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From left: The newly installed chapter president is Ashley Solether, here with Kari Hiatt, who now takes on Ashley's previous role of vp of education/membership. Both chapter leaders are with the Columbus office of MKSK.

Chapter President: Karla Salmans (MKSK) (Oct. 2015 - Oct. 2017)
New President: Ashley Solether

The 2017 OCASLA Gala + Awards took place on Sept. 29 at the Vecchia Winery in Columbus, Ohio. The keynote speaker was Jordan Davis, director of Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership.


Karla Salmans, of MKSK, led the festivities during the 2017 OCASLA Gala + Awards ceremonies. She was the Ohio ASLA Chapter president from Oct. 2015 to Oct. 2017.

The annual design awards fielded 37 submissions, with 8 projects selected for honors this year:

Honor Awards
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Clinical Sciences Pavilion, MKSK
- Columbus Green Business & Urban Agriculture Strategic Plan, MKSK
- Residential Design: Garden: A Modernist Reflection, Virginia Burt Designs, Pepper Pike, Ohio


Jordan Davis, director of Smart Cities at the Columbus Partnership, was the keynote speaker for the Gala. She's been instrumental in Columbus winning a U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart Cities Challenge Grant.

Merit Awards
- Pizzuti Sculpture Garden, IMPLEMENT, Columbus, Ohio
- CenturyLink Technology Center, Monroe, La., EDGE, Columbus, Ohio ( article # 29390)
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Perkins Wildlife Center and Sears Garden, AECOM
- Planning/Analysis: Discovery District Placemaking Plan, MKSK
- Communications/Research: LSU Comprehensive & Strategic Campus Master, NBBJ, Baton Rouge, La.


The 2017 OCASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO took place May 19 at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus.


OCASLA members add some flair to the Gala. It helped that the event was at the Vecchia Winery.

As seen in LASN magazine, December 2017.

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