The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership was established to foster transformational leadership capacity and support innovation to advance the field of landscape architecture.
The $25,000 fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career or senior-level professionals to dedicate the equivalent of 3 months’ time over the course of one year to nurture emerging ideas and to think deeply. It is designed as a time to reflect, research, explore, create, test, and develop ideas into action.
Each year, 3-4 fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process based on a proposed project. Selected Fellows receive a $25,000 financial award and participate in three 2.5-day residencies over the course of a year, as well as monthly conference calls. Selected projects must demonstrate the potential to bring about impactful change to the environment and humanity and have the capacity to grow the leadership potential of landscape architects.
The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership nurtures and inspires landscape architecture professionals toward the following goals:
1. Support Innovation in Landscape Architecture
As we confront 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 in support of the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment. It is an entrepreneurial investment in the next ideas that will drive the future of our profession.
Fellows will take advantage of LAF’s broad reach and network within the discipline and are expected to present their ideas; engage in critical discussion; and collaborate with leading academics, practitioners, affiliated organizations and industry partners. Additionally, Fellows are expected to share their work strategically with the public in ways that will increase the visibility of landscape architecture and its role in addressing critical issues.
2. Cultivate Transformational Leadership
Effective innovation requires criticality, courage, and profound insights into the world in which we live. Fellows will be tasked with building leadership capacity during their fellowship year.
3. Foster Intergenerational Mentorship
The fellowship also aims to build leadership capacity through intergenerational mentorship. The Fellows and emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program are brought together as a cohort team. Throughout the year, this intergenerational team will present, discuss, and provide guidance and support to each other towards the pursuit of their ideas and future endeavors.