LAF eNewsletter
November 2015
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$58,500 in awards are available through 9 different scholarships and fellowships, including the new $20,000 LAF Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli, FASLA. Applications due Feb 1 and Feb 15.  More
Landscape Performance Series

We were honored to receive ASLA Professional Awards for two of our signature programs!


Award of Excellence in Communications:

Landscape Performance Series


Honor Award in Research:

Case Study Investigation (CSI)


Upcoming Deadlines

Due: Feb 1

Due: Feb 15

Special Thanks
On the heels of the LAF events held in Chicago in conjunction with the ASLA Annual Meeting, including our most successful Annual Benefit to date and our well-visited ASLA EXPO Hall Booth, LAF would like to specially thank the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Throughout the year, ASLA provides LAF with a variety of in-kind support and promotional services that are essential to the success of our programs and activities and help magnify their impact.
Remember LAF on Giving Tuesday, 12/1!
Save the date and look for a special announcement about how giving to LAF on this day will double your impact.
"As a living document essential to our profession, the Landscape Performance Series challenges others to emulate the level of research it contains."
- ASLA Professional Awards Jury
Thank you for the wonderful show of support at our events in Chicago, and to ASLA for putting on such a great conference! Between our sold-out Annual Benefit, honoring the 2015 Olmsted Scholars, the fantastic Education Sessions, our EXPO hall photobooth, and receiving ASLA Professional Awards for our Landscape Performance Series and Case Study Investigation (CSI) program -- it was amazing! We left Chicago energized and inspired about all that we can accomplish together!
Barbara Deutsch
Executive Director
A Star-Filled, Record-Setting Evening
$264,000 Raised for LAF Research and Scholarships
Many thanks to all who attended LAF's 30th Annual Benefit on November 6 at Chicago's Adler Planetarium. The sold-out event with over 500 guests and 32 generous sponsors was our most successful yet, raising $264,000 for LAF research and scholarship programs! Top designers and leaders from practice, academia, and industry enjoyed a star-filled evening of cocktails, local food, and amazing views of the Chicago skyline. LAF was honored to have IRONSMITH as the Annual Benefit's Lead Sponsor .
Olmsted Scholar Events
Top Student Leaders Honored in Chicago

On November 5-6, LAF held a series of events in Chicago to honor the  2015 Olmsted Scholars, landscape architecture students who were nominated by their faculty for demonstrating exceptional leadership potential. Thirty-four of this year's 72 Olmsted Scholars traveled from across the U.S. and Canada to participate.
Meet the 2015 Olmsted Scholars
Short Videos and Blog Posts Showcase Projects
This year's class of Olmsted Scholars are an amazing group working on some incredible projects. Through  short, self-produced videos, the $25,000 graduate winner, $15,000 undergraduate winner and six finalists introduce you to their research, projects, and ideas. The LAF blog also features guest posts from Olmsted Scholars discussing their projects.
2015-2016 LAF Board of Directors
Taking the Helm at a Monumental Time
The 2015-2016 LAF Board of Directors began its term on November 6. Kona Gray, ASLA of EDSA became President, following now Past-President Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates. Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol became President-Elect. Nine new Directors joined the Board, bringing the total number of Board members up to 32. LAF looks forward to working with this accomplished group as the foundation prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016.

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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