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2024 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

Watch the symposium live here starting at 4pm EDT on June 6. Event details


LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

June 6, 4-6:15pm EDT
Howard Theatre, Washington, DC

The six 2023-24 LAF Fellows 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. Full event details

4:00pm    Welcome + Opening Remarks
4:05pm    Presentations: Kimberly Garza, Douglas Williams, Kathryn Finnigan + Moderated Audience Q&A
5:10pm    Presentations: Betsy Peterson, Johnny Shakir Macon, Meg Calkins + Moderated Audience Q&A
6:10pm    Closing Remarks
6:15pm    Symposium Ends

The symposium is approved for 2.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW). Learn more


Thank you to our Event Sponsors

  • Leadership Programs Silver Sponsor

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Thank you for joining us for the 2024 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium! The symposium is the culmination of the yearlong LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. As we confront the increasingly complex and interrelated environmental, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century, this fellowship brings together a diverse group of landscape architecture professionals to develop and test new ideas. It is an entrepreneurial investment in the people and ideas that will drive the future of our profession.

The LAF Fellowship would not be possible without the leadership and facilitation of Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, and Laura Solano, FASLA, as well as the many guest facilitators who contribute their time and expertise. Special thanks also to the National Endowment for the Arts, our 50 & Forward Campaign donors, and our Leadership Program Sponsors whose financial investment makes the fellowship possible.

Whether you are a landscape architect, allied professional, or community member with a shared interest in the issues the LAF Fellows will be discussing today, we look forward to your continued interest and engagement to further their work to drive meaningful change for the environment and humanity.


Continuing Education Credits

Logo of the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

The symposium is 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).

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role of landscape architects and opportunities for action with issues such as shade equity, K-12 STEM engagement, insect biodiversity, the cultural significance of basketball courts, reducing carbon through material selection, and designing for neurodiversity.
  • Learn about the research and process that landscape architects have experienced over the course of their fellowship year in making transformational steps in the development of project work that contributes to innovation and leadership in the profession, the environment, and humanity.

  • Gain inspiration for how to work toward transformative change in your own work.

To earn 2.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW):

  1. Watch the livestream above.
  2. Complete the short quiz by following the link below. (You must score 75% or higher.)
  3. Wait ~2 weeks to receive your confirmation email once the quizzes are graded and results submitted to LA CES.

Quiz for CEUs

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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.