April 2019  

2019 OCASLA Statehouse Day

Ohio Chapter ASLA Statehouse Day - May 15th in Columbus

OCASLA members met with elected officials and staff people from local Senators and Representatives in various districts throughout the state to voice concerns over licensure and de-regulation legislation that has been moving through the General Assembly over the last several months.

Carmine Russo Jr, VP of Legislative Affairs for the chapter kicked-off the legislative briefing by summarizing many of the local efforts that the chapter Executive Committee is taking on behalf of the membership. He also stressed the importance of advocacy, and our continued close relationship with our Ohio Landscape Architects Board.

He also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development. He then finished with a discussion on Occupational Licensure in the United States, and the push for de-regulation bills across the country, and how ASLA is making efforts to defend licensure in all 50 states.

Then our guest speaker, Shannon Himes was given the time to speak about better licensure board and chapter relations, stressing how this is critical to fighting the overall push for de-regulation of occupational licensing in the United States. She also spoke at length about the different bills already introduced in the Ohio House and Senate that we should be tracking. This includes SB255, Occupational Licensure Regulation law that places a permanent 6-year Sunset Reivew process into place for all Occupational Licensing boards in the State.

We closed the briefing session with our OCASLA Lobbyist, Luther Liggett and his session on how to speak to legislators. His years of insight at the Ohio Statehouse has given our membership a strong voice and advocate on our behalf over the past 4+ years. We thank Luther for his continued efforts to our profession.

Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.


Representative Rick Perales (District 73) stops by during the Legislative Briefing


Ohio Landscape Architects Board, Executive Director Shannon Himes speaks on Licensure and Health, Safety and Welfare of the public.


Attendees prepare for their Legislative Visits in the Statehouse Rotunda


OCASLA Members meet with Senator Kristina Roegner, Vice Chair of the Sunset Review Committee

2019 Legislative Visits Summary                             

  • Nino Vitale (R, Urbana), Chair
  • Kristina Roegner (R, Hudson), Vice Chair
  • Robert McColley (R, Napoleon)
  • Cecil Thomas (D, Cincinnati),
  • Louis Blessing, III (R, Cincinnati)
  • Jay Hottinger (R, Coshocton)
  • Vernon Sykes (D, Akron)

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2019 ASLA National Advocacy Day

ASLA National Advocacy Day - May 2nd in Washington D.C.

OCASLA Executive Committee members met with staff people from Senator Sherrod Brown's office over coffee to talk about maintenance of our national parks, water and stormwater infrastructure, and multi-modal transit corridors. They also met with staff from Senator Rob Portman to discuss conserving our natural resources, as well as Representatives Steve Stivers, Bob Gibbs and Troy Balderson to discuss funding of critical infrastructure programs.

They discussed the following federal programs this year in relationship to the president’s proposed infrastructure plan: Restore Our Parks Act, Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act, and Transportation Alternatives Enhancement Act2019 OCASLA Flyer

They also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development. Additional information about this can be downloaded HERE

Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.

Sherrod Brown

Our first stop was at Senator Sherrod Brown's Ohio constituent Coffee. We expressed the importance of our National Parks, Green Infrastructure and Multi-Modal Transit Corridors to him. Mr. Brown has been a big supporter of improving the quality of life in our cities, and preserving and enhancing architectural experiences.

Bob Gibbs

We then met with Representative Bob Gibbs to thank him for co-sponsoring the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act in the House, providing local communities with more options to implement Green Infrastructure in Ohio's cities. Mr. Gibbs is a long standing supporter of preserving and enhancing natural resources in our state and was a strong supporter of making this law, as the President signed this into law on January 14, 2019!

We also met with staff from Senator Rob Portman's office to thank him for co-sponsoring the Water Infrastructure Improvment Act in the Senate. Mr. Portman is a long standing supporter of clean water, vibrant greenways and healthy communities in our state. We finished up the day with staff meetings for Representatives Steve Stivers and Troy Balderson, who both pledged their support for the Restore Our Parks Act!


During the legislative briefing session on Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio Chapter ASLA was awarded the 2018 ASLA Chapter of the Year Advocacy Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in advancing the Society's advocacy goals, promoting the landscape architecture profession with policy makers, and motivating fellow chapter members to engage in advocacy.

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Ohio Chapter ASLA Supports Payment Assurance Legislation

For several months our Legislative Affairs Team has been working with AIA Ohio as the lead sponsor for a proposed Payment Assurance bill. This proposed bill would benefit all licensed practitioners within the profession of Landscape Architecture in Ohio. 

We join our colleagues in Architecture and Engineering in fully supporting this legislation, with our goal of assuring payment from property owners for design services rendered by professional design firms on commercial real estate projects within our state.

This week, we met with Senators Jay Hottinger and Vernon Sykes, who appear willing to jointly sponsor our Payment Assurance legislation. Both serve on the Senate Transportation, Commerce & Workforce Committee, which typically considers Construction Legislation.

OCASLA wrote letters to thank the Senators for their assistance in sponsoring this legislation and helping to move it forward in the Ohio Senate. If you know, or live in either of their districts, please consider thanking them as well!

Thank you Letters:

Honorable Jay Hottinger

Honorable Vernon Sykes

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2019 OCASLA Annual Meeting + Expo

2019 Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO


Join the Ohio Chapter of ASLA on Friday, April 19th 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 2019!

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2019 Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting Fees

Early Bird Fees (ends 3/1/2019)

  • 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


Normal Fees (ends 3/29/2019)

  • Member Ticket - Full Day $185 – Full Day without Tour $160 - Half Day $110
  • Non-Member Ticket - Full Day $250 – Full Day without Tour $225 - Half Day $175
  • Allied ASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $185 – Full Day without Tour $160 - Half Day $110
  • SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $35 - Half Day $30
  • Non-SCASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $45 - Half Day $40


Late Fees (ends 04/05/2019)

  • Member Ticket - Full Day $210 - Full Day without Tour $185 - Half Day $135
  • Non-Member Ticket - Full Day $275 - Full Day without Tour $250 - Half Day $200
  • Allied ASLA Member Ticket - Full Day $210 - Full Day without Tour $185 - Half Day $135
  • 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.

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2019 Annual Meeting Agenda (6 HSW LACES CEUs) 

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

  • 7:15-8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:15 am Welcome and President’s Message
  • 8:15-9:45 am Education Session #1
  • 9:45-10:30 am Break/Vendor EXPO
  • 10:30 am-12:00 pm Education Session #2
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch/Vendor EXPO
  • 1:00-2:00 pm Education Session #3
  • 2:00-2:30 pm Break/Vendor EXPO
  • 2:30-4:30 pm Tour
  • 4:30-4:35 pm Adjourn/Closing Thoughts


  • 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.


2019 Annual Meeting Sessions + Speakers Bios


Educational Session #1 - Sponsored by ANOVA Furnishings

Speaker | Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, President, CEO, and Founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the president, CEO, and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to creating TCLF, Birnbaum spent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (HLI) and a decade in private practice in New York City, with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design. One of his major projects is the Web-based initiative What’s Out There (a searchable database of the nation’s designed landscape heritage). He has authored and edited numerous publications, including Shaping the Postwar Landscape, (UVA Press, 2018), the Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series (Princeton Architectural Press, Volumes printed in 2012 and 2014), Shaping the American Landscape (UVA Press, 2009), Design with Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape Heritage (UVA Press, 2005), Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture (1999) and its follow-up publication, Making Post-War Landscapes Visible (2004, both for Spacemaker Press), Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw Hill 2000) and The Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes (National Park Service, 1996). In 1995, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded the HLI the President's Award of Excellence. In 1996, the ASLA inducted Birnbaum as a Fellow of the Society. He served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, during which time he founded TCLF. In 2004, Birnbaum was awarded the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation and spent the springand summer of that year at the American Academy in Rome. In 2008, he was the Visiting Glimcher Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University's Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. That same year, the ASLA awarded him the Alfred B. LaGasse Medal, followed by the President’s Medal in 2009. In 2017, Birnbaum received the ASLA Medal, the Society's highest award. 


Educational Session #2

Speaker | Claude Cormier, FCSLA, ASLA, Principal Landscape Architect, Claude Cormier + Associés

Claude Cormier received his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy at the University of Guelph in 1982, his BLA at the University of Toronto in 1986 and his Master’s in the History & Theory of Design at Harvard University in 1994. He has established an internationally recognized studio in Montreal that, since 1995, has been offering services in landscape architecture and urban design. His practice extends far beyond the conventional realm of traditional landscape architecture, forging bridges between urban design, public art, and architecture. Claude’s landscapes are likewise anything but conventional, celebrating the artificial instead of the natural, and surreptitiously seeding reality with the surreal. What distinguishes Claude’s work is not only its inventiveness – but its tenacious sense of vision for the power of design.

His firm Claude Cormier et Associés has produced an iconic body of work that continues to gain recognition. The firm is the recipient of nearly 90 awards and has been privileged to work on major public and private works in Canada and the United States, with current projects in Houston, Mount Vernon, and Chicago. The Harvard Graduate School of Design dedicated a retrospective exhibition of the firm entitled Erratics in 2010. Cormier was Knighted to the Ordre National du Québec in 2009, the province’s highest distinction for individuals who have contributed to the development and leadership of Quebec. In 2015, he was invited by Phaidon Press to be featured in a publication as one of the top 30 Landscape Architects practicing in the world. In the same year, he was nominated as an honorific member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Cormier was awarded a medal in recognition of his exceptional career and contribution to Landscape Architecture by the Université de Montréal in 2017.


Educational Session #3

Speaker | Reid Coffman, MLA, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Coordinator at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Dr. Coffman is a leading figure in the area of living architecture and has helped establish the global understanding of vegetated roofs as constructed urban ecosystems. Currently, he is the Editor of the Journal of Living Architecture, Executive Board Member/Chair of the International Research Committee on Living Architecture for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Living Architecture (GOLA) Center. His work integrating design and science within constructed ecological systems has been recognized and sponsored by many local, state, and national organizations including State and Regional Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architecture, the Lake Erie Protection Fund, the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. At Kent State, he is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Coordinator of the Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design program, and Director of the Novel Ecology Design Lab (NEDLab). 

Speaker | Virginia Russell, FASLA, RLA, LEED AP, GRP

Professor Virginia L. Russell, FASLA, RLA, LEED AP, GRP is a Fellow and a former national Vice President of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a registered Landscape Architect, an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) and a founder of the GRP program, and a Professor of Landscape Architecture. She is the founding director of the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Landscape Architecture and Urban Horticulture Programs. She is featured in the commemorative book about pioneers in Living Architecture called The Rise of Living Architecture (GRHC 2012). She was a member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Research Committee (2013-2018) and is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Living Architecture.  Russell is the Associate Director of Pedagogy for the Greater Ohio Living Architecture Center of Excellence.  Recent professional projects include green roof feasibility studies for the Cincinnati Main Library, Lloyd Library, and UC Hospitals, conceptual building design and sustainable strategies for Fernald Nature Preserve Visitors Center (the first LEED Platinum project in Ohio),  and a preliminary site management plan for the US World Heritage site of Troy in Turkey.  Her research and practice have been focused on the pedagogy of living architecture. She has been a Mind-Body Trainer for the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness since 2016.


Educational Session #4

Tour | Bridge Park – MKSK

Bridge Park is Dublin’s newest urban, walkable neighborhood complementing Dublin’s vibrant Historic Downtown. Spanning 30 acres along the Scioto River, Bridge Park builds upon Dublin’s rich history of iconic developments and ushers in a new era as a social, commercial, and experiential destination. Integrating retail and residential uses within a walkable and inviting neighborhood, Bridge Park features condominium homes and apartments, retail, office and a hotel and conference center developed in multiple phases over the next few years.


2019 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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2019 OCASLA Annual Meeting Happy Hour

Can't wait until the Annual Meeting on Friday, April 19th to see your landscape architecture colleagues and vendors?  Coming into Columbus Thursday night with nothing fun to do?  Join OCASLA for a members-only pre-Annual Meeting Happy Hour on Thursday evening, April 18, from 6-9pm!

The food and festivities will be held at Pins Mechanical Co. & 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, located at 6558 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43017.  It's located right in the heart of Bridge Park and down the street from the Annual Meeting venue, The Exchange!  This free event is open to all OCASLA members, sponsoring vendors, and members of other ASLA State Chapters, and will have pizza and appetizers.  The large arcade has ten duckpin bowling lanes ($5 per person per game), bocce ball, ping pong, giant Jenga, arcade games, skeeball, and video games.  There are 50 cent pinball machines and foosball too - bring some quarters or use the on-site change machine!

The Happy Hour is open from 6-9pm, and you're welcome to stay later, but please note it is 21 AND OVER ONLY after 8 pm (sorry, venue policy).  There's free public parking at the Longshore Garage at 6550 Longshore Street, north of the arcade.

Since this is a members-only event, registration is required, but it's open until the event!  Come early, explore Bridge Park, grab a drink, and have some good old-fashioned fun at the arcade!

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Design Columbus 2019

DesignColumbus 2019 is an opportunity to learn and engage in the transformation of the Central Ohio built environment to be more healthy, prosperous and sustainable. The seventeen educational seminars along with the trade show present current and future development of technologies for all leaders in Central Ohio creating buildings and communities that promote economic growth and sustain the health and vitality of all life.

This full day of continuing education and informational displays is organized to attract hundreds of professionals involved in the building industry. Attendees and participants are representatives of the entire project team, including architects, designers, engineers, owners, developers, government officials, municipal planners, facility managers, contractors, construction managers, construction specifiers, manufacturers, product representatives, and others.

New this year, DesignColumbus is adding a track for Interior Designers. Check out the detailed description for each presentation, indicating opportunities for AIA, GBCI, and IDCEC continuing education units (CEUs). These CEU opportunities are of tremendous value to AIA, LEED Accredited Professionals and Interior Designers interested in maintaining their credentials in an ever more competitive marketplace. Certificates for each class will be sent out electronically. These can be used to self-report your education units for your field. AIA, GBCI and IDCEC credits will be automatically reported for you.

DesignColumbus is the joint efforts of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Ohio and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) – Columbus Chapter.

Session Information

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Miami Section | Social Event: Frederick Law Olmsted Birthday Bash

Join us for a Happy Hour to celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted's 197th Birthday!

The Miami Section will celebrate the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, revered as a visionary landscape architect and designer and father of the profession of landscape architecture on Friday, April 26.

Cupcakes & fun to be provided.

We’ll be celebrating with light refreshments, provided by the Section - Pizza, drinks etc...


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Western Reserve "Ring In The Spring" Brewery Tour + Party

Been dreaming about the next Western Reserve Section party? Bummed out about winter seemingly dragging on forever?

Well, you are in luck because the first Section social of the year is right around the corner!

Kick off those winter blues and 'ring in the spring' by joining your fellow LAs for an evening of food, drinks, and an all-around good time at Market Garden Brewery, located adjacent to the historic West Side Market in Cleveland's Ohio City.

The Friday, April 5th event will kick off at 5 pm with a one-hour tour of the Market Garden Brewery (behind the West Side Market under the BEER! sign). The party portion of the evening gets underway at 6:15 pm in the Market Garden restaurant.

Space for the brewery tour is limited, so sign up early. Please feel free to invite a friend(s), catch up with colleagues, and connect with new and prospective members!

Registration for the brewery tour + party is $15 members/$25 non-members and for party only is $10 members/$20 non-members.

Please visit to RSVP today!


$10.00 Member Ticket: Party Only

$20.00 Guest Ticket: Party Only

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: March 6th, 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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