January 2018  

2018 OCASLA Strategic Planning Meeting

The OCASLA Executive Committee kicked off the a very successful 2018 Strategic Planning Meeting Friday, January 19th at the Hopewell in Downtown Columbus. The days topics included advocacy/lobbying efforts at the state and local levels, Public Relations Campaigns for Landscape Architecture, and bringing added value to our membership. We are looking forward to a great year. A big thank you to our sponsors and membership for your continued support and participation. 

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2018 OCASLA Annual Meeting: Save The Date

2018 OCASLA Annual Meeting - Save The Date!
333 W Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215
April, 20th, 2018

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Design With Unilock Happy Hour

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Western Reserve Section Winter Meeting & Social

Please join your local Western Reserve Section Landscape Architects for an evening of food, drinks and holiday cheer at BOMBA Tacos & Rum.

Space is limited, so sign up early. Deadline for registration is February 16th. Tickets include appetizers, dinner and of course, an open bar. The party will be held in a private room.

Registration is free for members and $15 for guests. Please visit to RSVP.

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Akron Civic Commons, in partnership with the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, GAR Foundation, JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Rockefeller and the Akron Civic Theatre, invite you to join us for a community conversation with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver on the importance of planning and design of our civic commons spaces. With over 30 years of experience, Commissioner Silver brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in urban planning, how people use outdoor space, and how to create what he calls "park equity." Tickets are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis. Refreshments will be provided compliments of the Knight Foundation

Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA). He is an award-winning planner with more than 30 years of experience and he is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets.

To read the rest of Commissioner Silver's bio, please visit:

Please contact Katelyn Freil at the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition at 330-374-5657 or for additional information. 

February 08, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Akron Civic Theatre
182 South Main Street 
Akron, OH 44308

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ASLA Reminder: Call for Presentations for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo Are Open

ASLA is now accepting proposals for the 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO education program, taking place October 19-22, 2017 in Philadelphia. If you are interested in presenting and sharing your knowledge with the landscape architecture profession, we encourage you to submit a proposal through our online system.  

In order to successfully submit a presentation for consideration, the following items are needed for each presentation: speaker names with a biography, a session title, marketing statement, learning objectives, outline, and sources. Submissions should speak to panel diversity and audience engagement. Additionally, all presenters must sign the speaker terms and agreement prior to the January 31, 2018 submission deadline.

Please visit the submission site for detailed information. 

ASLA members are invited to log in to the online system using their unique ASLA ID.

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: January 24, 2018

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


The Short North Alliance has an immediate opening for a new position: Deputy Director, District Projects & Operations

Organization: The Short North Arts District has exploded in terms of new development, new businesses, new residents, and ever increasing visitors. With that growth, our organization has experienced an increased demand for our existing programs and services along with an acute need to develop new programs and services to meet the evolving requirements of keeping the Short North Arts District the most vibrant spot in the Columbus region. 

The job description and application instructions for this new position are available on our website here: 

Description: We're looking for a skilled project manager with a keen focus on details and a creative mind to help develop and launch new parking and mobility programs, to help support a growing public art program, and to help the ongoing operations of Short North Alliance services and projects in the public realm to continue to thrive.

Interested applicants should apply through The deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Short North Alliance
21 E 5th Ave Ste 103
Columbus, OH 43201
p) 614.299.8050


EMI is seeking a Landscape Designer with expertise in Hardscape, Landscape Materials and Installation processes to assist with the design / renovation of commercial, multi-family and high end residential projects.  This position reports to the Landscape Architect and is based in our Dublin, OH area headquarters.


The Designer will support the projects of the Landscape Architect, complete independent projects and prepare designs in support of account managers/sales staff.  Duties include conducting field assessments, preparation of base maps, participate in meetings to facilitate & create solutions in-line with budgets and site challenges. Produce finished plans for presentation and construction drawings as needed. Assist with project coordination through completion.    


Landscape Design Degree from an accredited university or equivalent combinations of technical training and/or experience with 2-5 years’ experience in landscape design or construction industry.

Proficient in the following programs: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, AutoCAD, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Bluebeam Revu.

Proficient in reading and analyzing plans and specification documents. Knowledge of landscape terminology, plant materials, construction materials & design coordination.

Advanced computer, math and interpersonal communication skills.


Review designs with Landscape Architect & Production Staff to determine construction methods and generate cost estimates.

Conduct field analysis and prepare AutoCAD base maps to facilitate the design process.

Request quotations from material suppliers and trade subcontractors

Create effective designs for Account Managers as assigned.

Create and maintain databases with information for subcontractors and vendors including accurate material costs from suppliers.

Organize, review and log quotes in accordance with file management structure.

Participate in project review meetings with owner or owner’s representative as needed.

Perform additional assignments as assigned.

This position will require 40 – 45+ hours per week. This is a salaried, exempt position and is eligible for EMI’s full company benefit program. Travel, when required is generally limited to the Columbus Metro region. EMI is an EOE firm.


Please submit a resume with salary requirements and a portfolio in digital format to Joe Lewis, Employee Services Manager, at

Additional EMI information may be viewed at


The Planning and Landscape Architecture Division of AECOM Cleveland is actively seeking a hardworking, landscape architect/designer with 2-5 years of professional landscape architecture or closely related experience.  We are looking for a candidate who is ready to learn and assist with all aspects of the design process in a fast-paced design studio.  AECOM Cleveland’s Planning and Landscape Architecture group has a diverse portfolio of work ranging from ecological restoration to urban design.  Job assignments will include the development of the following:


  • Master Plans
  • Feasibility Studies Conceptual Plans
  • Visual Simulations
  • Project Narratives
  • Site Analysis
  • Construction Documentation
  • Presentation Graphics
  • Reports
  • Grant Applications


If you are interested in learning more, please contact Christian Lynn at


Human Nature, Inc. is a Cincinnati-based Landscape Architecture and Planning design firm with award-winning projects throughout the Midwest. Located just outside downtown, on the edge of Eden Park, we offer a creative studio environment focusing on place-specific design with a wide variety of design services and multi-disciplinary staff. We continue to grow our talented and dedicated team of professionals. We are seeking a candidate with 2-5 years of experience, who has education and proficiency in landscape architecture.    A strong candidate will have:

  • Proven strong technical and production skills
  • Familiarity with all stages of design
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well in an open-studio team environment
  • Good communication skills and be proactive
  • Ability to coordinate well with other disciplines
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Flexibility to work on a variety of project types and scales


  • Landscape architecture, and/or engineering degree(s) from an accredited school(s);
  • Proficiencies in CAD, Revit or Civil3D is required
  • Proficiencies in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sketchup, and other industry standard programs is preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required
  • demonstrate a background in moving innovative design projects forward 


No telephone inquiries and no hard copy submittals, please.  Please send a letter of interest, resume and portfolio in digital format only to Tracy Flanagan, Office Manager,

Additional information about Human Nature can be found at

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