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Welcome 2017-2018 Board of Directors

The 2017-2018 LAF Board of Directors began its term on October 20 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Los Angeles. Adam Greenspan, ASLA of PWP Landscape Architecture became President, succeeding now Past-President Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA of GGN whose leadership helped close out and sustain the momentum from LAF’s extraordinary 50th anniversary year, which included an unprecendented summit, the launch of two new programs and a successful fundraising campaign. Stephanie Rolley, FASLA, AICP of Kansas State University became President-Elect.

bd-presidents2LAF CEO Barbara Deutsch with outgoing President Jennifer Guthrie and incoming President Adam Greenspan

Monte Wilson moved from Vice President of Leadership to Vice President of Finance. Directors Kofi Boone and Lisa Switkin became the Vice Presidents of Education/Scholarships and Leadership, respectively.  Adam Greenspan became Vice President of Communication, succeeding Laura Solano, who returned to the role of Vice President of Finance. Three other officers continue in their positions on the executive leadership team.

  • Vice President of Education:
    Kofi Boone, ASLA, North Carolina State University
  • Vice President of Research:
    M. Elen Deming, DDes, North Carolina State University
  • Vice President of Leadership:
    Lisa Tziona Switkin, James Corner Field Operations
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Richard E. Heriford, Landscape Forms
  • Vice President of Finance: 
    Monte Wilson, ASLA, Jacobs Engineering
  • Vice President of Development: 
    Jim Manskey, ASLA, TBG Partners

Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki, Kona Gray, FASLA of EDSA, and Mia Lehrer, FASLA of Studio-MLA retired off the board at the end of their terms, which included a three-year extension for Mia and a six-year extension for Mark. Leann Andrews of the University of Washington rotated off after serving a two-year term as an Olmsted Scholar representative, and Chad D. Danos, FASLA rotated off after serving for a year in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative. Thank you for your service!

Seven new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from landscape architecture practice, industry, and the nonprofit sector. Kendra Hyson, a 2015 Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for Olmsted Scholars. ASLA Immediate Past President Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative, and Bo Yang, PhD continues as the CELA Representative. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Rich Centolella, FASLA, EDSA
  • Alma Du Solier, Hood Design Studio
  • Michael Grove, ASLA, Sasaki Associates
  • Kendra Hyson, Neighborhood Design Center
  • Daniel Martin, Permaloc
  • Kate Orff, ASLA, SCAPE
  • Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA

LAF is honored to have such an accomplished, passionate, and engaged board, and we look forward to working together to advance the vision laid out in our New Landscape Declaration. Thanks to all for your commitment and service!

New LAF Program Manager for Research Initiatives

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is delighted to announce that on March 1, Megan Barnes will join the organization as Program Manager for LAF’s research initiatives, including the Landscape Performance Series, Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, Landscape Performance Education Grants, and research partnerships.

meganbarnes-226wMegan’s background is in landscape architecture, international development, and the nonprofit sector. A two-time Peace Corps volunteer, she recently returned from Panama where she led a university program to develop a hydroponic garden and supported Panamanian wildlife conservation efforts. Her past experience also includes outreach and management work for the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy and horticulture training and master planning for Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Megan fills a critical staff role for LAF, leading our efforts focused on the measurable environmental, social, and economic impacts of sustainable landscapes. Linda Ashby, who has been serving as Interim Program Manager for the CSI program, will continue on through May to provide support and ensure a seamless transition for the five participating CSI teams.

We are thrilled to have Megan on board!

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!

LAF is Hiring: Program Manager

parkingday-staffSending Arianna (center) off with a bang on PARK(ing) day 2016

LAF is seeking a highly-organized, creatively-analytical, results-oriented Program Manager to lead our signature Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and support other Landscape Performance Series initiatives. The full-time, 40 hour/week position in Washington, DC offers a first-hand opportunity to guide transformative research and promote “next practices” in sustainable design. For more details, see the full job announcement on our Opportunities page.

Arianna Koudounas, who served as Program Manager since June 2014, is moving on to work as a Transportation Planner position at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, a nonprofit organization comprising officials from 22 local governments in the Washington, DC region. Arianna received her Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning degree from Georgetown University last December and is excited to put her many skills to work in a regional planning role.

We will miss Arianna’s poise, pinch-hitting, and puns, but we are happy that she can continue to champion sustainable landscape solutions and bring the landscape perspective to the transportation field. And we know that when we really need a fix of Arianna’s humor, we can catch her at one of the many performances she does with the Washington Improv Theater. Best wishes, Arianna!