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    March 2015  

    This April Tweet Your Representative on the Important Issues

    How to Tweet Your Ohio Representative + Senator about Transportation Planning & Design

     

    1.        If you don’t have a Twitter account, get a Twitter account! Sign up at https://twitter.com

     

    1.        Once you have aTwitteraccount, go to the ASLA Tweet Your Reppage, www.asla.org/tweet

     

    1.        On the ASLA Tweet Your Rep page, go to the Transportation Planning & Design image!

     

    1.        Choose your Representative from the dropdown menu!

     

    1.        Click the blue Tweet button next to their name!

     

    (This will open a sign-in screen for Twitter, login to your Twitter account!)

     

    1.        Once logged in, you will see a pre-populated message for you to Tweet your Representative

     

    1.        Click the blue Tweet button! (That’s it! You’ve Tweeted your Representative!)

     

    1.        Repeat this same process to Tweet Your Senator!

     

    Congratulations! You just Tweeted Your Representative + Senator about an Advocacy Issue important to ASLA. Many other issues can be found here related to Water & Stormwater Management, Community Design & Development and Small Business Growth & Development.

    April 2015 is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM). Please consider using this time to Advocate on behalf of the profession of Landscape Architecture and those issues important to us.

    For any other Tweeting that you do on behalf of ASLA’s Advocacy Campaigns, please include the hashtag #IAdvocate.

    Thank you from the Ohio Chapter ASLA Executive Committee!

    Link to PDF Instructions

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    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

     

    Normal registration rates end March 29th! Visit the event page for more information and speaker details.

     

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    A Toast to Celebrate Associate Deborah Y. Georg, ASLA

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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. Read more.

    Bas Smets of Bureau Bas Smets will lecture at the KSA on April 3rd.( http://knowlton.osu.edu/event/bas-smets-bureau-bas-smets)

    The lectures are free and open to the public.

     

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    Design Competition: Build a Better Birdhouse

    Welcome to NEST, a bird house design competition connecting architects, ornithologists, artists, designers and wildlife enthusiasts. 

    Registration Deadline is Monday, March 30th. Register + more information by clicking here.

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    Columbus Parks Director Announces He'll Retire

    By Marl Ferenchik  The Columbus Dispatch  •  Wednesday March 11, 2015 

    Alan McKnight is retiring as executive director of Columbus’ Recreation and Parks Department after more than 38 years with the city and eight as the department’s leader. 

    His last day will be May 31. Read More Here

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    Help Find the Next Green Umbrella Executive Director!

    Green Umbrella has launched a national search for a new full-time, salaried Executive Director.  

    The next Executive Director will have the important and exciting honor to help accelerate the Green Umbrella vision to make greater Cincinnati "the nation's most environmentally sustainable region and a highly desirable place to live and work."

     

    To ensure we have a strong pool of applicants, we ask you to think about your personal and professional acquaintances and to encourage good candidates for this extremely important position.

     

    More information on how to apply can be found here. Note that the deadline for applications is March 15th

     

    The announcement about Brewster stepping down can be found our website.

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    2015 Ohio Stormwater Conference Registration Now Open!

    May 6-8, 2015
    Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Sandusky, Ohio

    The 2015 Ohio Stormwater Conference has been approved for up to 16 hours of ALA credits (based on classes/tours taken). The 2015 Conference is expected to be the biggest one yet with over 83 exhibitors and 75 speakers over six tracks of concurrent sessions. Visit the Conference Website http://www.ohiostormcon.com/ by clicking here for more information on this event.

    Please view online this year’s Registration Packet by clicking here.

    Early-Bird Registration ends April 15, 2015

    Cost: $195 Early registration ($245 after April 15th, 2015)

             $95 Student Registration

             $95 Scholarship Registration

    For questions, please contact Harry Stark at hstark@ohiostormcon.com

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    Ohio Construction Conference

    OCASLA is pleased to support the 2015 Ohio Construction Conference set for Thursday, March 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University.

    With more than 300 industry leaders expected to attend, the Conference is the largest professional education event in the Midwest. Gathering owners, facility managers, design professionals, contractors and suppliers, the OCC encourages the exchange of information about regional and national initiatives, as well as best business practices.

    The one day conference features a variety of general and breakout sessions, including, “Collaboration from an Owner’s Perspective: Small Group Discussions Led by Local Owners and Design Professionals.” To wrap up a day of dialogue, Conference participants will sit with owners and design professionals at small roundtables to discuss challenges facing the industry.

    Cost to attend the Conference is $255 for the entire day’s programming, meals and refreshments. If you can’t commit to the entire day, consider a half-day registration for $160 per person. Firms may also take advantage of a bulk discount for multiple registrations and get 3 full-day registrations for $550! All registrations are non-refundable but may be transferred to another employee at the firm.

    For more information or to register, visit www.bx.org or contact Deb Murphy at the Exchange, 614-486-9521, ext. 215 or by email at dmurphy@bx.org. Download the conference brochure by clicking here.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News: March 4, 2015

    Governance and Administration

     

    •   Preparations for Advocacy Day and the midyear meetings of the Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council are fully underway. To streamline midyear meeting emails, one “midyear moment” email will be sent per week with all relevant BOT, CPC, and advocacy information, links, and deadlines.  Please note that the usual pre-BOT meeting webinars will take place on March 31 and April 2; both at 1 p.m. EDT. Details and agenda to come. There are also two webinars scheduled to help advocates prepare for Advocacy Day; April 16 and April 23, both at 2 p.m. EDT. 

     

    •   President Elect Chad Danos, FASLA, spoke at the Louisiana Chapter’s annual meeting last week where he discussed ASLA's programs and priorities with a special focus on advocacy and the creation of ASLA's Center for Landscape Architecture. In addition to the overview of ASLA, he outlined the chapter's new advocacy initiative to increase its outreach to municipalities and state agencies on licensure and restraints to practice. 

     

    •   Also, PE Danos visited studios as a guest juror at the LSU School of Landscape Architecture, met with the student chapter leaders and discussed ways to increase student participation. Danos concluded the day with a pizza party where he spoke about the benefits of being an ASLA member.

     

    •   Last Friday, EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, was the keynote speaker at the Kentucky Chapter’s annual meeting. Somerville’s presentation focused on resiliency. She also visited Human Nature, a landscape architecture firm in Cincinnati, and met with staff of 3CDC (Center City Cincinnati Development Corporation) to hear about redevelopment and significant landscape architecture projects in the city and region.   

     

    •   EVP Somerville met with Urban Land Institute (ULI) CEO Patrick Phillips recently to share information regarding organizational priorities and operations.  Phillips will be representing ULI at the midyear BOT/CPC lunch.  The lunch program will repeat last year’s Pecha Kucha-inspired format for organizational reports, but with a focus on emerging professionals and diversity issues

     

    •   The call for 2015 Council of Fellows nominations closed last Friday.  Between 90-100 nominations were received, are being processed, and will be sent out to jurors in the coming weeks. The jury will convene May 7-8 at ASLA headquarters.

     

    •   The Constitution and Bylaws Committee met by conference call on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming bylaws review.  Please send any bylaws issues to Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA

     

    •   As of last Friday, fundraising to create the Center for Landscape Architecture totaled $671,916 or 67 percent of the $1 million goal, with funds still to be calculated from those received this week. Ann Looper, Hon. ASLA, recently departed ASLA as its primary fundraiser for the Chinatown Green Streets project and the Headquarters renovation.  Recruitment for the position is underway with the new title of Director, Stakeholder Relations and Resource Development.  Until the position is filled, all donations and questions for the building renovation should be directed to Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, and for the Green Street Demonstration Project to Professional Practice Manager Deborah Steinberg, ASLA.

     

    •   The Roof is Growing! education web page has been updated with new photos and a link to the Career Discovery page. After reviewing the stats, a decline in pageviews was noted over the years. More will be done to promote the page in 2015, and more updates will be coming to the overall green roof page in the near future.

    Government Affairs

     

    •   Government Affairs conducted a webinar focused on ASLA’s advocacy program. The webinar, co-hosted by National Student Representative Cameron Rodman, Student ASLA, brought together students and emerging professionals from across the country to learn about ASLA’s licensure efforts, federal priorities, resources, and tools. The webinar also featured information on how students and emerging professionals can be effective advocates to advance ASLA’s advocacy goals and the profession.

     

    •   Director Blackwell is participating in the Policy Strategy Meeting on Walkability and Active Transportation today, where organizations involved in advocating for walkability and active transportation are working to identify unique policy needs and strategies to secure the best outcomes as Congress begins to reauthorize MAP-21, the surface transportation law.

     

    •   Director Blackwell also participated in the General Services Administration’s Industry Associations Roundtable discussion where GSA officials briefed the group on current projects and the fiscal year 2016 budget request. The group also discussed the “WELL Building” standards and how GSA could begin to incorporate these principals into the federal buildings.

     

    •   Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason and Legislative Analyst Leighton Yates participated in the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition (SUFC) annual meeting, which had nearly 50 attendees representing more than 35 national NGOs, professional associations, private sector companies, and federal agencies. The meeting provided an opportunity to review the previous year’s priorities pertaining to policy, research and development, and strategic engagement, and also included presentations from an array of federal and private sector organizations on ways to promote the coalition’s policy goals and objectives to various audiences.

     

    •   Manager Cason and Analyst Yates organized a meeting with the Pollinator Partnership to discuss reintroduction of the Highway BEE Act, which promotes conservation and improved habitat for pollinators on state managed rights-of-way. The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss additional collaborations during Pollinator Week in June.

     

    •   Analyst Yates met with Government Affairs and policy staff from the American Planning Association (APA), which served as an introduction for new APA staff and an opportunity to discuss collaborations on future legislative activities in the state chapters and in Washington, D.C.

     

    Member and Chapter Services

     

    •   Today’s membership total is 15,142 (see details below):

     

     

    MEMBER CATEGORY

    TOTAL

    Affiliate

    630

    Associate

    1,724

    Corporate

    134

    Full Member

    9,532

    Full-Fellow

    749

    Honorary

    148

    International

    201

    Student Affiliate

    285

    Student

    1,739

     

     

    •   The 2015-2016 National Student Representative election is live and the five candidates have been posted to asla.org. Ballots were distributed to the student chapter presidents.  Voting closes on March 8 and the winner will be announced at LA Bash.

     

    •   Planning for LA Bash (March 19-21 at Cal-Poly, SLO) continues and plans are to make ASLA’s 8x20 booth space a parklet. President Richard Zweifel and Membership VP Keith Wilson are assisting in securing donations for our indoor “park.”

     

    Public Relations and Communications

     

    •   Public Relations and Communications Director Terry Poltrack and PR and Communications Coordinator J.R. Taylor met via phone with Richard Alomar, ASLA, of Rutgers University to coordinate plans for the coordinated global sketch-walk day during World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM). Staff will help recruit national chapter involvement and will promote the project to media while sharing resulting images on the WLAM webpage.  Alomar and partners Rutgers, the ASLA New York Chapter, and the ASLA New Jersey Chapter will work with landscape architecture programs and the global Urban Sketchers group to recruit global involvement. The program, tentatively titled “Out/Loud,” will also maintain a separate social media presence.

     

    •   JobLinkboasts 91 job postings as of this morning, six of which are internship opportunities.

     

    •   The Dirt and the University of Virginia Student ASLA Chapter continue their content partnership into its third year. Some 15 posts have been provided by UVA MLA students over the years, giving wide exposure to the students and their thinking and giving readers an inside look at the lectures and programs going on in a top-tier landscape architecture graduate program. Recent posts from UVA students include: Gardening the Metropolis and Envisioning a New Academic Commons.The Dirt and Harvard University Graduate School of Design also continue their content partnership, now in its third year as well, with MLA student Lara Mehling providing posts. This year, additional posts will be coming from the University of Pennsylvania.

     

     

    Landscape Architecture Magazine

     

    •   LAM Editor Brad McKee and Associate Editor Jennifer Reut are working with Marketing Manager Suzanne Lipscomb and Coordinator James Taylor on a unified social media strategy for the magazine to boost traffic through increased posting, linking to other sources of news, content sharing with other organizations, and incorporating more visual life on the LAM web site. The push to build traffic comes ahead of a plan later in 2015 to enhance the web site’s design and interactivity. The next step is to identify content to be implemented over the next month and shared through social media channels. LAM social media currently has more than 300,000 followers.

     

    Marketing

     

    •   Architectural Record and Sweets have agreed to become media partners for the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO. Promotion through print advertising and emails will reach more than 300,000 subscribers and users.

     

    Professional Practice

     

    •   On February 26, the Residential Landscape Architecture PPN hosted the Online Learning presentation Incorporating the Top Trends for Residential Landscape Design into New and Renovated Homes, which offered 1.0 PDH and was presented by Jennifer Horn, ASLA. There were 53 attendees participating in the live webinar to kick off the 2015 Online Learning series. The recording of the webinar has been added to the catalogue of recorded presentations.

     

    •   This month, the Water Conservation PPN will host two Online Learning presentations, which will both offer 1.0 PDH: Technical Performance of Inorganic Soil Amendments for Water Conservation on March 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT, and U.S. EPA's National Stormwater Calculator on March 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT. Registration is now open for both Online Learning opportunities.

     

    Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board

     

    •   The Committee on Education (COE) held its first 2015 committee conference call. Chair Sean Rotar, ASLA, and Accreditation and Education Programs Manager Kristopher Pritchard led the call and covered the ASLA Committee Chair Orientation, in addition to reviewing items covered in 2014 and discussing goals and aspirations for 2015.

     

    •   Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) Manager Kristopher Pritchard, held an LAAB Annual Report (Civicore) webinar on Thursday, February 26 for all LA Program Chairs. The session was recorded and a link is available for any individuals who were unable to attend. Please contact Manager Pritchard at kpritchard@asla.org. LAAB ROVE Teams began conducting accreditation reviews for spring 2015. University of Georgia (MLA); Texas A&M University (BLA); and Virginia Tech (BLA) have all had reviews conducted throughout the month of February. Programs reviewed during spring 2015 are scheduled to be considered at the LAAB summer 2015 Board Meeting.

     

    Deadlines and Reminders

    The Leadership Calendar can be accessed on the web.

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    Jobs

    OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

    Please click here to current postings.

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    AECOM’s vision to become one of the world’s premier infrastructure firms is shared by 100,000 professional in 170 countries.   AECOM Cleveland is located in Playhouse Square, which is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the central business district and home to Kent State’s new MLA program.  Our Cleveland landscape architects collaborate with architects, engineers, transportation planners and scientists every day.  We work on a wide variety of projects including urban design and green infrastructure for a 2 mile section of I-95 through Philadelphia neighborhoods, the campus of Ohio University, ecological restoration in Blanchard watershed, and landscape architecture for parks, plazas, streetscapes and museums. We are driven by a common purpose – to positively impact lives, transform communities and make the world a better place.

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    This individual will have strong academic performance and have obtained a Bachelors’ degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited college or university. The candidate should have 1-3 years of work experience within the profession.  The individual‘s professional experience should include grading, storm water, planting design, writing, master planning and construction detailing for a variety of projects in the public and private sector. The candidate should have these professional software skills at a minimum: Autocad/Civil3d, Sketchup, ArcGIS, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

    AECOM’s vision to become one of the world’s premier infrastructure firms is shared by 100,000 professional in 170 countries.   AECOM Cleveland is located in Playhouse Square, which is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the central business district and home to Kent State’s new MLA program.  Our Cleveland landscape architects collaborate with architects, engineers, transportation planners and scientists every day.  We work on a wide variety of projects including urban design and green infrastructure for a 2 mile section of I-95 through Philadelphia neighborhoods, the campus of Ohio University, ecological restoration in Blanchard watershed, and landscape architecture for parks, plazas, streetscapes and museums. We are driven by a common purpose – to positively impact lives, transform communities and make the world a better place.

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    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 recruiting@bayerbecker.com

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    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. 

    Requirements

    •          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 ar@2thecreek.com

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    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. 

    Requirements

    •          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 ar@2thecreek.com

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    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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