Research | Case Study Investigation

CSI Research Fellows


2017 CSI Timeline

Nov 11, 2016
Faculty Expressions of Interest due

Nov 18, 2016
Firm applications due

Dec 2, 2016
Faculty full applications due

January 2017
Participants announced

Feb-May 2017
Teams begin collaboration

June 2017
Summer research starts

Aug 2017
2017 CSI Program ends

Sept-Dec 2017
Resulting case studies published

LAF is pleased to offer a unique fellowship opportunity for select faculty with achievements related to landscape performance. As part of the Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, Research Fellows work with leading practitioners to develop methods to quantify benefits and produce case studies of exemplary high-performing landscapes. Fellows receive $6,000 to support a student research assistant and a $1,000 honorarium.

CSI Research Fellows provide the knowledge base for preparing case studies, expertise in quantifying landscape benefits, and the academic rigor that is needed to support designers, policy-makers, and advocates who are making the case for sustainable landscape solutions. Specifically, the Research Fellows:

  • lead the CSI collaboration among faculty, practitioners and students
  • work with firms to identify performance benefits of select landscape projects
  • develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits
  • oversee the case study preparation process
  • participate in CSI program webinars and ongoing case study reviews

Each Research Fellow selects a student Research Assistant with exceptional critical thinking and quantitative skills to work under the Fellow’s direction. Faculty-student teams are matched with design firms to document performance and produce case studies for three select landscape projects. Matches are made based on geographic proximity, relevant expertise, and prior relationships.

Research Fellows are selected through a two-part application process. LAF will begin accepting applications for the 2018 CSI program in October 2017.

CSI is a unique opportunity to sharpen research skills, build relationships with top landscape architecture firms, collaborate with peers, and gain national exposure as thought leaders through LAF’s strategic outreach and communications.

For more information, contact Megan Barnes at

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