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LAF Case Study Investigation (CSI): Design Firms Needed

This summer LAF kicks off Case Study Investigation (CSI), a unique research collaboration among select practitioners, LAF Research Fellows, and student research assistants to produce new Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.

csi-graphic-v2To support firms in documenting high-performing landscape projects, LAF is awarding Research Fellowships to leading faculty and will match firms with student-faculty teams. During the Summer 2011 under the guidance of an LAF Research Fellow, research assistants will work with firm project leaders to produce Case Study Briefs by quantifying economic, social and environmental benefits, collecting post-occupancy data, and compiling methodologies.

Design Firms are needed for participation.

If you have 3-5 exemplary built projects with quantified or quantifiable landscape benefits and can commit to work with an LAF student research assistant, please return the Proposal Form by April 18 to to be considered for the program.

Upon selection, we will pair your firm with a faculty-student team and work with you to set objectives and a schedule for the initiative. The faculty-student team may identify topical performance benefits or project conditions for additional, published research.

Your documented work is critically needed by designers, policy-makers, advocates, and other professionals both inside and outside the profession who are working toward sustainability and affecting change. Inclusion in the Landscape Performance Series shows your thought leadership to a world-wide audience, as the LPS becomes the go-to place for resources to quantify benefits and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

Three New Opportunities for Faculty

LAF is delighted to offer three opportunities to support academic research related to landscape performance. Accepted works will be included in the Landscape Performance Series. For more information, contact Linda Ashby at

LAF Fellowship Program for Faculty

Proposals due April 18

LAF is offering a new and exclusive fellowship opportunity for select faculty with achievements related to landscape performance. LAF Research Fellows receive funding to support a graduate assistant and work with leading firms to produce case studies of exemplary high-performing landscapes. Fellows will lead this unique collaboration, providing guidance to collect post-occupancy information and quantify environmental, economic and social benefits.

For more information and to apply, download a Fellowship Announcement & Proposal Form. To be considered, completed proposals must be submitted to by April 18.

Call for Case Studies

Letter of Intent due April 15; Case Study due June 1

The LPS Case Study Briefs showcase exemplary built projects with quantified environmental, economic, and social benefits. LAF offers an opportunity for faculty and researchers to contribute to this online database while earning authorship through a double-blind peer-review process. To do this, authors submit a case study following LAF’s online guidance along with two additional requirements:
      -  Literature Review / Best Practices Review
      -  Document on Applicability to the Profession

To participate, submit a Letter of Intent to by April 15. The one-page letter should contain an abstract of the proposed case study with information about the project, objectives, approach, key performance benefits and outcome.

Important Dates
April 15, 2011        Letter of Intent Due
June 1, 2011         Case Study Submissions Due
August 1, 2011      Review Committee Comments and Requests for Revisions Sent
October 1, 2011    Revised Submissions Due

Call for Scholarly Works

Due June 15

LAF is expanding the LPS Scholarly Works to include faculty research papers, journal articles, and conference proceedings related to landscape performance. Topics include research on the benefits of landscape, post occupancy evaluations, and applications of existing research to determine benefits for existing or proposed projects or policies.

Reseachers may submit any of the following to by June 15 to be considered for inclusion in the LPS:
      -  Abstract of your published paper with link to access full text through the publisher’s database
      -  Conference proceedings of which you hold the copyright
      -  Peer-reviewed paper of which you hold the copyright

All submissions must be relevant to landscape performance and will be reviewed to ensure they meet LAF standards.

Important Dates
June 15, 2011         Scholarly Works Submissions Due
August 15, 2011      Notification of Acceptance