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LAF Receives Two Grants for 2013 CSI Program

LAF recently received two grants to support the 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. The 2013 program features 8 research teams working to evaluate the performance of 24 landscape projects, ranging from the Tassajara Creek Restoration in California to the Ann Arbor Municipal Center in Michigan.

driehausfoundation-207wThe Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has granted $10,000 to support three Chicago-area projects that are being documented through the 2013 CSI program: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Jackson Park and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Smart Home: Green + Wired.

artworkslogo-f3kFor the second year in a row, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has supported the CSI program with a $25,000 Art Works grant. LAF is one of only 50 nonprofit organizations throughout the country recommended to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category. The NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for this round of Art Works funding. Of those, 817 are recommended for grants totaling $26.3 million to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.

Nearly 50 Firms join the 100 Firm Campaign!

In October of last year, the Landscape Architecture Foundation launched the 100 Firm Campaign – a campaign to increase the number of firms participating in the work of the Foundation through their financial support and thought leadership. The LAF Board of Directors invites landscape architecture firms to invest with a gift of $1,000 or more to join the 100 Firm Campaign and the LAF Leadership Circle.

By pooling resources and working together, LAF can provide critical market development services at a scale greater than what can be done by individual firms alone. This includes supporting the next generation of landscape architects, developing the market for sustainable landscape solutions, investing in research, and creating resources to advance the profession. Support from the community of landscape architects allows LAF to continue to grow and make an impact both in and outside of the profession.

“What a privilege it has been to support, financially, the contributions LAF has made to the profession over the last several years,” says Jay Graham, FASLA of Graham Landscape Architecture. He adds, “I encourage more small firms to support the knowledge building role of LAF within our profession by sustained annual giving.”

In the coming months, members of the 100 Firm Campaign will be invited to provide input and feedback on LAF’s innovative programs. This not only builds accountability, but will also help the organization grow and attain its vision for the future.

LAF is grateful for all of its supporters and their commitment to give back to the profession and make a difference. As of January 24, the following 48 firms have joined the 100 Firm Campaign:

AECOM
AHBE Landscape Architects
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
ARTECHO
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Clark Condon Associates
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Design Workshop
Earthscape
EDSA
Forum Studio
GGLO
Graham Landscape Architecture
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Hart Howerton
HNTB
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
HOK
James Corner Field Operations
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
JJR | Roy Fund
Landscape Technologies
Landworks Studio
Mahan Rykiel Associates
Mia Lehrer + Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Mithun
Oehme van Sweden
The Office of Cheryl Barton
The Office of James Burnett
OLIN
Pamela Burton & Company
Peridian International Inc.
PWP Landscape Architecture
Quinlan + Quinlan
Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Rhodeside & Harwell
robert chipman landscape architect, inc.
Sasaki Associates
SiteWorks Landscape Architecture
Surfacedesign, Inc.
SvR Design Company
The SWA Group
TBG Partners
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Wallace Roberts & Todd

For more information or to join the 100 Firm Campaign, please contact Matt Alcide at malcide@lafoundation.org.

LAF Launches Planned Giving Website

LAF is pleased to provide our supporters with information on creative ways to invest in the work of the Foundation. Through planned giving, you, your loved ones, and LAF can all benefit.

LAF’s new planned giving website outlines opportunities to ensure that a livable planet is part of your legacy through this very special and important form of financial support. The website presents information and financially prudent options for making gifts of cash or other assets. For example, did you know that you can easily support LAF through gifts that pay you back?

In addition to providing this information, LAF is honored to recognize our planned giving donors through the LAF Legacy Society. Members of the LAF Legacy Society have expressed their commitment to our mission by naming LAF as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, appreciated securities, gifts of real estate, gifts of life insurance and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts. These Legacy Society members hope you will join them in supporting LAF through a planned gift. Planned gifts of all types and size are recognized in the LAF Legacy Society.

plannedgivingIllustration of how a bequest can benefit LAF, you, and your loved ones.

Planning your estate and legacy for future generations, including your charitable interests, takes careful evaluation. Consulting with the appropriate professionals can assist you. Discussing your charitable intentions with LAF and your financial advisors can lead to a much better result than going it alone and will ensure that your gift is used just as you wish.

Please let us know if you have already included the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your estate plan or if you are considering doing so. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. Development Manager Matt Alcide can be reached at malcide@lafoundation.org or 202-331-7070 x13.

LAF sincerely appreciates your generosity, and we thank you for considering this special form of giving.

The planned giving website is intended to provide general gift planning information. The Landscape Architecture Foundation is not qualified to provide specific legal, tax or investment advice, and the website should not be looked to or relied upon as a source for such advice. Consult with your own legal and financial advisors before making any gift.

LAF Receives NEA Art Works Grant for CSI

artworkslogo-f3kThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is one 38 national, regional, state, and local nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category.

LAF is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the Summer 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Ten research teams will participate in the Summer 2012, and the NEA grant will fund half of the $5,000 stipend paid to the student Research Assistant on each team.

“We are thrilled that NEA is investing in this research to show the environmental, economic, and social value of exemplary design,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, ASLA.

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications for this round of Art Works funding. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.

Carl D. Johnson, FASLA (1926-2010)

LAF was saddened to learn of the passing of Carl D. Johnson, FASLA, founder or the firm Johnson, Johnson, and Roy (JJR) in 1961 with his brother William and fellow landscape architect Clarence Roy. Johnson died in Ann Arbor on October 24, 2010, at the age of 84.

Johnson served on the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Board of Directors in the 1980s and was largely responsible for the establishment of the JJR Research Grant, which supported the LAF’s Land and Community Design Case Study Series of published books and our new Landscape Performance Series.

carljohnsonJohnson was JJR’s guiding force in planning and design for over 30 years. He had a special passion for drawing and watercolor, and his approach to design frequently made use of conversational graphics as sketches intended to stimulate discussion of design approaches and solutions. His talent in design and illustration were surpassed only by his ability to communicate the contributions that landscape architects make to preserve and shape both the natural and built environments. His professional legacy includes internationally significant and lasting work in the fields of restoration and adaptive reuse of historic landscapes, including of the City of Louisville’s famous Cherokee Park, what became the Lighthouse Landing Park in Evanston, and rehabilitation of the C.S. Mott Estate, Applewood, in Flint, Michigan.

Johnson was committed not only to his professional practice but to developing the next generation of planning and design leaders. He taught at the University of Michigan there for 29 years and presented guest lectures at more than 20 architecture and landscape architecture schools thoughout the continent and overseas, all while maintaining an active practice at JJR. In 1989 he retired from teaching and was named Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan.

Johnson consistently supported the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the local chapter and national levels. Named an ASLA Fellow in 1979, Carl Johnson was awarded the Society’s highest honor, the ASLA Medal, in 2000. With the exception of the Olmsted brothers, he and his brother William are the only siblings to have been so honored by ASLA.

For a complete biography, visit the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Pioneers of American Landscape Design.