LAF eNewsletter
October 2015
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LAF Annual Benefit
Last call! Join us in Chicago on Fri, Nov 6 for awe-inspiring skyline views, great food, an open bar, and plenty of mingling with leaders from practice, academia, and industry.
LAF on the Road

Chicago, IL
Nov 6-9

Upcoming Deadlines

Landscape Performance Series
Making the Case in Chicago
Through a 3-year partnership, ILASLA worked with LAF to produce case studies of high-performing landscape projects by ILASLA members to be used in the organization's advocacy efforts. In this Collection, ILASLA President Brad McCauley highlights key Chicagoland case studies and their relevance to local issues.
Special Thanks
Thank you to  our newest Annual Benefit sponsor: Roman Fountains. Roman Fountains is a commercial water feature company that specializes in the seamless integration of mechanical, electrical and plumbing components. The company is one of the almost 30 sponsors whose support is making LAF's 30th Annual Benefit the most successful yet.  LAF looks forward to celebrating with Roman Fountains in Chicago!
" Thank you to all who are part of LAF for this prestigious award and amazing opportunity! It is such an honor."
-- Maria Muñoz, 2015 National Olmsted Scholar
It's our favorite time of year -- when we go to the ASLA Annual Meeting and get to see so many of you who make LAF the success that it is! Join us in Chicago (or in spirit) to kick off a year-long celebration of LAF's 50th anniversary. The party starts Friday night at LAF's Annual Benefit where we recognize the 2015 Olmsted Scholars. The fun continues with friends and colleagues at the LAF photobooth in the ASLA Expo on Saturday and Sunday. Get smarter about landscape performance by attending LAF's education session on Friday, and join us Monday at the ASLA Professional Awards Ceremony to recognize this impactful work. 
Barbara Deutsch
Executive Director  
Extraordinary Gift Creates New $20,000 Award
LAF Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli
A generous gift from Jeanne Dawson-Lalli created a new $20,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a student pursuing a Master's degree in landscape architecture. The scholarship was established in memory of Joseph J. Lalli, FASLA (1943-2014) and his 46-year career as a landscape architect, artist, philanthropist, mentor, and teacher. Joe was the chairman and former president of the firm EDSA and had more than 500 projects to his credit in 40 countries. He was a persuasive leader, well-known and admired for his modesty and generosity. Joe experienced great value in his Master's degree and wanted to help make the opportunity for graduate education accessible to others.
Meet the 2015 Olmsted Scholars: The Undergrads
Videos from Top Student Leaders
LAF's Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential. The 2015 Olmsted Scholars will be honored at LAF's upcoming Annual Benefit in Chicago. In these short, self-produced videos, the $15,000 undergraduate winner and two $1,000 finalists introduce you to their research, projects, and ideas.
  • National Olmsted Scholar Maria Muñoz (Louisiana State) discusses her research on local vendors and food security in Puerto Rico.
  • Finalist Erin McDonald (Iowa State) reflects on what landscape architecture and art mean to her.
  • Finalist Nathaniel Oakley (UC Davis) shares his interest in landscapes affected by large scale and aging flood control infrastructure.

See the Videos

LAF Initiatives Win Two ASLA Professional Awards
Honors in Communications and Research 
Two of LAF's signature programs have been honored with American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2015 Professional Awards. The Landscape Performance Series received the 2015 Award of Excellence in Communications, the highest honor in this category. LAF's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program received a 2015 Honor Award in Research The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Chicago on Mon, Nov 9.
LAF at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo
Join us in Chicago!
If you are heading to the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, we hope you'll join us for our various events to celebrate, support, and raise awareness about LAF and its transformative programs. Between an Education Session on measuring performance, receiving two ASLA Professional Awards, and kicking off the festivities for our 50th anniversary in 2016, it will be epic. Be sure to visit our photobooth in the EXPO at booth #2821!

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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