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Olmsted Scholars Program: New $15,000 Undergraduate Award

LAF is pleased to announce a new $15,000 award for undergraduate students as part of its renowned Olmsted Scholars Program.

“The new award will recognize the high level of talent and leadership potential present in undergraduate programs,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA.

To date LAF has recognized 175 Olmsted Scholars. With the new award for undergraduate students, LAF will increase the number of Olmsted Scholars recognized each year and further strengthen its commitment to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the profession.

The new $15,000 award complements the existing $25,000 award, which will now be available only to graduate nominees. Previously, undergraduate students competed with graduate students both for their school’s nomination and for the national award. Up to three graduate and three undergraduate finalists will be selected with each receiving $1,000.

“LAF is delighted to offer such a significant financial award exclusively for undergraduate students,” said Deutsch. ”We are grateful to the sponsors who are making this award possible through their continuing pledges. LAF is pleased to recognize Toro, EDSA, HOK and OLIN for their continuing support of the Olmsted Scholars Program.”

University nominations are due to LAF by February 15, 2013. Full applications are due March 15. The first $15,000 prize will be announced in May and awarded at LAF’s 28th Annual Benefit on Friday evening, November 15, 2013 in conjunction with the ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston.

LAF To Offer LPS Research Grants Up To $22,500

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting research opportunity to analyze the content of the Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.

Since 2010, LAF has sponsored research that evaluates landscape performance to make the case for sustainability through design excellence.  To date, 70 Case Study Briefs hlps-grant-anncmntave been compiled as a free online searchable database of exemplary high-performance landscape projects with quantified benefits.

LAF is now accepting Expressions of Interest from teams or individuals who would assess the metrics and methods for quantifying the benefits employed in current case studies, and make recommendations to improve the techniques used in future cases. Grantees will produce two significant documents: a guide to the case studies and their associated benefits, and an evaluation of the metrics and methods for assessing landscape performance. Researchers will be invited to present their findings at the annual CELA conference.

Expressions of Interest are to provide team qualifications and examples of related work, and address project intent, objectives, scope, project significance, and research design methods. A project plan is to be proposed that includes a timeline and the expected outcomes. EOIs are not exceed 1,200 words. EOIs will be evaluated for relevant experience, and clarity of stated goals, outcomes and timeline of project milestones that allows adequate review of interim products by LAF. Origniality, technical merit, effectiveness, and project feasibility will also be considered.

For details, please reference the full announcement here. Submit EOIs by email to Linda Ashby at by December 15, 2012. Up to six successful applicants will be invited by December 31 to submit detailed proposals (which will be due January 31, 2013).  Grantees will be announced in February 2013.

New CSI Video Features Research Fellows


LAF Research Fellows are leading the way in helping students find funded research opportunities and providing critical professional development through LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. The program’s benefits extend beyond research assistants, and also provide savvy marketing and advocacy tools for practitioners making the case for sustainability.  

In a new video, LAF Research Fellows discuss CSI, and highlight some of its merits for students, researchers, firms, and the landscape architecture discipline. Click here to view.

It’s not just an academic conversation, and it’s not just a practice conversation. This is the time, not to sit on the sidelines, but to get in.
 - Kristina Hill, PhD, Associate Professor, Univeristy of California Berkeley

We need to prove to the rest of the world that we can do those other functions well, and successfully, and over time, and just as reliably as a hard solution.
 - Alexander Robinson, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

You are upraising a new generation of experts on understanding and measuring performance.
 - Jessica Canfield, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

Academia can help make that bridge, to make research more readily available to the profession and to clients.
 - Nancy Rottle, Associate Professor, University of Washington

It’s a unique bridge between practice and education –  for students, and for the faculty, and for the firms.
 - Bo Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Utah State University

LAF's Annual Benefit in Boston: Exclusive Receptions for Early Sponsors

img3995-web-q2tAnnual Benefit Sponsors enjoying a private reception with the LAF Board and staff at Kornegay Design in Phoenix.

LAF announces opportunities for sponsorship of its 28th Annual Benefit in Boston on November 15 during ASLA’s Annual Meeting & Expo. The Annual Benefit draws over 300 guests from the design, building, and sustainability industries.

Sponsors at the $5,000 level or higher who commit early will receive an invitation for the Board of Directors to an exclusive dinner reception in Washington, DC in May as well as a private reception the night before the Annual Benefit in Boston. These private events provide unique opportunities for sponsors to interact in a small-group setting with members of the LAF Board of Directors, who are leaders in practice, academia, and industry.

The LAF Board of Directors hosted this year’s Annual reception at the beautiful facility of Kornegay Design in Phoenix. Sponsors enjoyed live music and catered food provided by Kornegay Design. See photos from the memorable evening here.
What have this year’s sponsors said about supporting LAF’s Annual Benefit?

img2051-web-jbfAnnual Benefit Sponsors were invited to attend a dinner hosted by the LAF Board of Directors in Washington, DC.

The LAF event puts me in direct contact with the principals of many large firms and is a great bang for my buck!

The receptions are a great opportunity to network with leading landscape architects from around the country.

Supporting LAF was the best decision our company ever made!”
LAF’s 2012 Annual Benefit raised over $160,000 to support LAF’s research and scholarship programs. With your support, 2013 will be an even greater success! To take advantage of this special opportunity, download a Sponsor Registration Form or contact Matt Alcide at or 202-331-7070 x13.

New LAF Board of Directors

The 2012-2013 LAF Board of Directors began its term on September 28 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Phoenix. Bill Main, Hon. ASLA of Landscape Forms took the reins as President, succeeding Lucinda Sanders, FASLA of OLIN, whose leadership was essential in helping the Foundation plan strategically for future growth. Jacinta McCann, FAILA of AECOM became President-Elect.

board-bmcsLAF Board President Bill Main with Executive Director Barbara Deutsch and Past President Cindy Sanders

Nate Cormier, ASLA of SvR assumed a new role as Vice President of Communications with the four other officers continuing in their positions on the the leadership team:

  • Vice President of Finance:
    Mark Dawson, FASLA, Sasaki Associates
  • Vice President of Development:
    Gregg Sutton, ASLA, EDSA
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Nate Cormier, ASLA, SvR Design Company
  • Vice President of Education:
    Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
  • Vice President of Research:
    Forster Ndubisi, PhD, ASLA, Texas A&M University

Kathy Garcia, FASLA of the City of Del Mar retired off the Board after five years of service, including a term as President in 2011 and two years as Vice President of Finance. Her legacy includes leading the organization during a time of significant restructuring and growth. Glenn Walters, ASLA of Design Workshop also left the Board after five years, and Jonathan Mueller, FASLA rotated off after twice serving in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative.

Nine new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from design firms, industry and academia. David Malda, LAF’s 2009 National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the second of two recently created Director positions for past Olmsted Scholars. The Board also created a new Ex Officio position for the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Vice President of Research, currently held by Ming-Han Li. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Paul Bambauer, Ironsmith, Inc
  • Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, FASLA, Wallace Roberts & Todd
  • Christopher Fannin, HOK Planning Group
  • Adam Greenspan, ASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Ming-Han Li, PhD PE, PLA, Texas A&M University 
  • Susan Hatchell, FASLA, Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture
  • David Malda, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
  • Allyson Mendenhall, PLA, Design Workshop
  • Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Through their vision, leadership, passion, and active engagement, Board members are directly responsible for the health and impact of LAF and its programs. Thanks to all for your commitment to serve and contributions toward achieving LAF’s mission!