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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:


Jeanne Dawson Lalli


Landscape Forms
Landscape Structures
Sasaki Associates


Brightview and Brightview Design Group
Design Workshop
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


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


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Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
James Corner Field Operations
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:

Thanks for a Great 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. We’d like to thank our many friends, donors, and partners whose generous support helped us accomplish the following in 2015:

staff-thanks2The LAF photobooth at the ASLA Expo was another highlight.

The coming year is even more ambitious as LAF celebrates its 50th anniversary with a landmark event and the launch of several new initiatives. Save the date for LAF’s New Landscape Declaration: A Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future on June 10-11 in Philadelphia. And look for the unveiling of a new Leadership program to help practitioners build capacity for transformative change. Stay tuned for announcements about these initiatives – and more! – in the coming months.

We couldn’t deliver these innovative programs without our many supporters. Please consider investing in the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your year-end giving by making a tax-deductible contribution online  or learn about the many ways to support LAF.

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.

This #GivingTuesday, Support LAF Research and Scholarships


This #GivingTuesday make a statement in support of the causes that mean the most to you!

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is working to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability, cultivate the next generation of leaders, and ensure that landscape is a central part of development projects at all scales. LAF awards over $120,000 annually to students, and our award-winning research programs provide evidence about the value of landscape architecture.

On December 1, kick off the charitable season by making a donation to LAF. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Aquatic Design & EngineeringSweeney & Associates, and ValleyCrest, any gift made between November 26 and December 2 will have even more impact. We’ll need your help and participation to unlock these matches:

  • The first 10 gifts from new donors unlock $1,000 from Aquatic Design & Engineering.
  • The first 25 donations unlock $2,500 from Sweeney & Associates.
  • The first 30 donations of $100 or more unlock $10,000 from ValleyCrest.

donatenow-button Donate today and help LAF do more to ensure that landscape architects play a vital role in meeting the awesome challenges of our time.

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: