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2018 LAF Medal and Founders' Award

With great pleasure and admiration, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) announces the 2018 recipients of its LAF Medal and Founders’ Award. Launched in 2016 for the foundation’s 50th anniversary, these two annual awards honor individuals and firms/organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the LAF mission of supporting the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.

LAF Medal

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The LAF Medal is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes. The 2018 LAF Medal goes to Carol Franklin, FASLA, PLA.

“Carol Franklin exemplifies career-long passion and leadership in promoting ecological awareness and sustainability. In addition to her award-winning work as a founding member of Andropogon, she taught at PennDesign for over 30 years, seeding the next generation with those values,” said Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael, FASLA.

LAF Founders’ Award

The LAF Founders’ Award is conveyed to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time. The 2018 LAF Founders’ Award goes to The Trust for Public Land.tpl-logo-226x230

“For over 35 years, the Trust for Public Land has worked to protect land for people, emphasizing the value of designed and natural spaces for our increasingly urban population. TPL’s mission and values align closely with those of landscape architects, and their efforts have had positive impacts for tens of millions of Americans,” said Carmichael on behalf of the Awards Committee.

The awards will be presented to Carol Franklin and The Trust for Public Land the 2018 LAF Awards Dinner on May 17 in Washington, D.C.

The LAF Board Emeritus Council manages the nomination and selection process for the awards. Members of the 2018 Award Committee were:

  • Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, Parker Rodriguez, Chair
  • Chip Crawford, FASLA, Forum Studio
  • Chris Dimond, FASLA, AICP, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Richard Hawks, FASLA, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Len Hopper, FASLA, Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture
  • Ginger Murphy, ASLA, U.S. Department of Agriculture

New Website Coming This Fall

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You may have noticed that our homepage looks different. Indeed it is, but you are still in the right place. We are in the process of completely redesigning our website to be responsive, streamline the user experience, and better showcase the value and impact of our transformative programs.

We hope you like this interim step and look forward to launching the completely revamped site in early fall.

LAF Receives NEA Art Works Grant for 2018 CSI Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is one of 52 national, regional, state, and local nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category.

artworkslogo-f3kLAF is approved for a $25,000 grant to support the 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. This year, 5 teams will study 8 projects, and the NEA grant will help fund the stipends paid to the student Research Assistant on each team.

Through Art Works grants, the NEA has supported the CSI program for 6 of the last 7 years. “We are so appreciative of the NEA’s ongoing investment in this transformative program,” said LAF CEO Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. “Past participants have said that CSI changes the way they think about both design and how to represent their work. The resulting case studies elevate perceptions about landscape by showing the environmental, economic, and social value of great design.”

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 936 Art Works grants awarded in this round total over $24 million. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.