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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.
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