February 2015  

    2015 OCASLA Annual Meeting + Expo - April 10th - 6 LACES CEUs

    Join the Ohio Chapter of ASLA on Friday, April 10th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for one of the biggest Chapter gatherings of the year. 

    This year's meeting is offering 4 Educational Sessions that are worth 6 LA CES HSW CEUs. The speakers lined up for this year are a diverse group, including:

    • Mark Focht, PLA, FASLA, First Deputy Commissioner, Parks and Facilities at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Immediate Past President of ASLA
    • Julia Czerniak, Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University
    • Bradford McKee, Editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine
    • Thomas L. Woltz, Principle & Owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects


    Early Bird Registration ends February 15th! Visit the event page for more information and speaker details.


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    CENTS Certificate of Attendance and LA CES Credits

    Dear ASLA Members,

    When you submit your CENTS University Certificate of Attendance to the Ohio Architects Board [or other credentialing organizations], you may wish to include a copy of the approved course list. The LA CES list attached, outlines the CEU units per program and identifies which are HSW and non-HSW qualified.  Amy Kobe and I are aligned on this process to provide the Ohio Architects Board with information they need to document your CEU attainment. The 2015 list of LA CES approved programs is attached for your submission of credits and your files.

    CENTS University offers CEU’s approved by ten credentialing agencies, therefore our Certificate of Attendance, is focused on documenting the participant, programs completed and hours of education earned from an individual’s participation in our 4 days of programming. In order to correspond organizational CEU units and designations, attendees should refer to the list of approved courses per provider on our website.

    The ONLA and our credentialing partners maintain a MASTER LIST of the approved programs that identifies units and the CEU designations for that organization. The process outlined above is recommended when submitting CEU documentation to any of our credentialing  partners. If you have any questions, specific to ASLA and LA CES credits, use the contact information below.

    Please Note: Individuals are responsibility to file CEU documentation with each credentialing organization with which they are affiliated based on the requirements of the related agency. We recommend you maintain a hard copy of your certificate and the LA CES list of approved programs for your files.

    Lisa Larson
    Education Director
    Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
    72 Dorchester Square, Westerville, OH 43081

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    LARE Preparation Session - March 20th - University of Kentucky

    LARE Preparation Session
    Friday, March 20, 2015 – 8:00am - 5:00pm
    University of Kentucky, Lexington KY
    Instructor:  Thomas J. Nieman, PhD

    Our LARE preparation session is open to any graduate of a Landscape Architecture program who is contemplating licensure.  The session we offer is up-to-date, comprehensive and relates to the spectrum of issues one might encounter on the exam. The last thing one wants is to be surprised by the unexpected. The main issue stressed in this preparation session is not so much knowing the material as it is understanding and applying the process in the appropriate manner.

    Dr. Nieman has been involved with the licensing exam since 1970 and conducted preparation sessions for many years at the ASLA Annual Meeting as well as LABASH, and in numerous states around the country.

    If you have questions about the exam, whether it be the process or the material, it would be advantageous to participate in this session. Preparation truly is more than half of the battle.

    Contact for LARE Preparation Session Registration Information
    859/257-3826 or 859/257-7295   or
    More Information:      UKLA LARE Prep Info or

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    Knowlton School Baumer Lecture Series

    Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

    Guthrie and Nichol are the Spring 2015 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professors at the Knowlton School. They are founding partners (with Kathryn Gustafson) of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), a landscape architecture practice based in Seattle, Washington. GGN was the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Award. The firm has won multiple ASLA National Design Excellence Awards, Tucker Architectural Awards and AIA/ASLA Honor and Merit awards for Design.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA News: January 21, 2015

    Governance and Administration

    • The 2015 slate of officers has been finalized and approved as follows:

    o    President-Elect: Shawn Kelly, FASLA; Vaughn Rinner, FASLA

    o    VP Communications: Michael Stanley, ASLA; Mark Tabor, ASLA  

    o    VP Government Affairs: Robin Gyorgyfalvy, FASLA; Wendy Miller, ASLA

    o    VP Education: David Cutter, ASLA; Linda Jewell, FASLA.

    Congratulations to all the candidates and a big thank you for their willingness to serve!

    • There will be series of meetings taking place at headquarters and nearby this week: the Presidents Council (ASLA, CLARB, CELA, CSLA, LAAB, and LAF), hosted by LAAB, will meet at ASLA’s headquarters on January 22; the Executive Committee’s Winter Meeting will follow on January 23-24; and LAAB will hold its meeting at a nearby hotel also on January 23-24. The entire group will meet for a joint reception and dinner tomorrow night.
    • President Dick Zweifel, FASLA, was a juror for the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO), Landscape Architecture Department's intensive "Design Week" that was sponsored and run by Design Workshop (Tahoe office). The project was a 300-plus acre remediation site in central California. During the week-long analysis and design project, over 60 students from the department worked 24 hours, seven days a week in teams made up of a mixture of second- to fourth-year students to arrive at conceptual master plans for the site. President Zweifel, who taught at the university for 41 years, is also professor emeritus and associate dean.
    • Set up by the U.S. State Department, EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, and several staff hosted nine professionals from China last week. Presentations included green infrastructure and resilience, the Chinatown Green Street Project, Government Affairs advocacy, and a green roof presentation and tour. Secretary Millay contacted Ernest Wong, FASLA, who has agreed to host the group for their Chicago visit next week.
    • At the request of the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award (SPQA) Chair, EVP Somerville provided SPQA with a critique and series of suggestions for examiner team processes based on ASLA’s experience with the site visit team in 2014.  ASLA’s input will be incorporated in examiner training.  ASLA is the only applicant for the SPQA (state-level Baldrige organization) award this year. 


    Government Affairs

    • To kick off the new Congress, Government Affairs activated iAdvocate to send a letter to all members of Congress welcoming them to the 114th Congress. The letter served as an introduction from ASLA and provided background information on the Society, the landscape architecture profession, and advocacy priorities and efforts.
    • On January 13, Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell participated in the 5th Annual Complete Streets Partners dinner, which was held in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting, and featured keynote speaker Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, who spoke about her goals and challenges in bringing more active transportation to the city. Past President Tom Tavella, FASLA, was also in attendance at the dinner.  ASLA, along with the American Planning Association, National Association of Realtors, SvR Design Company, and Stantec sponsored the event.
    • Legislative Analyst Leighton Yates attended a press conference, hosted by City Parks Alliance’s Mayors for Parks Coalition, for the release of a new report,“A Smart Investment for America’s Economy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund.” During the event, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, along with Senior White House officials and a bipartisan coalition of Mayors, spoke to highlight the economic impact of urban parks and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
    • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a new “Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook.The handbook is designed to help state departments of transportation (DOTs) develop or update state pedestrian and bicycle plans based on data, success stories, and evaluations of nine state DOTs across the United States. For more information on this report and other federal grants and opportunities, visit Advocacy News and sign up for iAdvocate.
    • Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason and Analyst Yates met with congressional staffers in the Office of Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Hon. ASLA (OR) and Albio Sires (NJ) to discuss legislation pretending to community parks, bike and pedestrian, green infrastructure, and other active transportation programs.
    • Recently, Director Blackwell has attended several transportation coalition meetings, including the Complete Streets Federal Policy Group, and the Cardin/Cochran Coalition to discuss federal strategy for the 114th Congress.  The Cardin/Cochran group is planning for potential threats to the Transportation Alternatives Program.  She also participated in the Transportation Stakeholders Meeting hosted by Congressman Blumenauer and featuring House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (OR).


    Finance and Meetings

    • The Sales team is attending the International Builders Show this week searching for active leads. ASLA also has a booth at the show.
    • Meetings Consultant Kelli Bland, who came on board in October to assist with the annual meeting, has accepted the position of Meetings and Special Programs Manager effective January 12.  Manager Bland has an extensive meeting planning background as owner and operator of At a Moment’s Notice, a third-party meeting and event planning company, along with experience in the hotel industry.
    • Meetings Director Joyce DePass was in Chicago recently representing ASLA at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convening Leaders Conference, where she engaged with other industry leaders on the latest trends and challenges, andnetworked with her peers through three days of general sessions, education sessions, experiential events, and other activities.


    Resource Development

    • As of this morning, contributions to theASLA headquarters renovation projecttotaled $341,477, or 34 percent of the $1 million budget goal.  A press release about the project went out yesterday and was featured in LAND.  To date, 23 of the 59 members of the BOT have made pledges, including 100 percent of ExCom members.  Immediate Past President Mark A. Focht, FASLA, is following up with Trustees in hopes of having 100 percent BOT participation by the midyear meeting.  Managing Director Ann Looper Pryor, Hon. ASLA, is following up with chapter leaders to demonstrate widespread support in preparation for soliciting building product manufacturers next month.  To date, nine chapters have made pledges/payments ranging from $1,899 to $30,000, totaling $83,793. 


    Public Relations and Communications

    • Two press releases were disseminated yesterday via several wire services – one about the successful launch of fundraising for the Center for Landscape Architecture and a statement on the State of the Union.
    • Planetizen featured a post on ESRI and USGS’s new Ecological Tapestry tool.
    • Metropolis POV reposted the interview with Ann Whiston Spirn.
    • The call for entries is now live for the 2015 professional and student awards. For the first time, submissions will be handled online. The deadline for entry payments and submissions is Friday, March 27, for professional awards and Friday, May 22, for student awards.


    Landscape Architecture Magazine

    • Editor-in-Chief Brad McKee is in San Francisco for a meeting with The Cultural Landscape Foundation. While there, he will visit several firms for possible future stories for LAM.


    Member and Chapter Services

    Today’s membership total is 15,360 (see details below):










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    Student Affiliate





    Education Programs and LAAB

    • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) has 189 active providers offering 1,322 courses. There are 10 new provider applications pending review.
    • The Committee on Education (COE) Chair Sean Rotar, ASLA; ASLA Vice President of Education, Kay Williams, FASLA; Education Programs Director Apollonio; and Accreditation and Education Programs Manager Pritchard held a conference call to discuss the expectations and directions of this year’s COE.


    Professional Practice

    •  The PPN Council orientation conference call will be held on Thursday, January 29. Vice President of Professional Practice Hunter Beckham, FASLA, and PPN Council Chair Jay Gehler, ASLA, will be leading the call, during which ASLA’s strategic objectives, governance, corporate policies, PPN roles and responsibilities, and goals and action items for 2015 will be reviewed. Managing Director Cahill, Manager Balon, ASLA, and Coordinator Hay will facilitate the orientation.
    • After previous surveys on PPN members’ favorite spaces and career paths in landscape architecture, Manager Shawn Balon, ASLA, and Coordinator Ali Hay are once again collecting opinions and responses from PPN members, this year on creativity and inspired design. If you are a PPN member and have not yet completed this brief survey, please take a few minutes to do so. The responses will be described in the “PPN News” section of LAND and used to spark ideas for the Online Learning series or The Field.
    • On January 13, Manager Balon joined an orientation call for EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge. The challenge invites student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that shows how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Manager Balon, along with four other members of ASLA will be part of a larger panel of jurors over the next month to judge the third annual challenge.
    • The last parklets planning call before the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, January 29-31 in Baltimore, MD, was led this week by Manager Debbie Steinberg, ASLA.  This year’s conference will have five parklets sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, PlaceMatters, Parks and People, landscape architecture firm, Alta Design + Planning, AARP, the Morgan State University ASLA Student Chapter, TreeBaltimore, US EPA, and the Georgia Conservancy.

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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


    Job Opening – Entry Level Landscape Architect

    Experience Level: 0 – 3 Years


    About the team:

    For over 45 years, Bayer Becker has provided professional design consulting services for the land development industry in the Greater Cincinnati area. We offer Civil & Transportation Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, and Planning services for projects that cover a wide range of market sectors. Our team is bound together by core values of Integrity, Quality, Service and Continuous Improvement.

    Bayer Becker is one of the region’s most highly regarded multi-disciplinary design practices, and we’re looking for motivated individuals who enjoy a challenging and rewarding work environment. We are committed to excellence and providing our employees with an opportunity to work on impactful projects as part of a highly skilled and dynamic team.

    Bayer Becker offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, H.SA, 401(k), paid vacations and holidays, professional training, a profit sharing program and much more.

    Over the past few decades, Bayer Becker’s Landscape Architecture & Planning Department (LA+P) has developed a design tradition that enhances the connections between a community and its ecological surroundings, cultural past, and vision for the future.  From our principals to our staff, Bayer Becker LA+P design professionals embrace ecological stewardship and leverage a wide range of interests and experiences to continually improve the quality of our urban, ecological, and social environments.


    About position:

    We are seeking an entry level landscape architect to join our Cincinnati Over-The-Rhine Office. As an entry level landscape architect at Bayer Becker, you will support our LA+P team by providing research, design drawings, construction documentation, and presentation renderings, while assisting in the advancement of designs to help realize the LA+P vision.    A passion for design, eagerness to learn, collaborative spirit, and exceptional communication skills are essential to be effective in this role.

    A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program is required. This role requires a strong proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Design Suites, Sketchup, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and hand-generated graphics. In addition, a working knowledge of Rhino or Revit, 3DS Studio Max, Civil3D, and Wacom interactive pen display tablets are desirable.  

    If you are interested in joining the team at Bayer Becker, please e-mail a cover letter letting us know how you would complement our team, along with your resume and portfolio to


    Hidden Creek Landscaping seeks a dynamic design/salesperson

    •          Hidden Creek Landscaping, Inc. is seeking a design/salesperson to support the design team and office functions. The successful candidate will be organized, proactive, and able to prioritize multiple tasks both independently and with the team. 


    •          Bachelor’s Degree in landscape architecture or landscape design required
    •          Minimum of 4 years experience
    •          Proficiency in the following programs is a must: AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, Excel and other MS Office programs
    •          Hand sketching abilities required
    •          Knowledge of Ohio plant palette
    •          Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    •          Must have reliable transportation


    Job description and tasks

    •          Full-Time position, 40+ hours per week
    •          Perform all phases of the design/sales process, including client meetings, initial concepts, drafting, 3D modeling, project presentation, submittals & permitting, project management, estimating & budgeting
    •          Organizing project materials & information
    •          Ensure accurate field verifications, measurementsand analysis
    •          Coordination amongst team members, clients & vendors
    •          Researching new vendors and sub-contractors
    •          Researching new products (online or at Design Centers)
    •          New and existing project file organization and updates


    About the Firm

    •          Hidden Creek Landscaping, Inc. is an award winning design/build firm located in Columbus, Ohio. We serve high profile clients throughout central Ohio. Our projects vary in size, scope, and style. We are known for our customer-oriented approach to addressing a lifestyle relating to outdoor environments.


    To apply

    •          Additionally, please submit your resume and portfolio electronically (file size under 10MB please) to


    Hidden Creek Landscaping seeks a dynamic design/sales assistant

    •          Hidden Creek Landscaping, Inc. is seeking a design/sales assistant to support the design team and office functions. The successful candidate will be organized, proactive, and able to prioritize multiple tasks both independently and with the team. 


    •          Bachelor’s Degree in landscape architecture or landscape design required
    •          Minimum of 2 year’s experience working in a design firm
    •          Proficiency in the following programs is a must: AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, Excel and other MS Office programs
    •          Hand sketching abilities required
    •          Knowledge of Ohio plant palette
    •          Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    •          Must have reliable transportation


    Job description and tasks

    •          Part-Time position, 20-40 hours per week with the potential for full-time
    •          Assist The Design/Sales Team in all phases of the design/sales process, including site visits, initial concepts, drafting, 3D modeling, developing project presentations, takeoffs, estimating & budgeting
    •          Organizing project materials and information
    •          Ensure accurate field verifications and measurements
    •          New and existing project file organization and updates
    •          The candidate may be asked to assist with some general office duties


    About the Firm

    •          Hidden Creek Landscaping, Inc. is an award winning design/build firm located in Columbus, Ohio. We serve high profile clients throughout central Ohio. Our projects vary in size, scope, and design style. We are known for our customer-oriented approach to addressing a lifestyle relating to landscape environments.


    To apply

    •          Additionally, please submit your resume and portfolio electronically (file size under 10MB please) to


    A highly experienced Landscape Architect is needed immediately to work for our client in the Cincinnati, OH area.

    The Senior Landscape Archiect will be responsible for concept design, development of large-scale retail development, translating design into technical documentation and working within a team environment.

    Requirements of the Senior Landscape Architect:
    LAAB accredited
    Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture
    5-10 years of relevant experience in hospitality, entertainment and/or commercial retail.
    Strong proficiency in both Revit and AutoCAD.
    Landscape Architectural registration a plus. 

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