LAF eNewsletter
December 2014
In This Issue
2015 Scholarships Available
Annual Benefit Sets Record
New LAF Board of Directors
LAF in Year-End Giving
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$38,500 in awards are available through 8 different scholarships and fellowships. Applications due Feb 1 and Feb 15. More
Landscape Performance Series

Palmisano Park

Chicago, Illinois

This 27-acre former limestone quarry turned landfill turned park has become a unique and beloved neighborhood and regional amenity.

See Case Study Brief


Fast Fact Library

People place more value on the future after exposure to nature. Cues of natural environments entice people to prefer greater delayed rewards over smaller immediate rewards.

More Fast Facts

LAF on the Road


New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Baltimore, MD

Jan 29-31 


Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Manhattan, KS

Mar 24-28


APA National Planning Conference

Seattle, WA

April 18-21

Special Thanks
IRONSMITH, a supplier of tree grates, tree guards, bollards and trench grates for the construction and design industry, has supported LAF since 2008 through Annual Benefit sponsorships and gifts to the Annual Fund. For the last two years, the company has been the Annual Benefit Lead Sponsor, paving the way for LAF to set new attendance and fundraising records. We look forward to our 30th Annual Benefit in 2015 with IRONSMITH as the Lead Sponsor.
Happy Holidays!
And best wishes in the new year from your friends at LAF.
Rachel ~ Heather ~Barbara ~Matt ~ Arianna

"I love it!! There's nothing else like it. I've already shared this amazing resource with my students and colleagues."

- User

Thank you for the amazing show of support in Denver last month and with all your year-end giving! It has been an incredibly inspiring way to end another successful year for LAF. There is still time to show your support for LAF's research and scholarship programs by making a financial contribution by year-end. This helps us determine the scale of good things to come in the new year!

Barbara Deutsch

Executive Director

Next-Generation Landscape Performance Series

LAF's award-winning Landscape Performance Series has a new home! With 90 Case Study Briefs, over 100 Fast Facts, and dozens of Benefits Toolkit calculators, is sure to become your go-to resource to:

  • Find precedents, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions
  • Explore metrics and methods to quantify environmental, social, and economic benefits
  • Earn professional development hours (PDHs) by attending a presentation or webinar
  • Browse and share teaching materials to integrate landscape performance into design curricula
  • Stay current on landscape performance news and trends

The Landscape Performance Series is made possible with support from JJR|Roy Fund, Landscape Structures, AECOM, DeepRoot, Hunter Industries, AILA/Yamagami/Hope Fellowship, CLASS Fund/Ralph Hudson Environmental Fellowship, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.


New Heights Sets New Record!
$220,000 for LAF Research and Scholarships
Mile-high thanks to all who attended LAF's 29th Annual Benefit at the Studio Loft in Denver on Nov 21. The 425 guests and 33 sponsors helped to raise a record-breaking $220,000 in support of LAF's research and scholarship programs. It was a lively evening with top designers and leaders from practice, academia, and industry in attendance. The program included the launch of LAF's new and recognition of the 2014 Olmsted Scholars, including the winners of the $25,000 graduate and $15,000 undergraduate awards. LAF was honored to have IRONSMITH as the Annual Benefit's Lead Sponsor.
2014 Sweepstakes Winner Announced
LAF Donor Wins One-of-a-Kind Trip to Australia
Thanks to all who participated in the 2014 sweepstakes, raising over $8,000 for LAF's research and scholarship programs. Emily O'Mahoney, ASLA of Jupiter, Florida won the grand prize: an unforgettable trip for two to Sydney, Australia. Emily and a guest will spend five nights at Mackerel Beach in an award-winning beach house on the Pittwater shoreline. The house is 25 miles north of the city center at the edge of Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, near extensive hiking trails with magnificent wildlife including kookaburras, goannas, and wallabies.
2014-2015 LAF Board of Directors
New Leadership Takes the Reins
The 2014-2015 Board of Directors began its term on Nov 21. Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates became President, succeeding Jacinta McCann, FAILA, FASLA of AECOM. Kona Gray, ASLA of EDSA became President-Elect. Seven new Directors joined the Board, bringing experience and insights from landscape architecture practice, the development sector, industry, and academia.
Remember LAF in Your Year-End Giving
Help Expand Our Impact
Your support of the Landscape Architecture Foundation by year-end will help us to continue to deliver innovative programs and expand our impact. Show your commitment and give back to the profession by making a tax-deductible contribution online, making an honor or memorial gift (you'll get a printable certificate to share), or learn about the many ways to support the Foundation.

LAF is 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1966 with the mission to protect, improve, and enhance the environment by increasing our collective capacity to achieve sustainability through landscape architecture.


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