September 2014  

    Register today for the 2014 OCASLA Fall Educational + Gala

    The Ohio Chapter of ASLA is proud to present the 2014 OCASLA Fall Educational + GALA. This event is in its third year, and will take place in Columbus where we will see many exciting urban renewal and downtown waterfront projects. Participants will receive 4 LACES CEU's that attend the educational portion of the day.

    Tour information coming soon in Tour Packet. Participants may choose to attend both the educational tours and the GALA or only one of the events. 

    Accommodations available at 1 Hyatt Regency Columbus:
    **No special room rates available. Space is limited, so book early.

    For more information and to register, click meeting link here.

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    2015 OCASLA Elections

    Survey: 2015 OCASLA Elections (click here to access)


    The 2015 Ohio Chapter of ASLA elections are now open for all current members. Voting is open until Thursday, September 25th at 5pm. All of these elected positions will take effect immediately following the ASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO in Denver (Tuesday, November 25th). Please take a moment and vote on your candidates for the Ohio Chapter ASLA Executive Committee.

    Write-In's for each position are accepted and positions which are open are also open for write-in's. If you have questions please contact

    All positions up for election contain a drop down menu for selection of your preferred candidate. If the intent is to write-in a candidate, please select the Write-In drop down, then use the open box below to type your response.

    Each position is numbered reflecting Article 8, Executive Committee and Officers, the roles and responsibilities included in the Ohio Chapter By-laws, which can be found on our website here.

    *You must be a registered Ohio Chapter ASLA member to vote*

    Thank you for your time! 

    OCASLA Executive Committee

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    OCASLA Dues Increase for 2015

    The OCASLA Executive Committee has approved an in-state dues increase from $95 to $100 for the 2015 Renewals. The increase will begin to take effect with the October 1, 2014 renewals. These valuable funds will assist the Chapter in upholding the standards of licensure.

    The OCASLA in-state dues have not been raised in the past 10 years, and during this time there have been attempts to deregulate landscape architecture in Ohio. The OCASLA has been an important part of fighting off those attempts and continues to uphold licensure by participating in activities such as the ASLA Advocacy Day. The additional dues will go towards an In-state Lobby Day modeled off of national's Advocacy Day as well as potential consultation with a Lobbyist.

    PLEASE NOTE: This additional $5 per member will be deposited in the OCASLA Lobby Account. Therefore, a total of $15 dollars of your $100 will be for lobbying efforts and will not be tax deductible.



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    Kent State University – College of Architecture & Environmental Design Welcomes its First Student Class

    Kent State University – College of Architecture & Environmental Design welcomed its first student class in its inaugural graduate landscape architecture program. The program is the third graduate program located in downtown Cleveland; it joins architecture and urban design, and all are housed with the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The program has an urban focus and will concentrate on issues of ecological systems, infrastructures, urban infill, and community redevelopment strategies.

    Our Cleveland campus will facilitate research opportunities for students and faculty that present the cultural and natural resources of the region as the framework for the future of practice. We have a core faculty that includes: Dr. Reid Coffman (plants, ecological systems, and the Novel Ecology Design Lab), Dr. Ellen Sullivan (theory, history, representation, and design studios), and Charles Frederick, ASLA/RLA/LEEP AP (construction technologies, environmental planning, geospatial technology, and design studios). The program will have direct involvement with the other CAED programs from interdisciplinary studios to integrated workshops (landscape patterning, novel geospatial technologies, and digital fabrication). Our first cohort of students have diverse backgrounds and all are committed to the future of northeast Ohio. Please welcome our first students into the Ohio ASLA community.

    Jessie Hawkins, Olmsted Falls,Ohio

    As a Cleveland native, it has become my passion to see the redemption of the Rustbelt. The magnetism that attracted me to CAED’s graduate landscape architecture program was the diverse range of faculty, its urban setting and ultimately the opportunity it presents the City of Cleveland. I could not be more excited about the inception of the program and am honored to be a part of it!

    Conner Karakul, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

    I am studying landscape architecture in Cleveland because I believe that it is a microcosm of societal and environmental issues around the globe. This city shows a unique resilience and passion that provides innovative approaches to the challenges of today. This city has a powerful role in leading the rustbelt revolution

    Elliot Killen, Warren, Ohio

    I am motivated and inspired to enhance my professional skills and to advance the field of landscape architecture. I want to focus on improving our shared environment, while challenging myself and others. I want to take on new perspectives and eventually become a leader in the field.

    Adrian Marti, Lakewood, Ohio

    This program is incredibly interesting and unique in that it provides tools that can truly transform our understanding of our relationship to the world, I am excited to study with a focus on the health and conservation of our Great Lakes, to address issues of anthropogenic climate change, and how our cities can be designed that confront contemporary urban issues.

    Reuben D. Shaw II, Warren, Ohio

    Landscape architecture combines my passions for nature, art, and design with the ability to give back to the community. Growing up in a post-industrial city I have seen the need for revitalization, with hard work and the knowledge I gain from CAED MLA program I can contribute towards the region’s future.

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    Secretary of the Interior to present at National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

    Join her at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation
    October 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2014 -- Conference organizers are delighted to announce that Sally Jewell, the United States Secretary of the Interior, will present a keynote address at the mid-day plenary of the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC) on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

    Secretary Jewell will share with Workshop participants her strategic insight into how managing at the landscape scale offers solutions to the significant conservation challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. She will bring to the task her wide-ranging experience as a working scientist, a corporate CEO and a member of the President's Cabinet. 

    As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation's lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013. In nominating Jewell, President Obama said, "She is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future. She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country. She knows the link between conservation and good jobs. She knows that there's no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand."

    Join Interior Secretary Jewell and hundreds of other large landscape conservation leaders and practitioners at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation,October 23 and 24, in Washington, D.C. The NWLLC will showcase conservation innovation and landscape scale solutions across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors – from our urban centers to our wildest places.

    To get the best conference rates, register at by Sept. 22.

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    COLUMBUS DESIGN WEEK[S] 2014 - Sept. 21 - Oct. 11

    The Center for Architecture and Design (The Center) promotes local design all year through its role as a design hub within the city. Design Week[s] is an annual festival focused on connecting the public to design through a series of unique programs geared towards celebrating, educating and inspiring in an effort to get people talking about the unique role that design plays in Columbus.

    Design Week[s]‘ events fall into two categories: events organized by the Columbus Center for Architecture and Design, and Contributor events organized by other Columbus institutions and organizations. Click HERE for more details....

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    Columbus Area: Great Placemakers Lab, Sept. 16-19

    Join Columbus professionals and grassroots activators at the Great Placemakers Lab, Sept. 16-19 in Columbus! APA/AIA/ASLA/Ohio Realtors credit – up to 20 hours – is available. One-day prices are $130 or partake in the full 3.5 days for $360.

    Great Placemakers Lab is a 3.5-day workshop focused on the facets that make neighborhoods great. 
    The full schedule is here:
    Register here:
    If you have questions, contact us at

    What’s different about this conference if you already think you KNOW Columbus? First, you’ll get to work directly with nationally known author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time” Jeff Speck. Jeff is leader on smart growth and sustainable design, and in three different opportunities Wednesday, Sept. 17, you’ll have a chance to apply Jeff’s knowledge to your project or neighborhood’s challenge. Speck know the value proposition of sustainable development; and he’s coming to Columbus to help local pros asses the state of where we stand in the fight for sustainability in our current work. You’ll leave with advice and examples of how to propel work on sustainable development.

    Learn from regionally and nationally known "placemakers" to understand how to maximize the people, places and political power you need to advance your own community. Jim Diers is a nationally known speaker and activist who for more for many years empowered neighborhoods throughout Seattle to become more engaged, and more empowered.  Now let him share his secrets with you in his half-day workshop, Wednesday September 17.

    And Thursday, tour four different Columbus neighborhoods at varying levels of maturity in their preservation and development processes. Go out in the field with experts to explore German Village, Short North, Franklinton and Weinland Park – each with its own unique comeback story.

    And this conference brings together Columbus neighborhood grassroots leaders with the professionals as we all learn from each other!

    Tuesday, September 16                Welcome Reception
    Wednesday, September 17           Track-based workshops and seminars
    Thursday, September 18               Experiential learning in Columbus neighborhoods
    Friday, September 19                    Walkability Summit featuring the latest practices

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    SITES Fundamentals Webinar Series


    The SITES Fundamentals webinar series, beginning on September 10, will present research, instruction, tips, and strategies for navigating the SITES v2 Rating System. Cost: $55/each or $395/series
    This 9-part series will closely examine the new SITES v2 Rating System: For Sustainable Land Design and Development. A range of topics will be discussed, such as restoring soils, managing stormwater, using native and appropriate vegetation, exploring the life cycle of materials, and designing a project in order to maximize its human health and well-being potential.
    For more information and registration, click here.

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    ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo, Nov. 21-24

    2014 OCASLA Annual Meeting & Expo

    Where: Denver, Colorado 
    When: November 21-24 
    Registration webpage:

    The registration rate will increase after October 17th.

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    Check the OCASLA Events Page Regularly for CEU's + Networking

    OCASLA has several Chapter and Allied Organization's events from across the state listed on the Events Page.

    New events are added weekly, several of which provide CEU opportunities - so check in regularly for updates! 

    Current Section events that are listed include: The Gathering of the Green Industry in the Western Reserve Section, Buckeye Section Happy Hours and Native Plant Strategies for Drought in the Miami Section.

    Current Allied events that are listed include the ONLA Educational Series and the ASLA Online Learning Series

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E- Express: September 3, 2014

    Governance and Administration

    • President Mark Focht, FASLA, is spending two days visiting the landscape architectural program as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as guest of Cameron Rodman, Student ASLA, National Student Representative.  President Focht will attend three studios with Department Chair Gale Fulton, give a lecture on the Philadelphia’s innovative stormwater management program to the College of Architecture and Design, lead a workshop on green infrastructure, and meet informally with students.
    • President-Elect Dick Zweifel, FASLA, will meet with senior staffon Friday, September 5, to finalize committee appointments.  ASLA officers and staff will contact new and reappointed committee chairs and members over the next few weeks.  New appointments will take effect following the annual meeting in Denver.
    • EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, CFO Mike O’Brien, Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, and Editor-in-Chief Brad McKee met recently with Gensler to get preliminary cost estimates on the ASLAheadquarters building redesign and identified areas that require clarification and further research. Next steps include a building appraisal, a mechanical/electrical/plumbing assessment, code consultant review of egress issues/options, and zoning attorney review of site easements and covenants.  
    • EVP Somerville met with new APA Executive Director Jim Drinan and APA’s Managing Director of Research David Rouse, ASLA, last week to discuss ongoing and potential ASLA and APA collaborations. 


    Government Affairs

    •  ASLA, along with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, signed onto a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation urging it to include public health considerations in the transportation planning rule. In MAP-21, Congress directed that planning processes shall consider projects and strategies that will increase safety and security of non-motorized users, and protect and enhance quality of life. The letter points out that public health issues are fundamental to quality of life issues and should be considered in transportation planning.
    • Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason and Legislative Analyst Leighton Yates met with representatives from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to discuss continued efforts related to a potential green infrastructure expo this spring. The expo will unite ASLA and various stakeholders in the stormwater and green infrastructure community to showcase the latest green infrastructure approaches to a congressional audience.
    • Manager Cason has assembled a working group of ASLA members with experience in pollinator-friendly vegetation practices. This summer, the White House issued a memorandum for federal agencies to identify opportunities to reverse pollinator losses and restore populations to healthy levels. The ASLA working group will work on submitting tangible landscape architecture practices and approaches the federal government can implement to create and maintain a thriving honey bee and native pollinator population. If you have experience in designing landscape architecture projects to maintain healthy pollinator populations and would like to participate in this group, please contact Manager Cason; phone, 202-216-2370.


    Public Relations and Communications

    • A press release was issued today announcing the relaunch of a totally revamped Green Infrastructure Guide, offering hundreds of free research studies, news articles, and case studies, organized by green infrastructure scale, from broadest to smallest.


    Member and Chapter Services

     Today’s membership total is 15,212 (see details below):

    Member Category


    Affiliate ASLA


    Associate ASLA


    Corporate ASLA


    Full Member




    Honorary ASLA


    International ASLA


    Student Affiliate ASLA


    Student ASLA



    Professional Practice

    • During August, the Restoration & Reclamation PPN hosted an Online Learning presentation, Environmental Planning in Coastal Louisiana: From Idea to Implementation. It was viewed by 33 attendees. The Sustainable Design Design and Development PPN hosted Using Reclaimed Materials in Hardscape Projects presented by Scott Smith, Associate ASLA. The recordings have been added to the current catalogue of recorded presentations.  Registration is open for two new webinars in September.
    • Recent Professional Practice Network activity: the Children’s Outdoor Environment PPN will be hosting the Online Learning presentation “Risk Management at Nature Play and Learning Areas: A Risk Analysis Approach” on September 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT, presented byAllen Cooper. The PPN has also begun publicizing the call for PechaKucha-style presentations for their annual meeting in Denver.

    Education Programs

    • The LA CES monitoring process is continuing on schedule. All three monitoring groups have met via conference call and reviewed materials submitted.  Feedback summaries were due to ASLA on August 29, are being compiled, and will be sent to providers this week.
    • The American Planning Association approved 134 annual meeting education and field sessions for AICP continuing education credit. 

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    HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Award

    Greetings from HGTV! I’m reaching out to make your ASLA chapter aware of HGTV’s newest opportunity for design professionals; the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Awards.

    We are celebrating young professionals, age 35 or below, who are doing awesome things in the world of residential design. We’d love to invite those who qualify in your chapter to submit their work for consideration. I’ve attached our digital ad and official PR release if you would be interested in getting the word out to your chapter members.

    All 10 categories can be found at , as well as more information on how to enter the design competition.

    We are particularly interested in seeing landscape architecture featured in more than just our “Best Outdoor Room” category.  From “Most Family Friendly Space” to “Most Unusual Space, ” there are multiple opportunities to highlight exterior residential design.

    The entry period ends September 30th, with our panel of judges selecting six finalists for each category. The category finalists will be posted on for public voting this fall!

    Please reach out with any questions, I’m happy to provide additional information.

    Best regards,

    ANNIE TIPTON| Coordinator, Industry Outreach - HGTV Digital

    9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville TN 37932

    Office: 865-560-4876 l

    SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE | the Leader in Lifestyle Media | | | | | | |

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    ONLA Offers Member Discounts to Educational Programs

    Ohio Chapter ASLA members,

    Summer is a great time to earn CEU’s towards your industry certifications and Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association is extending our member rates to you [members of our allied associations] on our innovative, live educational programs.

    Are you an Early Riser?  Check out our 7:30-9:30am Diagnostic Walkabout Series which provides LACES CEU’s. Horticulturalist-guided tours of beautiful landscapes which include: Stan Hywet Hall, Toledo Botanical Gardens, Inniswood Metro Park and Sunset Memorial Park.

    Interested in elevating your skills? Come learn best practices from industry experts and earn LACES CEU’s.

    ONLA is pleased to support the continuing education of green industry professionals in Ohio APLD, ASLA and ISA. We look forward to seeing you soon at one or more of our extraordinary educational programs. Have an awesome summer!

    Warm Regards,

    Lisa Larson
    ONLA Education Director

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    Continuing Education Requirements

    Dear Ohio Landscape Architect,

    As a courtesy, we are writing to remind you of Ohio’s mandatory Continuing Education requirements. Under these rules, all Ohio registered landscape architects must complete a minimum of 24 hours with 16 hours in the area of Health, Safety, and Welfare hours between November 1, 2013 – December 31, 2016. Courses must be taught or offered by providers who have been pre-approved by board-recognized providers.

    In order to receive CE credit, you must have received from the provider a valid transcript or certificate of completion with your name, course, date and hours completed. A copy of the rules is attached for your reference, as well as a comprehensive list of possible CE resources, many of which can be completed quickly online, for free.

    At this time, you are encouraged to review your CE activities and hours completed to date and if deficient, please ensure that you complete 24 hours, with 16 HSW hours by 12/31/16 and maintain valid documentation of your activities should you be audited. Random audits for the above time period will begin in January 2017 and licensees found to be deficient of the requirements may face disciplinary action, including fines.


    Should you have any questions, please refer to the following CE link: contact the Board.


    Amy M. Kobe, CAE, Hon AIA
    Executive Director
    Ohio Architects Board
    Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners

    77 S. High St., 16th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
    Phone (614) 466-2316
    Direct (614) 466-1327
    Fax (614) 644-9048

    Download official CEU rules for landscape architects HERE.

    Download list of free CEU courses and additional resources HERE.

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    PLANET’s Green Industry Conference - 10.22.2014

    For the last 25 years, attendees of the Green Industry Conference (GIC) have been inspired, learned about industry trends, formulated strategies, and built new relationships. Come and celebrate our silver anniversary with highly relevant educational sessions, plenty of networking opportunities, a trade show hosting over 750 exhibitors, and a few special celebratory events.

    This is THE premier landscape industry event of the year. More details, including educational offerings, schedule of events, and registration can be found at or by contacting PLANET at 800-395-2522 or

    Event: PLANET’s Green Industry Conference (GIC)

    Date: Oct. 22-24, 2014

    Location: Louisville, KY

    Download event flyer 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


    POD Design, a professional consulting firm providing a people oriented design approach to landscape architecture, planning, and urban design services, is looking for a talented, creative and self-motivated Landscape Architect/Designer to work in our Columbus, Ohio office. 

    The successful candidate will work under senior landscape architects and be responsible to assist in the completion of a wide variety of landscape architectural projects. Our current work includes a mixture of various size public and private projects. Responsibilities will include the preparation of design documents for projects ranging from community parks, streetscapes, master planning, private development projects and municipal projects from schematic design through to construction plans. 

    The ideal candidate should be willing to work in an open, team environment and be enthusiastic about landscape architecture.


    • Entry level - 3 years of experience, preferably in the consulting environment
    • Degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture program
    • Superior document preparation, with an understanding of the landscape architect’s role in a consulting environment
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines
    • Ability to research project requirements, materials and finishes, and current techniques that promote creative solutions that are environmentally responsible and technically sound
    • Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite including Indesign and Photoshop, Google Sketchup and Microsoft Word and Excel experience is important; basic knowledge of 3D rendering software is an asset
    • Proficient hand graphic and drafting skills with above average presentation and communication skills are highly desirable

    Please email a PDF with resume and examples of your most relevant work to If your portfolio is larger than 5MB please include a link to download your work.


    POD Design, a professional consulting firm providing a people oriented design approach to landscape architecture, planning, and urban design services, is looking for a talented, creative and self-motivated Landscape Architect/Project Manager to work in our Columbus, Ohio office. 

    The successful candidate should be willing to provide practice leadership by working with staff, engaging in professional mentoring /guidance and possess strong technical skills.

    Our current work includes a mixture of various size public and private projects. Responsibilities will include the preparation of construction documents for projects ranging from community parks, streetscapes, master planning, private development projects and municipal projects from schematic design through to construction plans. 

    The ideal candidate should be willing to work in an open, team environment and be enthusiastic about landscape architecture.


    • 8-10 years of professional experience in Landscape Architecture
    • Degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture program
    • Professional registration, LEED Accredited preferred
    • Previous experience working on complex projects in all phases of design
    • Excellent verbal and graphic communication skills, effective client relationship skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams of designers
    • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, multiple deadlines and multiple scales
    • Superior technical ability, proficient in all phases of construction documentation
    • Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite including Indesign and Photoshop, Google Sketchup and Microsoft Word and Excel experience is important; basic knowledge of 3D rendering software is an asset

    Please email a PDF with resume and examples of your most relevant work to If your portfolio is larger than 5MB please include a link to download your work.

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