February 2016

LAF turns 50 this year, and we will deliver new initiatives to support landscape architecture and the future for the next 50 years. So stay tuned, join us, have fun, and come make history with us.
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Barbara Deutsch
Executive Director

P.S. LAF will award over $110,000 to students in 2016 through our scholarships and Olmsted Scholars Program: Last call for applications and nominations due Feb 15!

2016: A Historic Year

This year marks LAF's 50th anniversary, and we look forward to celebrating with you throughout the year. Look for announcements about new transformative programs and initiatives, and save the date for June 10-11 in Philadelphia when we host a landmark summit about landscape architecture and the future. Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who stopped by our photobooth in Chicago to help us kick off this year of celebration!


Six CSI Faculty Research Fellows Announced

Research Fellows have been selected to lead the five teams for LAF's 2016 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI matches faculty-student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. The 2016 CSI program got underway this month and runs through early August. We look forward to working with this impressive group!
  • Charlene LeBleu, FASLA, AICP, Auburn University
  • Howard Hahn, RLA, ASLA, Kansas State University
  • Nicholas Pevzner, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kelly Shannon, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Jane Wolff and Elise Shelley, University of Toronto
CSI Participating Firms and Projects

LAF has selected 15 exemplary high-performing landscape projects for its 2016 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. This year's cohort comprises a range of project typologies, including three waterfront parks, a stormwater treatment facility, an EPA Region headquarters, a stream restoration, and several landmark urban parks. 


Landscape Performance Series

Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
Durham, North Carolina
This 1-acre garden demonstrates fruit and vegetable production, bee keeping, plant/insect relationships, stormwater management, and balancing human and natural processes.

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Feb 15 Application Deadline
$42,500 in awards are still available through 8 different scholarships. Applications due Feb 15.
Call for Nominations
With its $25,000 graduate and $15,000 undergraduate prize, this is the premier national award for landscape architecture students. Nominations from faculty due Feb 15.
Special Thanks

LAF would like to thank Landscape Structures for their loyal support over the past 18 years. In addition to their longstanding sponsorship of LAF's Annual Benefit, Landscape Structures is a Lead Sponsor of LAF's Landscape Performance Series. With the mission to enhance children's lives by fostering and creating inspiring play experiences while honoring the environment, Landscape Structures designs playgrounds that welcome all ages and abilities and become signature gathering spaces for communities.
Landscape Architecture Foundation