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Support LAF During This Season of Giving

As 2015 draws to a close, your support of the Landscape Architecture Foundation will help us to continue to deliver innovative programs and expand our impact. Year-end donations provide critical support and help us determine the scale of good things to come!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

amazonsmilelogoDid you know that you can support LAF’s research and scholarship programs when you shop online from AmazonSmile? This holiday season (and beyond), simply start your shopping from and choose to support The Landscape Architecture Foundation (or follow this link: A percent of sales will be donated to LAF at no extra cost to you!

Giving Tuesday          

givingtuesdayCelebrate the true meaning of the season on #GivingTuesday and make a statement in support of the causes that mean the most to you! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Kick off the charitable season by making a gift to LAF on December 1.

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Aquatic Design & EngineeringSweeney & Associates, and ValleyCrest, any gift made between November 26 and December 2 will be matched dollar for dollar to have double the impact. We’ll need your help and participation to unlock these matches, so mark your calendar.

Don’t want to wait? Make a donation today!

Any Day

There are many ways to invest in the work of LAF as an individual or organization. From program sponsorships to planned giving, you have the opportunity to choose the type and level of gift that shows what is important to you. Do your part to help LAF do more!

Donate now or learn about ways to give.

Extraordinary Gift Launches New $20,000 Honor Scholarship

A generous gift from Jeanne Dawson-Lalli has created the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli, FASLA. This new $20,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student pursuing a Master’s degree in landscape architecture at an accredited university in the U.S. or Canada.

The scholarship was established in memory of Joseph J. Lalli, FASLA (1943-2014) and his 46-year career as a landscape architect, artist, philanthropist, mentor, and teacher. Joe was the chairman and former president of the firm EDSA and had more than 500 projects to his credit in 40 countries. He was a persuasive leader, well-known and admired for his modesty and generosity. Joe experienced great value in his Master’s degree and wanted to help make the opportunity for graduate education accessible to others.

jeanne-and-joeJeanne Dawson-Lalli and Joe Lalli (both huge Miami Heat fans)

“We are honored to be able to offer such a significant award that serves as part of Joe’s wonderful legacy.” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. “Joe exemplified ‘giving back’ and did much to support students and foster the development of the next generation of leaders in landscape architecture. This scholarship will help and inspire students for years to come.”

Candidates for the new scholarship must show commitment to some of the areas that Joe Lalli dedicated himself to, including drawing, artistic pursuits, the importance of travel, and service to one’s community and profession.

“Joe credited his graduate studies for making him the outstanding designer he was. He also learned so much from drawing, painting and traveling extensively — it influenced his designs and his way of thinking,” said Jeanne Dawson-Lalli, who established the scholarship in memory of her late husband. “Similarly, I hope that this award allows promising students to continue their studies and pursue their passions to feed their creativity.”

The LAF Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli, FASLA is the largest scholarship offered by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. LAF is now able to offer a total of over $60,000 annually in scholarships and fellowships for students through ten different awards.

Learn more about LAF scholarships at:

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 for more information.

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

AHBE Landscape Architects
Alta Planning + Design
Anchor QEA
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
April Philips Design Works
ARTECHO Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Brown, Richardson & Rowe
Bruce Dees & Associates
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Clark Condon Associates
CMG Landscape Architecture
Conservation Design Forum
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Corvus Design
Design Workshop
dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture
Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects
Forum Studio
GLS Landscape | Architecture
Graham Landscape Architecture
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Halvorson Design Partnership
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Hart Howerton
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
James Corner Field Operations
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Klopfer Martin Design Group
Landscape Technologies
Landworks Studio
Lee and Associates
Mahan Rykiel Associates
Mathews Nielsen
Mia Lehrer + Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Nievera Williams Design
Norris Design
Oehme van Sweden
Office of Cheryl Barton
Pamela Burton & Company
Parker Rodriguez
Peridian International Inc.
Pressley Associates
PWP Landscape Architecture
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
Starr Whitehouse
Stoss Landscape Urbanism
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.


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.

ade-polytechnic-600wADE provided the hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical engineering services for Florida Polytechnic University's lakes, which include air pods, an aeration system, and special technology at the litoral shelf.

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.

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:
  • 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.