Research | Case Study Investigation

CSI Research Fellows


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.

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 Arianna Koudounas, Progam Manager, at or 202-331-7070 x15.

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