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LAF 39th Annual Benefit

The Kogod Courtyard at night with uplit marble bench walls and trees beneath the geometric glass ceiling


Join the Landscape Architecture Foundation and leaders from practice, academia, and industry for a lively evening in a signature DC space that blends classical and contemporary.

Catch up with friends and make new connections in the stunning, glass-ceilinged Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, an award-winning space in the center of the National Historic Landmark building shared by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. The landscape design by GGN unites the classical building character and the contemporary undulating glass canopy designed by Foster + Partners.

The benefit will recognize the exceptional students named as 2024 LAF Olmsted Scholars and celebrate the transformative work made possible by LAF's many friends, partners, and supporters.

Tickets to this reception-style event include fine food and an open bar with all proceeds supporting LAF and its key programs and initiatives.


Sunday, October 6
7:00 - 10:00 EDT


Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001
Enter thru the G St lobby to the Kogod Courtyard.

This event is held in conjunction with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2024 Conference on Landscape Architecture.


Early bird rate (through July 28): $205
Advance rate (July 29-Sept 22): $235
On-site rate (after Sept 22): $275
Nonprofit/academic rate: $160
Student rate: $75

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If you have already purchased tickets and have questions regarding your registration, contact Spencer Meyer at smeyer [at] (smeyer[at]lafoundation[dot]org).

See Photos from Past LAF Annual Benefits

The LAF Annual Benefit is always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections. Attendees include well-known designers, rising leaders, professors, suppliers, emerging professionals, and students. The short program allows plenty of time for introductions and interaction.

"The LAF Benefit is the must-attend party during the ASLA conference! I get to see so many amazing people all in one place."

The venue is specially chosen to be convenient for conference attendees and provide local flavor. Locations have ranged from art museums and planetariums to funky theatres and rooftops.

Click the links below to browse photos from past years on Flickr. 

7 guests at the LAF Annual Benefit pose for a photo

Thank you to our Annual Benefit sponsors!

The support of our sponsors ensures that all proceeds from ticket sales go directly toward LAF and its key programs and initiatives. LAF is honored to have IRONSMITH as the Annual Benefit’s Lead Sponsor.


LAF Annual Benefit Sponsors

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Interested in sponsorship?

Sponsors of LAF's Annual Benefit receive high-quality brand association and opportunities to connect to key target audiences. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Cara Chard at cchard [at] (cchard[at]lafoundation[dot]org).

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.