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2024 LAF Symposium and Awards Dinner

Guests mingle at the post-symposium reception in a large lobby space

 

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

Our annual LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium and Awards Dinner take place in Washington, DC. For those unable to attend in-person, the 2-hour symposium will be broadcast in real time, accessible from any device with an internet connection. The livestream is free, but registration is required.

WHEN

Thursday, June 6, 2024
Times in EDT
4:00pm   LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium
6:15pm   Cocktail reception
7:15pm   LAF Awards Dinner

WHERE

Howard Theatre
620 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001

All events will take place in the same space at the historic Howard Theatre, which is a six-minute walk from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station. Paid parking is available directly behind the venue.

TICKETS

Listed prices do not include additional processing fees charged by LAF's ticketing platform.

Symposium and Awards Dinner
Early Bird: $190 (until May 3)
Regular: $215 (after May 3)
Nonprofit/Academic: $205 (after May 3)

Symposium Only (includes reception)
In-person: $30
Student in-person: $12
Livestream: Pay what you will

Awards Dinner Only
Early bird: $165 (until May 3)
Regular: $185 (after May 3)
Nonprofit/Academic: $175 (after May 3)

Register

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LAF expects that the symposium will be approved for 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and meet the health, safety, and welfare requirements (HSW). Livestream viewers must successfully complete a short quiz to earn these credits.

 

Sponsors

Leadership Program Sponsors


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Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of the LAF Fellowship and to our symposium sponsors: Community Strategy Partners, Tournesol, and Vectorworks

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

LAF Symposium and Awards Dinner sponsors help celebrate transformational leadership and share the impactful work of the LAF Fellows with the world. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Cara Chard at cchard [at] lafoundation.org (cchard[at]lafoundation[dot]org)  

LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

The six 2023-24 LAF Fellows will present their projects, which address shade equity, K-12 STEM engagement, insect biodiversity, the cultural significance of basketball courts, reducing carbon through material selection, and designing for neurodiversity.

Tickets are available to attend the event in-person or watch remotely via live broadcast.

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.

Don't miss this once-a-year event! 

LAF Fellows posed

This powerful event showcases leading-edge thinking in landscape architecture to address a breadth of current issues within and beyond the discipline.

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.

LAF expects that the symposium will be approved for 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and meets the health, safety, and welfare requirements (HSW). Livestream viewers must successfully complete a short quiz to earn these credits.

Presentations are followed by a cocktail reception where guests can mingle and meet the Fellows.

 

Presentations

Meg Calkins

Material Shift: Facilitating Radical Change in Site Construction Material Specifications

Meg Calkins, Professor, North Carolina State University

 

Kathryn Finnigan

Designing Acoustically and Sensorially Supportive Landscapes

Kathryn Finnigan, Design Aide to Hoichi Kurisu, Kurisu International

 

Kimberly Garza

Cool Conscious Cities: Investigating Causes and Impacts of Extreme Heat and Promoting Cool Equity for All

Kimberly Garza, Principal, Atlas Lab

 

johnny macon

It Started in the Park: Preserving the Cultural Identity of Basketball Courts as Centers of Socialization for Historically Black Urban Communities

Johnny Shakir Macon, Lecturer, Morgan State University

 

Betsy Peterson

The Climate Victory Garden: Revisiting the War-Era Victory Garden Movement as a Model for Addressing Biodiversity Loss in the 21st Century City

Betsy Peterson, Owner, August Design Collaborative

 

Doug Williams

Engaging K-12 STEAM Public Education Efforts for Future Landscape Architects to Address Climate Equity

Douglas Williams, Lecturer and Film/TV Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2024 LAF Awards Dinner and Presentation

Immediately following the symposium, the awards dinner will recognize the 2024 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 preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment.

Fritz Steiner, renowned ecologist and Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, will be presented with the LAF Medal. The International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit working to build an ecologically-minded and restorative world for all people, will receive the LAF Founders' Award.

The recipient of the 2024 LAF Legacy Award will also be recognized for extraordinary service and contributions to LAF and its legacy.

A lively room full of guests seated at tables enjoying dinner

The LAF Awards Dinner will recognize the 2024 recipients of the LAF Medal, LAF Founders’ Award, and LAF Legacy Award.

In addition to hearing from the awardees, the dinner will be an opportunity to continue conversations with the 2023-24 Fellows, meet the 2024-25 Fellowship cohort, and mingle with the LAF Board of Directors and other invited guests.

 

Honorees

2024 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. 

Fritz Steiner

Frederick “Fritz” Steiner
Fritz is a renowned ecologist, author, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and Co-Executive Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology.  Previously, he served at The University of Texas at Austin for 15 years. He has written, edited, and co-edited 18 books.

 

2024 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.

ilfi

International Living Future Institute 
The International Living Future Institute (IFLI) is a nonprofit working to build an ecologically-minded, restorative world for all people. ILFI runs the Living Building Challenge, the Living Community Challenge, and the Reveal, Declare and Just labels.

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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