October 2018  

2018 OCASLA Professional and Student Award Winners

2018 OCASLA Professional & Student Award Winners
Award of Excellence: 
Honor Award: Design | Constructed
Honor Award: Residential Design
Merit Award: Design | Constructed
Merit Award: Design | Constructed
Merit Award | Planning & Analysis
Merit Award: Residential Design
Student: Merit Award
Student: Merit Award
CLICK HERE to see the 2018 OCASLA Awards Booklet

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Ohio Chapter ASLA Welcomes Shannon Himes!

Shannon Himes was appointed the Executive Director of the Ohio Architects Board and the Ohio Landscape Architects Board in September of 2018. Ms. Himes is a licensed attorney who has spent the past 14+ years in government service in both legal and administrative roles. Prior to joining the Board staff, she served first as Division Counsel and later as Superintendent of the Division of Industrial Compliance at the Ohio Department of Commerce. The Division regulates all matters regarding the commercial construction industry, and houses the state’s building department as well as the Board of Building Standards, the Board of Building Appeals, and the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board.

Ms. Himes graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in psychology in 1993. She went on to attend law school at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1997. Ms. Himes was a litigator in the private sector before becoming a hearing officer for the Ohio Department of Public Safety in 2004. She joined the Department of Commerce in 2007 at the Division of Securities working in enforcement and outreach, before moving to the Division of Industrial Compliance.

For more information on the Ohio Landscape Architects Board:

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Legislative: Occupational Boards Sunset Bill Enacted!

Legislative: Occupational Boards Sunset Bill Enacted!

Senate Bill 255, to sunset each occupational board unless affirmatively re-enacted, passed the Senate and House, with ratification of all amendments, now awaiting the Governor’s consideration.

Unclear is whether the Governor might veto the legislation because of the difficulty it will cause in managing executive agency boards.  Every year, 20% of all boards will expire, requiring affirmative renewal.  At risk include the Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, and Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Boards.

The legislation also prohibits creation of any new board until an independent study verifies that the intent is to protect the health and safety of the public, and is not enacted merely to hinder competition.

In a last-minute deal, the General Assembly “log-rolled” House Bill 211 into the passed version of the sunset legislation to prohibit new boards. The HB 211 language creates a new Ohio Home Inspector Board to license and regulate home inspections.

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Ohio Landscape Architect Re-elected as Regional Director of International Organization


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Ohio Landscape Architect Re-elected as Regional Director of International Organization

RESTON, VIRGINIA (UNITED STATES) – October 18, 2018 – Patrick J. Beam has been re-elected to a two-year term as Region 2 Director for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) which he will serve through September 30, 2020.

As the Region 2 Director, Beam will lead members from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin as the jurisdictions which make up the region.

Beam will continue his service in this role, of which he was first elected in 2016, and has previously served CLARB as the Region 2 Alternate Director (2014-2016), and a Board Participant of the CLARB Welfare Pilot Project Ohio since 2014.

In his home state, Beam has served as a board member on the Ohio Landscape Architects Board since 2006 and most recently was reappointed for a third term, which will end in November 2022. He has also served as the Maumee Valley Section Treasurer for the Ohio ASLA Chapter. Beam is also a Board Member of Scenic Ohio and is involved with many charities and environmental organizations in his local community.

Beam earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University and is licensed in Ohio. He currently is owner of Beam Designs LLC and is CLARB Certified.

Since 1970, CLARB has been dedicated to ensuring that all individuals who affect the natural and built environment through the practice of landscape architecture are sufficiently qualified to do so. CLARB works to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and promoting professional licensure standards for education, experience and examination required for the profession of landscape architecture. CLARB’s members include the licensure boards that regulate the profession of landscape architecture in the United States; District of Columbia; Puerto Rico; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

For more information, please contact Missy Sutton, CAE, Member Engagement Manager, at or 571-432-0332.

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: October 3, 2018

Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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This month’s Cafe X is at College Hill Coffee Co. and Casual Gourmet in North College Hill Thursday, November 08, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM!

Warm up over a hot cup of Joe or tea and some good conversation!


College Hill Coffee Co. and Casual Gourmet
6128 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45224


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The Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden's (CZBG) are proud to welcome retired Xavier Professor Dr. Stanley Hedeen and renowned Ohio naturalist Jim McCormac to the program. Kelly Norris has been blazing the horticultural lecture circuit and rapidly becoming a favorite. He will be joining us, along with Anna Brooks, a top landscape designer from SW Michigan. Brian Jorg from the CZBG will also speak. You will not want to miss this program!


Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220


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KSU/ College of Architecture and Environmental Design Education Presentation

Landscape Architects working in either fragile ecosystems along exposed coastlines and barrens or the canyons of densely populated urban fabric, face the challenge of reversing ecological degradation in the age of the Anthropocene. Recent work in delicate, sensitive ecosystems, including successes and opportunities in design and building high-quality and functional landscapes affected by climate change will be presented.

Virginia Burt creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, healthcare facilities, and institutional organizations through her eponymous firm, founded in 1996. For over 30 years, Virginia has created healing gardens and sacred spaces that reveal their natural context and sensitively support those who use them. Clients including Cleveland’s University Hospitals and Ontario’s Juravinski Cancer Centre, value Virginia’s respect for place and human wellness dimension of each project. Virginia’s international award winning work is widely recognized, including National awards from both ASLA and CSLA.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


The Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative 
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200 
Cleveland, , OH 44115


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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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EMH&T is currently looking for a Landscape Architect for our Planning and Landscape Architecture studio.

This position will work under senior landscape architects and be responsible to assist in the completion of a wide variety of landscape architectural and planning projects. Our current work includes a mixture of various size public and private projects. Responsibilities will include the preparation of design documents for projects ranging from community parks, streetscapes, master planning, private development projects and municipal projects from conceptual schematic design through to construction document plans. The ideal candidate should be willing to work in an open, multi-disciplinary team environment and be enthusiastic about landscape architecture.

Key Competencies And Capabilities Necessary For Success Include

  • Superior document preparation, with an understanding of the landscape architect’s role in a consulting environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines
  • Ability to research project requirements, materials and finishes, and current techniques that promote creative solutions that are environmentally responsible and technically sound
  • Proficient hand drawing/rendering skills with strong presentation and communication skills are highly desirable

A successful candidate must have a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture, with at least three years of experience. The candidate should have strong Autocad skills, experience in Land F/X, Adobe Creative Suite including Indesign and Photoshop, basic knowledge of 3D rendering software is an asset as well as Google Sketchup and Microsoft Word and Excel.

EMH&T was ranked #1 Engineering Firm in Central Ohio by Columbus Business First Magazine.

For a full description and to learn more about worklife at EMH&T go to To apply, send your resume and cover letter to

EMH&T is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Landscape Architect
For more than 55 years, GPD Group has been providing architectural, engineering and planning services to clients across the United States. With a diverse team of over 600 professionals, it is our passion for our work and our commitment to our mission that unites us.
When the work is done, let’s have some fun. That’s our internal motto here at GPD Group. We’re passionate about the work we do and the relationships we build with clients. And we encourage all of our employees to share their ideas and creativity freely. We don’t have a corporate ladder to climb – we have open doors, instead. Everyone here is treated equally, a benefit to being an employee-owned company.
GPD is currently seeking a Landscape Architect in our Cleveland, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio office locations.
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture
  • Minimum of 2-5 years’ experience
  • Responsible to assist Landscape Architect with preparation of construction documents for multiple project types
  • Experienced in watershed planning, green infrastructure, and stream restoration
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, maintain confidentiality and manage sensitive information
  • Good communication skills and ability to coordinate with other disciplines
  • Candidate should be AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Adobe Suite proficient
  • Minimal travel required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
GPD offers a compensation and benefits package which includes:
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Vision Insurance 
  • 401(k) with matching and company contribution
  • Vacation & Sick Time
  • And much more…
 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/Disabled/Vet

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