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Thank You for a Remarkable Year!

laf-staff-275The small but mighty LAF staff

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to spur the profession forward and cultivate the next generation of design leaders. As the year winds down, LAF would like to thank our many friends, partners, and donors for their indispensable support during this ambitious year.

In 2017, LAF continued to spread the bold aspirations in our New Landscape Declaration with conversations at over 60 firms, universities, and ASLA chapter events and the launch of a new book. The ideas from a powerhouse of leading designers and the resulting call to action have been called an “excellent way to define our commitment to the environment, ecology, and health” and “an eloquent call to action for the immediate and long future of our profession and our world.”

Generous support from donors allows LAF to strengthen and embolden the profession with innovative and influential initiatives like the New Landscape Declaration, as well as our transformative programs. Together, we accomplished the following in 2017:

  • Awarded $135,000 to students through scholarships, fellowships, and research assistantships.
  • Kicked off the new $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership with the first cohort of six recipients engaged in projects that address a range of issues — from homelessness to water resources in India to K-12 career discovery.
  • Recognized pioneers Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, OC and the U.S. National Park Service with the 2017 LAF Medal and Founders’ Award.
  • Funded landscape performance research to bolster non-profit organizations, community leaders, and advocates as they make a case for more sustainable practices and policies
  • Awarded the final round of mini-grants to faculty for a total of $50,000 invested in developing and testing coursework on landscape performance.

Thank you to all who devoted their time, thought leadership, and financial support to these efforts. LAF is honored to support this profession and help make our collective aspirations for change a reality.

Please consider investing in the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your year-end giving. Together we can increase our influence and impact at this important time when the services and talents of landscape architects are so vitally needed. Give online or learn more about the many ways to support LAF.

Our friends at IRONSMITH will match up to $10,000 of your donations made by Dec 31!

LAF is a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your charitable contribution is deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Landscape Forms Scholarship Honors Peter Schaudt (1959-2015)

peter-schaudt-xtremela2014Peter Schaudt at the Landscape Forms 2014 Xtreme LA Challenge

Since 2007, Landscape Forms has offered a scholarship through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), awarding $33,000 to 11 promising students to date. This year, Landscape Forms increased the award amount and relaunched the scholarship in memory of Peter Schaudt, FASLA (1959-2015) and his nearly 30-year career as a landscape architect.

A leader and visionary in the profession, Peter was one of the founding principals of the award-winning firm, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture in Chicago, Illinois and a dedicated member of the Board of Directors for Landscape Forms. Peter was widely admired for his incredible talent, dedication, generosity, and integrity. Distinguished by his focus on the “art of design,” professional stewardship, and social responsibility, Peter’s body of work leaves a lasting legacy.

The $5,000 Landscape Forms Scholarship in Memory of Peter Schaudt, FASLA is open to landscape architecture students in their final two years of full-time undergraduate study in a LAAB- or CSLA-accredited program in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants must demonstrate passion, commitment, and competence in creating artfully-designed places for people. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment and creative design ability.

The scholarship is one of nine offered through LAF, now totaling $63,500 available annually to reward superior student performance, encourage diversity, support original research, and assist students with unmet financial need. Applications are now open and due Feb 1.

Learn more at: lafoundation.org/scholarships

50 & Forward Campaign Raises $4.1 Million

With heartfelt gratitude, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is pleased to announce that our LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign raised over $4,160,000 to support landscape architecture research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives. The 1.5-year-long campaign concluded on December 31, 2016 with 55 companies and 92 individuals contributing.

Soundly surpassing the campaign’s initial goal of $3.5 million, the funds raised will be used to expand LAF’s existing programs and support new initiatives to increase the capacity of the profession to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Three of the major campaign initiatives are already underway:

For 50 years, LAF has worked to provide knowledge and resources to enable landscape architects to use their unique skills to change the world. The campaign provides critical support to help  LAF continue this legacy of leadership and rise to take on current challenges.

We would like to specially thank the following donors for their leadership and significant commitments to the LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign:

laf50-forward-226wFounder

Jeanne Dawson Lalli
Debra Mitchell

Benefactor

EDSA, Inc.
Landscape Forms
Landscape Structures
Sasaki Associates

Patron

Brightview and Brightview Design Group
Design Workshop
SmithGroupJJR
OLIN
ANOVA
TBG Partners
Anonymous, in memory of Deb Mitchell
Phillip Arnold
Joe Brown and Jacinta McCann
Mark and Doreen Dawson
Thomas C. and Gerry D. Donnelly
Kona Gray
Jim Manskey
Lucinda Reed Sanders
Sally Schauman

Advocate

AECOM
Aquatic Design and Engineering
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Coldspring
L.M. Scofield Company
Ruppert Landscape
SWA Group
D’Arcy and Diane Deeks
Barbara Deutsch
Jennifer Guthrie
Laura Solano
Beth Wehrle

Partner

!melk landscape architecture & urban design
CMG Landscape Architecture
Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
Forum Studio
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
James Corner Field Operations
Mithun
The Office of James Burnett
Permaloc
PWP Landscape Architecture
Rain Bird Corporation
Reed Hilderbrand
Roman Fountains
Kofi Boone
Chip and Pat Crawford
Glen Dake
Bob Evans
Kathleen Garcia and David Rapaport
Sara and Eric Gilbert
Signe Nielsen
Forster Ndubisi
Patrick Phillips
Barbara Wilks

A full list of campaign donors can be found at:
https://lafoundation.org/support/50-and-forward/donors/

Invest in Your World: Support LAF

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders. As our 50th year comes to a close, we’d like to thank our many friends, donors, and partners whose generous support helped to make this an extraordinary year.

In 2016, LAF greatly expanded its voice and its reach. Over 700 forward-thinking landscape architects, students, and allied professionals attended LAF’s unprecedented New Landscape Declaration: A Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future. The summit and its resulting call to action gained worldwide attention and have many in design and development circles echoing sentiments that LAF has long asserted.

After attending the Summit, Patrick Sisson of Curbed wrote:
“It quickly became clear the surface-level public perception of the job, usually limited to designing parks, wasn’t nearly broad enough.  …increasingly, the city, urban populations, and the environment at large are the purview of this evolving profession.”

Martin C. Pedersen of Common Edge wrote:
“I, too, believe that landscape architects are uniquely qualified to lead the climate charge… Connecting to people and natural systems is what landscape architects do. It’s time we start using them.”

IFLA Americas President Raquel Peñalosa wrote:
“I commend the leadership of LAF on convening landscape architects to act upon the challenges today facing our planet and taking us to the next level of purpose and clarity.”

With generous support from donors, LAF is able to spur the profession forward with transformative initiatives like the summit and the New Landscape Declaration. The foundation also accomplished the following in 2016:

  • Awarded $125,000 to students through scholarships, fellowships, and research assistantships.
  • Funded landscape performance research to bolster non-profit organizations, community leaders, and advocates as they make a case for more environmentally friendly practices and policies.
  • Awarded $12,500 in mini-grants to faculty to develop and test models for integrating landscape performance in design education.
  • Launched the new $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership for mid-career to senior-level professionals.

Please consider investing in the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your year-end giving so that LAF can continue to lead the charge and deliver innovative programs to increase its impact at this historic time when the services and talents of landscape architects are so vitally needed. Show your commitment and give back to the profession by making a tax-deductible contribution online or learn about the many ways to support the Foundation.

LAF is a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your charitable contribution is deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

LAF Launches 50 & Forward Campaign

50forward-226The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has announced the public launch of its LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign with a $3.5 million minimum goal. This campaign coincides with LAF’s 50th anniversary, at a time when greater investment in landscape architecture research, scholarships, and leadership is critically needed.

LAF works to support the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment through research, scholarships, and leadership to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability.

The campaign will allow LAF to expand its existing programs for research and scholarships by increasing stipends to Case Study Investigation (CSI) teams, strategically enhancing the Landscape Performance Series, and endowing $20,000 in new awards to students. Additionally, LAF will create two new $25,000 long-term research grants, and $25,000 fellowships as part of a new leadership program for mid- and senior-level professionals.

Critical, early investment in the campaign was provided by way of 77 gifts from organizations and individuals. With $3.28 million already raised, LAF anticipates achieving and exceeding its goal, allowing the foundation to provide even more programming and investment for the landscape architecture profession.

We would like to thank the following donors for their early, leadership commitments to the LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign:

Founder

Jeanne Dawson Lalli

Benefactor

EDSA
Landscape Forms
Landscape Structures
Sasaki Associates

Patron

Brightview and Brightview Design Group
Design Workshop
SmithGroupJJR
OLIN
ANOVA
TBG Partners
Anonymous, in memory of Deb Mitchell
Joe Brown and Jacinta McCann
Mark and Doreen Dawson
Thomas C. and Gerry D. Donnelly
Kona Gray
James Manskey
Lucinda Reed Sanders
Phillip Arnold

Advocate

AECOM
Aquatic Design and Engineering
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Coldspring
Ruppert Landscape
SWA Group
D’Arcy and Diane Deeks
Barbara Deutsch
Jennifer Guthrie
Laura Solano

Partner

!melk landscape architecture & urban design
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
James Corner Field Operations
Mithun
Permaloc
PWP Landscape Architecture
Roman Fountains
Chip and Pat Crawford
Bob Evans
Kathleen Garcia
Eric Gilbert
Forster Ndubisi
Patrick Phillips

A full list of campaign donors can be found at:
https://lafoundation.org/support/50-and-forward/donors/