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LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

This powerful event showcases leading-edge thinking in landscape architecture to address a breadth of pressing issues. The symposium is the culmination of the year-long LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, a unique program and $25,000 award that supports mid-career, senior-level, and emerging professionals as they develop and test new ideas that will drive the future of the landscape architecture discipline.

registernow-button-grThursday, May 17, 4-6:40pm
House of Sweden*
2900 K Street, NW

Georgetown Waterfront, Washington, DC

This symposium is approved for 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). Presentations will be followed by a cocktail hour where guests can mingle and meet the Fellows.

*Because the House of Sweden houses the embassy, all guests must be registered at least one day in advance of the event. Guests will be required to present a government-issued ID in order to enter.


Symposium Schedule


3:30pm    Doors Open

4:00pm    Welcome + Opening Remarks

4:05pm    Presentations

                      Alpa Nawre: Using Landscape Infrastructure to Address Water and Other Critical Issues in India

                      Scott Douglas: Reimagining Highway Corridors

                      Claire Latané: Advocating for High School Environments that Support Student Mental Health and Well-being

                      Moderated Audience Q&A

5:05pm    Presentations

                      Nicole Plunkett: Cultivating Future Landscape Architects

                      Harriett Jameson: Shifting Perceptions: Reconceiving Public Space in the American South

                      Brice Maryman: HomeLandLab: Exploring the Intersection of Public Space and Homelessness

                      Moderated Audience Q&A               

5:55pm    Closing Remarks

6:05pm    Symposium Reception

6:30pm    Event Ends





laf-fellow-2017-anawre-226wUsing Landscape Infrastructure to Address Water and Other Critical Issues in India

Alpa Nawre, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Alpa’s work in India aims to prototype a process to develop plans to address critical issues such as water scarcity and waste management through design strategies, engage in physical transformation through small projects, and in the process create a stronger, more cohesive and forward-looking community. The goal of this exercise is to increase public awareness of the landscape architecture discipline, and set new benchmarks for its practice.






Reimagining Highway Corridors

Scott Douglas, Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Scott conducted an investigation into alternative uses for the maintenance-intensive grassy shoulders and medians along highway corridors. The project evolved into a review of The Ray, an 18-mile section of Interstate 85 in southwest Georgia that serves as a testing ground for new ideas and technologies to transform transportation infrastructure. The Ray is an evolving private-public partnership between a not-for-profit organization and the Georgia Department of Transportation.





laf-fellow-2017-clatane-226wAdvocating for High School Environments that Support Student Mental Health and Well-being

Claire Latané, Senior Associate, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles, CA

Claire is leveraging her journalism and landscape architecture experience to advocate for high school environments that support student mental health and well-being. Using Los Angeles as a case study, she collaborates with students, educators, designers, non-profits, school district administrators, and City representatives to develop policy recommendations and design solutions to spark change. Her fellowship work includes dozens of interviews; research on attention restoration theory, participatory design, the teenage brain, school design policies, and school experience; school site visits in Los Angeles, Fairfax County Virginia, and Berlin; three articles; and a book proposal.




laf-fellow-2017-nplunkett-226wCultivating Future Landscape Architects

Nicole Plunkett, Landscape Architect, Cotleur & Hearing, Jupiter, FL

Who will shape the future of landscape architecture? A significant part of developing the future of landscape architecture is studying and understanding its past. Nicole took a closer look at university landscape architecture enrollment trends throughout the past 45 years, examined how past challenges might influence the future, and explored how the continued development of her nonprofit, Future Landscape Architects of America (FLAA), can help to grow and diversify the profession in the coming years.





laf-fellow-2017-hjameson-226w-yf0Shifting Perceptions: Reconceiving Public Space in the American South

Harriett Jameson, Landscape Designer, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, VA

Through her fellowship, Harriett explored the opportunities of public space in the South to catalyze social resiliency and reconciliation. A native Tennessean, she is especially interested in the power of place to shape our personal narratives and its ability to expand and reshape those narratives through sites of conscience.





laf-fellow-2017-bmaryman-226wHomeLandLab: Exploring the Intersection of Public Space and Homelessness

Brice Maryman, Senior Landscape Architect, MIG l SvR, Seattle, WA

What is the role of public space in confronting the growing challenge of homelessness? Through the HomeLandLab project, Brice has been exploring the ways that the connective tissue of our cities—our public spaces—can be shaped, programmed and managed to improve the lives of those experiencing homelessness.