Jot D. Carpenter, FASLA
Jot Carpenter collapsed during his presentation at the Ohio Senate Hearing for the Landscape Architects Practice Law on Monday, February 16th, 2000. He was conscious when he was taken to Grant Hospital in Columbus and treated for unknown internal bleeding in his stomach region. He underwent a 3-4 hour operation Wednesday evening to find and stop the internal bleeding. At the end of the operation, he was stable and returned to the ICU. Jot D. Carpenter, Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Knowlton School of Architecture died early Thursday morning, February 17, 2000 at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Claire, and sons Jot Jr., Sean, and Kevin.
Professor Carpenter served a distinguished twenty-eight year career at The Ohio State University. He was Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture from 1972 to 1986, and continued to teach full time until the present. His teaching and scholarships interests focused on landscape architectural site planning, history of the profession of a landscape architecture, and AUTOCAD/GIS applications for site planning and design.
Additionally, Professor Carpenter served as both a professional consultant and volunteer in the National Park Service.
Among Professor Carpenter's numerous publications is Handbook of Landscape Architectural Construction (ASLA, 1974), a book that was recently identified in Landscape Architecture magazine as being one of the ten most influential books of the past century in landscape architecture.
Professor Carpenter was a Member and Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He served as President of the professional society from 1978 to 1979 and remained an active participant in the ASLA Task Force on Strategic Planning, ASLA Membership Committee, and the ASLA Nominating Committee. He was given The President's Medal by ASLA in 1982, one of the highest honors bestowed on its members. Professor Carpenter has also been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by both his alma maters: the University of Georgia and The Harvard Graduate School of Design.
For those who had the opportunity to know him, the loss is profound. "Jot had the rare ability to look backward and forward at the same time, " said Kathy Fox, FASLA. "He challenged Landscape Architects to move into new technologies while simultaneously researching, documenting, and revering our industry as a profession."
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Landscape Architecture Scholarship that will be set up by OSU in Professor Carpenter's name. Checks should be made payable to The Ohio State University and mailed to: