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Engaged Scholarship at the 2019 CELA Conference

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The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is looking forward to the upcoming Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference March 6-9 in Sacramento, hosted by the University of California, Davis. The conference is always a great opportunity to catch up with faculty and students from universities across the United States and Canada, as well as representatives from further abroad, including China, Australia, New Zealand, and Korea. The presentations and discussions are an insightful window into new research and trends in pedagogy.

LAF staff will present during three Concurrent Sessions, give updates at the CELA Administrators Meetings, host informal meet-ups for current and past Case Study Investigation (CSI) participants, and hold a lunch and learn about the LAF Olmsted Scholars Program.

LAF Olmsted Scholars Program: Demystifying the Process and Benefits

Lunch and Learn, Thurs, 3/7, 12:00-1:30pm
Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Stephanie Rolley, Kansas State University


The conference features over 250 presentation and panel sessions, including a number from LAF program participants and grant recipients, speaking about their experiences, findings, and further research. Research from LAF’s landscape performance and education initiatives will be part of three sessions:

Designed to Flood: Evaluating the Resilience of Waterfront Parks

Concurrent Session 2, Thurs, 3/7, 1:30-3:00pm (panel)
Megan Barnes, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Catherine De Almeida, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lisa DuRussel, The Pennsylvania State University
Anya Domlesky, SWA Group
Susannah Ross, Sasaki

Guidebook 2.0: The Evaluation of Landscape Performance Evaluation Metrics and Methods

Concurrent Session 4, Fri, 3/8, 8:30-10:00am (panel)
Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Jessica Canfield, Kansas State University
Bo Yang, University of Arizona

Recruitment and Retention in Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Education

Concurrent Session 5, Sat, 3/9, 8:30-10:00am (panel)
Kofi Boone, North Carolina State University
Ken Yocom, University of Washington
Megan Barnes, Landscape Architecture Foundation


The conference also includes several presentations on landscape performance research conducted by current and past LAF program participants.

Concurrent Session 6, Sat, 3/9, 2-3:30pm
Social Benefits Assessment: Comparing Project Goals with Outcomes
Bo Yang, University of Arizona
Assessing Social Performance in Revitalized Urban District: Perceptions on Bursa Hans District
Taner R. Ozdil, University of Texas at Arlington
The New Nature: Digital Media in Landscape Performance
Lisa DuRussel, The Pennsylvania State University

Concurrent Session 4 - Fri, 3/8, 8:30am-10am
Making Landscape: Material Selection in the Performance Area
Jessica Canfield, Kansas State University

Concurrent Session 5, Sat, 3/9, 8:30-10am
Quality over Quantity: Assessing Tree Health for Higher Performance in Desert Parking Lots
Phillip Zawarus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Concurrent Session 7, Sat, 3/9, 4:00-5:30pm
Doing Real and Permanent Good: Examining Landscape Performance Benefits from an Ecological Wisdom Perspective
Yi Luo, University of Florida

In addition, one incoming and one past recipient of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership are participating in panels to discuss topics related to their fellowship work.

Symbols of Division: Deploying Narratives and Counter-Narratives in Public Space

Concurrent Session 1 - Thurs, 3/8, 8:30am-10am (panel)
M. Elen Deming, North Carolina State University
W. Lake Douglas, Louisiana State University
Kofi Boone, North Carolina State University
Harriet Jameson Brooks (2017-2018 LAF Fellow), Hawkins Partners
Nicholas Serrano, North Carolina State University

Educating Design Activists in Landscape Architecture

Concurrent Session 4 - Fri, 3/8, 8:30am-10am (panel)
Jeffrey Hou (2019-2020 LAF Fellow), University of Washington
Kofi Boone, North Carolina State University
Mallika Bose, The Pennsylvania State University
David de La Peña, University of California, Davis

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.