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100 Firm Campaign Reaches Goal

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) launched the 100 Firm Campaign at the end of 2012 as a way to increase the number of firms participating in the work of the Foundation through their financial support and thought leadership. Landscape architecture firms who make an investment of $1,000 or more join the 100 Firm Campaign and are recognized annually as part of the LAF Leadership Circle. Support from the community of landscape architects has allowed LAF to continue to grow and make an impact both in and outside of the profession.

“We are honored to recognize these leading firms for their contribution to LAF and the profession,” said Mark Dawson, FASLA, President of the LAF Board of Directors. “Through their collective support, we are able to scale up our efforts to cultivate the next generation of landscape architects, invest in research to provide greater evidence of the value of landscape architecture, and develop resources to increase the impact of the profession.”

Members of the 100 Firm Campaign are invited to provide input and feedback on LAF’s innovative programs and are given advance notice of forthcoming news and events. Though the 100-mark has been surpassed, LAF is continuing the 100 Firm Campaign as a way to get more firms more engaged with the Foundation. Please contact giving@lafoundation.org for more information.

As of January 28, 2015 the following 101 firms have joined the 100 Firm Campaign:

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AECOM
AHBE Landscape Architects
Alta Planning + Design
Altamanu
Anchor QEA
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
April Philips Design Works
ARTECHO Architecture + Landscape Architecture
BNIM
Brown, Richardson & Rowe
Bruce Dees & Associates
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Civitas
Clark Condon Associates
CMG Landscape Architecture
Conservation Design Forum
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Corvus Design
Design Workshop
dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture
Earthscape
Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects
EDSA
Forum Studio
GGLO
GLS Landscape | Architecture
Graham Landscape Architecture
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Halvorson Design Partnership
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Hart Howerton
Hewitt
HNTB
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
HOK
Jacobs
James Corner Field Operations
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Klopfer Martin Design Group
KPB ARCHITECTS
LAND COLLECTIVE
LandDesign
Landscape Technologies
Landworks Studio
Lee and Associates
Lewisites
Mahan Rykiel Associates
Mathews Nielsen
Mia Lehrer + Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
MIG
Mithun
Nievera Williams Design
Norris Design
NUVIS
Oehme van Sweden
Office of Cheryl Barton
OLIN
Pamela Burton & Company
Parker Rodriguez
Peridian International Inc.
Perkins+Will
Pine+Swallow
Pressley Associates
PWP Landscape Architecture
Quadriga
Quinlan + Quinlan
Rabben/Herman design office
Raymond Jungles, Inc.
Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Rhodeside & Harwell
Ridge Landscape Architects
robert chipman landscape architect, inc.
Saratoga Associates
Sasaki Associates
Site Design Group
SiteWorks Landscape Architecture
SmithGroupJJR
Stantec
Starr Whitehouse
Stoss Landscape Urbanism
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Surfacedesign, Inc.
SvR Design Company
SWA Group
Swift Company
SWT Design
Talley Associates
TBG Partners
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Terry Guen Design Associates
The Office of James Burnett
Thomas Balsley Associates
ValleyCrest Design Group
W Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Wallace Roberts & Todd
Weintraub Diaz
Wenk Associates
Wilson Design Studio

Pushing to Improve Sustainability in Aquatics

by Josh Martin, President, Aquatic Design & Engineering

Aquatic Design & Engineering (ADE) was founded 28 years ago to provide sound engineering for aquatic features. Over time, we have refined and focused in on what our mission and values as a company should be — specifically with regard to developing enduring engineering solutions. As we moved toward those goals of sustainability and innovation, more and more our company’s mission became aligned with that of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), and now in retrospect, it is no surprise to me that we found a home with this organization.

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At its core, the Landscape Architecture Foundation is a community of thought leaders who are passionate about elevating the practices in our industry. ADE became involved through LAF board members reaching out to their development partners, consultants and clients. I got a phone call from then- board member Gregg Sutton of EDSA telling me that LAF was something that ADE had to be a part of. He was right. I think that Gregg and others saw that ADE was interested in sustainability, but had yet to be challenged to really elevate its practices. Being involved with LAF has stretched us to do that.

While our company focused on delivering engineering that placed an emphasis on high-performance systems, we had not engaged fully with the industry’s movement toward sustainability. One of the main reasons was presumed additional costs for developers. Through our discussions with LAF board members and using the resources of LAF’s Landscape Performance Series, we have been able to develop life cycle costing for key components and provide sustainable engineering practices. The inspiration and passion of those board members encouraged us to continue improving the way water features and aquatic facilities are engineered.

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ADE has placed a focus on innovating new, sustainable systems for our aquatics over the last few years in a fresh way. To echo the sentiments of LAF, we believe that water is a precious resource, but also a resource that can help create more engaging environments and amenities. Eliminating water features altogether in the name of sustainability would have a negative impact on future projects like community parks, public plazas and commercial developments. Instead, we focus on engineering these features in a sustainable way, thus enhancing the environment and helping the community as a whole.

An example of sustainable aquatics is a project ADE is working on for Walt Disney World’s multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a vibrant district that celebrates the turn-of-the century lakeside towns that dotted the Florida landscape. “The Disney Springs” is a water feature that will utilize the highest performance technology available. ADE has implemented filtration technology that creates as much as an 80% reduction in water lost to waste.

Outside of our work with Walt Disney World, our team is designing low-chlorine fountains and pools that use only the minimum required amount of chlorine. We also place a strong emphasis on incorporating design methods to reduce water lost during non-peak hours. These are just a few of the ways that ADE is innovating to improve sustainability in aquatics, and LAF has been a source of support and inspiration for that growth.

Josh Martin, MBA is the president of Aquatic Design & Engineering in Orlando, Florida. ADE specializes in sustainable, innovative aquatic features that create engaging environments for the community.

2015 Landscape Performance Education Grant Recipients Announced

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As landscape architects are increasingly engaged to address complex challenges like climate change, urbanization, and public health, it is critical that they be able to communicate the measurable benefits of design solutions. Therefore, landscape architecture students need awareness and the technical skills to predict outcomes, assess alternatives, defend design proposals, and evaluate the environmental, economic, and social performance of landscape projects.

LAF’s Landscape Performance Education Grants allow select university faculty to develop and test models for integrating landscape performance into standard landscape architecture course offerings. Five $2,500 mini-grants were awarded to these faculty members for the Spring 2015:

  • Kenneth Brooks, FASLA, FCELA, PLA, Arizona State University
    Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio IV (MLA Studio) and Special Topic: Design Performance (MLA Seminar)
    In the studio course, each student will develop a systematic performance assessment of their design to illustrate how the proposal accommodates a program and site. In the seminar course, students will use their studio projects as the basis for developing and demonstrating design performance assessment.
  • Ellen Burke, PLA, LEED AP, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    Project Design and Implementation Focus Studio (BLA Studio)
    This upper-division studio will teach an understanding of landscape as a living system. Through a combination of research, program design and quantification assignments, students will be asked to choose and design a ‘performative’ landscape and to understand and describe their proposals through the lens of landscape performance.
  • Reid Coffman, PhD, Kent State University
    Urban Ecological Systems (MLA, MArch, MUD Joint-seminar)
    In this cross-disciplinary graduate seminar, students will conceptualize green infrastructure applications and, using various calculators, determine before and after scenario performances in various categorical areas: hydrology, energy, nutrients, biological diversity, and human health.
  • Yi Luo, PhD, Texas Tech University
    Landscape Architecture Design Process
    (BLA Studio and Lecture)
    As the first BLA design studio course at Texas Tech, it familiarizes students with the typical design process of a landscape project. Background information on landscape performance will be taught, followed by the design process of a landscape, and concluding with student projects that utilize methods learned and quantify potential performance benefits.
  • Emily Vogler, Rhode Island School of Design
    Site Analysis and Planning (MLA Seminar)
    Through weekly lectures, workshops and field exercises, this course will cover both the theory and techniques of site analysis and planning. Students will learn how to measure, analyze and map physical, biological and social attributes on a site, as well as synthesize site specific data into design solutions.

Grant recipients will work with LAF throughout the duration of the classes and use formal course evaluations to determine the success and replicability of the teaching models used. Course materials developed through the Landscape Performance Education Grants will be added to the Resources for Educators section of LandscapePerformance.org, which offers teaching tools like syllabi, reading lists, and assignments for faculty members interested in teaching landscape performance to the next generation of design professionals.icpifoundation-new

The Landscape Performance Education Grants are made possible with support from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s Foundation for Education & Research. A total of ten $2,500 grants have been awarded in 2014 and 2015.

Thanks for an Extraordinary Year!

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invests in research and scholarships to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders. In 2014, LAF marked an important milestone, having awarded over $1 million to over 500 students since 1986. During this same period, LAF also invested $2.2 million in research initiatives.  

As 2015 gets underway, we’d like to send out a big thank you to all of our friends, donors, and partners whose support helped us accomplish the following in 2014:toast-crop

  • Awarded $122,500 to students.
  • Launched the next-generation Landscape Performance Series as its own website: LandscapePerformance.org.
  • Produced 20 new LPS Case Study Briefs through the Case Study Investigation (CSI) program with 7 faculty-student-practitioner teams.
  • Recognized 75 new Olmsted Scholars, including the $25,000 graduate and $15,000 undergraduate national winners.
  • Awarded $12,500 in mini-grants to faculty to develop and test models for integrating landscape performance in design education.
  • Launched a new “5 Questions with…” interview series with top leaders in landscape architecture.

This year, LAF will continue to build on these transformative initiatives with new website modules, enhanced communications, and expanded outreach. Look for our much-awaited guidebook on evaluating landscape performance, a powerful new clearinghouse of teaching tools for landscape architecture faculty, and even more resources to help you design better and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

We couldn’t do what we do without our many supporters! As another ambitious year gets underway, please consider investing in the foundation by making a contribution online or learning about the many ways to support LAF.