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Welcome 2013-2014 Board of Directors

The new LAF Board of Directors took the reins on November 14 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Boston. During a jam-packed three days of meetings and events, Board members demonstrated their vision, passion, and thought leadership in helping LAF to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Jacinta McCann, FAILA of AECOM began her term as President, succeeding Bill Main, Hon. ASLA of Landscape Forms, whose leadership and business acumen helped lay the groundwork for measuring and increasing impact as LAF approaches its 50th anniversary in 2016. Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates became President-Elect after serving for two years as Vice President of Finance.

Directors Laura Solano and Paul Bambauer assumed new roles as officers, joining three continuing officers on the executive leadership team. The Board also created a new executive position to focus on growing LAF’s leadership programs and initiatives, which will be filled by 2011-2012 President Lucinda Sanders. 

  • Vice President of Finance:
    Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Vice President of Development:
    Paul Bambauer, IRONSMITH
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Nate Cormier, ASLA, SvR Design Company
  • Vice President of Education:
    Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
  • Vice President of Research:
    Forster Ndubisi, PhD, FASLA, Texas A&M University
  • Vice President of Leadership:
    Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, OLIN

Gregg Sutton, ASLA of EDSA retired off the Board after four years of service, including two terms as Vice President of Development. Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA, CSLA of SWA Group left after five years as a Director. Emily Vogler of the Rhode Island School of Design rotated off after serving a two-year term as past Olmsted Scholar representative, and Susan Hatchell, FASLA rotated off after serving for a year in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative.

Five new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from landscape architecture practice and academia. Andrea Gaffney, LAF’s first National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for past Olmsted Scholars. ASLA Immediate Past President Thomas Tavella, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Andrea Gaffney, SWA Group
  • Kona Gray, ASLA, EDSA
  • Stephanie Rolley, FASLA, Kansas State University
  • Joe Runco, ASLA, SWA Group
  • Thomas Tavella, FASLA, ASLA Immediate Past President

We look forward to working with this accomplished group and continuing LAF’s growth and momentum in the year ahead. Thanks to all for your commitment and contributions!

board-ab(Some of) the 2013-2014 Board of Directors at the LAF Annual Benefit. (You try getting them all in the same place at the same time!)

LAF Staff Changes

kathlinda2Program powwow: Katharine and Linda

Linda Ashby, ASLA will be leaving LAF at the end of the month, after 2.5 years with the organization. She began working on the Landscape Performance Series and various communication efforts, before taking on her primary role as manager of LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) initiative. Linda was instrumental in the development of CSI and in taking it from concept to pilot to the signature program that it is today.  We are delighted that she will continue to stay involved as a member of the LAF Research Committee. We wish her all the best as she and her family relocate to the Seattle area and she looks for her next opportunity.

While we will miss Linda’s energy, we are pleased to announce that Katharine Burgess, AICP is already on board to manage the CSI program, bringing expertise in urban planning, research, and writing and an international perspective on landscape performance. Katharine joins LAF after seven years in private practice, where she managed projects ranging from university campus plans to large-scale, mixed-use developments to recovery planning charrettes on the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. Welcome Katharine!

We Moved!

In line with the organization’s growth, LAF has moved to a new office in downtown Washington, DC, just a few blocks from our old one. We’re proud to be in the LEED Gold-certified Liberty Building and hope that you’ll stop by if you’re ever in the neighborhood!

staff-newofficePlease update your records with the new address:

Landscape Architecture Foundation
1129 20th Street NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20036

Phone (202.331.7070) and fax numbers (202.331.7079) are the same, though extensions have changed for Programs & Communications (Heather - x16) and Scholarships (Leslie - x14).

To download new vCards for the LAF staff, click on the links below. 

Barbara  |   Heather  |   Matt   |   Emily  |   Katharine

We're Hiring a Program Manager

The Landscape Architecture Foundation currently has an opening for a multi-talented Program Manager to lead our signature Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and support the Landscape Performance Series. The full-time, 40 hour/week position in Washington, DC offers a first-hand opportunity to guide transformative research and promote the “next practices” in sustainable design.

See the full job announcement on our Opportunities page for all the details.

New LAF Board of Directors

The 2012-2013 LAF Board of Directors began its term on September 28 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Phoenix. Bill Main, Hon. ASLA of Landscape Forms took the reins as President, succeeding Lucinda Sanders, FASLA of OLIN, whose leadership was essential in helping the Foundation plan strategically for future growth. Jacinta McCann, FAILA of AECOM became President-Elect.

board-bmcsLAF Board President Bill Main with Executive Director Barbara Deutsch and Past President Cindy Sanders

Nate Cormier, ASLA of SvR assumed a new role as Vice President of Communications with the four other officers continuing in their positions on the the leadership team:

  • Vice President of Finance:
    Mark Dawson, FASLA, Sasaki Associates
  • Vice President of Development:
    Gregg Sutton, ASLA, EDSA
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Nate Cormier, ASLA, SvR Design Company
  • Vice President of Education:
    Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
  • Vice President of Research:
    Forster Ndubisi, PhD, ASLA, Texas A&M University

Kathy Garcia, FASLA of the City of Del Mar retired off the Board after five years of service, including a term as President in 2011 and two years as Vice President of Finance. Her legacy includes leading the organization during a time of significant restructuring and growth. Glenn Walters, ASLA of Design Workshop also left the Board after five years, and Jonathan Mueller, FASLA rotated off after twice serving in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative.

Nine new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from design firms, industry and academia. David Malda, LAF’s 2009 National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the second of two recently created Director positions for past Olmsted Scholars. The Board also created a new Ex Officio position for the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Vice President of Research, currently held by Ming-Han Li. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Paul Bambauer, Ironsmith, Inc
  • Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, FASLA, Wallace Roberts & Todd
  • Christopher Fannin, HOK Planning Group
  • Adam Greenspan, ASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Ming-Han Li, PhD PE, PLA, Texas A&M University 
  • Susan Hatchell, FASLA, Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture
  • David Malda, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
  • Allyson Mendenhall, PLA, Design Workshop
  • Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Through their vision, leadership, passion, and active engagement, Board members are directly responsible for the health and impact of LAF and its programs. Thanks to all for your commitment to serve and contributions toward achieving LAF’s mission!