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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!

New LAF Development Manager

csanders-175wWe are delighted to announce that Christina Sanders had joined the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) as Development Manager. In addition to her commitment to sustainable development, Christina has a notable corporate sector background in management, marketing, and sales.

Prior to joining LAF, Christina spent four years with Apple, working between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. She held a role in business-to-business sales before joining the Apple Store Leader Program (ASLP), a competitive 24-month management training program. Upon completion of the program, she went on to excel as a manager dedicated to achieving company metrics and financial growth while simultaneously upholding Apple’s credo and ensuring employee development.

Most recently, Christina took a year to travel abroad with a philosophy to “travel slow” through countries like Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Morocco, and South Africa. Along with enjoying the thrill of each new place, Christina traveled intentionally in order to observe the impact of development on societies and cultures.

We are thrilled to have Christina on board!

In Remembrance: Debra Mitchell, FASLA

We were shocked and saddened at the passing of Debra Mitchell, FASLA on April 5. Deb had a distinguished 40-year professsional career, the last 26 years of which was spent at SmithGroupJJR where she served as a Senior Vice President and national design leader. Deb contributed so much to the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in so many ways for a long, long time. She served on the LAF Board of Directors in 1989, 1992, 1997-2007, and 2010-present, with a term as President in 2000–2001.

debmitchellDeb at one of the many LAF Annual Benefits she attended over the years.

Her legacy is clear as she had a deep commitment to research in the profession and helped LAF navigate and grow through several key transition periods. Under Deb’s service and leadership, LAF became an organization separate from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), successfully completed the Second Century Campaign that raised over $2 million, and developed the following signature programs, which have been very impactful for the landscape architecture profession and LAF’s mission to preserve, improve, and enhance the environment:

  • A Case Study Method for Landscape Architecture
  • Land and Community Design Case Study books
  • Landscape Futures Initiative
  • Olmsted Scholars Program
  • Landscape Performance Series
  • Case Study Initiative (CSI)

“Deb was an incredible person and talent. I say without a doubt that LAF would not be where we are now if not for Deb and her ideas, dedication and commitment. She will be missed very much,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA.

We will especially miss Deb’s keen wit and her infectious laugh. We caught both on tape during our Practice-Based Research webinar and several of our Landscape Performance videos.

To continue her commitment to advancing the landscape architecture profession through education, research and a sustainable ethos, Deb left a bequest to LAF through the JJR|Roy Fund, which supports LAF’s research initiatives.

deb-jjrroyfundThe JJR/Roy Fund was paramount in launching LAF's Landscape Performance Series.

“I want the JJR/Roy Fund to continue to be such an asset to LAF. LAF is a forward-thinking, big picture organization, and I have been a proud Board Member for many years. I have had the joy of seeing the impact that LAF is making in the profession and am confident in LAF’s ability to grow and thrive as an organization.”

Those wanting to do something in Deb’s memory can contribute to the JJR/Roy Fund (Include “Debra Mitchell” in the “In Honor/Memory of” field) or contribute to her alma mater the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

More about Deb’s life and legacy can be found at: SmithGroupJJR tribute