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Announcing Our First LAF Medal and Founders' Award Recipients

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is delighted to announce the first recipients of its new LAF Medal and Founders’ Awards. These two annual awards honor individuals and firms/organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the LAF mission of supporting the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.

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The LAF Medal is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes. The first LAF Medal goes to Grant Jones, FASLA, co-founder of Jones & Jones Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

“Grant Jones has a depth and breadth of work focusing on natural systems. He was a real innovator of the 1980s and 1990s in many areas, from how site analysis informs planning to completely reinventing what it means to be a zoo,” said Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael, FASLA. “His work, writings, poetry, and advocacy created the transformative change LAF seeks to make in the profession.”

LAF Founders’ Award

The LAF Founders’ Award is conveyed to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time. The first LAF Founders’ Award goes to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).asla-4line-300w2

“ASLA is the first organization in the world to promote the practice and ethics of landscape architecture as a profession. ASLA serves as the premier advocacy and educational forum for landscape architects,” said Carmichael on behalf of the Awards Committee.

The LAF Board Emeritus Council manages the nomination and selection process for the awards. Members of the 2016 Award Committee were:

  • Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, Parker Rodriguez, Chair
  • Chip Crawford, FASLA, Forum Studio
  • Chris Dimond, FASLA, AICP, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Richard Hawks, FASLA, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Len Hopper, FASLA, Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture
  • Ginger Murphy, ASLA, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The recipients will be honored during LAF’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner, which takes place at the Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia on June 10 during the Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future.

Tickets to the dinner can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-summit-on-landscape-architecture-the-future-registration-21221271394#tickets

LAF Events at the ASLA Annual Meeting

Heading to Chicago for the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO? We hope you’ll join us for some or all of the following events to celebrate, support, and raise awareness about LAF and its transformative programs. Between receiving two ASLA Professional Awards and kicking off the festivities for our 50th anniversary in 2016, it will be an epic series of events. We hope to see you!

starrynightStarry Night, LAF’s 30th Annual Benefit
Fri, Nov 6, 7:00-10:30pm
Adler Planetarium

Join top designers and leaders from practice, academia, and industry for a star-filled evening at the Adler Planetarium where floor to ceiling windows and outdoor terraces offer awe-inspiring views of the Chicago skyline. Enjoy cocktails, fine local food, and amazing company, all while raising money to support LAF’s research and scholarship programs.

Landscape Performance: Determining What and How to Measure
Fri, Nov 6, 1:30-3pm
McCormick Place, Room E451A, Level 4
Don’t miss this Education Session moderated by LAF’s Heather Whitlow and featuring Skip Graffam of OLIN, Emily McCoy of Andropogon Associates, and Allyson Mendenhall of Design Workshop. Panelist will present widely applicable metrics and methods for environmental, social, and economic performance and share insights on gathering baseline data, setting objectives, and evaluating performance of built projects.

photocollage2LAF Booth in ASLA Expo Hall (#2821)
Sat-Sun, Nov 7-8, 9:00am-5:00pm
McCormick Place
Visit our booth to learn more about LAF, help kick off our 50th anniversary celebration in our photobooth, and try out the award-winning LandscapePerformance.org.

ASLA Professional Awards Ceremony
Mon, Nov 9, 12:00-1:00pm
McCormick Place - Lakeside Center, Arie Crown Theater
See the best in landscape architecture from the U.S. and around the world. LAF’s Landscape Performance Series will receive the 2015 Award of Excellence in Communications, and our Case Study Investigation (CSI) program will be recognized with an Honor Award for Research.

LAF Research Initiatives Win Two 2015 ASLA Professional Awards

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Two of the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s signature programs have been honored with American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2015 Professional Awards, which recognize top public, commercial, residential, institutional, planning, communications, and research projects from across the U.S. and around the world. This year, ASLA received 459 entries for these prestigious awards.

The Landscape Performance Series received the 2015 Award of Excellence in Communications, the highest honor in this category. The Landscape Performance Series was developed to build capacity to achieve sustainability and transform the way landscape is valued in the design and development process. Redesigned and launched in 2014 as LandscapePerformance.org, this unparalleled platform showcases the measurable environmental, social, and economic benefits of landscape and has become a go-to place to find design precedents, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

                                   “It’s a living document essential to our profession.”
                                                              — 2015 Awards Jury

LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program received a 2015 Honor Award in Research, co-presented by ASLA and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches faculty-student research teams with leading design practitioners to measure and document the performance of their built projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs. To date, 30 faculty, 35 students, and 57 design firms have participated, resulting in the publication of over 100 case studies.

                       “The more we say that measuring performance over the long haul
                                    is part of what we do, the more it’s going to happen.”
                                                              — 2015 Awards Jury

“We are thrilled to see our research programs achieve this level of recognition in the profession.” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. “Our work to promote landscape performance is changing the way landscape architects practice and the way others understand and appreciate the value of landscape solutions.”

The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago on Monday, November 9 at McCormick Place. The complete list of award winners — along with project information, images, and criteria — can be viewed at: http://www.asla.org/2015awards/index.html.

Animation Wins Competition to Communicate the Impact of #landarch on Well-Being

Congratulations to Lovisa Kjerrgren, who won the 2015 Wayne Grace Memorial Student Competition with her short animation entitled “Pretty Heroic.” The competition and its $10,000 USD prize was sponsored by the Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation. Entrants had to develop a communications piece that effectively conveys the vital role that landscape architects play in protecting and enhancing the public’s well-being, as identified in the “Definition of Welfare” research conducted by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).

In the winning animation, the characters’ lives are enhanced by the work done by landscape architects, shown wearing capes in one scene. From the dialogue:

“Landscape architects may not have super powers, but they have the knowledge, skills and passion it takes to design environments that promote the welfare of you and your fellow members of the public for today and the future, and that is pretty heroic.”

 

kjerrgren-150wWinner Lovisa Kjerrgren

Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Lovisa recently graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. When asked how she settled on landscape architecture as a career, she said, “For me, it’s all about the dynamic combination of having the elements of art and creativity and marrying that with science, knowing that this really relates to people’s lives and the environment we live in.” Lovisa said the biggest challenge in creating the animation was scaling it back to be concise without losing the message she wanted to deliver.

LAF was honored to serve on the five-member jury of landscape architecture and communications professionals who unanimously selected Kjerrgren’s entry as the winner. The jury members were:

  • Stephanie Landregan, FASLA, LARBF Chair and CLARB Past President
  • Kenneth Backman, FASLA, LARBF Past Chair, CLARB Past President
  • Terry Poltrack, Director of Public Relations and Communications, American Society of Lanscape Architects
  • Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation
  • Jim Brown, Trail Development Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (and 2012 LAF Olmsted Scholar)

LAF's Barbara Deutsch Honored with 2015 CELA President's Award

At its annual conference last week, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA with the 2015 CELA President’s Award. The prestigious award recognizes Barbara’s leadership and LAF’s pioneering work in the area of landscape performance.´╗┐cela-award2

“I am honored, humbled, and delighted  to receive this award!” said Barbara, expressing her surprise and gratitude. “It reflects the thought leadership and hard work of the Landscape Architecture Foundation staff and Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have CELA as such as strong partner supporting high-quality research and professional education in landscape architecture.”

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture is composed of virtually all the programs of higher learning in landscape architecture in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. ´╗┐Their annual awards honor educators, researchers, administrators, and others who make exceptional contributions to the academic practice of landscape architecture through education and research.