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The 2014 LA Expo, a two-day trade show and educational conference in Long Beach, California, will feature a special Leaders’ Reception with all proceeds supporting Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) research and scholarships.
Join LAF on Thursday, February 13 at Parker’s Lighthouse, known for its spectacular views of Long Beach Harbor. The event starts at 6pm, and the $75 ticket includes food, live music, and a hosted bar for the first hour. The evening will include a panel discussion with leaders in landscape architecture Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Susan Goltsman, FASLA and Stephanie Landregan, FASLA. Event sponsors include: ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, IRONSMITH, Landscape Architect and Specifier News, Scofield, SWG Trees, Old Town Fiberglass, Rainbird, and USA Shade & Fabric Structures, Inc. Many thanks to the LA Expo for this opportunity.
The LA Expo also features a “Complimentary Learning Lab” with LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA on Friday, Feb 8 from 10-11am. Barbara will present the Landscape Performance Series, an online set of resources to quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.
The LA Expo is the largest western trade show and educational conference for landscape architects, specifers, and design/build professionals. The LA Expo is produced by Landscape Communications, Inc and provides a regional venue where over 1,200 design and development professionals can exchange ideas, explore new products and technologies, and establish business relationships.
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invests in research and scholarships to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders. Since 1986, LAF has awarded over $900,000 in scholarships to nearly 500 students and invested $1.8 million in research initiatives.
Thanks to the generous support of LAF’s donors and sponsors, the foundation accomplished the following in 2013:
- Awarded over $125,000 to students through scholarships, fellowships, and research assistantships.
- Recognized 67 new Olmsted Scholars, including the first undergraduate national winner.
- Published the 75th Landscape Performance Series (LPS) case study, documenting the environmental, economic, and social benefits of exemplary landscape projects.
- Awarded $22,500 to researchers to analyze the LPS and develop a guidebook on metrics and methods to evaluate landscape performance.
- Met with over 1,400 professionals through office visits, webinars, and conference presentations to increase awareness about landscape performance.
In 2014, LAF will build on this momentum with more scholarship awards, a new guidebook on evaluating landscape performance, a new webinar series, a new clearinghouse of teaching tools for landscape architecture faculty, and even more resources to help you design better and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.
Consider investing in the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your year-end giving so that LAF can continue to deliver innovative programs and increase its impact at this critical time when the many services and talents of landscape architects are so vitally needed. Show your commitment and give back to the profession by making a tax-deductible contribution online, making an honor or memorial gift, or learn about the many ways to support the Foundation.
There are many ways to support the Landscape Architecture Foundation during this season of giving, no matter who’s on your list. Your gift will help us continue to deliver innovative programs and increase our impact at this critical time when the many services and talents of landscape architects are so vitally needed.
You can give to LAF in honor of someone. You’ll get a printable certificate to share, and the honoree will be recognized in LAF’s Annual Report.
Need a more traditional gift?
You can support LAF when you shop online this holiday season. By using GoodShop to access well-known retailers like Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, and many more, a percent of all sales is donated to LAF at no extra cost to you.
Remember LAF in your year-end giving
There are many ways to invest in the work of LAF as an individual or organization. From program sponsorships to named scholarships to planned giving, you have the opportunity to choose the type and level of gift that shows what is important to you.
LAF is a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your charitable contribution is deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
LAF recently received two grants to support the 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. The 2013 program features 8 research teams working to evaluate the performance of 24 landscape projects, ranging from the Tassajara Creek Restoration in California to the Ann Arbor Municipal Center in Michigan.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has granted $10,000 to support three Chicago-area projects that are being documented through the 2013 CSI program: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Jackson Park and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Smart Home: Green + Wired.
For the second year in a row, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has supported the CSI program with a $25,000 Art Works grant. LAF is one of only 50 nonprofit organizations throughout the country recommended to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category. The NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for this round of Art Works funding. Of those, 817 are recommended for grants totaling $26.3 million to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.
In October of last year, the Landscape Architecture Foundation launched the 100 Firm Campaign – a campaign to increase the number of firms participating in the work of the Foundation through their financial support and thought leadership. The LAF Board of Directors invites landscape architecture firms to invest with a gift of $1,000 or more to join the 100 Firm Campaign and the LAF Leadership Circle.
By pooling resources and working together, LAF can provide critical market development services at a scale greater than what can be done by individual firms alone. This includes supporting the next generation of landscape architects, developing the market for sustainable landscape solutions, investing in research, and creating resources to advance the profession. Support from the community of landscape architects allows LAF to continue to grow and make an impact both in and outside of the profession.
“What a privilege it has been to support, financially, the contributions LAF has made to the profession over the last several years,” says Jay Graham, FASLA of Graham Landscape Architecture. He adds, “I encourage more small firms to support the knowledge building role of LAF within our profession by sustained annual giving.”
In the coming months, members of the 100 Firm Campaign will be invited to provide input and feedback on LAF’s innovative programs. This not only builds accountability, but will also help the organization grow and attain its vision for the future.
LAF is grateful for all of its supporters and their commitment to give back to the profession and make a difference. As of January 24, the following 48 firms have joined the 100 Firm Campaign:
AHBE Landscape Architects
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Clark Condon Associates
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Graham Landscape Architecture
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
James Corner Field Operations
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
JJR | Roy Fund
Mahan Rykiel Associates
Mia Lehrer + Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Oehme van Sweden
The Office of Cheryl Barton
The Office of James Burnett
Pamela Burton & Company
Peridian International Inc.
PWP Landscape Architecture
Quinlan + Quinlan
Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Rhodeside & Harwell
robert chipman landscape architect, inc.
SiteWorks Landscape Architecture
SvR Design Company
The SWA Group
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Wallace Roberts & Todd
For more information or to join the 100 Firm Campaign, please contact Matt Alcide at firstname.lastname@example.org.