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LAF Board Member Chip Crawford Joins Forum Studio

LAF past President and current Board Member Chip Crawford, FASLA has joined Forum Studio as Senior Principal in the St. Louis, Missouri office, where he will lead a dynamic team of planners, landscape architects and urban designers. Chip comes to Forum from HOK where he built the HOK Planning Group, a global business unit of the renowned architecture firm.

chipcrawford-forumAccording to the press release from Forum Studio:

“We are set to bolster our presence and build Forum Studio in to a leading design firm with global reach. Having an internationally recognized landscape architect like Chip Crawford is a key component to our strategy,” said Chris Cedergreen, Forum president and senior principal. “Chip is a legendary leader in the industry for 28 years. His design vision, leadership and experience are critical differentiators that will help us deliver on our promise of expertise-driven, performance-based design.”

“Forum Studio presents an exciting opportunity for me to design in a truly collaborative environment, where innovative design ideas meet real-world construction and implementation expertise,” said Chip. “As the name suggests, it’s the forum that we are creating that enables us to deliver outstanding results for clients. I am thrilled to be a part of that.”

Chip has served on the LAF Board since 2005 and had been instrumental in the foundation’s growth with his big-picture thinking, global perspective, interest in performance. Congratulations to Chip and Forum!

LAF Executive Director, Board Member Named as ASLA Fellows

fasla-deutschBarbara Deutsch, ASLA

Congratulations to LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch and LAF Board Vice President of Research Forster Ndubisi, who were named Fellows-elect by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). They are among 33 ASLA members designated as Fellows in 2012, in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. 

The group will be officially inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows on Sept 30 during the 2012 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in Phoenix. Being named a Fellow is among the highest honors a landscape architect may receive. Fellowship recognizes contributions to the profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service.

fasla-ndubisiForster Ndubisi, PhD, FCELA, ASLA

Barbara was nominated by the Potomac Chapter in the Leadership/Management Category for her efforts to put the profession at the front and center of collaborative sustainability. Forster, Professor and Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University,  was nominated by the Texas Chapter in the Knowledge Category for his role in finding interconnecting threads in the current cross-disciplinary body of knowledge on sustainability as a scholar, educator, academic practitioner, and distinguished administrator.

Congrats to all 33 Fellows-elect!

New LAF Board of Directors

The 2011-2012 LAF Board of Directors took the reins on October 30 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in San Diego. Lucinda Sanders, FASLA of OLIN took over as President, succeeding Kathy Garcia, FASLA of the City of Del Mar, who led the organization during a time of significant growth and evolution. Bill Main, Honorary ASLA of Landscape Forms became President-Elect.

board-kgcsFour Directors assumed new officer roles, rounding out the leadership team:

  • Vice President of Finance:
    Mark Dawson, FASLA, Sasaki Associates
  • Vice President of Development:
    Gregg Sutton, ASLA, EDSA
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Jacinta McCann, FAILA, AECOM
  • Vice President of Education:
    Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
  • Vice President of Research:
    Forster Ndubisi, PhD, ASLA, Texas A&M University

Tom Donnelly, ASLA of ValleyCrest Landscape Development retired off the Board after four years of service, including two years as the Vice President of Development. Under his leadership, LAF’s development capacity saw unprecented growth. Patrick Phillips of ULI also leaves the Board after a four-year term in addition to four years of service in the 1990s.

Four new Directors join the LAF Board, including Emily Vogler, LAF’s 2010 National Olmsted Scholar. LAF created this new two-year term Director position for a past Olmsted Scholar in order to gain new input and perpective. The new Directors bring experience and insights from firms, industry and the non-profit sector:

  • Uwe Brandes, ULI
  • Doug Mann, FASLA, HNTB
  • Emily Vogler, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Lynda Wightman, Hunter Industries

LAF’s unprecedented growth over the last few years has been a direct result of the vision, leadership, and active involvement of Board members. Thanks to all for your service!

board-at-benefit2011-2012 Board of Directors at the LAF Annual Benefit

08.17.11 Designed by a Landscape Architect

img0842-sLAF staff spent a gorgeous afternoon at the Washington Monument in Washington DC, raising awareness about the landscape architecture profession as part of ASLA’s The Understory campaign, which mobilized thousands of landscape architects to plan activities across the country.

Armed with flyers and photos of the site before the award-winning redesign of the grounds, staff spoke with young people, DC residents, park staff, and visitors from across the U.S. and as far away as Australia and India, educating them on what landscape architects do and the key role they played in elegantly incorporating post-9/11 security measures in Washington DC.



Help spread the word about landscape architecture by visiting ASLA’s new public awareness website:

LAF Staff Changes

This month, LAF is pleased to welcome two new staff members. Matt Alcide joins as LAF’s Development Manager, bringing expertise in grant writing, corporate and government relations, and individual giving. A native of Long Island, Matt most recently worked in development at the Alice Ferguson Foundation, an environmental education nonprofit in the DC area. Dabney Kerr, who helped LAF with development through the spring and early summer, will start with the U.S. State Department Overseas Building Operations, ART in Embassies program as a Public Affairs Specialist in August.

Emily DeDad takes over for Amanda Libman as Office Manager. Emily comes to LAF from Pittsburgh, where she had been working at two small non-profits and taking graduate courses in Development Planning and Environmental Sustainability. Amanda is heading off to pursue a Masters of Science in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has received a graduate assistantship to work with the Gallup Research Center.

We welcome Matt and Emily and sincerely thank Amanda and Dabney for all of their contributions!

staffchanges(L-R): Amanda Libman, Emily DeDad, Dabney Kerr, Matt Alcide