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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!

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!