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New LAF Board of Directors

The 2011-2012 LAF Board of Directors took the reins on October 30 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in San Diego. Lucinda Sanders, FASLA of OLIN took over as President, succeeding Kathy Garcia, FASLA of the City of Del Mar, who led the organization during a time of significant growth and evolution. Bill Main, Honorary ASLA of Landscape Forms became President-Elect.

board-kgcsFour Directors assumed new officer roles, rounding out the leadership team:

  • Vice President of Finance:
    Mark Dawson, FASLA, Sasaki Associates
  • Vice President of Development:
    Gregg Sutton, ASLA, EDSA
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Jacinta McCann, FAILA, AECOM
  • Vice President of Education:
    Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
  • Vice President of Research:
    Forster Ndubisi, PhD, ASLA, Texas A&M University

Tom Donnelly, ASLA of ValleyCrest Landscape Development retired off the Board after four years of service, including two years as the Vice President of Development. Under his leadership, LAF’s development capacity saw unprecented growth. Patrick Phillips of ULI also leaves the Board after a four-year term in addition to four years of service in the 1990s.

Four new Directors join the LAF Board, including Emily Vogler, LAF’s 2010 National Olmsted Scholar. LAF created this new two-year term Director position for a past Olmsted Scholar in order to gain new input and perpective. The new Directors bring experience and insights from firms, industry and the non-profit sector:

  • Uwe Brandes, ULI
  • Doug Mann, FASLA, HNTB
  • Emily Vogler, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Lynda Wightman, Hunter Industries

LAF’s unprecedented growth over the last few years has been a direct result of the vision, leadership, and active involvement of Board members. Thanks to all for your service!

board-at-benefit2011-2012 Board of Directors at the LAF Annual Benefit

National Olmsted Scholar Receives $25,000 Prize

It has been an exciting year for 2011 National Olmsted Scholar Kate Tooke, who received her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May. The latest cause for congratulations? The birth of her daughter, Tessa on October 1!


Because Kate will not be able to attend this year’s Olmsted Scholar events in San Diego, LAF Board member Mark Dawson, FASLA met with her closer to home to present her with the $25,000 award.

Elizabeth Brabec, JD, ASLA Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will represent Kate during the Olmsted Scholar ceremony at the LAF Annual Benefit on Oct 30, and Kate hopes hopes to participate in the other activities remotely via Skype.

We wish Kate and her family all the best!

LAF Events at the ASLA Annual Meeting

If you’ll be in San Diego for ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, we hope you’ll join us for one or more of the following events to support and raise awareness about LAF programs. In addition to the Olmsted Scholars and Landscape Performance Series , we’ll be showcasing Case Study Investigation (CSI), LAF’s newest initiative to integrate landscape performance in professional practice and design education.

benefit-cropThe Sky’s the Limit - LAF 26th Annual Benefit
Sun, Oct 30, 5:00-9:30pm
Join us on the exclusive Ivy Rooftop at the Andaz Hotel for a delightful evening, where we’ll honor the 2011 Olmsted Scholars, recognize the faculty Research Fellows who led the summer Case Study Investigation (CSI) collaborations, and showcase the Landscape Performance Series a year after launch. Proceeds support LAF’s research and scholarship programs.

LAF Booth in ASLA Expo Hall (#1118)
Mon, Oct 31, 9:00-5:00pm
Tue, Nov 1, 9:00-5:00pm
expo-boothStop by our booth to learn more about LAF, meet the 2011 Olmsted Scholars, see the Landscape Performance Series and results from our Case Study Investigation (CSI) initiative, and register for our Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes. We’ll also be conducting video interviews, so come prepared to share your thoughts for potential inclusion in our Conversations with Leaders in Landscape - we’d especially like to get anecdotes from past LAF Board members, scholarship winners, and reserach grantees.

EXPO Learning Lab: Landscape Performance Series
Mon, Oct 31, 10:30am
expo-booth2Learn how to use the resources of the Landscape Performance Series to demonstrate the impact of your projects and showcase your work.

Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes
Tue, Nov 1, 4:30pm
Join us in the ASLA Expo Hall as we draw the two grand prize winners of the week-long trip for two to Crosswater Ecolodge & Spa in China and the long weekend at the Carneros Inn in Napa, California. Entrants need not be present to win.

Xtreme LA: A Unique Design Challenge in Tucson

The fourth Xtreme LA event was hosted on October 4-6 by the University of Arizona in Tucson. Xtreme LA is a creative challenge for the design leaders of tomorrow. This unique professional development program teams select young professionals and students with prominent landscape architects for an intense 2-day charrette, in which participants develop design solutions for urban initiatives in a host city. Many thanks to Landscape Forms for producing this event.

xtremela1Thirteen young professionals (under 35 years old) from across the country, who were identified by their firms as potential leaders, came to Tuscon to work with 13 landscape architecture students from the University of Arizona on pressing transportation issues.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is embarking on a process to connect Tucson and Phoenix with intercity rail. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson plans to build a modern streetcar line from the university through downtown, the first leg of a planned streetcar, light rail, and commuter rail system. The Xtreme LA Challenge was to design streetcar stops along the likely path of the intercity rail line to create convenient transit connections and xtremela2a sense of place around these nodes.

Participants were divided into two teams and worked under distiguished team leaders with extensive experience in urban revitalization and transportation projects. Sean M. (Monte) Wilson is a Senior Vice President and Director of the HOK Planning Group who has served as lead designer on a range of transit-oriented developments, urban revitalization studies, and master plans. Trevor McIntyre is a a Director at the IBI Group and has extensive experience in public consultation in the areas of transit-oriented development, design visioning, and waterfront development.

xtremela3After briefs from local representatives and tours of key sites, the teams settled in to the studio for a day-and-a-half of strategizing, developing conceptual plans, and creating presentation materials for their solutions. The teams took very different approaches with Monte Wilson’s team offering broad and strategic suggestions framed as a series of recommendations, while Trevor McIntyre’s team focused on a target area and presented specific solutions including some interesting element/product ideas. 

Final presentations were given before an audience that included members of city council, local government agencies,and interested citizens. There was a strong showing of support from the community, and all appreciated the range of ideas presented and will consider them as plans move forward.

Xtreme LA was conceived by and is sponsored by Landscape Forms in partnership with LAF. In addition to fostering critical thinking, team building, and creative expression, the program provides a unique opportunity for intergenerational professional development, which is increasingly absent due to the economic downsizing and the resultant gap in mentoring resources in many firms.

2010 Sweepstakes Winner Returns From Philippines Trip

img3901sNow in its third year, LAF’s Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes offers a fun way to support the foundation’s research and scholarship programs. Matt Spidell of Castle Rock, Colorado was the winner of the 2010 sweepstakes and spent the last week of September in the Philippines at AECOM/Ayala Land’s Anvaya Cove resort.

Matt runs his own firm, Natural Design Solutions, Inc., which specializes in commercial development with an emphasis on xeric and sustainable design. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit a resort designed and built with unique ecological, economic and cultural sustainability features.

Matt and his wife Michelle spent three nights in Manila and three nights at Anvaya Cove during what proved to be an adventure-filled week, with heavy monsoon rains and Typhoon Nesat hitting the islands on the latter part of the trip. Despite the rain and experiencing their first typhoon, Matt and Michelle insist that they had a wonderful time.


“We so enjoyed our trip to the Philippines! We were fortunate to have the opportunity to fly on a world class air carrier, stay in a top-notch hotel in Manila, and experience the lovely Anvaya Cove resort, which is only a few hours drive from Manila.”

“We enjoyed experiencing the eco aspects of Anvaya Cove, which included recycling, non-potable water in our bathroom, advanced stormwater management, permeable parking, and energy efficient guest units. The resort was designed to provide customers a closeness to nature with indoor/outdoor dining, open air bars, pools and game rooms.”

img3882s“The dining facilities were oustanding with a variety of healthy options, including both American and Filipino entrees. We were equally impressed with the work ethic and customer service of the Filipinos. They made us feel like royalty.”

“We thank LAF, AECOM, and AyalaLand for hosting our trip. We enjoyed the culture, food and tropical environment and will always have fond memories of our time in the Philippines!”

LAF’s 2011 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes is now underway. Register now for your chance to win one of two exciting vacation packages: a week-long trip for two to Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa, one of the first ecotourism destinations in China, or a long weekend at the Carneros Inn, a vineyard oasis located between California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys.