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LAF's Barbara Deutsch Honored with 2015 CELA President's Award

At its annual conference last week, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA with the 2015 CELA President’s Award. The prestigious award recognizes Barbara’s leadership and LAF’s pioneering work in the area of landscape performance.cela-award2

“I am honored, humbled, and delighted  to receive this award!” said Barbara, expressing her surprise and gratitude. “It reflects the thought leadership and hard work of the Landscape Architecture Foundation staff and Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have CELA as such as strong partner supporting high-quality research and professional education in landscape architecture.”

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture is composed of virtually all the programs of higher learning in landscape architecture in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Their annual awards honor educators, researchers, administrators, and others who make exceptional contributions to the academic practice of landscape architecture through education and research.

Thank You to Our 2015 Scholarship Jurors

2015-scholarships-newsletterEach year, the Landscape Architecture Foundation offers $40,000 in awards through nine different scholarships and fellowships, established by generous sponsors. The winners are chosen through a competitive application and selection process. LAF convenes juries to decide the winners of three awards. We would like to extend a special thank you to this year’s jurors, who lent their time and insights to the selection process. We appreciate your commitment to supporting the next generation of designers!

Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden and Design Jury

Gale Fulton, ASLA
Associate Professor & Chair, Graduate Landscape Architecture Program
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

David R. Gal, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
SWA Group

Virginia L. Russell, FASLA, PLA, LEED AP, GRP
Associate Professor of Architecture, Horticulture Program Director
University of Cincinnati

Steven G. King Play Environments Scholarship Jury

Susan Herrington, PLA
Professor, Architecture and Landscape Architecture
University of British Columbia

Lisa Horne, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA
Project Manager
RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture

Joy Kuebler, PLA, ASLA
Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC

Landscape Forms Design for People Scholarship Jury

Brad Collett, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture Program
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Joe Geller, FASLA
Vice President

Monte Wilson, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Jacobs Engineering

LAF Takes Manhattan (Kansas)

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and its research initiatives will be well-represented at the upcoming Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference March 24-28 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.


LAF will present during four Concurrent Sessions, give updates at the CELA Board and Administrators Meetings, and host a meet-and-greet for the 2015 CSI Research Fellows and Landscape Performance Education Grant recipients. The program also features a number of presentations from LAF program participants and grant recipients, speaking about their experience and findings.

Research from and about LAF’s Landscape Performance SeriesCase Study Investigation (CSI) program, and Landscape Performance Education Grant program will be part of four sessions:

Concurrent Session 3 - Wed, 3/25, 3:40-5:00 pm

Landscape Performance in Design Education

Presentations:   Accelerating the Adoption of Landscape Performance in Design Education
                              Arianna Koudounas and Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation

                              Integrating Landscape Performance Strategies into Design
                              Kenneth Brooks, Arizona State University

                              Analysis to Site Design: Landscape Performance and the Design Studio
                              Aidan Ackerman and Maria Bellalta, Boston Architectural College

Concurrent Session 4 - Thur, 3/26, 8:30-9:50 am

Evaluating Social Performance Through Practice-Based Research

Panel with:          Skip Graffam, OLIN
                              Victoria Chanse, University of Maryland
                              Arianna Koudounas, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Concurrent Session 5 - Thur, 3/26, 10:40am-12:00 pm

Presentations Based on 2014 CSI Research and an Evaluation of Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs

Presentations:   Quantification of the Benefits of the Lincoln Road Streetscape Revitalization
                              Ebru Ozer, Florida International University

                              The Social Life of Cool Urban Spaces: Learning from Sundance Square Plaza
                              AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Sammons Park

                              Taner R. Ozdil, PhD, James P. Richards, and Justin Earl, University of Texas
                              at Arlington

                              Performance Measurement: Cross-disciplinary comparison on definition,
                              framework, metric and method

                              Yi Luo, PhD, Texas Tech University and Ming-Han Li, PhD, Texas A&M University

Concurrent Session 10 - Fri, 3/27, 4:15-5:35 pm

Measuring Landscape Performance: Metrics, Methods, and Tools

Presentations:   Keeping it Real: Striving for Accurate and Appropriate use of Tools to Measure
                              Landscape Performance

                              Mary Myers, Temple University and D. Smith

                              Landscape Performance of Built Projects: Comparing Landscape Architecture
                              Foundation’s Published Metrics and Methods

                              Yi Luo, PhD, Texas Tech University and Ming-Han Li, PhD, Texas A&M University

                              Landscape Performance Metrics and Methods: A Discussion of What to Measure
                              and How

                              Jessica Canfield and Katherine Leise, Kansas State University,
                              Bo Yang, PhD and Chris Binder, Utah State

                              Evaluating Performance: A Guidebook for Metric and Method Selection
                              Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation

We're Hiring: Development Manager

mattalcideMatt in action at one of the many outreach events he coordinated during his tenure at LAF.

LAF is seeking an enthusiastic Development Manager to support its growing needs, enhance the organization’s fundraising programs, and cultivate donor relations as the organization approaches its 50-year anniversary in 2016. This full-time position in Washington, DC offers a unique opportunity to grow with the organization, demonstrate leadership skills, and implement a comprehensive development program. For more details, see the full job announcement on our Opportunities page.

LAF’s current Development Manager, Matt Alcide, is moving on to other opportunities. Matt has been with the foundation for over 3.5 years and has overseen 120% growth in LAF’s fundraising during this time. We thank him for his creativity and passion for fundraising (and for the bagels he brings back after trips to visit family on Long Island!). Matt will be Development Director at Inscape Publico, a nonprofit architecture firm in DC. He will also stay connected to the profession and industry in his new role as Managing Partner at Land8, a widely-used social network for landscape architects. We wish Matt all the best!

Projects, Firms Selected for 2015 CSI Program

LAF has selected 18 high-performing landscape projects for its 2015 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading design practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary landscape projects.

Participants from each firm will work with the 2015 Research Fellows to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic performance of the selected projects. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published to LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.

The 2015 projects will add unrepresented geographies — namely South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Saudi Arabia — to the Landscape Performance Series. While many are civic projects of national or regional significance, the list also includes university campus enhancements, a catalytic right-of-way reconstruction, part of the redevelopment of a former Naval Air Station, and the rehabilitation of a 120-km river corridor.

The 2015 CSI program kicks off in March and runs through early August. The resulting Case Study Briefs from these participating firms and projects will be published in the fall:

  • tynerinterpretivecenterConservation Design Forum's Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive CenterCARMAN
    Northern Kentucky University Loch Norse Commons, Highland Heights, KY
  • Confluence
    Sioux Falls Downtown River Greenway, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Conservation Design Forum
    Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center, Elmhurst, IL
  • Design Workshop
    Bagby Street Reconstruction, Houston, TX
  • element design
    University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Alumni Plaza, Lexington, KY
  • FourFront Design
    Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD
  • bagbystreetDesign Workshop's Bagby Street ReconstructionJesse Turner Landscape Architect
    Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, Durham, NC
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
    George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, TX
  • Moriyama & Teshima
    Riyadh Bioremediation Facility, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Wadi Hanifah Civic Parks, Nejd Region, Saudi Arabia
    Wadi Hanifah Comprehensive Development Master Plan, Nejd Region, Saudi Arabia
  • Parsons-Brinckerhoff
    Lower Howard’s Creek Corridor Management Plan, Clark County, KY
  • site design group
    Mary Bartelme Park, Chicago, IL
  • mtrushmoreWyss Associates' Mount Rushmore Memorial Visitor Services RedevelopmentSmithGroupJJR
    Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Surface678
    North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
  • Swanson and Associates
    North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
    The Belo Center for New Media, Austin, TX
  • Wyss Associates
    Mount Rushmore Memorial Visitor Services Redevelopment, Keystone, SD