April 2017  

Happy Landscape Architecture Month!

This month OCASLA is celebrating Landscape Architecture Month through unique events and social media:

  • Each day in April the OCASLA Instagram page is posting photos of landscapes and parks across Ohio, check it out HERE (can also be found on OCASLA Facebook page). 
  • The 2016 OCASLA Award Winners are currently being displayed in Columbus at the Center for Architecture and Design, and are also being featured in the April edition of Ohio Magazine.
  • The OCASLA Miami Section held an irrigation design workshop this month.
  • The OCASLA Buckeye Section participated in the Grange Audubon Center Earth Day clean up.
  • On April 29th the OCASLA Western Reserve Section will hold a tour at Belden Brick Company Plant #4

For more information and to see photos from these events please visit

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2017 OCASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO - Speaker Highlight: Forbes Lipschitz

2017 Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO
Speaker Highlight: Forbes Lipschitz

Educational Session #2

Speaker | Forbes Lipschitz, Assistant Professor - Landscape Architecture Section, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University

Forbes' Bio: Forbes Lipschitz is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She teaches both studio and seminar courses in landscape planning, geographic information systems, and representation. As a faculty affiliate with the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation, her current research explores the role of geospatial analysis and representation in rethinking North American agricultural territories. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in environmental aesthetics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

The OCASLA Annual Meeting is May 19th at COSI. Click HERE to register for the Annual Meeting.


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OCASLA Members Featured in The Dirt

Jerry Smith, FASLA of  SMITH | GreenHealth Consulting and Yumin Li, ASLA of POD Design have been working together on an American-style senior living development in China. Read about their exciting new project in The Dirt.

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OCASLA Awards Winner Spotlight: Cincinnati Connects Plan & Lakewood Park Solstice Steps

Cincinnati Connects Plan
Cincinnati, Ohio

Planning + Analysis - Honor Award

Human Nature, Inc.

The Cincinnati Connects plan is a collaboration between Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek, Cincinnati Department of Transportation, AECOM and stakeholders from across Cincinnati to develop a bold vision for a healthy, vibrant, and revitalized city that offers enhanced mobility and connectivity for all of its citizens through a robust active transportation network.


Read the full description and view all the images for the Cincinnati Connects Plan in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

Lakewood Park Solstice Steps
Lakewood, Ohio

Design: Constructed - Merit Award

Environmental Design Group

From a landfill to beautiful lake views, the Solstice Steps at Lakewood Park created one the most regionally significant places for public lakefront access on Lake Erie’s coastline. It not only provides the privilege of lakefront views, but encourages residents and visitors to use the steps creatively. Its design orients visitors to enjoy the Lake, and has been a catalyst of newfound appreciation for the City’s surrounding natural resources and community investment. 


Read the full description and view all the images for the Lakewood Park Solstice Steps in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

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Welcome New OCASLA Members!

Welcome to new members Jeremy Hinte and Frieda Boland! Make sure you say hello to them at your next meeting!

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: April 5, 2017

Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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"The Science of Scenery" by Dr. Andrew Lothian

The Science of Scenery by Dr. Andrew Lothian provides a rigorous examination of how we view scenic beauty, why we like it, and how it may be measured and mapped. This book may appeal to and provide a valuable resource to landscape architects, planners, psychologists, geologists and environmentalists. It is available on, for more information download the Book Flyer.

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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


Our Company Founded and originated as a full service landscape design build firm in 1984, KGK has impacted the local industry through a combination of relentless quality, design creativity, problem solving, leadership, and trustworthiness. Today KGK continues to strive for excellence through its guiding principles of approach, process, and implementation.

In 2017, KGK announced the addition of Derek Kuryla, PLA, ASLA to further broaden our range of skills, creativity, and as an extension into landscape architecture and urban design services. His background and knowledge in landscape architecture, urban design, and master planning acquired from The Ohio State University and Columbus-based design firm, MKSK Studios, will allow KGK to take on diverse design challenges, whether public, private, commercial, or residential.  From conceptual design to construction detailing, master planning to project implementation, KGK places an emphasis on consistency and innovation that has led us to an industry wide recognized reputation and level of respect.

Construction Project Coordinator, Full Time Position In support of our diverse set of design build services, we are seeking a Construction Project Coordinator to provide integral components to ensure the success of our large and small scale design and or design/build projects. During the pre-contract phase the coordinator is responsible for all front end tasks to ready the project for the design phase.  Onsite measuring, site analysis and CAD drafting as well as product research are key responsibilities. Once the project is in production, the coordinator is responsible for material procurement, inventory management, scheduling assistance, and construction administration. Three years’ experience in related position and Associates Degree or higher in Construction/Project Management, Landscape Architecture, or a related field is required.

 For an in depth look at job qualifications, skills responsibilities please visit


Position Title: Park Planner

Full -Time (40 Hours per Week)


At-Will Employment 

Number of Openings: One (1)

Division/Department: Planning & Operations

Qualifications: (see below)

Salary: $20.16 - $23.85 Hourly
$41,932.80 - $49,608.00 Salary

Posting Dates: August 11, 2017 until position is filled

Resume, Letter of Interest and Application to:

Attention: Human Resources
Re: Park Planner Position
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, OH 44024-9148

P: 440.286.9516

F: 440.286.1285

Apply Online At:



Geauga Park District Invites applications for the position of:

Position Title: Park Planner (40 hours per week)

Salary: $20.16 - $23.85 Hourly
$41,932.80 - $49,608.00 Salary

Posting Dates: August 11, 2017, until position is filled

Position Description:
Prepares park, facility, and trail plans, designs, and construction documents. Manages consultants in the planning and engineering of parks, facilities, and trails. Manages and administers minor construction projects and contracts.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform essential duties to expected performance standards. Reasonable accommodations are made as required for persons with disabilities as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

- Plans and designs construction and renovation projects. Assists in the preparation of long- range development plans and park master plans; prepares specific site plans and detailed designs; prepares construction documents for park renovations and improvements.

- Working with the Director of Planning & Operations, develops request for qualifications, evaluates statements of qualifications submitted by consultants.

- Manage planning and design project prepared by engineering and architectural consultants; oversees the contract; ensures project goals are met; communicates with internal and external stakeholders; review and approve invoices.

- Develop plans, designs, and specifications that enhance various natural habitats and systems that are environmentally sensitive and sustainable and are compatible with Park’s Natural Resource Management Plans.

- Prepare bid and proposal documents, manage bidding process, evaluate bids and proposals, prepare contracts for assigned construction projects.

- Administer assigned construction projects by executing contract documents, approving payment applications, preparing change orders, and verifying compliance with regulatory requirements. 

- Manages contractor performance by monitoring adherence to plans and specifications, quality control, budget adherence, and schedule performance

- Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, strategic plans, along with all phases of individual project development including but not limited to conceptual design, master planning, design development, cost estimating, construction document preparation, public bidding, construction administration, and field representation.

- Assist in the administration of grants.

- Prepares presentation level graphic plans, maps and supporting documentation utilizing ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Programs.

- May prepare and deliver presentations to the Board of Park Commissioners and public groups, such as civic organizations, boards, user groups, the general public and Park District staff.

- Assists in the coordination and acquisition of all required permits and regulatory agency reviews including but not limited to GSWCD, OEPA, USACE, and other regulatory agency reviews.

- Assists in the preparation of estimates of probable construction costs for planned/ future construction projects.

- Assists in the research, identification, composition, preparation and submission of grants.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. A combination of appropriate education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is:

- Bachelors of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or Civil Engineering related fields with a minimum of one to five (1-5) years of related experience.

- Professional registration and/or state licensure as a landscape architect, planner or civil engineer is preferred but not required.

Additional Information:

Geauga Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Division: Planning & Operations
Department: Planning & Natural Resource Management

Reply in writing to:

Attention: Human Resources
Re: Park Planner Position
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, OH 44024-9148

Apply online at:
FAX: (440) 286-1285


greenland engineering is looking for a Landscape Architecture Designer in Cleveland, Ohio. The selected candidate will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of architects, civil engineers, planners and others, to provide design and production support on a variety of landscape architectural projects. Project emphasis includes: K-12 and higher education, healthcare, and commercial market, as well as, land planning on commercial development. If you are interested in an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in a supportive and collaborative environment, please submit your resume and a sample of recent work.

Landscape Architecture Designer The position will help clients plan, design, and implement projects. Applicant should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, a PLA license, and a minimum of 2 years of experience is preferred.


  • Designs and manages landscape architecture projects.
  • Develops, modifies and reviews drawings for landscape architecture projects.
  • Demonstrates creative thinking abilities and contributes to firm-wide design excellence and problem solving.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the relationship between design and constructability.
  • Ability to incorporate Sustainable Design solutions into projects.
  • Participates in managing client relationship.
  • Assures Greenland document standards are met and archives documents appropriately. 
  • Assists in preparation of proposals; participates in interviews and public presentations.
  • Understands company agreements, contracts and deliverables and assures standards for project management are met.
  • Actively promotes collaborative and innovative culture.


Required Skills

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Proficiency in Photoshop and Sketchup graphic software preferred.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines.


If you are interested in an exciting, challenging and rewarding career submit your resume and a sample of recent work to: or mail to:

Greenland Engineering, Attn: HR, 4133 Erie Street, Willoughby, OH 44094

Visit our website at:  


LDA architects, Inc., an award-winning architecture firm based out of offices at the historic Agora Theater in Midtown Cleveland, OH, is seeking an enthusiastic and creative Landscape Architect to join our team. Our firm is dynamic and growing, and blessed with talent and passion. As a member of the LDA team, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and will be pushed to be well-rounded and knowledgeable in multiple practice areas.


For more information download job description below.

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