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2012 CSI Research Fellows Announced

Twelve faculty Research Fellows have been selected for LAF’s Summer 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. This unique research collaboration matches LAF-funded faculty and student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.

Research Fellows lead the case study preparation, work with firms to identify performance benefits of select projects, and develop methods for data collection. They also receive an honorarium and funding to support a student research assistant. These select faculty members provide expertise in quantifying landscape benefits, and the academic rigor that is needed to support designers, policy-makers, and advocates who are making the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

csi-graphic-v2The following LAF Research Fellows will lead the ten Summer 2012 Case Study Investigation teams:

  • Barry Lehrman, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Molly Mehling, PhD, Chatham University
  • Jessica Canfield, Kansas State University
  • Claudia Goetz Phillips, PhD, Philadelphia University
  • Mary Myers, PhD, Temple University
  • Ming Han Li, PhD, Texas A&M University
    Bruce Dvorak, Texas A&M University
  • Bo Yang, PhD, Utah State University
  • Victoria Chanse, PhD, University of Maryland
  • Chris Ellis, PhD, University of Maryland
    Byoung-Suk Kweon, PhD, University of Maryland
  • Nancy Rottle, University of Washington

The selection process was highly competitive, with the number of proposals indicating the strong level of enthusiasm for the CSI program. CSI provides a unique opportunity for faculty to sharpen research skills, build relationships with top landscape architecture firms, collaborate with peers, and gain national exposure as thought leaders.

Projects and firms selected for participation in the Summer 2012 CSI program will be announced in April.

LAF's 27th Annual Benefit: Exclusive Reception for Early Sponsors

LAF announces opportunities for sponsorship of its 27th Annual Benefit, Sonoran Celebration, on Sept 28 at the Phoenix Art Museum. This high-visibility event, held during the ASLA Annual Meeting, draws over 300 guests from the design, building, and sustainability industries. LAF also will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Olmsted Scholars Program, the premier national award program for landscape architecture students.

Sponsors that commit by April 20 will receive an invitation to an exclusive dinner reception in Washington, DC on May 4, as well as a private reception hosted at Kornegay Design on Sept 27 in Phoenix. These private events provide coveted opportunities to interact in a small-group setting with members of the LAF Board of Directors, leaders in practice, academia, and industry.

2011-sponsor-reception22011 Annual Benefit Sponsors enjoy a private reception with the LAF Board and staff.

What did last year’s sponsors say about supporting LAF’s Annual Benefit?

     “Great opportunity to network with leading
     landscape architects from around the country.”

     “We enjoyed getting to meet the board members
     and see how our firm can assist their firms. We
     also enjoyed learning more about LAF and how it
     can apply to our industry.”

     “Your organization is good for our industry.
     Thanks for all you do!”

2011-sponsor-reception1     “We enjoyed the private reception. It was a great
     night and we felt honored to be there. We would
     love to continue as a sponsor and see how we can
     assist more as we move forward with our
     relationship. We believe that by having limited
     sponsors per certain industries helps as it makes
     us feel very special.”

To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, download  a Sponsor Registration Form or contact Matt Alcide at or 202-331-7070 x13.

LAF’s 2011 Annual Benefit raised over $140,000 to support LAF’s research and scholarship programs. With your support, we expect 2012 to be an even greater success!

LAF and Landscape Performance at CELA

We’re looking forward to the upcoming Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference March 28-31 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Four sessions on Landscape Performance will kick off the Research & Methods track with presentations and panel discussions from LAF staff, 2011 CSI Research Fellows, and other key leaders in the movement to set performance objectives and quantify benefits.

cela-conferenceLAF will also have an exhibitor table, hold a training for the soon-to-be-announced 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) Fellows, and host a roundtable discussion on developing a national research agenda. More details are below.

We hope to see you there!


Research & Methods Track

Session 1 - Wed, 2:00-3:20pm
Landscape Performance: Documenting the Benefits of Sustainable Landscape Solutions

Panel with:      Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Foundation
                          Linda Ashby, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Foundation
                          Forster Ndubisi, PhD, ASLA, Texas A&M University
                          Christopher D. Ellis, PhD, University of Maryland


Session 2 - Wed, 4:30-5:30pm
Landscape Performance: Methods to Quantify Benefits

Presentations:   Lessons from LAF’s Landscape Performance Series
                              Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation

                              The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center Case Study
                              Mary Myers, PhD, RLA, ASLA, Temple University

Panel with:          Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation
                              Christopher D. Ellis, PhD, University of Maryland
                              Elen Deming, PhD, University of Illinois
                              Mary Myers, PhD, RLA, ASLA, Temple University


Session 3 - Thur, 8:30-9:50am
Presentations Based on 2011 Case Study Investigation (CSI) Research

Presentations:   Water Conservation in Master-Planned Communities in the Intermountain West
                              Bo Yang, PhD, Utah State University

                              Assessing Social Benefit of Green Space: POE of Lubert Plaza
                              Mary Myers, PhD, RLA, ASLA, Temple University

                              Performance benefits: The case of the Kresge Foundation Headquarters
                              Byoung-Suk Kweon, PhD, University of Maryland

                              Measuring Landscape Performance at Uptown Normal Circle and Streetscape
                              Christopher D. Ellis, PhD, University of Maryland


Session 4 - Thur, 10:00-11:20am
Moving Forward: Integrating Landscape Performance in Academia and Practice

Panel with:         Barbara Deutsch, ASLA Landscape Architecture Foundation
                             Kristina Hill, PhD, University of Virginia
                             Nancy Rottle, ASLA, University of Washington
                             Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop



2012 CSI Research Fellows Meeting

Wed, 3:30-4:20pm
Meet & Greet and Training
Case Study Investigation (CSI) program overview from LAF staff for faculty members selected as 2012 LAF Research Fellows.


Research Agenda Roundtable

Thurs, 1:00-2:00pm
Toward a National Research Agenda
Work session with LAF, Design Workshop, invited academics and pratitioners to discuss the benefits, pros, and cons of a national research agenda for the profession.