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2024 CSI Teams and Projects Announced

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Eleven faculty Research Fellows and ten high-performing landscape projects have been selected for LAF's 2024 Case Study Investigation program.

Case Study Investigation (CSI) is a unique research collaboration and training program for faculty, students, and practitioners. LAF funded faculty-student research teams work with designers to document the impacts of exemplary, high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify the environmental, social, and economic benefits of built projects and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.

Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration and receive funding to support a student Research Assistant.  The academic teams work with liaisons from design firms to evaluate and document each project. LAF provides training, supporting materials, and feedback throughout the process.

Among the projects selected for the 2024 program are an iconic San Francisco green roof, a Rebuild by Design stormwater park in Hoboken, a community-initiated neighborhood park in Dallas, a restored wetland park that replicates disappearing Manhattan ecosystems, and a signature creek restoration park in downtown Austin.

The geographically diverse projects also include an outdoor activity center that connects young people with disabilities to British Columbia’s natural systems; a museum landscape that makes art public in downtown Akron, Ohio; a biophilic resort with a local focus  in Nayarit, Mexico; a Boston Children’s hospital landscape designed for a full range of emotional, cognitive, and sensory experiences; and a stormwater management park that supports daily life as well as game day in San Francisco’s Mission Creek neighborhood. 

The 2024 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. We look forward to working with this impressive group to document this wide range of outstanding projects and their impacts!

Florida International University

CSI Research Fellow: Ebru Ozer, FASLA, PhD-ABD
Student Research Assistants: Anne Coke, Sofia Hernandez, and Raquel Rosati
Project: Naviva®, a Four Seasons Resort, Nayarit, Mexico

Harvard Graduate School of Design
+ Mikyoung Kim Design

CSI Research Fellow: Gareth Doherty
Student Research Assistants: Anne Tong and Garrett Craig-Lucas
Project: Boston Children’s Hospital Master Plan & Implementation, Boston, MA

The Ohio State University

CSI Research Fellows: Tameka Baba and Jack Gruber
Student Research Assistant: Caressa Givens
Project: Bud and Susie Rogers Garden at the Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
+ Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners

CSI Research Fellow: Wolfram Hoefer, Dr.-Ing, ASLA, AKNW
Student Research Assistant: James Hill
Project: Southwest Resiliency Park, Hoboken, NJ

University of California, Berkeley

CSI Research Fellow: Nate Kauffman, PhD Student 
Research Assistant: Gustavo Coronilla 
Project: California Academy of Sciences Green Roof, San Francisco, CA

University of California, Berkeley
+ CMG Landscape Architecture
CSI Research Fellow: Victoria Mohr 
Student Research Assistant: Mary Devlin
Project: Mission Creek Stormwater Park, San Francisco, CA

University of Connecticut
+ Field Operations

CSI Research Fellow: Sohyun Park, PhD, SITES AP, ASLA
Student Research Assistant: Zahra S. Ali
Project: Muscota Marsh, New York, NY

University of Texas at Arlington
+ StudioOutside

CSI Research Fellow: Letora Anderson, PLA, AICP
Student Research Assistants: Heena Shrestha and Molly White 
Project: South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park, Dallas, TX

University of Texas at Austin
+ Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

CSI Research Fellow: Allan W. Shearer, Ph.D., FASLA, FCELA
Student Research Assistant: Samantha Hodge
Project: Waterloo Park, Austin, TX

University of Victoria
+ Christine Lintott Architects, Inc. 
 and MDI Landscape Architects
CSI Research Fellow: Eric Higgs, PhD, FRSC
Student Research Assistant: Shima Tajarloo
Project: Power to Be Basecamp, Victoria, British Columbia 

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.