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Projects, Firms Announced for 2017 CSI Program

barangarooreserve-530wPWP Landscape Architects' Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, Australia

LAF has selected 13 high-performing landscape projects for the 2017 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with design practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary landscape projects.

Participants from each firm will serve as liaisons and work with the 2017 CSI Research Fellows to evaluate and quantify the environmental, social, and economic performance of the selected projects. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.

With projects spanning three continents, 2017 CSI promises to be an engaging experience with marked additions to the Landscape Performance Series. Projects this year include a pedestrian trail that connects two oceanside cities, a former ballast quarry, three healthcare facilities, a master planned community, two reclaimed elevated rail lines, and more.

The 2017 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. The resulting Case Study Briefs from these participating firms and projects will be published in the fall: 

  • ASPECT Studios
    The Goods Line, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
  • Design Workshop
    Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Lewisville, TX
  • HGA Architects and Engineers
    Hennepin County Medical Center Whittier Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
    Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, Owensboro, KY
    Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ
  • James Corner Field Operations + Friends of the High Line
    The High Line, New York, NY
  • McGregor Coxall
    Ballast Point Park Birchgrove, Sydney, Australia                        
  • PWP Landscape Architecture
    Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, Australia
  • TBG Partners
    The Shops at Park Lane, Dallas, TX
    Harvest, Argyle, TX
  • Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute
    Yanxiu Park, Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province, China
    Huludao-Xingcheng Coastal Trail, Huludao and Xingcheng, Liaoning Province, China
  • Wenk Associates
    TAXI II, Denver, CO     

We appreciate these firms’ interest in the landscape performance of this impressive list of projects, and we look forward to working with each of them.

2017 CSI Research Fellows Announced

LAF’s 2017 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program kicks off next week with six faculty CSI Research Fellows. 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 for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.

csi-graphic-v2CSI Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration, work with firms to identify measurable impacts of select projects, develop evaluation methods, and oversee the case study production process. These select faculty members receive an honorarium and funding to support a student research assistant.

The following LAF CSI Research Fellows will lead the five 2017 Case Study Investigation teams:

  • Richard Plunz, Columbia University
  • Hong Wu, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
  • Simon Kilbane and Andrew Toland, University of Technology Sydney
  • Taner Ozdil, PhD, ASLA, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Shan Jiang, PhD, West Virginia University

We look forward to working with this distinguished group! From February through early August, the CSI research teams will work to document the performance of 13 exemplary projects. Stay tuned — next week, we’ll announce the projects and firms selected for participation.

50 & Forward Campaign Raises $4.1 Million

With heartfelt gratitude, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is pleased to announce that our LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign raised over $4,160,000 to support landscape architecture research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives. The 1.5-year-long campaign concluded on December 31, 2016 with 55 companies and 92 individuals contributing.

Soundly surpassing the campaign’s initial goal of $3.5 million, the funds raised will be used to expand LAF’s existing programs and support new initiatives to increase the capacity of the profession to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Three of the major campaign initiatives are already underway:

For 50 years, LAF has worked to provide knowledge and resources to enable landscape architects to use their unique skills to change the world. The campaign provides critical support to help  LAF continue this legacy of leadership and rise to take on current challenges.

We would like to specially thank the following donors for their leadership and significant commitments to the LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign:


Jeanne Dawson Lalli
Debra Mitchell


EDSA, Inc.
Landscape Forms
Landscape Structures
Sasaki Associates


Brightview and Brightview Design Group
Design Workshop
TBG Partners
Anonymous, in memory of Deb Mitchell
Phillip Arnold
Joe Brown and Jacinta McCann
Mark and Doreen Dawson
Thomas C. and Gerry D. Donnelly
Kona Gray
Jim Manskey
Lucinda Reed Sanders
Sally Schauman


Aquatic Design and Engineering
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
L.M. Scofield Company
Ruppert Landscape
SWA Group
D’Arcy and Diane Deeks
Barbara Deutsch
Jennifer Guthrie
Laura Solano
Beth Wehrle


!melk landscape architecture & urban design
CMG Landscape Architecture
Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
Forum Studio
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
James Corner Field Operations
The Office of James Burnett
PWP Landscape Architecture
Rain Bird Corporation
Reed Hilderbrand
Roman Fountains
Kofi Boone
Chip and Pat Crawford
Glen Dake
Bob Evans
Kathleen Garcia and David Rapaport
Sara and Eric Gilbert
Signe Nielsen
Forster Ndubisi
Patrick Phillips
Barbara Wilks

A full list of campaign donors can be found at:

New Book Features Case Studies from 3-Year Collaboration with ILASLA


The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA) recently released Landscape Architecture Performs, a sleek book featuring 19 case studies from LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.

The book is the result of a 3-year partnership between LAF and ILASLA to develop case studies of high-performing landscapes designed by Illinois-based firms. The case studies were produced through LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, which matches faculty-student research teams with practitioners to quantify the environmental, economic and social benefits of built projects.

Featured projects were designed by AECOM, Conservation Design Forum, Hitchcock Design Group, Hoerr Schaudt, Jacobs/Ryan Associates, Living Habitats, site design group, SmithGroupJJR, and Terry Guen Design Associates. The book was edited by ILASLA’s Carrie Woleben-Meade and designed by a5 Branding and Digital. From 2013 to 2015, the Chicago-based Driehaus Foundation provided funding to support CSI research teams from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to develop case studies. Additional support for the book was provided by Unilock, the Kresge Foundation, Landtech Design, and Maglin Site Furniture.

LAF enjoyed being part of this collaboration, and we sincerely thank all of the ILASLA members and CSI participants who devoted their time and energy to make the case studies and book a reality. We would especially like to thank Terry Ryan, former chair of the ILASLA Marketing Committee and the late Deb Mitchell of SmithGroupJJR, who conceived the book and partnership.

The case studies and book serve as a valuable tool in ILASLA’s advocacy efforts with local leaders and the state licensing board to show the value of well-designed parks, open spaces, and other sustainable landscapes.

The Landscape Architecture Performs book is for sale through ILASLA for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. For more information, contact:

To see a collection of the online case studies follow the link below, or browse the entire library:

Invest in Your World: Support LAF

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders. As our 50th year comes to a close, we’d like to thank our many friends, donors, and partners whose generous support helped to make this an extraordinary year.

In 2016, LAF greatly expanded its voice and its reach. Over 700 forward-thinking landscape architects, students, and allied professionals attended LAF’s unprecedented New Landscape Declaration: A Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future. The summit and its resulting call to action gained worldwide attention and have many in design and development circles echoing sentiments that LAF has long asserted.

After attending the Summit, Patrick Sisson of Curbed wrote:
“It quickly became clear the surface-level public perception of the job, usually limited to designing parks, wasn’t nearly broad enough.  …increasingly, the city, urban populations, and the environment at large are the purview of this evolving profession.”

Martin C. Pedersen of Common Edge wrote:
“I, too, believe that landscape architects are uniquely qualified to lead the climate charge… Connecting to people and natural systems is what landscape architects do. It’s time we start using them.”

IFLA Americas President Raquel Peñalosa wrote:
“I commend the leadership of LAF on convening landscape architects to act upon the challenges today facing our planet and taking us to the next level of purpose and clarity.”

With generous support from donors, LAF is able to spur the profession forward with transformative initiatives like the summit and the New Landscape Declaration. The foundation also accomplished the following in 2016:

  • Awarded $125,000 to students through scholarships, fellowships, and research assistantships.
  • Funded landscape performance research to bolster non-profit organizations, community leaders, and advocates as they make a case for more environmentally friendly practices and policies.
  • Awarded $12,500 in mini-grants to faculty to develop and test models for integrating landscape performance in design education.
  • Launched the new $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership for mid-career to senior-level professionals.

Please consider investing in the Landscape Architecture Foundation in your year-end giving so that LAF can continue to lead the charge and deliver innovative programs to increase its impact at this historic time when the services and talents of landscape architects are so vitally needed. Show your commitment and give back to the profession by making a tax-deductible contribution online or learn about the many ways to support the Foundation.

LAF is a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your charitable contribution is deductible to the full extent allowed by law.