Meeting/Event Information

    2015 OCASLA Fall Educational + GALA

    October 02, 2015
    11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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    MOCA Cleveland
    11400 Euclid Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44106


    The Ohio Chapter of ASLA is proud to present the 2015 OCASLA Fall Educational + GALA. This event is in its fourth year, and will take place in Cleveland where we will learn how the City is reinventing itself through means of Innovation and Transportation. Participants who attend the Fall Educational will receive 4 LACES HSW CEU's.

    (**Participants may choose to attend both the Fall Educational and the GALA, or only one of the events. For example, a registrant can choose to attend the GALA only....just be sure to register for each ticket individually**)



    PLEASE NOTE: Registration is now CLOSED!

    Lunch + Tour (11:00am-4pm)

    • ASLA Member: $75 ($100)
    • Non-Member: $100 ($125)
    • SCASLA Member: $25 ($40)
    • Non-SCASLA Member: $40 ($55)


    GALA 2015 (6:00-10:00pm)

    • ASLA Member: $20 ($35)
    • Non-Member: $40 ($55)
    • SCASLA Member: $10 ($25)
    • Non-SCASLA Member: $20 ($35)


    Early Bird Deadline: Friday, August 28, 2015 @ 5:00pm

    Tour Registration Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015 @ 5:00pm

    Tour Registration Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 4:00pm

    (or when filled, space is limited. only 15 seats left!!!

    GALA Registration Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 4:00pm



    Speaker Sessions and Tour of Landscape Architecture Projects in Downtown Cleveland (Lunch + 4 CEU’s)


    2015 GALA + OCASLA Awards Ceremony (Food + Drinks)



    Friday, October 2, 2015

    • Lunch + Speakers: 12:00pm-2:00pm @ MOCA Cleveland
    • Tour: 2:00pm-4:00pm @ Downtown Cleveland
    • GALA 2015: 6:00pm-10:00pm @ MOCA Cleveland


    GALA 2015

    MOCA Cleveland

    11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106



    11:00am-12:00pm      Registration @ MOCA

    12:00-1:00pm             Lunch + Keynote Address @ MOCA

    University Circle: Cleveland’s Innovation District

    From Cleveland’ historic millionaire’s row on Euclid Ave., to the student inventors creating new products and companies today, innovation has always had an important role in University Circle. As Cleveland and the rest of the nation recover from the recession, innovation districts, defined by Brookings Institution as “geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators are rising as the new, dominant force on the economic landscape. Chris Ronayne will discuss University Circle’s past, present, and future as Cleveland’s Innovation District and what that means for the neighborhood and region.

    Chris Ronayne

    Chris Ronayne, University Circle Inc.

    Christopher Ronayne was named President of University Circle Inc (UCI) in 2005. UCI is the non-profit community service corporation responsible for the development, service, and advocacy of University Circle as a world-class center of innovation in health care, education, and arts & culture and premier urban district. Since becoming UCI’s seventh president, Ronayne developed a dynamic and aggressive agenda to leverage the institutional assets of the Circle’s anchor “Eds, Meds, and Arts” organizations and transform it into a vibrant mixed-use district. 

    Chris Ronayne and his staff partner with more than 40 member institutions to oversee the growth and direction of Ohio’s fastest growing employment district, with UCI providing community planning, development, education, marketing, police, and other shared services. 

    Before joining UCI, Ronayne served the City of Cleveland as the City’s Planning Director, Chief Development Officer, and Chief of Staff. He was the chief architect of the City’s Waterfront District Plan, an ambitious effort to reconnect the people of Cleveland to Lake Erie. 

    In addition to his role with UCI, Ronayne is Chairman of the Port of Cleveland Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Holden Parks Trust, a member of CEOs for Cities, the American Planning Association, and numerous local boards and foundations. Ronayne is a frequent speaker and lecturer at urban development seminars and forums across the United States and internationally. Ronayne holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University and a Bachelors degree in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

    Chris is married to Natalie Ronayne, Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Holden Arboretum. They live in the City of Cleveland with their two children.

    1:00-2:30pm              Transportation Tour - Discussion + RTA Healthline

    Maribeth Feke

    Maribeth Feke, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

    Ms. Feke is the Director of Programming & Planning at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. Her oversight responsibilities include long and short range capital project planning, Rapid Transit Station & Transit Center Planning, Transit Oriented Development, Public Art, Environmental Planning and Property Management.  Ms. Feke has been instrumental in creating a comprehensive neighborhood planning, engagement while building strategic alliances that successfully create strategic implementation strategies surrounding RTA rail stations and facilities.  To date she has completed such efforts in Downtown, Little Italy, University Circle, Ohio City, and Buckeye neighborhoods of Cleveland, and in Shaker Heights at Lee/Van Aken and Warrensville/Chagrin among others. She has also been instrumental in constructing the network of 5 transit centers/park-n-ride lots throughout the service area; gaining $25M in DOT Tiger Grants for University Circle and Mayfield Station stations., and completion of a Transit Oriented Development Policy and Best Practices Guide.  Her current projects include implementation of the, Alternatives Analysis for the RedLine/Healthline Extension, A Transit alternatives analysis of E.34/E 79th Street Stations, Public Art Program and the implementation of Transit Waiting Environment program targeted to improve the bus stop environment throughout RTA’s service area.

    Before working at RTA, Ms. Feke held positions in Planning, Community, and Economic Development with the City of Kent, a small planning consulting firm in Cleveland, and a regional council of governments in Marietta, Ohio.

    Ms. Feke holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. from Cleveland State University. She is active in several local development corporations including the Past President of the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, First Vice-President of the Historic Warehouse District Board of Trustees, and a Director of Northeast Ohio Advancing Women in Transportation Symposium (WTS). She is also an active member of the Local Chapter of the American Planning Association as an AICP.

    2:30-4:00pm              Public Square Tour - Construction Site Presentation

    **Note: This is not a hard hat tour. No construction site gear required.

    Public Square

    Public Square Tour Guides:

    Nora Romanoff

    Nora Romanoff, LAND studio

    Nora Romanoff is Senior Project Director of LAND studio. As Senior Project Director, Nora directly oversees LAND studio's staff, setting project priorities and interfacing with clients, and serving as lead on a select number of major initiatives. Recent examples of projects Nora has overseen include: The Group Plan Commission; LAND studio's partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress; park and greenspace planning; Uptown Public Spaces and the Greater University Circle Initiative; and she is the project manager for the redesign of Public Square. Nora previously served in a similar capacity at LAND studio's parent organizations, ParkWorks, and played a major role in guiding the organization through its 2011 merger.

    Nora serves on the board of directors of Scarborough House, a Cleveland based non-profit agency that provides treatment and housing to those struggling with substance abuse. She was also a co-recipient of the 2011 Pan Award from Cleveland Public Theater in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the community. Additionally in 2013, Nora was an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship recipient.


    Veronica Rivera

    Veronica Rivera, James Corner Field Operations

    Veronica is a landscape and architectural designer at James Corner Field Operations. She has a MArch and MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, and BA from the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico.

    Having worked in Puerto Rico, Berlin and New York City, she brings a broad perspective of culture and ingenuity – as well as great attention to detail. Her approach focuses on the continuity of projects from concept to construction. Currently she is leading Construction Administration for Cleveland’s Public Square, which dramatically reconfigures a once fragmented series of quadrants into a unified whole. She previously contributed her skills to the design for Chicago's Navy Pier, the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong and the New Presidio Parklands in San Francisco. 

    Joe Ferenczy

    Joe Ferenczy, Osborn Engineering

    Joe Ferenczy joined Osborn Engineering in 2013 as the Manager of Civil Engineering.  His career includes over 18 years of experience in the design and construction of public and private infrastructure projects including both large and small scale. In his career, his experience has included green infrastructure, utility and roadway design; hydrology and hydraulics and storm water management.

    He is currently serving as the Project Manager and Utility Coordinator for the redevelopment of Cleveland’s Public Square in conjunction with James Corner Field Operations. The comprehensive redevelopment will close off Ontario Ave in the square, expand plazas and green space to unite the four quadrants into two halves. New pavements, landscaping, earthen mounds, retaining walls, site lightings and other site improvements are involved as well as extensive utility coordination

    6:00-10:00pm              GALA 2015 @ MOCA



    Courtyard Marriott - Cleveland University Circle 

    2021 Cornell Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106


    $35.00 Gala Ticket - Allied ASLA Member
    $20.00 Earlybird rate before September 4

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