News & Events

LAF News

Stay up to date on LAF!

Subscribe to RSS Feed

2018 LAF Medal and Founders' Award

With great pleasure and admiration, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) announces the 2018 recipients of its LAF Medal and Founders’ Award. Launched in 2016 for the foundation’s 50th anniversary, these two annual awards honor individuals and firms/organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the LAF mission of supporting the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.

LAF Medal

carol-franklin-226w

The LAF Medal is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes. The 2018 LAF Medal goes to Carol Franklin, FASLA, PLA.

“Carol Franklin exemplifies career-long passion and leadership in promoting ecological awareness and sustainability. In addition to her award-winning work as a founding member of Andropogon, she taught at PennDesign for over 30 years, seeding the next generation with those values,” said Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael, FASLA.

LAF Founders’ Award

The LAF Founders’ Award is conveyed to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time. The 2018 LAF Founders’ Award goes to The Trust for Public Land.tpl-logo-226x230

“For over 35 years, the Trust for Public Land has worked to protect land for people, emphasizing the value of designed and natural spaces for our increasingly urban population. TPL’s mission and values align closely with those of landscape architects, and their efforts have had positive impacts for tens of millions of Americans,” said Carmichael on behalf of the Awards Committee.

The awards will be presented to Carol Franklin and The Trust for Public Land the 2018 LAF Awards Dinner on May 17 in Washington, D.C.

The LAF Board Emeritus Council manages the nomination and selection process for the awards. Members of the 2018 Award Committee were:

  • Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, Parker Rodriguez, Chair
  • Chip Crawford, FASLA, Forum Studio
  • Chris Dimond, FASLA, AICP, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Richard Hawks, FASLA, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Len Hopper, FASLA, Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture
  • Ginger Murphy, ASLA, U.S. Department of Agriculture

New Website Coming This Fall

homepage-banner

You may have noticed that our homepage looks different. Indeed it is, but you are still in the right place. We are in the process of completely redesigning our website to be responsive, streamline the user experience, and better showcase the value and impact of our transformative programs.

We hope you like this interim step and look forward to launching the completely revamped site in early fall.

LAF Receives NEA Art Works Grant for 2018 CSI Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is one of 52 national, regional, state, and local nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category.

artworkslogo-f3kLAF is approved for a $25,000 grant to support the 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. This year, 5 teams will study 8 projects, and the NEA grant will help fund the stipends paid to the student Research Assistant on each team.

Through Art Works grants, the NEA has supported the CSI program for 6 of the last 7 years. “We are so appreciative of the NEA’s ongoing investment in this transformative program,” said LAF CEO Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. “Past participants have said that CSI changes the way they think about both design and how to represent their work. The resulting case studies elevate perceptions about landscape by showing the environmental, economic, and social value of great design.”

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 936 Art Works grants awarded in this round total over $24 million. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.

2018 CSI Teams and Projects Announced

thesandlotMahan Rykiel Associates' The Sand Lot in Baltimore, Maryland

Seven faculty Research Fellows and eight high-performing landscape projects have been selected for LAF’s 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches faculty-student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and produce Case Study Briefs that are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series.

Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration and receive funding to support a student Research Assistant. Participants from each firm serve as liaisons and work with the academic team. This year, each of the five teams will study one to two projects (instead of three, as in past years) in order to increase the breadth and depth of the research.

The selected projects include waterfront sites, brownfield reclamations, and — a CSI first — a pop-up park and restaurant. The diverse public spaces include a SITES-certified heritage site and a SEED-certified park designed to promote social equity.

The 2018 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. We look forward to working with this impressive group and to learning more about these outstanding projects and their impacts!


CSI Research Fellow:
Catherine De Almeida, University of Nebraska
Student Research Assistants: Hannah LoPresto and Brandon Zambrano

  • Design Workshop - P Street Corridor, Lincoln, NE
  • Sasaki - Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, Council Bluffs, IA


CSI Research Fellow:
Lisa DuRussel, RLA, LEED AP, Pennsylvania State University
Student Research Assistant: Aastha Singh

  • Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects - West Point Foundry Preserve, Cold Spring, NY
  • SWA - Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Queens, NY


CSI Research Fellows:
Jon Calabria, Alfred Vick, and Brian Orland, University of Georgia
Student Research Assistant: Rachael Shields

  • HDR, Inc - Historic Fourth Ward Park Phase 1, Atlanta, GA
  • HDR, Inc - University of Georgia Science Learning Center, Atlanta, GA


CSI Research Fellow:
George Bradley Guy, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED, Catholic University of America
Student Research Assistant: Jazzmin Reid

  • Depot Park, Gainesville, FL


CSI Research Fellow:
Pavlina Ilieva, AIA, Morgan State University
Student Research Assistant: Naomi Wong Hemme

  • Mahan Rykiel Associates - The Sandlot, Baltimore, MD

Celebrating 10 Years of LAF Olmsted Scholars

ops-composite-530w

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program, with its $25,000 graduate and $15,000 undergraduate prize, is the premier national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students. The program honors students with exceptional leadership potential and builds a network of support as they rise through their professional careers.

This year marks an exciting milestone as we celebrate 10 years of scholarship and recognition through LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program. To commemorate, LAF is delighted to announce that starting in 2018, the finalist awards will increase from $1,000 to $5,000 for graduate students and to $3,000 for undergraduates, thanks to the generous support of LAF’s 50 & Forward Campaign donors.

We are also planning a number of activities in 2018 to celebrate the community of 549 LAF Olmsted Scholars recognized to date. These include bioregional events inspired by the calls to action in the New Landscape Declaration, as well as a celebration to coincide with the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Throughout the year, look for features of past Olmsted Scholars on our website and newsletter as we share the innovative work that they are doing to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. To get a taste, check out these interviews from last year:

osp-interviews-530w