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The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders. As our 50th year comes to a close, we’d like to thank our many friends, donors, and partners whose generous support helped to make this an extraordinary year.
In 2016, LAF greatly expanded its voice and its reach. Over 700 forward-thinking landscape architects, students, and allied professionals attended LAF’s unprecedented New Landscape Declaration: A Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future. The summit and its resulting call to action gained worldwide attention and have many in design and development circles echoing sentiments that LAF has long asserted.
After attending the Summit, Patrick Sisson of Curbed wrote:
“It quickly became clear the surface-level public perception of the job, usually limited to designing parks, wasn’t nearly broad enough. …increasingly, the city, urban populations, and the environment at large are the purview of this evolving profession.”
Martin C. Pedersen of Common Edge wrote:
“I, too, believe that landscape architects are uniquely qualified to lead the climate charge… Connecting to people and natural systems is what landscape architects do. It’s time we start using them.”
IFLA Americas President Raquel Peñalosa wrote:
“I commend the leadership of LAF on convening landscape architects to act upon the challenges today facing our planet and taking us to the next level of purpose and clarity.”
With generous support from donors, LAF is able to spur the profession forward with transformative initiatives like the summit and the New Landscape Declaration. The foundation also accomplished the following in 2016:
- Awarded $125,000 to students through scholarships, fellowships, and research assistantships.
- Funded landscape performance research to bolster non-profit organizations, community leaders, and advocates as they make a case for more environmentally friendly practices and policies.
- Awarded $12,500 in mini-grants to faculty to develop and test models for integrating landscape performance in design education.
- Launched the new $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership for mid-career to senior-level professionals.
Please consider investing in the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your year-end giving so that LAF can continue to lead the charge and deliver innovative programs to increase its impact at this historic time when the 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 or learn about the many ways to support the Foundation.
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.
The 2016-2017 LAF Board of Directors began its term on October 21 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in New Orleans. Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol became President, succeeding Kona Gray, ASLA of EDSA, who was at the helm during LAF’s monumental 50th anniversary year, which included an unprecedented summit and major capital campaign. Adam Greenspan, ASLA of PWP Landscape Architecture became President-Elect.
Past-President Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates returned to a role as Vice President of Finance, and five other Directors assumed roles as officers on the Executive Leadership Team.
- Vice President of Education:
Stephanie Rolley, FASLA, AICP, Kansas State
- Vice President of Research:
M. Elen Deming, DDes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Vice President of Leadership:
Monte Wilson, ASLA, Jacobs Engineering
- Vice President of Communication:
Richard E. Heriford, Landscape Forms
- Vice President of Finance:
Mark O. Dawson, FASLA, Sasaki Associates
- Vice President of Development:
Jim Manskey, ASLA, TBG Partners
This year, 11 individuals retired off the Board of Directors, in many cases after extended terms of service. LAF extends our sincerest thanks to the following outgoing Board members for their transfomative contributions:
- Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, dlandstudio (Director, 2014-2016)
- Deb Guenther, FASLA, Mithun (Director, 2008-2016; VP of Education, 2009-2011)
- Kristina Hill, PhD, Affiliate ASLA, University of California, Berkeley (Director, 2010-2016; VP of Education, 2011-2016)
- Jacinta McCann, FAILA, AECOM (Director, 2010-2016; VP of Communications, 2011-2012; President 2013-2014)
- Allyson Mendenhall, ASLA, Design Workshop (Director, 2012-2016)
- Forster Ndubisi, PhD, FASLA, Texas A&M University (Director, 1997-2000, 2008-2016; VP of Research, 2008-2016)
- Joe Runco, ASLA, SWA Group (Director, 2013-2016)
- Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, OLIN (Director, 2008-2016; VP of Finance 2010-2011; President, 2011-2012, VP of Leadership, 2013-2016)
- Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (Director, 2012-2016; VP of Finance 2013-2014, 2015-2016; VP of Communications 2014-2015)
- Peg Staeheli, FASLA, MIG | SvR (Director, 2014-2016)
- Kate Tooke, ASLA, Sasaki Associates (Director, 2014-2016)
Thirteen new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing a range of experience and perspectives from landscape architecture practice, academia, industry, real estate development, and the nonprofit sector. ASLA Immediate Past President Chad Danos, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative, and Bo Yang, FASLA continues as the CELA Representative. Nina Chase, a 2009 University Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for past Olmsted Scholars.
Welcome to the new Board members:
- Gerdo Aquino, ASLA, SWA Group
- Kofi Boone, ASLA, North Carolina State University
- Rebecca Bradley, ASLA, Cadence
- Nina Chase, ASLA, Riverlife
- Po-Sun Chen, BrightView Design Group
- Dorothy Faris, ASLA, Mithun
- Skip Graffam, ASLA, OLIN
- Stephanie Grigsby, Design Workshop
- Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, DesignJones LLC
- Deborah Marton, New York Restoration Project
- Steve McCarter, ASLA, Ewing
- Roberto Rovira, ASLA, Florida International University
- Stan Wall, P.E., HR&A Advisors
During the three days of lively meetings and events in New Orleans, the commitment, passion, and thought leadership of this dynamic group was evident. We look forward to working together to advance the vision laid out in our New Landscape Declaration. Thank you all for your service!