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2018 CSI Teams and Projects Announced

thesandlotMahan Rykiel Associates' The Sand Lot in Baltimore, Maryland

Seven faculty Research Fellows and eight high-performing landscape projects have been selected for LAF’s 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches faculty-student research teams with design firms 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 that are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series.

Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration and receive funding to support a student Research Assistant. Participants from each firm serve as liaisons and work with the academic team. This year, each of the five teams will study one to two projects (instead of three, as in past years) in order to increase the breadth and depth of the research.

The selected projects include waterfront sites, brownfield reclamations, and — a CSI first — a pop-up park and restaurant. The diverse public spaces include a SITES-certified heritage site and a SEED-certified park designed to promote social equity.

The 2018 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. We look forward to working with this impressive group and to learning more about these outstanding projects and their impacts!


CSI Research Fellow:
Catherine De Almeida, University of Nebraska
Student Research Assistants: Hannah LoPresto and Brandon Zambrano

  • Design Workshop - P Street Corridor, Lincoln, NE
  • Sasaki - Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, Council Bluffs, IA


CSI Research Fellow:
Lisa DuRussel, RLA, LEED AP, Pennsylvania State University
Student Research Assistant: Aastha Singh

  • Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects - West Point Foundry Preserve, Cold Spring, NY
  • SWA - Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Queens, NY


CSI Research Fellows:
Jon Calabria, Alfred Vick, and Brian Orland, University of Georgia
Student Research Assistant: Rachael Shields

  • HDR, Inc - Historic Fourth Ward Park Phase 1, Atlanta, GA
  • HDR, Inc - University of Georgia Science Learning Center, Atlanta, GA


CSI Research Fellow:
George Bradley Guy, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED, Catholic University of America
Student Research Assistant: Jazzmin Reid

  • Depot Park, Gainesville, FL


CSI Research Fellow:
Pavlina Ilieva, AIA, Morgan State University
Student Research Assistant: Naomi Wong Hemme

  • Mahan Rykiel Associates - The Sandlot, Baltimore, MD

Celebrating 10 Years of LAF Olmsted Scholars

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The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program, with its $25,000 graduate and $15,000 undergraduate prize, is the premier national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students. The program honors students with exceptional leadership potential and builds a network of support as they rise through their professional careers.

This year marks an exciting milestone as we celebrate 10 years of scholarship and recognition through LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program. To commemorate, LAF is delighted to announce that starting in 2018, the finalist awards will increase from $1,000 to $5,000 for graduate students and to $3,000 for undergraduates, thanks to the generous support of LAF’s 50 & Forward Campaign donors.

We are also planning a number of activities in 2018 to celebrate the community of 549 LAF Olmsted Scholars recognized to date. These include bioregional events inspired by the calls to action in the New Landscape Declaration, as well as a celebration to coincide with the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Throughout the year, look for features of past Olmsted Scholars on our website and newsletter as we share the innovative work that they are doing to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. To get a taste, check out these interviews from last year:

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LAF Olmsted Scholars: Ready to Act on the New Landscape Declaration, Part 4

Inspired by LAF’s 2016 Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future and the New Landscape Declaration, a group of ten Olmsted Scholars developed their own response focused on moving forward with deliberate actions to meet the ambitions set forth in the Declaration’s four calls to action.

Through a series of blog posts, we are showcasing their action plans. Over the course of the past few months, we’ve introduced Action 1Action 2, and Action 3. Today, we conclude with Action 4:

We will work to support research and champion new practices that result in design innovation and policy transformation.

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ACT NOW

  • Partner with an academic institution and a professional office to implement a research project.
  • Implement a short/medium-term demonstration project to create knowledge and showcase effectiveness for long-term change.
  • Experiment with innovative tools and technology.
  • Become your own client. Support in-office research to proactively identify issues that can be solved with landscape architectural services.

PLAN NOW

  • Establish metrics to prove the environmental and cultural value of ecosystem services.
  • Expand funding sources for cross-disciplinary knowledge-building in both academic and professional practice.
  • Require ecosystem services, environmental justice, and research experience as requirements for ASLA membership and/or licensure.
  • Advance the integration of sustainable techniques and culture in our practices. Divest from fossil fuels and offset CO2 footprints.
  • Evaluate existing project delivery methods and test new platforms.

You can download a PDF copy of the full The Olmsted Scholar Agenda: from Declaration to Action, which includes all four action plans and corresponding precedents for reference and inspiration. The document is a framework for a more detailed action strategy that can be used to inspire, direct, and hold us all accountable. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to be the beginning of a larger dialogue to address the concerns and hopes stated in the New Landscape Declaration.

As 2017 comes to a close, please take a few minutes to review and reflect on which calls to action resonate with you.

What is your action plan for 2018?

Thank you Olmsted Scholars for your leadership and inspiration! The Olmsted Scholars who contributed to this effort are: Leann Andrews (2013 National Olmsted Scholar), Andrew Bailey (2014 Olmsted Scholar), Zach Barker (2013 Olmsted Scholar Finalist), Marin Braco (2012 Olmsted Scholar Finalist), Nina Chase (2009 Olmsted Scholar), Kim Dietzel (2015 Olmsted Scholar), Karl Krause (2008 Olmsted Scholar), Tim Mollette-Parks (2009 Olmsted Scholar), Andrew Sargeant (2016 Olmsted Scholar), and Nate Wooten (2016 Olmsted Scholar).

LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports landscape architecture students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.

Thank You for a Remarkable Year!

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The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to spur the profession forward and cultivate the next generation of design leaders. As the year winds down, LAF would like to thank our many friends, partners, and donors for their indispensable support during this ambitious year.

In 2017, LAF continued to spread the bold aspirations in our New Landscape Declaration with conversations at over 60 firms, universities, and ASLA chapter events and the launch of a new book. The ideas from a powerhouse of leading designers and the resulting call to action have been called an “excellent way to define our commitment to the environment, ecology, and health” and “an eloquent call to action for the immediate and long future of our profession and our world.”

Generous support from donors allows LAF to strengthen and embolden the profession with innovative and influential initiatives like the New Landscape Declaration, as well as our transformative programs. Together, we accomplished the following in 2017:

  • Awarded $135,000 to students through scholarships, fellowships, and research assistantships.
  • Kicked off the new $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership with the first cohort of six recipients engaged in projects that address a range of issues — from homelessness to water resources in India to K-12 career discovery.
  • Recognized pioneers Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, OC and the U.S. National Park Service with the 2017 LAF Medal and Founders’ Award.
  • Funded landscape performance research to bolster non-profit organizations, community leaders, and advocates as they make a case for more sustainable practices and policies
  • Awarded the final round of mini-grants to faculty for a total of $50,000 invested in developing and testing coursework on landscape performance.

Thank you to all who devoted their time, thought leadership, and financial support to these efforts. LAF is honored to support this profession and help make our collective aspirations for change a reality.

Please consider investing in the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your year-end giving. Together we can increase our influence and impact at this important time when the services and talents of landscape architects are so vitally needed. Give online or learn more about the many ways to support LAF.

Our friends at IRONSMITH will match up to $10,000 of your donations made by Dec 31!

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.

Landscape Forms Scholarship Honors Peter Schaudt (1959-2015)

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Since 2007, Landscape Forms has offered a scholarship through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), awarding $33,000 to 11 promising students to date. This year, Landscape Forms increased the award amount and relaunched the scholarship in memory of Peter Schaudt, FASLA (1959-2015) and his nearly 30-year career as a landscape architect.

A leader and visionary in the profession, Peter was one of the founding principals of the award-winning firm, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture in Chicago, Illinois and a dedicated member of the Board of Directors for Landscape Forms. Peter was widely admired for his incredible talent, dedication, generosity, and integrity. Distinguished by his focus on the “art of design,” professional stewardship, and social responsibility, Peter’s body of work leaves a lasting legacy.

The $5,000 Landscape Forms Scholarship in Memory of Peter Schaudt, FASLA is open to landscape architecture students in their final two years of full-time undergraduate study in a LAAB- or CSLA-accredited program in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants must demonstrate passion, commitment, and competence in creating artfully-designed places for people. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment and creative design ability.

The scholarship is one of nine offered through LAF, now totaling $63,500 available annually to reward superior student performance, encourage diversity, support original research, and assist students with unmet financial need. Applications are now open and due Feb 1.

Learn more at: lafoundation.org/scholarships