April 2014  

Ohio Magazine & OCASLA Celebrate National LA Month!

OCASLA is spreading the message of landscape architecture for National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) in the April issue of Ohio Magazine. This year’s focus for NLAM is Career Discovery with a focus on underrepresented minorities.

The article is also an extension of the OCASLA Annual Awards program, and highlights last year’s award winners, with a brief description of each work.

View the article HERE.

Check back soon for NLAM events happening in your local OCASLA section!

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National Landscape Architecture Month: Career Discovery 2014

Landscape architects will join across the country during the month of April to promote the landscape architecture profession to students, specifically underrepresented minorities. They’ll hold public events showcasing just what can be done through hands-on work with the public, speaking engagements, and in-school presentations. From community parks to residential design, there’s a field out there for any ambitious student, regardless of the color of their skin.

The U.S. population will be much more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections by the U.S. Census Bureau. The total minority population increased by 88 percent between 1980 and 2000, while the non-Hispanic white population grew by only 7.9 percent. Even so, the landscape architecture profession considerably underperforms against these numbers.

In a recent ASLA survey of graduating landscape architecture students, nearly 84 percent of respondents were Caucasian, 12 percent were Asian or Pacific Islander, 6 percent answered Hispanic/Latino, 2 percent identified as an American Indian, while a mere 1 percent were African-American. These numbers have held steady for nearly 13 years; it’s time to make a change!

Check the ASLA website for more information and this year's activities.

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Recap of the 2014 Annual Meeting + EXPO

Meeting attendees started to arrive around 7:30am at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and began to catch up with colleagues over the ceremonial coffee station.

At 8:30am a brief SITES update was provided by Jerry Smith, ASLA, LEED AP. Jerry is principalowner of SmithGreenHealth Consulting, LLC, in Columbus, Ohio and is on the Board of Directors of the Central Ohio Chapter of the USGBC. Afterwards the first session began with Bill Hendricks, President of Klyn Nurseries, Inc. and Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

They discussed the definition of native plants for the Ohio landscape and evaluated a plant’s sustainability. Bill and Steve shared several examples of proven plants for the Ohio landscape both in the nursery and at the zoo.

The second session was by Dan Euser, Principal-in-Charge of Dan Euser Waterarchitecture, Inc., discussing the National September 11 Memorial: “Reflecting Absence”. Dan shared his in-depth experience withthe water feature design process and interaction between Landscape Architect, Architect, Design Team, and Water Feature Consultant in order to create the final unique water effects.

After the lunch break Mary Nunn, Landscape Architect at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, held a presentation about the New York City Parks efforts to implement green infrastructure in the public right-of-way. She discussed technical lessons learned from construction and shared performance data gained from research sites.

The final presentation, called “Making Soil Sensible in a Complex Environment” was by Laura Solano, Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. She examined the complexities of designing, interpreting, and building with soil. She also described how soil is a resource in landscape design that improves ecological performance and landscape resilience.

Many thanks to our very skilled and knowledgeable speakers, vendors, volunteers and participants for making this year’s OCASLA Annual Meeting a success!

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Thinking of volunteering? Consider OCASLA!

Have you considered becoming a volunteer or know someone who might be? Volunteering with OCASLA is a professional development opportunity, a great way to meet new people in varying types of practice, and an opportunity to give back while learning and enjoying the company of others.

The call for volunteers will begin in June and we are always looking for motivated people to join the team.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at

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Knowlton School Alumni Mixer

The Knowlton Alumni Society invites all Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning alumni to get together, catch up and unwind. Please join the board for a Spring happy hour at The Varsity Club (278 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43201) on Thursday, May 8, at 5:30pm. (Cash bar)

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ASLA National: Update

April 2, 2014

Governance and Administration

  • Recently, President Mark Focht, FASLA, and EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, attended “The Role of Parks in Shaping Successful Cities,” a symposium jointly hosted by APA and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). The program featured the planning and park directors of the nation's nine largest cities and focused on the role of parks in economic development, health, and stormwater management.
  • President Focht also attended LABash at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, along with Membership VP Shawn Kelly, FASLA, and Communications VP Pam Linn, ASLA, Membership Director Barbara Drobins Fles, PR and Communications Coordinator Phillip Stamper-Halpin, and Student Represenetative Andrew Bernard.Focht presented an education session on Philadelphia's green infrastructure plan and served as a juror for the LABash charrette. ASLA represenetatives also hosted a Q+A with students about the profession and ASLA. Stamper-Halpinhosted a Pinterest contest and recruited student commitments to National Landscape Architecture Month activities. ASLA also hosted the student chapter president brunch and had an exhibit booth. .
  • The theme for the 2014 annual meeting and EXPO will be Resilience, recognizing resiliency in the traditional environmental sense and how landscape architects inherently care for the planet, as well as the resiliency that the profession and Society have shown throughout the economic crisis.
  • Several members of staff hosted a group of students and staff from Kansas State University yesterday morning. Presentations were offered by Membership Marketing Manager Erin Lauria, who emphasized student membership since only two out of the 18 students were members; Honors and Awards Coordinator Carolyn Mitchell spoke on behalf of the student awards by explaining the program and offered this year’s guidelines and deadlines; and Special Assistant Keith Swann ended with a green roof presentation and tour of the roof.


Government Affairs

  • Last week, ASLA joined several conservation and public lands organizations in sending a letter to the entire U.S. House of Representatives urging them to oppose H.R. 1459, a bill that would limit presidential authority under the Antiquities Act to to protect iconic historical, cultural, and natural sites across the country. In the past, this presidential authority has been used in a bipartisan manner by 16 presidents to protect places like the Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, Acadia, Zion, and Olympic National Parks. Unfortunately, the House voted 222-201 to pass this measure that would strip this presidential authority. Currently, the U.S. Senate does not have plans to take up the bill.
  • Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell met with the offices of Representatives Doris Matsui (CA) and David Joyce (OH) to discuss the Safe Streets Act. Both offices suggested that ASLA, along with other National Complete Streets Coalition members meet with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff in the coming weeks to discuss requesting Complete Streets language in a surface transportation reauthorization bill. ASLA and the coalition are working on messaging, strategy, and timing to meet with committee staff.
  • Legislative Analyst Leighton Yates attended the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition’s (SUFC) annual meeting on March 26. The meeting, attended by all 30 members of the coalition, featured a panel of speakers on climate change, group engagement discussions, annual reviews and strategic planning, as well as extensive networking opportunities. Upon the conclusion of the day-long meeting, SUFC hosted a reception at the U.S. Botanic Garden, which provided further relationship-building opportunities and was highlighted by the attendance of Representative David Joyce (OH).
  • Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason observed a webcast with a roundtable discussion regarding Public-Private Partnerships focused on water supply and treatments. The roundtable, hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, addressed the challenges municipalities face in operating, maintaining and financing their water and waste water systems. Panelists also outlined the substantial federal and state investment needed to address all of the demands, especially as the original infrastructure reaches the end of its life cycle
  • Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason monitored a webcast of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the reauthorization of the surface transportation (MAP-21) bill. The hearing served as a forum to discuss the upcoming reauthorization bill and its impact on the state and local governments. Panelists included city mayors and state transportation officials who gave their perspectives on transportation priorities and funding. The hearing also featured broad support for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and increased support for small states and rural communities’ inclusion to compete for TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) credit financing. Chairwoman Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) stated the committee’s plan to pass the surface transportation reauthorization bill out of the committee by the end of April.


Membership and Chapter Services

Today’s membership total is 15,200 (see details below):










Full Member








Student Affiliate





Public Relations and Communications

  • A press release about National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) was distributed via several wire services, including multicultural distribution to reach minority media. NLAM’s theme is Career Discovery, with an emphasis on reaching underrepresented groups. The NLAM logo was shared briefly via an electronic billboard in New York City’s Times Square.
  • PR Manager Karen Trimbath Grajales helped arrange for the host of a Las Vegas radio show, "Joe the AC Guy," to interview Jonathan Spears, ASLA, about his insights on how residential landscapes can reduce the heat load for houses. The segment is available here.


Professional Practice

  • On March 31, the ASLA Archives and Collections Committee sent the annual NLAM letters to ASLA chapter presidents and landscape architecture accredited program administrators. The goal is to locate additional existing archives and collections of works of landscape architects across the country to enhance the Landscape Architecture Collections database. A list of 103 collections is currently available on the ASLA website for members and researchers looking to find archival documents of works of landscape architects.
  • On March 27, “The Color of the Native Plant Palette: Herbaceous Considerations and Other Related Thoughts” Online Learning webinar was presented by Robert E. Lyons, was viewed by 65 attendees. The recording will be added to the current catalogue of presentations within the next week. The next presentation in the Online Learning series is “Pop Up Adventure Playgrounds: The "How and Why" of Creating Community Based Free Play,” presented by Joy Kuebler, ASLA, and Melissa Leopard, and hosted by the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN. The presentation will be on April 8 at 2 p.m. EDT. It will offer 1.5 PDH (LA CES/ HSW) and cost$50 for ASLA members and $185 for non-members.
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DesignColumbus 2014 - 4.28.2014

DesignColumbus 2014 is scheduled for Monday, April 28 at COSI. 

To register for your booth, or other sponsorship opportunity, simply click this link ( to go to the registration page.  There you will see the various sponsorship packages.  I have attached the latest Exhibit Hall plan for your review and use.

"Rebuilding Downtown Columbus" will be our Keynote Presentation given by Guy V. Worley, President/CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation.  As an extra sponsorship opportunity, we are offing you the chance to sponsor a table during the Keynote/Lunch.  Each table seats up to eight people (you and seven people personally invited by you).  Sign up on the Sponsorship page under "Lunch Table Sponsor".

Download sponsorship brochure HERE.

Download exhibit and lunch table layouts HERE and HERE.

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Little Miami Conservancy Annual Dinner – 5.5.2014

Fred Neeake Shaw, dynamic Shawnee Storyteller will be the guest speaker at the 47th annual Little Miami Conservancy dinner.

The dinner will be held at the Marriott Northeast (at Fields Ertel Road and I-71 northeast of Cincinnati at 9664 S Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, Ohio 45040) and begins at 5:30pm for Social hour with cash bar followed by dinner at 6:30pm. RSVP by April 28, 2014 at 513/965-9344 or emailing would be appreciated.

Please make your reservations for the dinner by sending a check by April 28th for $45 per person to: Little Miami Conservancy, 6040 Price Road, Milford OH 45150.

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2014 "Goodtime for Design" Cruise - 6.13.2014

"Goodtime for Design"

When: Friday, June 13, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm - Boarding at 5:30pm

Where: East 9th Street Pier, Cleveland, Ohio


Goodtime Cruise:

After-Cruise Rooftop Mixer:

If you want to attend the after-cruise mixer, you must purchase tickets from both of the links above.

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Soils and Urban Trees Conference at the Biltmore Estate, NC- 06.19.2014 thru 06.20.2014

Join Paul Stamets, Jim Urban, William Bryant Logan, Joris Voeten, Peter Wild and Philip van Wassenaer for a unique series of lectures and field workshops, set amongst the spectacular facilities and forests of the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

Soils and Urban Trees Conference 2014

When: June 19th – 20th 2014

Where: The Biltmore Estate

            Asheville, NC 28803

Registration: Download Conference Program HERE and to register visit: HERE.

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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


To Prepare a Community Facilities Master Plan and Related Land Use Strategy for the Village of Bratenahl, Ohio.

Submission Deadline: 4:00 PM on May 9, 2014

Download RFP Document HERE.


Cawrse & Associates, Inc. is seeking a Landscape Architect with two to five years of experience in an office environment.  Responsibilities may include the development of green infrastructure design, conceptual designs, presentation graphics, construction documents, cost opinions, streetscape design, and healthcare design.  Experience in the preparation of construction document packages is a requirement for this position.  The ability to coordinate multiple projects and deadlines in a fast paced environment is a plus.

Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.  A Landscape Archtectural degree from an accredited college is desired.  Professional registration and licensure is a plus, but not required.

Cawrse & Associates, Inc. is a small, well-known Landscape Architectural firm practicing healthcare design, urban planning, and green design principles throughout Ohio and surrounding states.  Cawrse & Associates, Inc. has a design environment that encourages working independently, assuming responsibility, and interaction with our clients.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Our office is located in Chagrin Falls, in northeast Ohio.

Please send a digital copy of your resume to  No phone calls, please.






 Rate:  $35,656/annual minimum, Exempt

Method for Applying:  Apply online at

Closing Date:  Applications must be received by the Personnel Department at Lake Metroparks.  Open until filled.

Brief Description:   Assist Park in implementing park improvements.  Design and manage minor capital improvement projects.


  • Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning or Related Field.
  • In-depth computer proficiency: AutoCAD, GIS & GPS, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • In-depth written, graphic, drawing and oral communication skills.
  • Planning and estimating skills.
  • Project management and construction supervision skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative; ability to work without supervision.
  • Interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all types of people (internal and external).
  • Experience or educational background in as a landscape architecture or park planning.

Physical Planner - Archipro - Austin, TX

Job Description

Our clients company is an award-winning landscape architecture and planning firm with offices across Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Dubai. Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership, design, project management, and communication and graphics skills and enjoy working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with similarly driven colleagues. Opportunities exist to work on all varieties of projects, ranging from planned communities, university campuses and civic projects to hospitality destinations, historic properties and retail and mixed-use environments.

Job Requirements:

Physical Planner must have 4 to 8 years of experience and hold degree in landscape, architecture or planning.  This is for our Austin TX office.  The planner must demonstrate experience with single family master planned community lot layout/design, entitlements, mixed use planning and strong graphic hand.  Applicants should be proficient with Auto CAD Adobe CS and Sketch up and enjoy working in a fast paced, collaborative environment with similarly driven colleagues.

Free candidate registration:

Send resume and portfolio to:

Contact me directly: 305-926-6418

Kind regards,

Leslie Swisher

Archipro Staff Agency




An award-winning, internationally recognized landscape architecture firm needs Senior Landscape Architect/Project Manager for their Miami Design Studio. The right candidate should have experience in leading teams of 3 to 5 people, all aspects of the design process with an emphasis on detailed design/execution and the ability to managing the quality control/review process. The ability to travel, experience in the construction administration process, and an in-depth knowledge of project management is a must.

Position Responsibilities: • Lead project teams, provide project management and supervise production staff. • Work directly with the principal to create and advance projects. • Prepare and manage drawing sets and presentation packages. • Conduct research and prepare site reviews and analyses. • Carry out technical and administrative assignments—tabulations, cost estimates, etc. • Prepare and manage team production of construction details and specifications. • Lead and participate in project meetings and on-site construction observation and provide appropriate follow documentation. • Translate and progress initial design concepts through all phases of design. • Mentor and lead design staff • Represent the firm in high profile public and private meetings. • Collaborate with management to develop and manage project indicators including schedule, deliverables and fee. Position Qualifications: • BLA or MLA • Minimum of 15 years experience in a progressive landscape architecture firm. • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, communication and presentation skills. • Excellent written, verbal and graphic communication skills. • Demonstrated excellence in computer-aided drawing programs, AutoCAD a plus. • Demonstrated excellence in Conceptual Design through Construction Documents, including hand sketches. • Demonstrated knowledge in presentation graphics programs, such as Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) and in 3-D modeling programs (Sketch UP, Rhino or CAD) a plus. • Expertise in reading, analyzing and interpreting, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations. • Expertise in effectively presenting information and responding to questions from the principal, management, clients and consultants. • Expertise in applying and executing complex design relationships in oral, written and graphic format. • Willing to travel • Registration a must and LEED-AP preferred. Landscape Architect who has worked on sizable projects, architectural, hospitality, high-rise, convention center size projects and complexity.  Modernist designer, simplicity has experience working on all phases of project and has both International and National work experience

10-15 years’ experience, Works smart, self-starter, great communication and graphic design skills, passionate, honest, great reputation, well-educated great time manager.

Projects in Architectural Record partnering with large internationally known architect firms. Mature, knows industry standard. Send resume to, register as candidate at:, call: 305-926-6418


Landscape Design / Sales

 Rewarding and Dynamic Opportunity-Columbus Ohio

Are you a proven landscape design professional looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career opportunity?  Do you possess excellent interpersonal skills and drive?  Are you looking to be part of a dynamic and fast growing company with an excellent culture? 

About the Firm: Hidden Creek Landscaping, Inc. is an award winning design/build firm located in Columbus, Ohio. We serve high profile clients throughout central Ohio. Our projects vary in size, scope, and style. We are known for our customer-oriented approach to addressing a lifestyle relating to outdoor environments. Our work is regularly recognized.  We are looking for a talented and personable Landscape Designer / Salesperson to support the design team and office functions. The successful candidate will be organized, proactive, and able to prioritize multiple tasks both independently and with the team. ??


  • Bachelor’s Degree in landscape architecture or landscape design required
  • Minimum of 4 years experience
  • Proficiency in the following programs is a must: AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, Excel and other MS Office programs?
  • Hand sketching abilities required
  • Knowledge of Ohio plant palette?
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have reliable transportation??


Core Capabilities:

  • Customer and quality focus
  • Effective communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Team work
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Responsibility and dependability
  • Ethics and integrity


Key Responsibilities:

  • Full-Time position, 40+ hours per week
  • Assisting in all phases of the design process, including client meetings, initial concepts, drafting, 3D modeling, project presentation, estimating & budgeting
  • Organizing project materials
  • Ensure accurate field verifications and measurements?
  • Coordination amongst team members, clients & vendors
  • Researching new vendors and sub-contractors
  • Researching new products (online or at Design Centers)
  • New and existing project file organization and updates
  • The candidate may be asked to assist with some general marketing duties


To apply for this fantastic opportunity, please call our hiring hot line at 614-448-3049 AND  submit your resume and portfolio (file size under 10MB please) to hr@2thecreek.comPlease be prepared to tell us why you are the ideal candidate for this job! Only responses received via our hotline will be considered.

  •  Compensation: Competitive base salary with benefits-IRA and health benefit
  • Principals only. Recruiters please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Position Announcement: Two research fellowship positions

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Ohio Chapter (COH) seeks candidates for two research fellowship positions.  Please click HERE to view the full announcement with a description of the positions and candidate qualifications. 

1. Green Schools Research Fellow for Education: This candidate will continue a current study to define and articulate how sustainable design is impacting educational outcomes in Ohio’s schools.

2. Green Schools Research Fellow For Energy: This candidate will compile energy data (electricity and natural gas consumption and demand) and conduct energy modeling to determine whether Ohio’s LEED school buildings conserve energy compared to traditionally constructed school buildings in Ohio.

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