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2012 National Olmsted Scholar and Finalists

jackohly500x700Jack Ohly, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, was selected as the 2012 National Olmsted Scholar and recipient of the $25,000 award. Jack will receive a Master of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning degree in May and plans to use the award to build on his previous work in agroforestry and community development in Northeastern Brazil to develop a set of regionally appropriate models for more ecologically and culturally vibrant public space.

Also honored are this year’s four National Olmsted Scholar Finalists, who each receive a $1,000 award:

  • Marin Braco, State University of New York
  • Tina Chee, University of Southern California
  • Tera Hatfield, University of Washington
  • Fadi Masoud, Harvard University

An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected the winner and finalists from a group of 46 graduate and undergraduate students who were nominated by their faculty for being exceptional student leaders. These top students earned the designation of 2012 University Olmsted Scholars and join the growing community of 175 past and present Olmsted Scholars.

The 2012 jury members were: Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, President, LAF Board of Directors and CEO, OLIN; Tom Tavella, FASLA, President-Elect, ASLA and Director of Design, Fuss&O’Neill; Joseph Lalli, FASLA, President and CEO, EDSA; Douglas Reed, FASLA, Principal, Reed Hilderbrand; Joseph Ragsdale, ASLA, FAAR, Interim Department Head and Associate Professor, Cal Poly Pomona; Brad McKee, Editor-in-Chief, Landscape Architecture Magazine; and Kate Tooke, 2011 National Olmsted Scholar and Design Associate at Dodson & Flinker Associates.

Now in its fifth year, the Olmsted Scholars Program is the premier national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students. Past National Olmsted Scholars include Andrea Gaffney from the University of California, Berkeley (2008), David Malda from the University of Virginia (2009), Emily Vogler from the University of Pennsylvania (2010), and Kate Tooke from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011).

LAF Receives NEA Art Works Grant for CSI

artworkslogo-f3kThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is one 38 national, regional, state, and local nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category.

LAF is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the Summer 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Ten research teams will participate in the Summer 2012, and the NEA grant will fund half of the $5,000 stipend paid to the student Research Assistant on each team.

“We are thrilled that NEA is investing in this research to show the environmental, economic, and social value of exemplary design,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, ASLA.

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications for this round of Art Works funding. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.

2012 CSI Firms and Projects Announced

Over 20 design firms and 30 projects have been selected for LAF’s 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. This unique research collaboration matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.

Participating firms were selected based on the the quality of projects submitted, potential to produce comprehensive quantified benefits, availability of baseline information, and commitment to the research collaboration. Practitioners provide the background information and narrative for projects, help identify potential performance benefits and information to quantify them, and provide the faculty-student research teams with access to key project personnel, photos, documents, clients, and other stakeholders.

The collaborations are now underway — look for updates throughout the summer and new Case Study Briefs in the fall from these participating firms and projects:

  • aecom-stuyvesantcoveAECOM's Stuyvesant Cove Waterfront Open SpaceAECOM
    Stuyvesant Cove Waterfront Open Space
  • Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute
    Beijing Olympic Forest Park
    Tangshan Nanhu Eco-city Central Park
  • The Berger Partnership
    Magnuson Park Wetlands
  • CDF, Inc.
    Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Center
    Charles City Permeable Streetscape
  • Design Workshop
    edsa-cdboscoEDSA's Castigilon del BoscoCherry Creek North & Fillmore Plaza
    South Grand Boulevard Great Streets Initiative
    Park Avenue/ Highway 50
  • Ecological Landscape Design & Restoration
    Stone Mill at the New York Botanical Garden
  • EDSA
    Castiglion del Bosco
  • EPT Design
    Frontier Project
    Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies
  • Jones and Jones
    Cedar Lake Park and Trail
  • KMS Design Group
    Black Rock Sanctuary
  • Mia Lehrer + Associates
    Vista Hermosa Natural Park
  • MIG, Inc.
    rh-centralwarfplazaReed Hilderbrand's Central Wharf PlazaWest San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail
  • Mithun
    Eden Hall Campus at Chatham University
    High Point
    Hubbard Homestead Park
  • Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
    Tunjunga Wash Greenway
  • OLIN
    Celebrezze Federal Building Plaza
  • Frederick Law Olmsted
    Back Bay Fens
  • Reed Hilderbrand
    swa-crosscreekSWA Group's Cross Creek RanchCentral Wharf Plaza
  • Sasaki
    The Avenue
  • SWA Group
    Cross Creek Ranch
  • TBG
    Park Seventeen
  • UW Campus Sustainability Fund
    Biodiversity Green Wall & Water Harvesting System
  • Wells Appel
    Pennswood Village Regional Storm Water Quality and Management System

LPS on the Road: New York City

lps-in-nycFriday, April 27, 2012

The Center for Architecture
536 La Guardia Place, New York, NY 10012

As part of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ High-Performance Lecture Series, LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch will present the Landscape Performance Series and how to quantify performance benefits. Each of these 1-hour sessions qualifies for one LACES HSW CEU. Presentations will be followed by a networking cocktail reception.

High Performance Landscapes #4: Think Globally, Design Locally, Quantify the Benefits

     Greg Searle, Executive Director, BioRegional North America
     1:15-2:10pm   Ecological Footprinting and One Planet Communities Case Studies  
     2:15-3:10pm   Engaging Residents: Designing and Operating for Sustainable Lifestyles

     Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, Executive Director, Landscape ArchitectureFoundation
     3:30-4:25pm   A Primer on LAF’s Landscape Performance Series
     4:30-5:25pm   How to Quantify Benefits of Your High Performance Landscapes

Register Online
Members (ASLA, AIA, Hort): $79.00
Non-Members: $99.00 
Students: $39.00