February 2020  

    2020 OCASLA Strategic Planning Meeting

    The Ohio Chapter ASLA Board of Directors met on Friday, January 31st at the CML Dublin Branch for a day filled with discussing how to add even more value to our members and sponsors, promote initiatives that are important to the landscape architects of Ohio, and ways engage the future of our profession while in school. We are very excited and cannot wait for what 2020 has in store for the Ohio Chapter ASLA. 

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    2020 OCASLA Annual Meeting + Expo

    Join the Ohio Chapter of ASLA on Friday, May 15th at The Exchange at Bridge Park for one of the biggest Chapter gatherings of the year. 

    This year's meeting offers 3 Sessions and 1 Tour that are worth 6 HSW LACES CEUs. Our Vendor EXPO will be available to all registrants throughout the day, so come see what new products they are offering for 2020!

    Click here to register!

    Early Bird Fees (ends 03/06/2020)

    • Member Ticket - Full Day $160  - Full Day without Tour $135 - Half Day $85
    • Non-Member Ticket - Full Day $225 – Full Day without Tour $200 – Half Day $150
    • Allied ASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $160  - Full Day without Tour $135 - Half Day $85
    • SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $35 - Half Day $30
    • Non-SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $45 - Half Day $40

    **Tickets May NOT Be Purchased at the Door & NO Refunds are Accepted.

    See who's already signed up!


    2020 Annual Meeting Agenda (6 HSW LACES CEUs) 

    Agenda is subject to change, please check back for final schedule.

    • 7:15am – 8:00am            Registration / Continental Breakfast
    • 8:00am – 8:15am            Welcome + President’s Message – Chris Laster
    • 8:15am – 9:45am            Session #1: Kimberly Garza – Atlas Labs (1.5 CEUs)
    • 9:45am – 10:30am          Break + Vendor Expo
    • 10:30am – 12:00pm        Session #2: Claire Agre – Unknown Studio (1.5 CEUs)
    • 12:00pm – 1:15pm          Lunch + Vendor Expo
    • 1:15pm – 2:15pm            Session #3: Chris Bongorno + Tom Brown – Nelson/Nygard (1.0 CEU)
    • 2:15pm – 3:00pm            Break + Vendor Expo
    • 3:00pm – 5:00pm            Session #4: Tony Murry – NBBJ | CML Dublin Branch (2.0 CEUs)
    • 5:00pm – onward             Happy Hour Vaso Rooftop Bar (Bridge Park)


    • Wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, the final session for the day is a walking tour.
    • Tickets may NOT be purchased at the door and NO Refunds are accepted.


    2020 Annual Meeting Sessions + Speakers Bios

    Educational Session #1 
    SPEAKER | Kimberly Garza, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP
    Founder and Principal of Atlas Labs

    Educational Session #2
    SPEAKER | Claire Agre, ASLA, PLA
    Co-Founder and Principal of Unknown Studio


    Educational Session #3
    SPEAKERS | Thomas Brown, Principal & Christopher Bongorno, Senior Associate 


    Educational Session #4
    SPEAKER | Tony Murry, ASLA, PLA 
    Senior Associate at NBBJ Design


    2020 OCASLA Vendor EXPO Registration

    • OCASLA Platinum and Gold Sponsor EXPO Table | FREE* (Includes 1 Lunch)
    • Vendor EXPO Table | $550 (Includes 1 Lunch)
    • Vendor EXPO Lunch | $30 (Additional Lunches for Additional Vendor Guests) 

    *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.

    Click here to register for EXPO table!

    Contact [email protected] with any questions or special setup requirements.


    Student Portfolio Table

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

    OCASLA in conjunction with OSU, KSU, and UC will have a student portfolio table as well as a job postings table and board.


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    2020 OCASLA Statehouse Day

    The Ohio Chapter of ASLA will be hosting its fifth annual In-State Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. See our tentative schedule below!

    We will be modeling our day based on the national ASLA Advocacy Day held in Washington D.C. each year. Please take a moment to let us know if you are interested in participating. We need your help!

    We have had many issues in Ohio to discuss with our state legislators, from water quality issues in the Toledo area, to our relationship with the Ohio Landscape Architects Board and the recently enacted Reform of Occupational Licensing / Sunset Review Law SB255

    Please Sign-Up today! Contact us with questions at [email protected]


    Statehouse Day Schedule:

    2019 OCASLA Statehouse Day -- Wednesday, April 1st

    Location(s): Ohio Statehouse/Ladies' Gallery/1st Floor

    Member Cost: Free; Members Only

    Agenda: (Meet at Ohio Statehouse/Ladies' Gallery for Check-In)

    1:00-1:15pm   Check-In and Registration

    1:15-1:30pm   Welcome + Ohio Legislative Update  Doug Boyer, VP of Legislative Affairs

    1:30-2:00pm   ASLA National Issues Summary  Eugenia Martin, VP of Government Affairs

    2:00-2:15pm   Guest Speaker  TBD

    2:15-2:45pm   How to talk with your Legislators?  Luther Liggett, Esq.

    2:45-3:00pm   Group Picture in Statehouse

    3:00-4:00pm   Legislative Visits  5 person maximum sign-up to each

    4:00-6:00pm   Reception  Bar 41, Renaissance Hotel


    Advocacy Day Links:

    iAdvocate Network -

    Landscape Architecture Licensure in the US

    Notes and Numbers Fact Sheet

    Tips for a Successful Meeting

    Guide to Interacting with your Legislators

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    Western Reserve: Winter Social

    Shake off those winter blues and join fellow ASLA'ers, friends and family for a night of food, drink, and shuffleboarding!

    OCASLA Western Reserve Section's annual winter social will be held at Forest City Shuffleboard in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood on Friday, February 21st from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    The event will be catered by Twisted Taino and drink tickets will be provided for participating guests. No prior shuffleboard experience is necessary. Said experience may or may not be enhanced by aformentioned drinks. Regardless, everyone comes out a winner!

    Please feel free to invite a friend (or two), catch up with colleagues, and connect with new and prospective members.

    Registration for the festivities is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

    Click HERE to Register today!

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    Miami: Taking Root Event - 7th Annual Great Tree Summit

    Join us for the 2020 Great Tree Summit at Camp Friedlander near Loveland, Ohio. Learn about local tree and forest initiatives and opportunities that may inspire you and gather new insights for keeping more of the trees we have. There will be great discussion, a silent auction, exhibits, awards, networking and light refreshments!

    Keynote Presentation:
    by Dr. William M. Fountain, Ph.D.
    Dr. William (Bill) M. Fountain is an Extension Professor in the Department of Horticulture at The University of Kentucky.  Dr. William (Bill) M. Fountain is an Extension Professor in the Department of Horticulture at The University of Kentucky.

    Bill joined the faculty in the Department of Horticulture in July 1979 and is currently professor of Arboriculture with an Extension appointment. He's involved in working with the Kentucky Chapter of ISA (a.k.a. Kentucky Arborists' Association) to provide educational programs on identification & selection, installation and maintenance, tree risk assessment and mitigation of problems and working with county Extension agents in training Master Gardeners, identification of plants, and identification of cultural and pest problems in their counties..

    He's served on ISA boards, traveled extensively overseas to provide training and to learn new practices, and been heavily involved in youth horticulture programming.

    Bill is a self-proclaimed tree-hugger and a soil worshiper who acknowledges that we are here on earth as guests of the plant kingdom. "Ahhhh, so many plants, so little time!".

      9:00     Welcome and Taking Root Updates
      9:15     Tree Stewardship at Camp Friedlander
      9:30     Keynote: Preservation of Existing Trees
    10:15     Tree Management under Utility Wires
    10:45     Break / Exhibits, Networking, Auction Bids
    11:00     Awards Presentation
    11:10     Local Tree and Forest Initiatives 
                  Friends of Little Miami State Park
                  Good Natured Tree Project
                  Make a Difference Day 
                  Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship
                  Ohio Native Plant Month
                  Open Discussion
    12:15    Closing and Silent Auction Award Winners
    12:30    Options: Camp Tour & Demo of Tree Planting
    Click here to Register.

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    Columbus Urban Forestry Master Plan: Public Open House

    Let's Talk Trees!

    Trees are critical to a healthy, vibrant community. Columbus is facing rapid growth and a changing climate over the coming years. How will we maintain and increase our tree canopy in light of these urban challenges?

    Come engage with us and learn about the impact of trees in Columbus. Tell us what you would like to see in your neighborhood!

    All input will be used to develop a long-term Urban Forestry Master Plan to care for our tree canopy for years to come!

    Please RSVP at



    March 04, 2020
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM



    Columbus, OH 43221

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    Simple + Sustainable Landscapes, Go Native in Your Yard

    The Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers are hosting a seminar titled "Simple & Sustainable Landscapes, Go Native In Your Yard" on Saturday, March 7, 2020. We are featuring presentations from five of the area's top experts in the field (or should we say garden?) A continental breakfast and box lunch are included. Registration deadline is March 1, 2020. Anyone who loves to garden is encouraged to attend!

    Sustainability in landscaping integrates environmentally sound gardening practices as part of design, installations and maintenance with little or no additional support beyond minimal water, fertilizer and seasonal care.

    Presenters inlcude:
    Pam Bennett – OSU Clark Co. Extension Educator 
    Hal Mann – Wild Ones Oak Openings Region
    Chris Gajewicz – BG Natural Resources Coordinator
    Karen Himelhan and Dave Sheidler of North Branch Nursery, Pemberville, OH

    MGV CE = 4 hours

    Cost: $40.00 (continental breakfast and box lunch included)

    Registration via Eventbrite here:

    March 07, 2020
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


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    Miami | Cincinnati Zoo + Botanical Gardens Event: Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium

    Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium
    Including Landscape Elements That Innately Support Our Human Nature: 9:00AM-9:50AM
    Scott Beuerlein, Manager of Horticultural Outreach Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
    Success Stories in Storm Water Retention & Beyond at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: 9:50AM-10:40AM
    Mark Fisher, Vice President of Facilities, Planning, & Sustainability Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
    Cold Climate Cities and Successful Green Infrastructure Solutions...
    Peter MacDonagh, Director of Science & Design, The Kestrel Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Part 1: Steep Slopes, Green Roofs, Rain Gardens 11:10AM-12:00PM
    Part 2: Shoreline Stabilization & Urban Forests 1:00PM-1:50PM
    Top 5 Gardening Trends: 1:50PM-2:40PM
    Joe Boggs, Assistant Professor OSU Extension Hamilton County and OSU Entomology
    Success Stories in Plant Introductions: 3:10PM-4:00PM
    Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
    One More Talk, Title TBA, Speaker TBA, 4:00PM_4:50PM

    Social Hour

    Enjoy social time with other attendees and speakers. Cash bar.



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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National News: January 31st, 2020

    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


    Position Title:           Senior Landscape Architect Professional

    Position Location:    Akron or Cleveland, OH

    Salary Range:            $65,000-$75,000

    Job Overview

    Senior Landscape Architects at Environmental Design Group are design innovators, breathing life and passion into our design forms. They intuitively grasp the programmatic, functional and emotional components of landscapes and places. Their primary responsibility will be to work collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams executing all components of the projects, including preliminary planning and conceptual design, technical design development, design oversight, preparation of construction documents/technical specifications, and client interaction. Versatility and willingness to be flexible and take on a variety of tasks is essential.


    We are seeking a qualified Institutional Client Services Senior Landscape Architect Professional to plan, design, and coordinate projects, serve as a senior technical advisor on multi- disciplinary teams working on projects of various complexity and assist the project manager or serve as the technical main point of contact with clients as directed. Projects will include master planning and site development, site evaluation and feasibility studies, detailed design and construction documents, and bidding and construction phase services.


    As a Senior Landscape Architect Professional at Environmental Design Group you will:


    • Train, lead and mentor planning, design, engineering, technical and construction associates.
    • Present as subject matter expert for specialized area.
    • Provide oversight related to the scope, schedule, and budget for assessment, planning, design and capital improvement projects.
    • Perform and administer complex planning, design and engineering work requiring an exceptional level of professional training and experience.
    • Perform long-term budget and capacity planning.
    • Develop, implement and maintain planning, design and engineering standards, including standard specifications and drawings.
    • Identify project risks and monitor/mitigate risk throughout the project lifecycle.
    • Collaborate and regularly communicate with Director/Project Manager and other project staff on status of work, deliverables, schedule, and budgets
    • Establish and maintain positive relationships with prospective and existing clients; participate in client events, tradeshows and industry associations; prepare technical white papers for industry associations; participate in public meetings and deliver presentations as requested


    • Education: BLA, BSLA, or MLA degree from an accredited university

    • Experience: 8+ years in professional consulting field.

    • Certifications: Licensed Professional Landscape Architect (PLA), LEED accreditation a bonus.

    • Technical Skills: Proficiency in MS Office, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Adobe Creative Suite.

    • Passion for art, design and composition.

    • Exceptional level of design expertise and proficiency in developing design content in the areas of healthcare, corporate campuses, higher education, k-12 Education, and public realm projects, including all phases of planning design and construction.

    • Excellent understanding of grading and drainage design and ability to develop complex grading plans for site development projects.

    • Exceptional presentation skills. Public speaking and storytelling experience a plus.

    • Desire to work in collaborative teams and previous experience leading interdisciplinary design and planning efforts.

    • Knowledge of plant materials, terminology and planting design.

    • Excellent communication, time management, graphic and organizational skills.

    • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills.

    • Excellent leadership and organizational skills in a team-oriented environment.


    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

    This is a full-time position. Work hours are typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Occasional evening work may be required as job duties demand.



    Travel is primarily local during the business day.



    Fellowship Eligibility

    • Applicants for landscape architecture fellowships must have a LAAB-Accredited Professional Landscape Architecture degrees (B.La, M.La). 
    • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for the entire fellowship period.

    Application Requirements

    • Resume or CV demonstrating relevant academic and community experience
    • Essays and response to work plan
    • Portfolio
    • References
    • In-person Interview

    Fellow Work plan: activities, targets, and milestones for first year (October 2020 – October 2021, 12 months)
    Host Organization Name: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
    Organization Vision Statement I: Neighborhood Progress will be a leading advocate for equitable civic and neighborhood infrastructure with the ability to collaborate with community partners on tangible gains toward that preferred future.
    Organization Vision Statement II: Neighborhood Progress will be an influential actor in the mixed-income housing space by leading exceptional, multi-disciplinary projects that catalyze communities and draw the focus of the region.


    Applicants have until April 10th to apply and there is a Rose Fellowship Application FAQ Webinar on March 19, 2020 2:00 - 3:30 pm, please see the website for more information. 

    Announcement and Application


    MKSK is a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm known for creative solutions addressing economic, social, environmental, historical, and cultural challenges within our cities.  Our 90+ person team of Landscape Architects and Urban Planners, spread across 7 offices in 5 states, craft public places and spaces to transform, inspire, and perform successfully.


    MKSK focuses on the planning and design of downtown, waterfront, neighborhood, cultural, and campus environments.  Our relationships with cities, institutions, and private sector clients span generations. We are passionate about our work and the legacy of our practice!


    We are looking to add a mid-career professional landscape architect to our growing studio in Cincinnati, OH.  MKSK offers competitive salary and benefits and we emphasize workplace flexibility.  We understand the need to balance work and life.  Please apply by submitting a resume and portfolio to [email protected].


    Primary responsibilities will include:

    Practice under senior professionals to produce various planning, design, and presentation documents.

    Collaborate within project teams to perform project tasks, goals and design objectives.

    Assist project managers to define and track projects.

    Learn and master computer programs and standards. Mentor other staff as appropriate.

    Develop design, graphic, communication, management and client skills.

    Participate in continuing education both inside and outside the office.


    Skills Required:           

    Ability to work and collaborate in team environment and effectively meet deadlines.

    Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.

    Proficiency in AutoCAD and ESRI ArcGIS software.

    Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch-Up, and InDesign software.

    Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook software.


    Education and Experience Requirements:              

    Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in landscape architecture plus 3-5 years’ experience.




    The City of Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners is in search of an experienced leader to fulfill the role as Landscape Architect. This position will report to the Division Manager of Planning & Design and be responsible for providing specialized architectural and/or urban design and landscape architecture services;

    prepare programs, documents, correspondence and presentations related to architectural and/or urban design and landscape architecture projects; serve as a liaison between the City, contractors and other related groups in order to help see a project through to completion; supervise personnel.

    All inquiries relating to the recruitment and selection process for the Parks Landscape Architect should be directed to the Parks Human Resources Department at 513.357.2605. Formal applications close February 14, 2020 and should be submitted electronically to: arc&location=Cincinnati%2C%20OH&pagetype=searchPage

    Please Note: Identities of candidates for this position are subject to public disclosure and release in accordance with the Ohio Open Records Act.


    The following factors of education, experience, leadership, management style, and abilities have been identified as ideal attributes to possess in order to function effectively and achieve a high level of success in this role.

    Each applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree (four-year to six-year track) from an accredited college or university in architecture or landscape architecture. If not registered in Ohio when appointed, Ohio registration must be obtained during the probationary period.

    Possession of an architectural license by the Ohio State Board of Examiners of Architects as Professional Architect or possession of a landscape architecture license.

    Possession of a valid Driver’s License.

    Principles and practices of architecture and/or urban design and landscape design theory.

    Auto CAD programs and their use.

    Landscape materials and practices.

    Facility management principles.

    Construction materials and methods.

    Cost estimation; budget management procedures.

    Principles of management, supervision and training.

    Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

    Create drafting/architectural/landscape architectural drawings.

    Estimate costs and time requirements of construction requirements.

    Prepare contract documents, specifications, requests for proposals and other documents.

    Manage construction and landscape installation projects.

    Work with a wide range of people, from construction workers to community leaders.

    Analyze and solve complex -problems.

    Make architectural presentations to the public.

    Use computer office applications to prepare necessary documents and correspondence.

    Manage, supervise and train subordinate personnel; assign work to personnel.

    SALARY The anticipated starting salary is $71,831.14 to $96,535.05 annually. Salary and compensation are negotiable, depending on qualifications, experience, and record of professional achievement plus an attractive benefits and retirement package.


    Faris Planning & Design, LLC is a land planning and landscape architecture firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Who works on a broad spectrum of project types including; residential, commercial, office, and industrial.

    We are looking to expand our team by adding an entry to mid-level landscape architect. The primary function of this position will be a support role, assisting the staff in meeting deadlines for various projects and with day-to-day office tasks.


    Position Description:

    • Assist staff with production of site plans, elevations, and various other design exhibits
    • Hand-draft and computer-draft plans and sketches for use in the design process
    • Digitally render site plans and associated exhibits for various projects
    • Aid staff with production of construction drawings
    • Perform visits to project sites and carry out tree surveys
    • Assist with day-to-day office functions, as needed


    Education/Experience Required:

    • Undergrad/Graduate degree in Landscape Architecture
    • 0-5 years of experience


    Skills Required:

    • Proficient in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup, and Microsoft Office programs
    • Able to work in a fast-paced environment and meet required deadlines
    • Excellent communication skills and ability to be a self-starter
    • Excellent visualization skills with digital media, good hand graphics are a plus
    • Basic knowledge of local plant material is a plus


    For consideration please submit your resume and portfolio to [email protected]

    For more information about our firm, please visit

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