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Two New Blog Features Coming Soon

Starting in mid-October, the LAF Blog will include two new regular features. 

The first highlights our 2010 Olmsted Scholars and the exciting things that these young leaders are doing. Every Monday, our blog will feature a guest post from an Olmsted Scholar discussing his/her research and activities. This month we’ll hear about National Olmsted Scholar Emily Vogler’s research on infrastructural regionalism, Lauren Lesch’s experience with the Presidential Management Fellows Program, and Finalist Amanda Jeter’s efforts as founder and editor of Root, an annual publication for landscape architecture students and professionals.

The second regular blog feature will highlight innovative research and initiatives related to landscape performance and quantifying the benefits of landscape. We’ll start with a guest post from Texas A&M Adjunct Professor Dennis Jerke, who is leading a new multi-disciplinary Land Development class, in which teams of students visit projects and gather data to assess social/cultural, economic, environmental, and visual value. We hope to make this a monthly or bimonthly feature, so if you know of other initiatives that are advancing our knowledge related to landscape performance or would like to contribute a post, please let us know.

Olmsted Scholar Events in Washington, DC

2010olmstedscholarsThe 2010 Olmsted Scholars at the LAF Annual Benefit.

Twenty of this year’s 38 Olmsted Scholars attended a series of LAF events in Washington, DC Sept 10-12. The highlight was the LAF Annual Benefit, where the Olmsted Scholars were recognized during a special ceremony. Outgoing LAF Board President Chip Crawford presented certificates to each scholar and said the experience  was completely energizing. “It was really moving to be in a position to recognize some of the brightest people entering into our profession.”

LAF staff, Board Members, and program sponsors had the opportunity to meet and interact with the Olmsted Scholars beforehand during a special luncheon. “I was delighted to finally meet this impressive group,” remarked LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch. “The Olmsted Scholars are truly inspiring; they will get a lot done — wherever they go!”

Following the luncheon, the scholars participated in a strategy session and shared their thoughts on how to further build the community of Olmsted Scholars, who now number 90 with the program in its third year.

Many of the Olmsted Scholars were also onhand at LAF’s booth in the ASLA Expo Hall. They helped promote LAF programs, and most braved the camera to be filmed for our Conversations with Leaders in Landscape series. We hope to use the footage to produce a video on the 2010 Olmsted Scholars, to be released later this fall.

Additional photos from the Benefit (now posted) and other Olmsted Scholar events (coming soon) can be found on LAF’s Flickr Photostream.

 

LAF Events at the ASLA Annual Meeting

This year, LAF has a number of activities planned to increase awareness about our programs and their impact. Our 25th Annual Benefit atop the NEWSEUM promises to be a one-of-a-kind event. We’re offering a number of ways you can learn about our new Landscape Performance Series and how it can help you show the value of sustainable landscape solutions. And we’re debuting a new website and our Conversations with Leaders in Landscape videos, including a chance to participate by visiting our Expo Hall Booth. If you’ll be in town for the conference, we hope that you’ll join us for one, some, or all of these events.benefit-2009people434x358

Top Story! LAF 25th Annual Benefit
Fri, Sept 10, 7:00-10:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable evening atop the NEWSEUM, where we’ll recognize the 2010 Olmsted Scholars, launch the Landscape Performance Series, and debut LAF’s new website and Conversations with Leaders in Landscape videos. Proceeds support LAF’s research and scholarship programs.

LAF Booth at ASLA Expo Hall (#2155)
Sat, Sept 11, 9:30-5:00pm
Sun, Sept 12, 9:30-5:00pm
Stop by our booth to learn more about LAF, see our new Landscape Performance Series and website, meet the 2010 Olmsted Scholars, and register for our Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes. If you choose, come prepared to share your thoughts on camera for potential inclusion in LAF’s new Conversations with Leaders in Landscape videos.

Landscape Performance Tools Education Sessionexpobooth
Sat, Sept 11, 11:00-12:30pm
Don’t miss this session, which provides tools and ideas to help you quantify the benefits of projects and increase your impact. LAF’s Barbara Deutsch and Heather Whitlow, Deb Guenther of Mithun, and Beth Meyers of the University of Virginia present Landscape Performance Tools: Metrics for Culture and Environment. Panelists will use case studies to illustrate the value of metrics in showing environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic benefits of high performing landscapes.

Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes
Sun, Sept 12, 4:30pm
Join us in the ASLA Expo Hall as we announce the winner of the week-long trip for two to the unique Anvaya Cove community in the Philippines, valued at over $8,000. Entrants need not be present to win.

2010 National Olmsted Scholar and Finalists

emilyvogler09benefitEmily Vogler, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as the 2010 National Olmsted Scholar and recipient of the $25,000 award.  Emily will receive her Master of Landscape Architecture degree in May and plans to use the award to conduct research and provoke public conversation on sustainable regionalism, using the five pillars of water, energy, economy, ecology and community. She was a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist in 2009.

Also honored are this year’s five national finalists:

  • David Godshall, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lauren Hackney, University of Virginia
  • Christopher Hardy, Cornell University
  • Caitlin Harrigan, University of British Columbia
  • Amanda Jeter, University of Colorado, Denver

An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected the award winner and finalists from a group of 38 graduate and undergraduate students who were nominated by their faculty for being student leaders in sustainable design and planning. These top students earned the designation of 2010 University Olmsted Scholars.

The 2010 jury members were Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine; Mark Dawson, ASLA, Principal, Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Forster Ndubisi, ASLA, Professor and Department Head, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University; Teresa Durkin, ASLA, Vice President and Senior Landscape Architect, HOK; Jonathan Mueller, FASLA, ASLA President-Elect, Senior Landscape Architect at Landmark/Architects West, Inc.; Skip Graffam, ASLA, Partner/Director of Research, OLIN; and David Malda, 2009 National Olmsted Scholar.

The Olmsted Scholars Program was launched in 2008 to honor the work of today’s student leaders in sustainable design and planning.  Past National Olmsted Scholars are Andrea Gaffney from the University of California, Berkeley (2008) and David Malda from the University of Virginia (2009).