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LAF Symposium and Awards Dinner Recap

On May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC, LAF hosted two events to showcase and celebrate leading-edge thinking and achievements in landscape architecture and sustainability. Thank you to all who attended! Photos from the events are posted to LAF’s Flickr page.

LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

The sold-out symposium showed how six landscape architects are tackling a range of pressing issues, including homelessness, resilient water management in India, and reconceiving public space in the American south. The symposium is the culmination of the year-long LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, a unique program and $25,000 award that supports working professionals as they develop and test new ideas.

symposium-alpa-530wAlpa Nawre presents her work on design interventions to address water and other issues in rural India.symposium-scottdouglas-530wScott Douglas asks, “How have 60 years of innovation and technology not affected highway corridors?”

 The powerful presentations left audience members energized and emboldened:

“The symposium reminded me of the real breadth of issues we can work on as a profession. It’s easy to get overly focused on your own projects and forget the far-reaching impacts we can have.”

“I was impressed by the scope and importance of all that landscape architects do.”

“As an architect, I was reassured that our professions are in line and pursuing the same problems, but also encouraged to see a new, vibrant, human-centric take through the eyes of landscape architects.”

Recordings of the presentations will be posted in early June. In the meantime,  look for great event summaries from ASLA’s The Field and Land8 — coming soon.

symposium-fellows2-530wSymposium presenters and LAF Fellows Harriett Jameson, Nicole Plunkett, Claire Latané, Scott Douglas, and Brice Maryman

 

 2018 LAF Awards Dinner

The Awards Dinner honored the 2018 recipients of the LAF Medal and Founders’ Award, our highest honors for individuals and organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the LAF mission of supporting the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.

Carol Franklin received the 2018 LAF Medal and provided a retrospective of Andropogon’s work, including their experimental and pioneering ideas about ecological design. Among the memorable moments was this remark about the extradinary effort involved in turning ecological restoration into art: “It’s like spending two hours in front of the mirror so that you can look natural.”

dinner-carolfranklin-530wCarol Franklin, a founding principal of Andropogon, accepts the 2018 LAF Medal

Diane Regas, President and CEO, accepted the 2018 LAF Founders’ Award on behalf of The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and provided an overview of the organzation’s work, particularly its new 10-Minute Walk movement to put a quality park within a 10-minute walk of everyone in U.S. In describing their schoolyard-to-parks projects, Diane said, “We like to think that we are helping to inspire and train at least a few landscape architects of the future.”

dinner-tpl-530wThe Trust for Public Land's Diane Regas accepts the 2018 LAF Founders' Award from Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael

These leadership events and the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership were made possible by the many generous contributions to the LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign.

2018 LAF Medal and Founders' Award

With great pleasure and admiration, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) announces the 2018 recipients of its LAF Medal and Founders’ Award. Launched in 2016 for the foundation’s 50th anniversary, these two annual awards honor individuals and firms/organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the LAF mission of supporting the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.

LAF Medal

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The LAF Medal is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes. The 2018 LAF Medal goes to Carol Franklin, FASLA, PLA.

“Carol Franklin exemplifies career-long passion and leadership in promoting ecological awareness and sustainability. In addition to her award-winning work as a founding member of Andropogon, she taught at PennDesign for over 30 years, seeding the next generation with those values,” said Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael, FASLA.

LAF Founders’ Award

The LAF Founders’ Award is conveyed to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time. The 2018 LAF Founders’ Award goes to The Trust for Public Land.tpl-logo-226x230

“For over 35 years, the Trust for Public Land has worked to protect land for people, emphasizing the value of designed and natural spaces for our increasingly urban population. TPL’s mission and values align closely with those of landscape architects, and their efforts have had positive impacts for tens of millions of Americans,” said Carmichael on behalf of the Awards Committee.

The awards will be presented to Carol Franklin and The Trust for Public Land the 2018 LAF Awards Dinner on May 17 in Washington, D.C.

The LAF Board Emeritus Council manages the nomination and selection process for the awards. Members of the 2018 Award Committee were:

  • Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, Parker Rodriguez, Chair
  • Chip Crawford, FASLA, Forum Studio
  • Chris Dimond, FASLA, AICP, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Richard Hawks, FASLA, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Len Hopper, FASLA, Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture
  • Ginger Murphy, ASLA, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Receives LAF Medal

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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C., O.B.C., FCSLA, FASLA, BCSLA is the 2017 recipient of the LAF Medal, the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s highest honor. The award is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes.

On October 20 at LAF’s 32nd Annual Benefit in Los Angeles, longtime friend and colleague Virginia Burt accepted the award on Cornelia’s behalf. The record crowd of over 600 supporters watched in rapt attention as a video acceptance speech from Cornelia was played. That video is posted here.

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction. This award celebrates all that is possible in our profession. Thank you so much for honoring my commitment to the land and to this precious planet.”

The LAF Medal is the latest of the many honors that Cornelia has received over a career that spans seven decades.These include the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the ASLA Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award from the International Federation of Landscape Architects, appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and honorary degrees from a number of Canadian and U.S. universities.

National Park Service Receives LAF Founders' Award

nps-lafpres2-530wNPS Acting Director Michael Reynolds and LAF President Jennifer Guthrie

On May 3, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) held an intimate dinner and reception in Washington, D.C. to present the U.S. National Park Service with the 2017 LAF Founders’ Award, its highest honor for an organization. Launched in 2016, the LAF Founders’ Award is conveyed to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time.

National Park Service Acting Director Michael Reynolds accepted the award on behalf of the agency. Also in attendance were:

  • Bert Frost, Acting Deputy Director of Operations and Regional Director of Alaska
  • Jeff Gowen, National Mall Landscape Architect and Acting Chief of Facilities
  • Dena Kennett, Landscape Architect,  George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Gay Vietzke, National Mall Superintendent

To a packed room of LAF Board members, Board Emeriti, incoming LAF Fellowship recipients, and other friends of LAF, Mr. Reynolds gave a short presentation emphasizing common interests and the influence of landscape architects’ on the National Park Service and its lands, dating back to Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr’s statement of purpose in the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 that established the agency:

“To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” (National Park Service Organic Act, 1916)

During the Q&A that followed, Mr. Reynolds spoke candidly about the work of the National Park Service, current challenges, and the role that landscape architects can play in the design, management, preservation, and advocacy for our public lands — both present and into the future.

With a shared ethos, we look forward to many more years of partnership between landscape architects and this pioneering agency, which has had a profound and lasting impact on our nation and the world.

Announcing the 2017 LAF Medal and Founders Award Recipients

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2017 LAF Medal and Founders’ Awards. Launched last year in conjunction with the foundation’s 50th anniversary, these two annual awards honor individuals and firms/organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the LAF mission of supporting the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.

oberlandercornelia-226wLAF Medal

The LAF Medal is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes. The 2017 LAF Medal goes to Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, OC, MBCSCLA, FCSCLA, FASLA.

“Cornelia Hahn Oberlander once said, ‘I dream of green cities and green buildings where rural and urban activities live in harmony.’ With a career spanning a stunning seventy years, she has created just that,” said Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael, FASLA.

LAF Founders’ Award

The LAF Founders’ Award is conveyed to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time. The 2017 LAF Founders’ Award goes to the U.S. National Park Service.

nps-shaded-logo-226w“In no small way are landscape architects and their organizations, including the Landscape Architecture Foundation,  indebted  to the National Park Service for its leadership, ethics, and works of landscape architecture,” said Carmichael on behalf of the Awards Committee.

The LAF Board Emeritus Council manages the nomination and selection process for the awards. Members of the 2017 Award Committee were:

  • Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, Parker Rodriguez, Chair
  • Chip Crawford, FASLA, Forum Studio
  • Chris Dimond, FASLA, AICP, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Richard Hawks, FASLA, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Len Hopper, FASLA, Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture
  • Ginger Murphy, ASLA, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The recipients will be honored during LAF’s 2017 Awards Dinner on May 3 in Washington, D.C.