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The mission of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is to support the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment. LAF invests in research and scholarship to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability.

Traveling this holiday season? Load up your phone or media player with some landscape architecture-related podcasts. Here are some of our favorites. America Adapts. The America Adapts podcast explores the challenges, approaches, and national movement around adapting to climate change. In episode 54, host Doug Parsons attended the recent 2017...

To recognize and build community among our 2017 Olmsted Scholars, LAF held a series of events in Los Angeles on October 19-20. Of this year’s 81 Olmsted Scholars, 38 traveled from across the U.S. and Canada (and from as far away as Hong Kong!) to participate. The Olmsted Scholars Program honors students who are nominated by their faculty for...

The 2017-2018 LAF Board of Directors began its term on October 20 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Los Angeles. Adam Greenspan, ASLA of PWP Landscape Architecture became President, succeeding now Past-President Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA of GGN whose leadership helped close out and sustain the momentum from LAF’s extraordinary 50th anniversary year,...

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...

If you’ll be in Los Angles for the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, we hope you’ll join us for these fun and thought-provoking events. LAF will participate in three education sessions, host our popular Annual Benefit at the historic Union Station, and launch a new book featuring the “Declarations” and discussion from our landmark Summit on...

Inspired by LAF’s 2016 Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future and the New Landscape Declaration, a group of ten Olmsted Scholars developed their own response focused on moving forward with deliberate actions to meet the ambitions set forth in the Declaration’s four calls to action.Through a series of blog posts, we are showcasing their...

This fall, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and Rare Bird Books will release The New Landscape Declaration: A Call to Action for the Twenty-First Century. This landmark book features the 32 “Declarations” written for LAF’s 2016 Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, along with excerpts from panel discussions and an opening...

By Lauren Delbridge, 2017 National Olmsted ScholarLandscape architecture naturally combines aspects of science, engineering, ecological understanding, and design in a way that sets us apart from scientists, engineers, ecologists and other designers. We as a profession have the skill set to tackle large-scale issues, which is an aspect of the field...

By Catharine McCord, 2017 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist Image board presented to staff, parents, and students at Sewall Child Development Center and REACH Charter Elementary to gather feedback for the desired experiences for the sensory gardenIn order to effectively support people who have experienced trauma, landscape architects must have a...

We are currently living in one of the most divisive political eras, with the issue of border security between the U.S. and Mexico at the forefront of many debates. My parents are Mexican-American, and our family is from the part of the country that has been scrutinized and villainized because...