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LAF at the 2023 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 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is always a wonderful opportunity to catch up with faculty and students from universities across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as other parts of the world. The presentations and discussions are an insightful window into new research and trends in pedagogy.

This year's conference theme, Align | Realign, explores the relationships, overlaps, and misalignments between what is taught and researched in academia compared to what the professional market for landscape architecture demands. Conference sessions are organized into 14 tracks, including the conference theme track, which was co-co-chaired by LAF's Heather Whitlow and Megan Barnes along with co-chair Ole Sleipness of Utah State University.

LAF staff will hold a pre-conference workshop and present during two Concurrent Sessions:

Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop, Wed, 3/15, 1:30-4:30pm CT (additional cost)
Attendees will learn about the many resources and opportunities that LAF makes available to faculty and students, including how to access and apply for them. 
Megan Barnes, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Rachel Booher, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Communicating Landscape Architecture: Research-Backed Framing Strategies to Increase Public Understanding

Panel Presentation, Thurs, 3/16, 4:00-5:00pm CT 
Megan Barnes, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Kristopher Pritchard, American Society of Landscape Architects
Ned Crankshaw, University of Kentucky
Roberto Rovira, Florida International University 

Addressing Inequities in Design Studio Pedagogy: Reflections on Strategies, Challenges, and Resources 

Panel Presentation, Thurs, 3/16, 4:00-5:00pm CT
Rachel Booher, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Catherine De Almeida, University of Washington
Jeff Hou, University of Washington 

Among the many honors bestowed at the Awards Dinner on Friday, March 17, CELA and LAF will announce the second recipient of the Forster Ndubisi Professional Service Award, which was created in 2022 to honor an individual who has provided exceptional service to both organizations to significantly advance the discipline of landscape architecture.

The conference also includes sessions where LAF research program participants will present their work, a session about how LAF's Landscape Performance Series can be better used in teaching, and LAF's Education Committee presenting on the inquires that group has undertaken.

Engagement by Design: Intergenerational Communities to Promote Social Equity and Healthy Aging in Place

Oral Presentation (3rd of 4), Thurs, 3/16, 1:30-2:30pm CT
Sinan Zhong, Texas A&M University
Chanam Lee, Texas A&M University
(Recipient of the 2022 LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell)

Teaching Equity in the Design Studio

Oral Presentation (2nd of 4), Thurs, 3/16, 1:30-2:30pm CT
Kelley Lemon, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Douglas Williams, Louisiana State University
(Work undertaken by LAF's Education Committee)

Teaching Landscape Performance: Expanding the Utility of the Landscape Performance Series Case Studies

Oral Presentation (1st of 4), Thurs 3/16, 4:00pm-5:00pm CT
Jessica Canfield, Kansas State University
Howard Hahn, Kansas State University

Illusory Inclusivity: On the structural barriers to Diversify the Professoriate in Landscape Architecture Programs in the United States

Panel Presentation, Fri, 3/17, 10:00-11:00am CT
CL Bohannon, University of Virginia
Jessica Canfield, Kansas State University
Diane Jones Allen, University of Texas at Arlington
Ken Yocom, University of Washington
Samantha Solano, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
(Work undertaken by LAF's Education Committee)

Landscape Performance Along the Dequindre Cut: A Case Study Investigation of Health, Access, and Equity in the Design of Urban Greenways

Oral Presentation (2nd of 4), Sat, 3/18, 9:00-10:00am CT
Salvador Lindquist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(2022 CSI participant)

Performance Evaluation for Gulf State Park: A Case Study Investigation

Oral Presentation (3rd of 4), Sat, 3/18, 9:00-10:00am CT
Kangkhita Aishwarya Bosu, Auburn University
Charlene LeBleu, Auburn University
(2022 CSI participant)

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.