November 2015  

    Ohio Sunset Review Committee Update: Ohio Landscape Architects Board

    Ohio Sunset Review Committee Update

    2-Year State Budget Bill Sunset Review Provision - Possible Merger of the Ohio Architects Board and Ohio Landscape Architects Board, Opposed by Ohio Chapter ASLA and AIA Columbus

    Over the summer during the 2-Year State Budget negotiations, OCASLA was successful in striking down an amendment that would have merged our Ohio Landscape Architects Board with the Ohio Architects Board. The compromise that was reached between the Ohio House and Senate, which was ultimately signed by Governor Kasich, includes a provision that establishes a Sunset Review Committe that is tasked with reviewing possible mergers and abolishments of regulatory boards in Ohio. Since that time, our Advocacy Committee within OCASLA has been hard at work on the next steps.

    A summary of recent developments is as follows:

    1. A Lobbyist Search Committee was formed by the OCASLA consisting of ASLA members from throughout the state and of various experience levels including:
    2. Chapter Representatives: Jeannie Martin, Carmine Russo and Karla Salmans
    3. ASLA Fellows: Rick Espe, Virginia Russell, Craig Cawrse, Kathy Fox and Keith Myers
    4. Landscape Architect: Jonathan Ferbrache who assisted us with our 2-Year budgetary dispute
    5. Our Lobbyist Search Committee determined through thorough examination of 4 possible candidates, which included in-person interviews and fee proposals, that Luther L. Liggett Jr of Kohrman/Jackson/Krantz (KJK) would best serve us in our testimony with the Sunset Review Committee.
    6. An OCASLA Executive Committee vote was held on this recommendation, and this candidate was approved unanimously. This will require an expense of $2,000 per month, for a three-month duration beginning on November 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016. The total expense out of the OCASLA Lobby Account will be $6,000 not including any incidental expenses that will be evaluated by OCASLA on a case by case basis.
    7. As a reminder, $105 of your member dues come back to our State Chapter, with $20 of that renewal going into our Lobby Account each year, that is not tax deductable for you personally.

    OCASLA is leading the effort to hire a Lobbyist, and bring together Luther with Amy Kobe at the licensure board, who will be the individual that is called to testify on the Board as the statutory agent. We believe that Luther will help us to craft and to effectively communicate our case for why the Boards should remain separate as they now exist. Luther will provide input and consultation to our group as we move forward over the coming months.

    If there are any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help, and want to make sure that we are representing everyone's interests in this important dialogue.

    Ohio Chapter ASLA Executive Committee

    Jeannie Martin, Chapter Trustee

    Carmine Russo, VP of Legislative Affairs

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    Congratulations to the 2015 OCASLA Award Winners!

    This year OCASLA received an impressive 43 submittals for the Awards Program. Over the summer the Awards Jury selected 17 professional and student projects, resulting in 3 Honor Awards, 9 Merit Awards and 5 Honorable Mention Awards. 

    The winners were announced Friday, October 2nd at the annual OCASLA GALA held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. Photos and a written summary of the GALA are available at

    Download the entire 2015 OCASLA Awards Booket

    2015 OCASLA Award Winners:


    Award Category - Design: Constructed

    Eaton Corporate Campus / Beachwood, Ohio by AECOM | Design Workshop

    Award Category - Planning & Analysis

    The Ohio State University at Mansfield EcoLab Vision / Mansfield, Ohio by MKSK

    Award Category - Communications + Research

    Bike New Albany / New Albany, Ohio by MKSK



    Award Category - Design: Constructed

    Orchard Hills Park / Chesterland, Ohio by AECOM

    Scranton Flats Towpath Trail + Urban Habitat Restoration / Cleveland, Ohio by Behnke Associates, Inc.

    Long Street Bridge and Cultural Wall / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    Award Category - Design: Not Constructed

    18th Avenue Streetscape Rejuvenation / Columbus, Ohio by NBBJ

    Award Category - Planning + Analysis

    Mayfield Village Greenway Trail / Cleveland, Ohio by AECOM

    Monroe County Urbanizing Area Plan / Monroe County, Indiana by MKSK

    nuCLEus / Cleveland, Ohio by NBBJ

    Award Category - Communications + Research

    2014 Columbus Recreation and Parks Master Plan / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    Award Category - Student

    Confluence Park / Columbus, Ohio by Aaron Rumbaugh, Alex Martin, Shelly Drees, Blythe Worstell


    Award Category - Design: Constructed

    Historic League Park Restoration + Community Park / Cleveland, Ohio by City Architecture

    Award Category - Design: Not Constructed

    Canal Basin Park / Akron, Ohio by Environmental Design Group

    Goodale Park Vision Plan / Columbus, Ohio by Friends of Goodale Park Vision Plan Committee | Staci Carrier, Alyssa Garcia, Alex Kelly, Alex Pisha, Tameka Sims, Haley Wolfe

    Award Category - Planning + Analysis

    The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Design Competition / Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming by Cawrse & Associates, Inc. | Hershberger Design | Virginia Burt Designs

    Award Category - Student

    Griggs Bathhouse / Griggs Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio by Kaitlyn Heskett, Tian Wu, Shellie Miqbel, Torrance Abrams



    Ohio Landscape Architecture Award

    University Circle Incorporated / Cleveland, Ohio

    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority / Cleveland, Ohio



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    2015 OCASLA Fall Educational + GALA Summary

    Friday, October 2nd was a cool Cleveland day where 120 OCASLA members and guests met at MOCA Cleveland. The day began with luncheon lectures by Chris Ronayne of University Circle Incorporated, followed by Maribeth Feke of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. 

    Afterwards, the group split into two RTA buses and made our way to the construction at Public Square.

    While we rode the buses to Public Square, Maribeth Feke and Michael Schipper from RTA were on each bus providing additional background about RTA and Cleveland. We stopped at a couple bus stops to see their design and architecture.

    We arrived at the Public Square construction site where we went into an adjacent high-rise building to get a bird's eye view of the activity. From there we were welcomed by Nora Romanoff from LAND Studio, Veronica Rivera from James Corner Field Operations and Joe Ferenczy from Osborn Engineering. They gave a presentation about the Public Square design process and the challenges that have come with it.

    After the presentation we went on-site to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument that is located in the southeast quadrant of Public Square. 

    The tour ended at Public Square at 4pm. See the full photo gallery at

    At 6:00pm guests arrived back at MOCA Cleveland for the GALA and Awards Ceremony. Food and drinks were available while the local band Broccoli Samurai entertained in the background. At 7:30pm members of the Student Chapter of ASLA from Kent State University presented the 2015 OCASLA Award winners.

    This year there were 17 professional and student award winners and two Special Recognition winners, see the full list of winners and download the 2015 OCASLA Awards Booklet at

    To celebrate and welcome the new Student Chapter of ASLA at Kent State University, the students had their school work displayed in the GALA space.

    Following the Awards Ceremony, OCASLA raffled off door prizes to GALA attendees and the Student Chapter from Knowlton School of Architecture gave out raffle prizes. See all the photos at


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    Make Your Gift to The Lawrence W. Walquist Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund

    The Lawrence W. Walquist Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund | Fund Number: 482840

    Provides scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture who are Bachelor’s degree candidates in the Landscape Architecture. Eligible candidates shall be in their junior or senior year, have financial need, and strong academic & design credentials. The purpose of this pending endowment is subject to change until the fund is formally approved as an endowment. Prior to formal approval, the pending endowment may be converted to a current-use fund.

    If you have questions, please contact Jessica Schmitt, Director of Development at 614-292-0377, 614-292-5564 or

    Make your gift by clicking here.

    Download the Organization donation form.

    Download the Individual donation form.


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    Announcing the Launch of the New Transportation and Health Tool

    The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control are pleased to announce the launch of the new Transportation and Health Tool, which provides easy access to data that practitioners can use to examine the health impacts of transportation systems. The Transportation and Health Tool provides data on 14 transportation and public health indicators for each state, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), and urbanized area (UZA). 

    The indicators measure how the transportation environment affects health with respect to safety, active transportation, air quality, and connectivity to destinations.  You can use the tool to quickly see how a state, MSA, or UZA compares with others in addressing key transportation and health issues. The tool also provides information and resources to help agencies better understand the links between transportation and health and to identify strategies to improve public health through transportation planning and policy.

    Explore the Transportation and Health Tool: 

    • Select a state, MSA, or UZA from the map to see how it performs on each indicator;
    • Learn about the 14 indicators and the process used to select them;
    • Discover evidence-based strategies that practitioners can use to address health through transportation; and
    • Read more about the scoring methodology or download a spreadsheet with the complete dataset.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly developed the tool in partnership with the American Public Health Association.

    If you have questions or feedback about the Transportation and Health Tool, please contact

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National E-News: September 30, 2015


    Governance and Administration


    • President Richard Zweifel, FASLA, and Managing Director Julia Lent, Hon. ASLA, participated in the New York Upstate Chapter’s Healthy Waters Advocacy Day recently, which featured education sessions, advocacy training, and site visits to local examples of green infrastructure in the Syracuse area.


    • President-Elect Chad Danos, FASLA, was in St. Louis for the Chapter’s ArchVision event last week for a behind-the-scenes tour and informative discussion of the CityArchRiver project being led by Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates.  With nearly 100 local leaders along with federal and state officials, the event highlighted the role of landscape architecture in the transformation of community public spacesWalter Metcalfe, Jr. was recognized as an Honorary ASLA member for his efforts as the fundamental champion of the project and its significance to the landscape architecture profession.


    • Immediate Past-President Mark Focht, FASLA, visited Ball State University in Muncie, IN, recently as part of the leadership visits to universities.  Focht was accompanied by Daniel Martin, Affiliate ASLA, Sales Director for Permaloc, which partially funds the leadership visits. Focht presented a public lecture on landscape architecture and green infrastructure to about 60 students, faculty, university officials and invited guests. Focht and Martin visited four classes to discuss ASLA and met with leaders of the ASLA student chapter.


    • The call for Council of Fellow nominations opens today! Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, reached out to all chapter fellows committees last week to provide them with lists of eligible members for 2016 nominations and to inform them of the new online submission process for this year. The call closes on January 15, 2016.


    • Development of the design for the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture is continuing on schedule.  Staff held budget strategy sessions with Gensler, Oehme, van Sweden, and Akridge (project manager/owners representative) last week to discuss the project scope and identify add/alternates and delete/alternates for the construction document bidding package.  Bids will be solicited from three general contractors in early November.  Planning also continues for the mid-December staff/office move to transitional space. 


    Resource Development


    • Pledges and donations to the Campaign for the ASLA Center are holding at 56 percent of the goal. Solicitations for the ASLA Center and the ASLA Annual Fund will accelerate from October through the end of the year.  Click the following links to learn more about the ASLA Center Campaign, ASLA Annual Fund and ASLA Heritage Circle.


    Government Affairs



    • On October 21 at 2:00 pm EDT, the ASLA LARE Prep Subcommittee will host its third webinar titled LARE Prep Strategies. The webinar will help candidates better understand the logistics of studying for the LARE, and how examinees can develop content management strategies to approach the study process. The presenters, Gail Ferry, ASLA, and Stacilyn Feldman, ASLA, both volunteers on the LARE Prep Subcommittee, will provide insight from recent examinees’ perspectives on the logistics for studying for the LARE and best practices for managing an array of content used to prepare for the exam. The cost of the one-hour session is $80, and ASLA members receive a 50 percent discount. To register for the session, log into the ASLA Online Learning System using your member number as your username and your last name (all lowercase) or member number as your password. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming webinar or issues with the registration process, please contact Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason.


    Public Relations and Communications


    • Thanks to chapters, students, firms, and individual members, ASLA’s PARK(ing) Day efforts on September 18 were a big success. To date, some 385 users have made 928 posts with the  #ASLAPD hashtag that reached more than 475,000 people. To see all of the posts with #ASLAPD and PARK(ing) Day parklets from around the world, visit ASLA’s Tagboard.  With literally seconds to spare between the airport and the Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee meeting, President-Elect Danos was able to stop by headquarters for a photo op in the ASLA parklet. Accompanying him were 2016 Host Chapter Co-Chairs Haley Blakeman, ASLA, and Shannon Blakeman, ASLA.


    • A dramatically new LAND debuted September 29, offering story summaries, an easy-to-use archive, and a fully responsive design to accommodate desktops, tablets, and smart phones.


    • Winners of the ASLA 2015 Professional and Student Awards were announced September 29 via Landscape Architecture Magazine, LAND, The Dirt, press releases in English and Spanish, and through all ASLA social media channels. The Professional and Student awards sites were also launched.


    • A statement endorsing the U.N. sustainable development goals was distributed via several wire services to coincide with the passing of goals in the U.N. General Assembly.


    Member and Chapter Services


    •   Today’s membership total is 15,281 (see details below):


    Member Category

    Year-End 2014

    9/30/15 Total














    Full Members& Fellows












    Student Affiliate











    • In preparation for the Chicago CPC meeting, ASLA has unveiled the new CPC Central on the Chapter Operations Workbook.  CPC Central will feature meeting information for all CPC meetings, including presentations, agendas, and expense forms. 


    Professional Practice


    • DesignDC 2015 was held last week at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, September 23-25. Laurie Olin, FASLA, presented the opening keynote address. There was a greater emphasis on landscape architecture in the education sessions this year. Manager Shawn Balon, ASLA, represented ASLA and worked as a volunteer. The Potomac Chapter was among the groups that organized conference, along with the Washington, D.C., Potomac Valley, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore Chapters of AIA, and the APA National Capital Area Chapter.


    • On September 22, a post was published in The Fieldwith a roundup of photos from 15 of the [Park]ing Day parklets organized in Washington, D.C., on September 18.


    • Recently, Manager Debbie Steinberg, ASLA, Manager Balon, and Coordinator Ali Hay attended the U.S. EPA 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Award Ceremony held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The three projects awarded included Jackson Walk, Jackson, Tennessee for Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization; City of Hamilton, Ohio for Built Projects; and Riverfront Park, Newark, New Jersey for Plazas, Parks, and Public Spaces.


    • On September 15, the Archives and Collections Committee met via conference call and learned about recent discussions and efforts to begin archiving materials of selected landscape architects at UC Davis.


    • On September 16, the Public Practice Advisory Committee met via conference call and discussed the increasing importance of landscape architects working with the regulatory agencies in public/private collaborative projects.


    Deadlines and Reminders



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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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