Case Study Investigation


“The greatest strength of CSI is its potential to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world.”
    — Research Fellow, Summer 2011


The Case Study Investigation (CSI) program 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. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.

The teams are led by LAF Research Fellows, select faculty members with demonstrated interest or expertise in quantifying landscape benefits. Fellows develop methods for data collection, provide academic rigor, and receive funding to support a student research assistant.

Participating firms apply with specific projects and are selected based on the quality of the project, availability of information to document performance, and commitment to participate in the CSI process.

LAF is now accepting applications for the next CSI Program, which will run March - August 2014.

  • Faculty - Deadline: Dec 31, 2013
    Learn more about becoming an LAF Research Fellow.
  • Practitioners - Deadline: Dec 15, 2013
    Learn how design firms can participate.

The CSI program is highly collaborative with the goal of better integrating the innovative work being done by academia and practice to advance our knowledge of landscape performance. By investing in this research, LAF hopes that CSI can be a key impetus in moving the landscape architecture profession toward designing every project with specific performance objectives, routinely collecting performance data, and integrating landscape performance in design education.

For more information, contact Katharine Burgess at or 202-331-7070 x15.

CSI Program Sponsors