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LAF's Invaluable Interns

topstoryphoto8-664w-dvzCara, Morgan (left) and Anthony (right) pose triumphantly with LAF staff after the Annual Benefit.LAF’s small staff relies on the help of interns to expand our impact. In just the last month, we’ve launched a new website, kicked off our new Landscape Performance Series and Conversations with Leaders in Landscape initiative, run a sweepstakes, manned an ASLA Expo Hall booth, hosted events for our Board, donors, and Olmsted Scholars, and held our most successful benefit to date. (Whew!)

We could never have accomplished all this without this summer’s dedicated team of LAF interns.

Research Assistant Russell Blessing provided remote support for the Landscape Performance Series, helping us build the collection of tools, factoids, and scholarly works.

dsc0044mTyler and Cara check in Annual Benefit guests.

Summer interns Tyler Smithson and Morgan Handley provided graphic design and ongoing support, particularly for the Annual Benefit, Sweepstakes, and Expo Hall booth. Their dedication to LAF despite holding two other jobs (Tyler) and missing the first two weeks of classes (Morgan) was truly remarkable.

We were extremely fortunate that Cara Kappler, a past LAF intern and Scholarship Coordinator, returned to work with us for the last month. Using experience gleaned from last year’s events, Cara took charge and coordinated many aspects of our Annual Benefit and Expo Hall Booth.

New LAF volunteer Amanda Schull provided dsc0059mMorgan fields questions about the Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes.much-needed assistance and calm during the last week of frantic final preparations and as the events got underway.

Past LAF intern, Anthony Le returned to provide the music and lend an extra hand during our Annual Benefit.

We cannot thank our interns enough for the time and talent they contributed to LAF. Several of them are currently looking for jobs in the landscape architecture field (and the others will be following graduation), so take note, potential employers!

Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes Winner Announced

Tracy Trisko of Glenwood, Maryland is the winner of LAF’s 2nd Annual Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes. Tracy will receive a week-long trip for two to Ayala Land/AECOM’s award-winning Avaya Cove resort in Morong, Bataan, Philippines.

sweepstakesjacintaJacinta McCann of AECOM selects the winning number.

“I am astounded that I was awarded this amazing opportunity,” said Tracy in response to the news. “I had just wanted to support LAF. I’ve never won a big prize before, so this was such a shock.”

Tracy plans to schedule the trip for sometime next year. The sweepstakes package, valued at $8,200, was donated by AECOM and Ayala Land and includes: 

  • 6 nights’ accommodation (3 nights at Anvaya Cove, 3 nights in Manila)
  • Roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and Manila
  • All ground transportation transfers
  • $100/day per person meal and entertainment allowance

Jacinta McCann, Executive Vice President at AECOM drew the winning number (okay, she actually used an online random number generator) from the 200 entries LAF received.

Thank you to all who participated by registering online, mailing in entries, or stopping by the LAF booth during the ASLA Annual Meeting. This unique opportunity helped LAF raise over $11,000 to support our research and scholarship programs.

New LAF Website Goes Live!

Yes, you are in the right place — assuming that you were looking for the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s website, that is. After an intensive 6-month design and development process, our new website is finally up and running! LAF sends out a huge thank you to TOKY Branding + Design whose knowledge, creativity, professionalism, and patience kept the whole process on track and were essential in developing this amazing resource.

We hope you like our new look and streamlined structure. Best of all, this powerful new infrastructure supports our latest initiative, the Landscape Performance Series, which, with your participation, will become a hub for dialogue on sustainable landscape solutions.

The new components we’re most excited about include:

Please add your comments to the content, or drop us a line at to let us know what you think.

We’re still adding content and troubleshooting, so we appreciate your patience over the next few weeks. Keep checking back as we continue adding resources to the Landscape Performance Series and information on past scholarship winners and projects.

JJR / Roy Fund Legacy Gift Launches Landscape Performance Series

by Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, LAF

When I think about the unbelievable gift from Clarence and Ruth Roy to LAF, and to all of us actually, I think about the little bells ringing at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life” when we learn that Clarence, George’s Guardian Angel, has finally gotten his wings.

I think how lucky we are to have of Clarence (and Ruth) Roy as our special guardian angels at this time, ensuring that our work is done to make an important contribution to the profession and the environment.  

I think it is safe to say that without the Roy Funds, LAF’s new Landscape Performance Series would be just a series of PDFs at this point.  Now we have an interactive, dynamic infrastructure in place to deliver the multi-media value we’ve been able to create for the profession, as well as for those outside the profession who are also working to achieve sustainability and make a difference.

I am curious to learn more about our angels Clarence and Ruth Roy, not having had the honor of meeting them. Deb Mitchell, Senior Vice President at JJR tells us a little bit about them in her interview, but for those of you who knew them, we’d love to hear from you and appreciate you sharing your thoughts and memories of these remarkable people!

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.