February 2017  

    2017 OCASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO - Early Bird Registration Open

    Join the Ohio Chapter of ASLA on Friday, May 19th at COSI for one of the biggest Chapter gatherings of the year. 

    This year's meeting offers 4 Sessions that are worth 6 LACES CEUs (4.5 HSW and 1.5 Non-HSW). Our Vendor EXPO will be available to all registrants throughout the day, so come see what new products they are offering for 2017!

    Click here to register!

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    2017 AZ AWARDS

    AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine, announces the opening of submissions to the 2017 AZ AWARDS. The 7th annual international competition celebrates excellence in design.

    * Entries are juried by a panel of architects & designers at the forefront of their professions
    * Finalists and Winners are published in the AZ Awards Annual issue and are recognized at the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto on June 23, 2017.
    * Student winner receives a $5000 cash prize.

    Submissions are open to architects, designers and firms of all disciplines, manufacturers and clients.
    Categories include:
    Architecture: residential, commercial & institutional, temporary & demonstration spaces
    Landscape Architecture: public and private landscapes
    Design: furniture, furniture systems, lighting fixtures, lighting installations, interior products, architectural products
    Interiors: residential, commercial & institutional
    Experiential Graphic Design: wayfinding, sign programs, information and map design, experiential brand identity
    Concepts: unbuilt competition entries, concepts/ideas/prototypes
    A+ Award: $5000 prize for work developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2016. 
    Final entry deadline: February 21, 2017. Deadline has been extended to February 24, 2017Click HERE to download Submission Details.

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    LAF New Landscape Declaration

    LAF Issues Call to Action for Landscape Architecture

    The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has released the New Landscape Declaration, a bold vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture. The Declaration is the synthesis of the ideas from LAF’s historic Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, which brought 700 landscape architects to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last June. LAF is now encouraging landscape architects across the globe to sign on to this ambitious vision, discuss, share, and work to turn the ideas into concrete actions.

    To read the New Landscape Declaration and join the growing list of signatories, visit:

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    OCASLA 2016 Awards Winner Spotlight: I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange and N. Residence

    Interstate 95 Girard Avenue Interchange
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Planning + Analysis Merit Award


    The Interstate 95 Girard Avenue Interchange is a precedent-setting transportation, green infrastructure, and community place-making project in Philadelphia.  The project was born out of the need to replace three-miles of elevated highway deck, but its vision goes far beyond, leveraging transportation dollars to improve the quality of life for adjacent neighborhoods.

    Thoughtful collaboration and planning has identified community needs and shaped a vision to transform the space beneath the highway into a multi-use green corridor.


    Read the full description and view all the images for I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

    N. Residence
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Residential Merit Award

    Virginia Burt Designs, Inc.

    This garden, whose bones are made of the historic stone foundations, woodwork, and windows from an adjacent home too far gone to save, is a modern answer to our societal need to reuse and recycle.  Salvaged materials, with patina intact, became the foundations for the sunken garden, terraces, arbor and sheds that give structure to the 2-acre residential landscape.  In addition, the orientation of the existing home was changed, circulation improved, and layered plantings added. 


    Read the full description and view all the images for N. Residence in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

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    Welcome New OCASLA Members!

    Welcome to new member Brandon Druffel! He is located in the Miami Section, please make sure you say hello to him at your next meeting!

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    Happy Holidays from OCASLA!

    2016 was a very busy and successful year for OCASLA. Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers for their time and effort!

    Read the year end wrap-up by clicking here.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National News: January 25, 2017

    Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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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


    Faris Planning & Design, LLC is a small Land Planning & Landscape Architecture firm in Columbus, Ohio which works on a broad spectrum of project types including residential, commercial, office, and industrial.  We have an immediate opening for an entry-level landscape architect.  No minimum experience is required.  The primary function of this position will be a support role, assisting the staff in meeting deadlines for various projects and with day to day office tasks. 

    Position Description:    

    -Assist staff with production of site plans, elevations and various other presentation materials for variety of projects throughout the design process.

    -Hand-drafting and computer-drafting of plans and sketches from other employees for use in the design process.

    -Digitally render site plans and associated exhibits for various projects throughout the design process

    -Assist staff with production of construction drawings

    -Assist with day to day office functions as required

    -Assist with production of company marketing materials


    Education Required:     

                    -Undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture at a minimum


    Skills Required:               

                    -Proficient in AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, SketchUp

                    -Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and transition from tasks smoothly and efficiently

                    -Excellent communication skills and ability to be a self-starter a must

                    -Excellent visualization skills with digital media, good hand graphics are a plus


    Skills Desired:

                    -Basic knowledge of local plant material a plus


    For more information about our firm, please visit


    For consideration please submit the following information to :


                    -Portfolio (in PDF format, 15 pages max.)


    Whitham Planning & Design LLC, located in Ithaca, NY, is seeking a Landscape Architectural Associate with expertise in design and planning, for our small, fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative firm.  This position would entail the planning, site design, and coordination of projects at a range of scales, the majority of which are based in upstate New York.  Applicants must have experience in landscape design, project research, project coordination for small, mid-size, and large development projects. The ideal candidate will have at minimum 2-3 years’ work experience in a landscape architecture firm in the US.

    Responsibilities include:

    -        Design, management, and production of drawings for projects of different scales and different stages in the design process

    -        Compilation of targeted project research and analysis into text documents and/or design solutions

    -        Preparation of and the ability to give verbal, visual, and oral presentations to clients, municipal staff and boards, community members, etc.

    -        Coordination between clients and consultant teams

    -        Preparation of proposals, contracts, and cost estimates for upcoming projects

    -        Preparation of building permit applications, Site Plan Review, SEQR documentation


    Required Qualifications:

    -        A professional Landscape Architecture degree

    -        Demonstrated ability in Site Planning and Design, Design Detail

    -        Strong design and writing skills

    -        Clear communication, organization, and presentation skills

    -        Effective time management ability with attention to detail


    Desired Qualifications:

    -        Other degrees in allied design disciplines, such as in planning or architecture

    -        Experience with municipal review processes, including Site Plan, SEQR/A, and Zoning Review

    -        Project management and coordination experience

    Required Software Fluency

    -        AutoCAD to create site, layout, landscape, and detail plan sheets.

    -        Microsoft Word to write professional memos and other documents

    -        Adobe InDesign to create presentations, submission packages, documents, etc.


    Desired Software Fluency

    -        Google SketchUp to create site models, renderings, animations, etc.

    -        Microsoft Excel to create budget spreadsheets, plant lists, etc.

    -        Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator to create renderings, diagrams, etc.

    -        Working knowledge of online applications


    Whitham Planning and Design LLC is a landscape architecture, planning, and project management firm located in Ithaca, New York. Established in 2010, the firm provides a broad range of services, including site design, approvals planning, and design team management. As part of this work, Whitham Planning and Design LLC acts as project design consultant or project landscape architect, and coordinates all review and permitting aspects of site and building development projects. Whitham Planning and Design LLC has developed strong relationships with professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, and graphic design, and works to coordinate collaborative efforts designed to meet specific project requirements.

    The position will require approximately 40 hours per week, with some evening meetings. 

    Candidates are required to submit a resume, cover letter, portfolio (no more than 10 MB), and writing sample. Please send inquiries and application materials to Kathryn Chesebrough at

    Review of applications will begin immediately, with an expected hire to occur in February 2017. We look forward to reviewing your work.

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