Leadership | LAF Medal and Founders' Award

2016 LAF Medal Recipient: Grant Jones, FASLA

“As a poet I see and hear everything around me as a poetic structure; so I see the whole landscape of a place as the architecture of a poem. Every landscape seems to have its own code. If you fall in love with it and give it a voice, the poem you unearth from it will forever give you a place to stand.”

          — Grant Jones, FASLA


Read Grant’s Acceptance Speech


“Grant Jones has a depth and breadth of work focusing on natural systems and the mission of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). He was a real innovator of the 1980s and 1990s in many areas, from how site analysis informs planning to completely reinventing what it means to be a zoo. His work, writings, poetry, and advocacy created the transformative change LAF seeks to make in the profession.”

                            — Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael, FASLA


Grant Jones, FASLA is the first recipient of the LAF Medal, an award given annually to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes.

Grant Jones — landscape architect, poet, and co-founder of Jones & Jones — has practiced and preached ecological design for more than 30 years. He and his Jones & Jones colleagues’ pioneering methodologies in landscape aesthetics, river planning, habitat design, scenic highway design and conservation planning, including the development of new methodologies in GIS modeling, have set the standard for environmentally responsive design and have brought the firm a stream of awards.

Over the years Grant has brought his passion, expertise, and eloquence to many signature Jones & Jones projects. These include the Paris Pike Historic Highway in Kentucky, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tuscon, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway in Washington, the Commons Park in Denver and America’s first wildlife highway, U.S. Highway 93 through the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. Grant’s landscape poetry is recognized as a fundamental to his design approach and integral to his research and scholarship in ecological design and landscape conservation planning.

Grant received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Washington, followed by a post-graduate stint as a poet in Theodore Roethke’s verse writing class during Roethke’s tenure as Poet in Residence at the University of Washington. He received his MLA from Harvard’s School of Design, where he won the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship to research environmental design adaptations in South America and Western Europe.

Grant is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. From 1999-2007, he served on the Landscape Architecture Foundation Board of Directors, serving as Vice President of Education . He has held academic positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard, University of Oregon, the University of Virginia, Texas A&M, and Ohio State and has lectured at thirty departments of landscape architecture.