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Welcome 2016-2017 Board of Directors

lafboard-nola-530wThe 2016-2017 LAF Board of Directors began its term on October 21 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in New Orleans. Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol became President, succeeding Kona Gray, ASLA of EDSA, who was at the helm during LAF’s monumental 50th anniversary year, which included an unprecedented summit and major capital campaign. Adam Greenspan, ASLA of PWP Landscape Architecture became President-Elect.

Past-President Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates returned to a role as Vice President of Finance, and five other Directors assumed roles as officers on the Executive Leadership Team.

jenguthrie-226wJennifer Guthrie began her term as LAF President
  • Vice President of Education:
    Stephanie Rolley, FASLA, AICP, Kansas State
  • Vice President of Research:
    M. Elen Deming, DDes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Vice President of Leadership:
    Monte Wilson, ASLA, Jacobs Engineering
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Richard E. Heriford, Landscape Forms
  • Vice President of Finance: 
    Mark O. Dawson, FASLA, Sasaki Associates
  • Vice President of Development: 
    Jim Manskey, ASLA, TBG Partners

This year, 11 individuals retired off the Board of Directors, in many cases after extended terms of service. LAF extends our sincerest thanks to the following outgoing Board members for their transfomative contributions:

  • Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, dlandstudio (Director, 2014-2016)
  • Deb Guenther, FASLA, Mithun (Director, 2008-2016; VP of Education, 2009-2011)
  • Kristina Hill, PhD, Affiliate ASLA, University of California, Berkeley (Director, 2010-2016; VP of Education, 2011-2016)
  • Jacinta McCann, FAILA, AECOM (Director, 2010-2016; VP of Communications, 2011-2012; President 2013-2014)
  • Allyson Mendenhall, ASLA, Design Workshop (Director, 2012-2016)
  • Forster Ndubisi, PhD, FASLA, Texas A&M University (Director, 1997-2000, 2008-2016; VP of Research, 2008-2016)
  • Joe Runco, ASLA, SWA Group (Director, 2013-2016)
  • Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, OLIN (Director, 2008-2016; VP of Finance 2010-2011; President, 2011-2012, VP of Leadership, 2013-2016)
  • Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (Director, 2012-2016; VP of Finance 2013-2014, 2015-2016; VP of Communications 2014-2015)
  • Peg Staeheli, FASLA, MIG | SvR (Director, 2014-2016)
  • Kate Tooke, ASLA, Sasaki Associates (Director, 2014-2016)

Thirteen new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing a range of experience and perspectives from landscape architecture practice, academia, industry, real estate development, and the nonprofit sector. ASLA Immediate Past President Chad Danos, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative, and Bo Yang, FASLA continues as the CELA Representative. Nina Chase, a 2009 University Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for past Olmsted Scholars.

Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Gerdo Aquino, ASLA, SWA Group
  • Kofi Boone, ASLA, North Carolina State University
  • Rebecca Bradley, ASLA, Cadence
  • Nina Chase, ASLA, Riverlife
  • Po-Sun Chen, BrightView Design Group
  • Dorothy Faris, ASLA, Mithun
  • Skip Graffam, ASLA, OLIN
  • Stephanie Grigsby, Design Workshop
  • Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, DesignJones LLC
  • Deborah Marton, New York Restoration Project
  • Steve McCarter, ASLA, Ewing
  • Roberto Rovira, ASLA, Florida International University
  • Stan Wall, P.E., HR&A Advisors

During the three days of lively meetings and events in New Orleans, the commitment, passion, and thought leadership of this dynamic group was evident. We look forward to working together to advance the vision laid out in our New Landscape Declaration. Thank you all for your service!

LAF's Barbara Deutsch Honored with Women in Sustainability Leadership Award

With great pride, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) congratulates our Executive Director, Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, who has been recognized with one of Green Building & Design (gb&d)’s 2016 Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. The awards celebrate the achievements of women who are making lasting change and strive to identify, support, and give opportunities to future women in leadership.

deutsch-headshotDeutsch is among 15 executives from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, who will be honored at the third annual awards, presented on Oct 4 in Los Angeles on the eve of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

“I am so honored to be part of this group of such amazing and influential women who are moving the needle on sustainability from a wide range of strategies,” said Deutsch.”I am thankful to the women and men who have inspired and mentored me throughout my life to help me achieve in many ways.”

“As more and more women move into positions of decision-making authority and leadership, we can do more to support and learn from each other. The WSLA is a great opportunity to connect, share our stories, and hopefully inspire others.”

gb&d magazine presents the third annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards in partnership with the United States Green Building Council with support from the MetroFlor Corporation, Steelcase, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and United Airlines. The winners were chosen by a judging panel that includes Rochelle Routman of MetroFlor, Kimberly Lewis of the USBGC, Amanda Sturgeon of the International Living Future Institute, Angela Foster-Rice of United Airlines, Leith Sharp of Harvard University, and Chris Howe and Laura Heidenreich of Green Building & Design.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

New LAF Program Manager for Scholarships and Leadership

jennlow-300wThe Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is happy to announce that Jennifer Low has joined the organization as Program Manager. Jennifer will head LAF’s scholarships, Olmsted Scholars Program, and new leadership initiatives.

Jennifer is a licensed landscape architect with over eleven years of professional experience, most recently in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. Her primary passion and drive as a landscape architect is to improve environmental health and social equity through landscape design. She values community engagement in the design process and the transformative power that landscape can have on improving both mental and physical well-being.

Jennifer is excited to apply her design and project management skills to academic and advocacy-­related endeavors within the profession, focusing on outreach and leadership development to serve both existing and future landscape architects. She has also developed a new affinity for printmaking, and her prized possession — aside from her two dogs — is her tabletop letterpress.

We are thrilled to have a dedicated staff member to focus on building and growing LAF’s scholarship and leadership initiatives! This newly-created position brings the number of LAF permanent staff up to six.

Happy 2016!

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) wishes you all the best as 2016 gets underway! This year marks LAF’s 50th anniversary, and we look forward to celebrating with you throughout the year. Look for announcements about new transformative programs and initiatives, and save the date for June 10-11 in Philadelphia when we host a landmark summit about landscape architecture and the future!

Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who stopped by our photobooth in Chicago to help us kick off this year of celebration! (See a higher resolution version here.)

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Welcome 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The 2015-2016 LAF Board of Directors began its term on November 6 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Chicago. Kona Gray, ASLA of EDSA became President, following now Past-President Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates, whose leadership and business saavy guided LAF through a critical year of program development and planning for the foundation’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol became President-Elect.

Director Adam Greenspan became Vice President of Communication, succeeding Laura Solano, who returned to the role of Vice President of Finance. Director Susannah Drake became Vice President of Development. Three other officers continue in their positions on the executive leadership team.

  • Vice President of Education:kona-barbara-markPresident Kona Gray (L) and Immediate Past President Mark Dawson (R) with LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch
    Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
  • Vice President of Research:
    Forster Ndubisi, PhD, FASLA, Texas A&M University
  • Vice President of Leadership:
    Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, OLIN
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Adam Greenspan, ASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Vice President of Finance: 
    Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Vice President of Development: 
    Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, dlandstudio

Chris Fannin, ASLA of HOK, Lynda Whiteman of Hunter Industries, and Uwe Brandes of Georgetown University retired off the Board at the end of their four-year term. Andrea Gaffney of Gehl Studio rotated off after serving a two-year term as past Olmsted Scholar representative, and Mark Focht, FASLA rotated off after serving for a year in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative. Thank you for your service!

Nine new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from landscape architecture practice and academia. Leann Andrews, LAF’s 2013 graduate National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for past Olmsted Scholars. ASLA Immediate Past President K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative, and Charlene LeBleu, FASLA continues as the CELA Representative. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Leann Andrews, University of Washington
  • Elen Deming, DDes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Brian Jencek, ASLA, HOK
  • Michael Johnson, ASLA, SmithGroup JJR
  • Jim Manskey, TBG Partners
  • Jim Stickley, ASLA, WRT
  • Lisa Switkin, Field Operations
  • Monte Wilson, JACOBS
  • K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA

The 32 members of the LAF Board of Directors bring their vision, passion, and thought leadership to the foundation at an essential time with a number of new programs and initiatives on the horizon. We look forward to working with this accomplished group and continuing the momentum. Thanks to all for your commitment and service!