

    This autumn’s Baumer series also addresses energies in a literal way. While the ubiquity and invisibility of energy risks making it ordinary, the speakers this fall will make the relationship of energy and design specific; they will demonstrate its richness and render it vital. They will show us more than how energy is relevant to design, but how design is relevant to energy.

    All lectures are free and open to the public. Unless noted, lectures begin at 5:30 p.m in the Gui Auditorium (Knowlton Hall 250).

    For more information, visit

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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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    Surgeon General's Call to Action on Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities

    Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle. The Surgeon General aims to increase walking across the nation by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll.

    Watch the webcast archive for the launch of this important Call To Action that offers strategies for increasing walking and walkable communities for people of all ages and abilities.

    For more information about the larger effort, you can visit the Surgeon General’s website at: or you can visit the website of the coalition that is forming to collaborate on efforts to increase walking and walkability at: EveryBody Walk Collaborative!

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National E-News: September 2, 2015


    Governance and Administration


    • ASLA was presented with the 2015 SmartCEO Healthiest Company Award yesterday. ASLA was also the recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer Award in 2014.


    • President-Elect Chad Danos, FASLA, EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, and Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, recently spent the day with senior staff filling the volunteer committee openings. This year, for the first time, an emphasis was put on adding emerging professionals to committees.  Committee liaisons will be reaching out to new and returning members over the next few weeks.


    • Immediate Past President Mark Focht, FASLA, visited the West Virginia University LA program in Morgantown earlier last week. Activities included meetings with faculty, staff, and students, as well as studio critiques, and a public lecture on landscape architecture which included ASLA’ s national priorities and programs, and green infrastructure overall.  Focht also attended a reception and dinner with members of the West Virginia Chapter. He is accompanied by Daniel Martin, sales director for Permaloc. Permaloc is financially supporting university visits to connect ASLA leadership and students.


    • EVP Somerville was in San Francisco presenting on the Chinatown Green Street project at the One Water Leadership Summit with Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason. Also part of the plenary session were Mami Hara, ASLA, Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Water Department and Kevin Roberts Perry, ASLA, principal of Urban Rain/Design.


    • The ASLA green roof is featured on the website EcoBuilding Pulse, an online publication that’s part of Hanley Wood publications. Titled “Four Stunning Green Roof Designs in the Nation’s Capital,” the videographers did a great job capturing the roof’s beauty and included still photos below the videos. Note the trumpet vine now in full bloom, after about, oh, 10 years in the making.


    • ASLA staff held another planning session for [Park]ing Day. Later in the day, Secretary Millay and Manager Debbie Steinberg, ASLA, met with representatives from the (D.C.) Mayor’s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) who are creating a parklet one block east of ASLA in front of the Chinese Community Church.  ASLA and OAPIA will collaborate to promote the cluster of parklets.


    • Corporate Secretary Millay and Manager Kelli Bland continue to work with CadmiumCD to develop an online submission system for the next Council of Fellows nomination cycle, which will be ready when the call for 2016 nominations opens in late September 2015.  Lists of eligible members for each chapter will be sent to chapter presidents and chapter fellows committee chairs in mid-September.  Please contact Millay with names of chapter fellow chairs if you have not done so.  More information to come soon on the new online system.


    Finance, Publishing, and Meetings


    • CFO Mike O’Brien is closing out August 2015 and will report the results to the Executive Committee and the Finance and Investments Committee later this month. 


    • Registration for the Chicago annual meeting stands at 3,162, with revenues for registration and ticket sales at 84 percent against theannual budgeted goal. Thehotel room blockis at 82 percent sold. 


    • Ball State University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin are all recruiting students to volunteer during the Chicago meeting. The Student Volunteer Program started in 2008 and is open to schools with accredited landscape architecture programs and/or ASLA student chapters in or around the annual meeting host city.


    • To date, 20 schools have signed up to participate in the Alumni Tailgate. Scheduled for Saturday, November 7 from 4:30-6:00 pm, this year’s event will take place on the EXPO floor and will feature food, drink, and fun tailgate games, plus prizes for the best school spirit, best decorated space, and the best “throw-back” jersey. Participating schools to date include: Arizona State University; The University of Arizona; Auburn University; Ball State University; College of Environmental Design, Berkeley; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Clemson University; University of Colorado, Denver; University of Georgia; University of Idaho; University of Illinois; Iowa State University; Kansas State University; University of Kentucky; State University of New York; Pennsylvania State University; Purdue University; Virginia Tech; and the University of Wisconsin. Contact Meetings and Special Programs Manager Kelli Bland to sign up.  


    Resource Development


    • Donations for the Center stand at $829,135. ASLA met again this week with a representative of the Nature Conservancy working on their urban conservation program to explore how the two organizations can work together on the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project. The ASLA website is being updated to highlight opportunities for donating to the ASLA Fund and the charitable programs it supports including the new ASLA Annual Fund, the campaign for the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture, the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project and the new ASLA Fund Heritage Circle, which encourages friends of ASLA to include the Fund in their estate plans.


    Government Affairs


    • Manager Cason and Analyst Leighton Yates met with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ government relations team, which provided an opportunity to learn about ASCE’s legislative agenda, discuss future advocacy engagement and collaboration on transportation, green infrastructure, pollinators, and conservation issues.


    • Manager Cason and Analyst Yates also met with the staff of Representatives Jeff Denham (CA) and Alcee Hastings (FL) to lay out a legislative strategy for the Highway BEE Act during the House surface transportation deliberations this fall.


    • Director Roxanne Blackwell met with congressional staff from Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s (OR) office to discuss legislative proposals that would address the planning and designing of resilient communities.  She also met with the staff of Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO) to discuss ASLA’s concerns for her Roads Not Roses legislation, which would eliminate the vegetation management category of the Transportation Alternatives Program. Blackwell is working with the staff to secure an in-district meeting with the congresswoman and ASLA members of the Prairie Gateway and St. Louis Chapters to further discuss the importance of the program to the profession and provide local project examples.


    • The Indiana Chapter presented its case for licensure at a hearing of the Jobs Creation Committee. Earlier this year the committee recommended deregulation of landscape architecture and engineering but voted 4-1 to rescind the recommendation and maintain the licensure following the presentation!  A similar vote was held for engineers earlier that day. The one “no” vote indicated he thought that there should be one license category that applies to landscape architects, engineers, and architects. 


    • 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, September 30. For more information on this program, please email Analyst Leighton Yates or call 202-216-7841.


    Public Relations and Communications



    • A series of Dirtposts on what apps landscape architects use has been read more than 8,000 times in two weeks. Visit the blog and use “apps” in the search to view them.


    • The Dirt Editor Jared Green worked with Duane Border, ASLA, Southern California Chapter president-elect, to craft a response to the news that architect Frank Gehry would be creating a new master plan for the Los Angeles River. PR Manager Karen Grajales has promoted the response widely among media, with the first pick-ups from architectural news sites ArchNewsNow and Dezeen.


    •   ArchNewsNow featured a Dirt review of the new book Beauty Redeemed.


    • Staff sent chapter presidents and presidents-elect, along with the current roster of volunteers, a thank you for their work with national on public outreach as part of the ongoing Public Awareness campaign. The note also reminded them each to assign a representative to attend the fifth annual summit this January.


    Member and Chapter Services


    •   Today’s membership total is 15,169 (see details below):


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    Full Member








    Student Affiliate





    Education Programs and LAAB


    • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System ™ (LA CES™) has 212 active providers offering 1,711 courses. There are no new provider applications pending review.


    Professional Practice


    • On August 27, the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN hosted the Online Learning presentation Practical Considerations for Play Activities and Risk Management in Design of Natural Play & Learning Environments, which offered 1.0 PDH and was presented by Susan Jacobson, FASLA, Teresa Hendy, and Michelle Mathis, ASLA. Fifty-three attendees participated in the webinar. The recording is available through the catalogue of recorded presentations.


    • ASLA has released and published a new LATIS paper, "Suburban Street Stormwater Retrofitting: An introduction to Improving Residential Rights-of-Way.” This technical manual, written by Andrew Fox, ASLA, and Jim Cooper, ASLA, introduces readers to design and implementation strategies for stormwater retrofitting within suburban street rights-of-way. As a benefit of membership, ASLA members receive complimentary access and may purchase and take the self-study exam to earn 1.5 PDH (LA CES). Click the link for additional information and a list of available LATIS papers. 


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    2015 Green Industry Conference - Louisville, KY - Oct. 21-23

    The Green Industry Conference takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, October 21-23, 2015. Please visit the website at  for more information about the GIC. 

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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


    The City of Westerville, Ohio is accepting applications for a Parks and Facilities Development Manager (Landscape Architect) to lead an exciting program of park and recreation facility planning and construction in the nationally-recognized Westerville Parks and Recreation Department.

    The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department is a four-time recipient of the National Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) for excellence in park and recreation administration. The department is also nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). With these prestigious distinctions, the department is seeking a motivated, talented and experienced individual to continue our tradition of award-winning services and parks and facilities.

    The vision is clear: Westerville has adopted an expansive Parks, Recreations & Open Spaces (PROS) Master Plan with major programming and facility development. The PROS plan, an overall blueprint of the vision and planning of the parks, facilities and programming for the department, is funded through a dedicated income tax source specific for community parkland/green space development and recreational services.

    Through PROS, the department is committed to expanding the bike and walkway recreational trail system; creating adventure recreation opportunities, including an edge/adventure park; improving and enhancing existing neighborhood parks; and expanding the Westerville Community Center, which includes the relocation of the older adult center to the community center.

    This position will be responsible for all facets of park development, including overall project management; discussion with community members at inception; preparing community presentations; preparing sketches and graphic representations; creating construction documents including drawings and specifications; developing cost estimates, schedules, and budgets; preparing and administering consultant and public construction contracts and providing observation during construction.

    The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about a career in park planning, demonstrates knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture and exhibits exemplary interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain collaborative and healthy working relationships, both internally and externally. Individual must possess a landscape certificate, B.L.A. or M.L.A. degree or completion of comparable studies in a program certified by the State of Ohio Board of Architects, Landscape Architecture Technical Committee; and, a current professional Landscape Architect license issued by the State of Ohio, Department of Consumer Affairs. The ability to conceptualize and convey ideas graphically through various mediums including; hand-drawings, AutoCad, In Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, MS, Google, Arch Map GIS and Adobe is critical in facilitating the execution of project development. Creative, knowledgeable and innovative individuals are encouraged to apply.

    Please apply online to Only online applications will be accepted.


    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

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