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LAF at the 2024 CELA Conference

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LAF Staff at CELA 2022 with Allyson Mendenhall and Bo Yang.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) looks forward to the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) conference March 20-23 in St. Louis, Missouri. This annual gathering is a chance to learn about new research, pedagogical innovations, and trends affecting academic institutions. It is also a great opportunity to catch up with landscape architecture faculty and students from universities across the United States and Canada as well as other parts of the world.

LAF will give an update to Program Administrators and participate in a formal partnership recognition/MOU signing with CELA alongside other partner organizations. At the Awards Dinner on Friday, March 22, CELA and LAF will announce the 2024 recipient of the Forster Ndubisi Professional Service Award, which honors an individual who has provided exceptional service to both organizations to significantly advance the discipline of landscape architecture.

LAF staff will also host a pre-conference workshop and present during two Concurrent Sessions.

Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop, Wed, 3/20, 1:30-4:30pm CT (additional cost)
Attendees will learn about the many resources and opportunities LAF makes available to faculty and students, including how to access and apply for them. 
Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Megan Barnes, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Time for Landscape Performance 2.0? Lessons and Trajectories in Research, Education, and Practice

Concurrent Session C11 (Panel), Thurs, 3/21, 2:00-3:15pm CT 
Jessica Canfield, Kansas State University 
Taner Ozdil, University of Texas at Arlington
Megan Barnes, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Allyson Mendenhall, Sasaki

Practice-Based Research Ascending: Perspectives from Practice

Concurrent Session I2 (4th of 4 presentations), Sat, 3/23, 11:30-12:45pm CT
Megan Barnes, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Allyson Mendenhall, Sasaki

The conference also includes sessions with LAF research program participants sharing their process and findings, including presentations by two recent recipients of the LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell and a Concurrent Session with four presentations by Case Study Investigation (CSI) research teams.

Intergenerational Communities for Health: Insights from Nationwide Expert Interviews

Concurrent Session B5 (1st of 4 presentations), Thurs, 3/21, 11:30am-12:45pm CT
Sinan Zhong, Texas A&M University
Chanam Lee, Texas A&M University
With Laurel Curran, Haoyue Yang, Yeankyoung Hahm and Tyler Prochnow
(Recipients of the 2022 LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell)

Archipelago of Heat: Action Planning for Thermal Disparities

Concurrent Session D7 (1st of 4 presentations), Thurs, 3/21, 4:30-5:45pm CT
Salvador Lindquist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(Recipient of the 2023 LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell)

Concurrent Session featuring CSI participants
Concurrent Session C5, Thurs, 3/21, 2:00-3:15pm CT

  • Evaluating the Success of St. Pete Pier Renovation – A Historic City Landmark of St. Petersburg, FL

        Yi Luo, University of Florida
        Rui Hu, University of Florida
        Haoting Hong, University of Florida
       (2023 CSI participants)

  • Mountain Views, Mature Trees, and Multigenerational: Landscape Performance of Bozeman's Flagship Park

        Rebekah VanWieren, Montana State University
       Nina Barfoot, Montana State University
       (2023 CSI participants)

  • Comparative Analysis of Drone Observation & Social Media Data in Assessing Urban Park Popularity: Case Study in Depot Park, Gainesville, FL

        Haoting Hong, University of Florida
       Yi Luo, University of Florida
       (2019 CSI participants)

  • ENR2: Navigating the Blurred Line between Building and Landscape Performance

        Kirk Dimond, University of Arizona
       Olivia Gilliam, University of Arizona
       Allison Colwell, Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture
       (2023 CSI participants)

Performance Screening at Speed: Experiment Design and Deployment of Mobile Water Quality Sensors in Studying an Urban Wetland's Performance Post-occupancy

Concurrent Session H5 (3rd of 4 presentations), Sat, 3/23, 9:45-11:00am CT
Yujia Wang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Humaid Al Hinai, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(2023 CSI participants) 

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.