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2019 LAF Symposium and Awards Dinner

Speaker and audience at the sold-out 2018 symposium

 

Join us for one or both of these events to showcase and celebrate leading-edge thinking and achievements in landscape architecture and sustainability.

When

Thursday, June 13, 2019
4:00-6:30  pm   LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium
6:30-7:00 pm   Cocktail reception
7:00-9:30 pm   LAF Awards Dinner

Where

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Kogod Theater / Molly Smith Study
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Tickets

The symposium is sold out!
Awards Dinner tickets are still available for $185.

Register

 

Event Sponsors

Title Sponsor: Landscape Forms
Major Sponsors: Roman Fountains, Land F/X, Brightview
Supporting Sponsor: Permaloc

LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

In what promises to be a powerful event, the seven 2018-2019 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership recipients will present their projects on public housing landscapes, legislative frameworks for resilient urban waterfronts, a landscape carbon calculator, immersive technologies, remediating coal ash ponds, cultural diversity and landscape interpretation, and environmental justice through community engagement and education.

The symposium is the culmination of the year-long LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, a unique program and $25,000 award that supports mid-career, senior-level, and emerging professionals as they develop and test new ideas that will drive the future of the landscape architecture discipline.

Photo: LAF Fellow Alpa Nawre presents at the 2018 symposium.

Alpa Nawre presents her Fellowship findings at the LAF Symposium for Innovation + Leadership

This powerful event showcases leading-edge thinking in landscape architecture to address a breadth of pressing issues.

The symposium is the culmination of the year-long LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, a unique program and $25,000 award that supports mid-career, senior-level, and emerging professionals as they develop and test new ideas that will drive the future of the landscape architecture discipline.

This symposium is approved for 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). Presentations will be followed by a cocktail reception where guests can mingle and meet the Fellows.

Symposium Schedule

3:30pm    Doors Open
4:00pm    Welcome + Opening Remarks
4:05pm    Presentations
                   Moderated Audience Q&A
5:15pm    Presentations
                   Moderated Audience Q&A               
6:10pm    Closing Remarks
6:30pm    Cocktail Reception in Grand Lobby
7:00pm    Event Ends

Presentations

Climate Positive Design: Going Beyond Neutral
Pamela Conrad, Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Pamela's research rethinks our climate impact as landscape architects. She is working to build alliances within the profession to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing in tackling climate change. With a challenge and a tool, she will illuminate a way forward for the profession of landscape architecture to have the greatest impact together in a changing world. 

Community-based Storytelling: Los Angeles' Neighborhood Design
Daví de la Cruz (2017 LAF National Olmsted Scholar, Graduate), Project Manager, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Los Angeles, CA
In Pueblo del Río, a housing project in LA, 1,275 youth (nearly 1/3 of residents) are under the age of 14. These youth hold neighborhood stories which shape the program Davíd developed to center neighborhood design and facilitate peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities, promoting an ethic of just sustainability. 

Rethinking Wastescapes
Lauren Delbridge (2017 LAF National Olmsted Scholar, Undergraduate), Designer, LandDesign, Charlotte, NC
Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal, has historically been stored in unlined pits and allowed to seep pollutants into the surrounding environment. Lauren advocates that, as coal ash ponds are forced to close nationally, these wastescapes should be transformed, re-envisioned, and given back to the communities they have damaged for decades.

Belonging: Identity and Landscape Narrative
Maisie Hughes, Owner, Rhetorical Virtues, Washington, DC
Through in-depth research and interviews, Maisie has created a web documentary film series that explores nature, identity, belonging, and exploration in sublime urban landscapes nestled in five distinct DC neighborhoods. Her project demonstrates how a variety of people interpret the same landscapes to provide new insights into the design and programming for nature in the city.

Between Neighbors
Karl Krause, Senior Landscape Architect, OLIN, Philadelphia, PA
Across the US, public housing communities are being rebuilt as revitalized, mixed-income developments. Through interviews with residents, designers, developers, community leaders, and housing authority administrators, Karl's work examines the effects of public housing transformation on existing and new mixed-income communities and the valuable role landscape plays in providing common ground for new neighbors.

Immersive Technology and Landscape Architecture
Andrew Sargeant (2016 LAF Olmsted Scholar), Landscape Designer, Lionheart Places, Austin, TX
Communication of landscape design through immersive media embraces the fluidity and openness of the living world as it related to one's physical self. Andrew examines how these new tools of visualization will give landscape architects a new competitive edge in project communication and realization. 

Volume for Water: Rethinking Regulatory Frameworks for Urban Coastal Resilience
Sanjukta Sen, Senior Associate, James Corner Field Operations, New York, NY
The last decade has seen major disasters and storm events, followed by a wide array of creative design-led solutions and proposals. But the regulatory frameworks to enable these solutions have remained somewhat tentative and toothless, especially in the context of American cities. Sanjukta asks the urgent question: Do these frameworks that govern urban waterfront development need a major rethink?

2019 LAF Awards Dinner and Presentation

Immediately following the symposium, LAF will host an awards dinner to recognize the 2019 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.

Joseph E. Brown, FASLA, former CEO of EDAW, will be presented with the 2019 LAF Medal. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will receive the 2019 Founders’ Award.

Photo: Diane Regas accepts the 2018 LAF Founders' Award on behalf of the Trust for Public Land.

Diane Regas accepts the LAF Founders' Award on behalf of the Trust for Public Land

The LAF Awards Dinner will recognize the 2019 recipients of the LAF Medal and Founders’ Award.

These awards are LAF's 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.

In addition to hearing from the awardees, the dinner will be an opportunity to continue conversations with the 2018-2019 Fellows, meet the 2019-2020 Fellowship cohort, and mingle with the LAF Board of Directors and other invited guests.

Honorees

2019 LAF Medal

The LAF Medal is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes. 

Joe Brown, FASLA

Joseph E. Brown, FASLA

As CEO of EDAW, Joe Brown guided the firm to international prominence and brought landscape architecture to global audiences and scales. As a writer and thought leader, Brown has encouraged the profession to think big and take a leadership role on built environment projects, no matter how large or complex. 

 

2019 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.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center logo

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

With a long-standing commitment to sustainable landscape design, conservation, and restoration, the Center shares its accumulated knowledge with everyone from visitors to design professionals. The Center took a driving role in developing SITES®, the most comprehensive rating system for creating sustainable and resilient land development projects.

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.

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