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    2015 OCASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO

    April 10, 2015
    7:30 AM to 5:15 PM
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    The Greater Columbus Convention Center
    400 N High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215

    2015 Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting

    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 Sessions that are worth 6 LA CES HSW CEUs. Our Vendor EXPO will be available to all registrants throughout the day, so come see what new products they are offering for 2015!

    Click here to register.

    2015 Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting Fees

    Early Bird ENDED!! (January 21st - February 15th)

    • Member Ticket - Full Day $150  - Half Day $75
    • Non-Member Ticket - Full Day $200 - Half Day $100
    • Allied ASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $150  - Half Day $75
    • SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $30 - Half Day $25
    • Non-SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $40 - Half Day $35


    Normal (February 16th - March 29th) 

    • Member Ticket - Full Day $175 - Half Day $100
    • Non-Member Ticket - Full Day $225 - Half Day $125
    • Allied ASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $175 - Half Day $100
    • SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $30 - Half Day $25
    • Non-SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $40 - Half Day $35


    Late (March 30th - April 3rd @ 5:00pm) 

    • Member Ticket - Full Day $200 - Half Day $125
    • Non-Member Ticket - Full Day $250 - Half Day $150
    • Allied ASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $200 - Half Day $125
    • SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $30 - Half Day $25
    • Non-SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $40 - Half Day $35



    ---Tickets May NOT Be Purchased at the Door!

    ---NO Refunds are Accepted!

    See who's already signed up!

    2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

    • 6:30-7:30am Vendor Check-In
    • 7:30-8:15am Registration + Vendor EXPO + Continental Breakfast
    • 8:15-8:30am Opening Remarks + Welcome + ASLA HQ Update
    • 8:30-10:00am Education Session #1 Mark Focht
    • 10:00-10:45am Break + Vendor EXPO
    • 10:45am-12:15pm Education Session #2 Julia Czerniak
    • 12:15-1:00pm Lunch + Vendor EXPO
    • 1:00-1:15pm Stan Skalka, Victor Stanley
    • 1:15-2:45pm Education Session #3 Bradford McKee
    • 2:45-3:25pm Break + Vendor EXPO
    • 3:25-3:30pm Raffle Drawing Winners Announced
    • 3:30-5:00pm Education Session #4 Thomas Woltz
    • 5:00-5:15pm Closing Remarks + Adjourn


    2015 Annual Meeting Sessions + Speakers Bios

    Educational Session #1 - Green City, Clean Waters: The Philadelphia Story

    Speaker | Mark Focht, PLA, FASLA, First Deputy Commissioner, Parks and Facilities at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Immediate Past President of ASLA

    Session Description: The City of Philadelphia leads the nation in green stormwater infrastructure and restoration through the strategic integration of regulatory compliance obligations with a broader commitment to sustainability and City revitalization. 

    Learn how Philadelphia’s $1.2 billion investment over 25 years deviates from conventional infrastructure approaches through an interdisciplinary through the use of multifunctional land-based infrastructure systems which provide maximum returns to the public and the environment.

    Mark's Bio: As First Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Focht is responsible for operations, planning, property management, ecosystem management and security for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR).  PPR is a 10,100 acre system comprised of 197 passive parks, 55 recreation centers, 97 playgrounds and 71 outdoor swimming pools.

    Mr. Focht holds Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University and University of Massachusetts, respectively, and is a Pennsylvania licensed landscape architect.

    Prior appointments include Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System; Director of the park’s Environment, Stewardship & Education Division and Director of Capital Projects for the Center City District.

    Mr. Focht received Alumni Achievement Awards from the University of Massachusetts (2013) and Penn State (2007) and is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Focht served as the Society’s Vice-President for Communications in 2010/11, President in 2014 and is currently Immediate Past-President.

    Educational Session #2 - Activating Urban Life:  Design Strategies for Resource Challenged Cities

    Speaker | Julia Czerniak, Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University

    Session Description: This session explores remaking cities in America’s Rust Belt while underscoring the centrality of design and innovation in their revitalization. Despite economic, demographic and physical decline, a shrinking city is not necessarily a dying one, yet it requires new strategies at the intersection of design, policy and finance to activate urban life. 

    The content of this session is threefold:  first, we will briefly look the causes of decline and the status of many shrinking cities; second, I will outline a set of disciplinary issues for landscape architecture that intersect with working in these contexts; third, we will examine three significant urban projects by the work of interdisciplinary teams— landscape architects, architects, planners, geographers and experts in real estate— in Syracuse New York.

    Julie's Bio: Julia Czerniak is Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University where she teaches architectural studios as well as seminars on landscape theory and criticism.  Czerniak is educated both as an architect (Princeton University, M. Arch 1992) and landscape architect (Pennsylvania State University, BA 1984).  Through her design practice, CLEAR, and most recently as the former inaugural Director of UPSTATE: the SOA’s Center for Design, Research and Real-Estate, her research and practice draw on the intersection of these disciplines.

    Although the techniques, scales and products of her research vary, Czerniak’s work focuses on the physical and cultural potentials of urban landscapes.  Her collaborations on complex urban projects include the winning competition schemes for the Syracuse Connective Corridor, artNET Public Art in Toledo, Ohio; and the Pittsburgh Charm Bracelet. 

    Czerniak’s work as a designer is complemented by her work as educator and writer, which in all cases advances design as a way to enable new ways of seeing and being. Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) and Case: Downsview Park Toronto (Prestel and Harvard Design School, 2001) focus on contemporary design approaches to public parks and the relationship between landscape and cities.   Czerniak lectures and teaches internationally.  She is currently at work on a volume of essays which examine the potentials of resilience in the design disciplines.

    Educational Session #3 - Media Mysteries: How to Get Published

    Speaker | Bradford McKee, Editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine

    Session Description: Different kinds of editors, reporters, bloggers, and producers want to know different kinds of things about your work as a landscape architect. Some want to show excellent residential projects or uncover the latest desires of homeowners. Others cover public projects and want to know how they come together, how they’re funded, what their benefits are, and why their reading public should care. 

    In this session, landscape architects will learn the most direct and effective methods to gaining media coverage of their work. They will learn how to figure out what different types of editors look for, and what the basic requirements are for design professionals to pitch projects or other types of stories for publication or broadcast. 

    Brad's Bio: Brad has been the editor of LAM since April 2010, when he joined ASLA and began a total redesign of the magazine during its 100th year. Before coming to LAM, he worked as a freelance writer for 10 years, including six years as a contract reporter for the New York Times. He was also a contributing editor to Architect and I.D. magazines during that period, and worked for several years part-time at a Maryland nursery. His design journalism career began in 1993 when he joined the magazine Architecture, where he eventually became a senior editor and then editor-at-large until the magazine closed in 2006. In 1992, he began reporting for the weekly Washington City Paper, and served as the paper’s arts editor from 1997 to 2000.

    Educational Session #4 - Collective Creativity in the Contemporary Landscape

    Speaker | Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principal & Owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

    Session Description: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects projects will be used to illustrate the firm's applied process from a large on-structure urban plaza on the west side of Manhattan to farmland conservation in rural America and New Zealand. The NBW design process is driven by substantive research into the physical, ecological and cultural aspects of site supported by collaborations with allied disciplines.

    In this session, landscape architects will explore the role of narrative in contemporary landscape architecture, from space making to the details of a design. Attendees will learn the critical role research plays in creating civically engaging design by understanding the importance of the creation and preservation of cultural landscapes and their role in society. Thomas will also explore the complexities of leading collaborative processes in the creation of ecologically connected landscapes.  

    Thomas' Bio: Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) with offices in New York City, Charlottesville VA, and San Francisco CA.  During the past 19 years of practice, Woltz and his staff have forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built form and craftsmanship with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat. Currently NBW is entrusted with the design of 8 major public parks across the US, Canada and New Zealand. The firm’s work has been recognized with over 80 national and international awards and published widely.

    In 2011, Thomas Woltz was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession, and in 2013, named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine.

    2015 OCASLA Vendor EXPO Registration

    • OCASLA Sponsor EXPO Table | FREE* 
    • Vendor EXPO Table | $550.00 SOLD OUT!!!
    • Vendor EXPO Lunch | $30.00 (Additional)
    • Must Already Be Registered for EXPO Table


    *Vendor Table is included in Platinum and Gold sponsorships ONLY. Silver sponsors must pay the non-sponsor rate. See the Sponsorship Flyer for more details.

    This year the Vendor EXPO area will be in ballrooms 4 and 5 on the second floor.

    Contact with any questions or special setup requirements.

    Interested in a vendor expo table? What a great opportunity to mingle with landscape architecture professionals and students for over 4 hours.

    Are you looking for summer internship students? Or better yet full-time employment opportunities for an entry-level position?

    OCASLA in conjunction with KSA will have a student portfolio table as well as a job postings table and board. Please contact to inquire about more information.

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