LAF eNewsletter
September 2015
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LAF Annual Benefit
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 design practice, academia, and industry.   More
LAF on the Road

Washington, DC
Sept 23-25

Nashville, TN
Oct 15-16

Chicago, IL
Nov 6-9
Landscape Performance Series
Stepping It Up
The U.S. Surgeon General's recent "Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities" highlights the impact that planning and design have on physical activity. As the projects and research in this Collection illustrate, landscape solutions are essential to create quality pedestrian environments that encourage people to get out, get active, and leave the car behind.
Special Thanks

Thank you to The Toro Company for their long-time support of LAF. Along with their continued sponsorship of LAF's Annual Benefit, for the last 3 years Toro has been the Lead Sponsor of the Olmsted Scholars Program, which recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential. Toro is committed to developing innovative products and services to help make people's lives easier and more enjoyable, while simultaneously protecting and enhancing the natural resources on which we all depend.
"Design is a form of research in which you don't go back and check the results (with the exception of LAF's work to promote landscape performance!)"
-- Iain Robertson, University of Washington
Performance planning, measurement, and evaluation is a key business practice to deliver innovation and show value. LAF is leading the way to integrate this business practice into design practice. Since 2011, LAF has invested in 41 teams of designers and academics to participate in our Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, resulting in over 100 case studies of exemplary projects for the Landscape Performance Series. Apply to next year's CSI program by December 4 to go back and evaluate your work and move forward with learning these skills!
Barbara Deutsch
Executive Director  
2016 Case Study Investigation (CSI) Program
Fellows Apply by Oct 16, Projects by Dec 4
Are you interested in assessing and documenting the benefits of your firm's high-performing landscape projects? Would you like to become a faculty CSI Research Fellow? LAF is now accepting applications for the next CSI program, which will run Feb - Aug 2016. Faculty Research Fellows lead the research teams and receive funding to support a student Research Assistant. Fellows are selected through a two-part application process with Expressions of Interest due Oct 16 and full applications due Nov 16. Practitioners apply with specific projects and are selected based on the quality of the project, potential to produce comprehensive quantified benefits, and the firm's commitment to work with the research teams. Applications from firms are due Dec 4.
Animation wins $10,000 Student Competition
Impact of Landscape Architecture on Well-Being
Lovisa Kjerrgren of Stockholm, Sweden won the 2015 Wayne Grace Memorial Student Competition with her short animation entitled "Pretty Heroic." Entrants had to develop a communications piece that conveys the vital role that landscape architects play in protecting and enhancing the public's well-being, as identified in the "Definition of Welfare" research conducted by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) .
LAs as Influencers and Advocates
Interview with Stephanie Landregan, FASLA
As the Landscape Architecture Program Director at UCLA Extension, a 20-year instructor, and active citizen with a long history of giving back, Stephanie Landregan knows the reach that one landscape architect can have. She recently spoke with LAF about advocacy, service, and the politics of design.
"We should be powerfully visible to influence and provide guidance and insight into governance and policy making... Take the time to speak out at public meetings, write the letter to the editor, share your knowledge and expertise."
New LAF Development Manager
Welcome, Christina!
Christina Sanders had joined LAF as Development Manager. In addition to her commitment to sustainable development, Christina has a notable corporate sector background in management, marketing, and sales. She spent four years with Apple, including participation a competitive 24-month management training program. Most recently, she took a year to travel abroad with a philosophy to "travel slow." We are thrilled to have Christina on board!

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