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LAF is proud to invest in the people and ideas that will drive the future of the landscape architecture discipline.

Each year, LAF selects 3-4 Fellows and 2-3 Olmsted Scholars for the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, a year-long transformation program to develop ideas that have the potential to create positive and profound change in the profession, environment, and humanity.

2021-2022 LAF Fellows

The fifth fellowship cohort runs from June 2021 to June 2022.

  • Linda Chamorro headshot
    Linda Chamorro Assistant Professor, Florida International University, Miami, FL 
  • Deb Guenther, FASLA headshot
    Deb Guenther, FASLA Partner, Mithun, Seattle, WA 
  • Jim A. LaGro Jr., PhD headshot
    James A. LaGro Jr., PhD Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 
  • N. Claire Napawan headshot
    N. Claire Napawan Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 
  • Olivia Bussey headshot
    Olivia Bussey Landscape Designer, Curtis + Rogers Design Studio, Miami, FL 
  • Ellen Oettinger White headshot
    Ellen Oettinger White PhD Candidate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 

2020-2021 LAF Fellows

The fourth fellowship cohort ran from June 2020 to June 2021. See the final presentations from the virtual 2021 Innovation + Leadership Symposium Part 1 (Edmundo, Andrea, Diego), and Part 2 (Alison, Alexa, Roxi).

  • Diego Bermudez
    Diego Bermudez Principal and Partner, Bermudez Arquitectos, Bogotá, DC 
  • Edmundo Colon-Izquierdo
    Edmundo Colón Izquierdo Principal, ECo, San Juan, PR 
  • Alison Hirsch
    Alison Hirsch Associate Professor and Program Director, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Andrea Johnson
    Andrea Johnson Research Director, Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research, New York, NY 
  • Roxi Thoren
    Roxi Thoren Associate Professor and Department Head, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 
  • Alexa Vaughn-Brainard
    Alexa Vaughn-Brainard Landscape Designer, OLIN, Los Angeles, CA 

2019-2020 LAF Fellows

The third fellowship cohort ran from June 2019 to June 2020. See the final presentations from the virtual 2020 Innovation + Leadership Symposium Part 1 (Jeffrey, Liz, and Diana), and Part 2 (Nick, Pierre, Hans).

  • Hans Baumann
    Hans Baumann Independent Landscape Architect, Santa Monica, CA 
  • Pierre Belanger
    Pierre Bélanger Landscape Architect, Urban Planner, & Settler Scholar, OPEN SYSTEMS / Landscape Architecture Lab, Boston *, MA 
  • Liz Camuti
    Elizabeth Camuti Landscape Designer, SCAPE, New Orleans, LA 
  • Diana Fernandez
    Diana Fernandez Associate, Sasaki, Watertown, MA 
  • Jeff Hou
    Jeffrey Hou Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 
  • Nicholas Jabs
    Nicholas Jabs Designer, PORT Urbanism, Philadelphia, PA 

2018-2019 LAF Fellows

The second year of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership ran from May 2018 until June 2019. See the final presentations from each member of the cohort here.

  • Pamela Conrad headshot
    Pamela Conrad Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, CA 
  • David de la Cruz headshot
    Daví de la Cruz Project Manager, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Lauren Delbridge headshot
    Lauren Delbridge Landscape Designer, Land Design, Charlotte, NC 
  • Maisie Hughes headshot
    Maisie Hughes Owner, Design Virtue, Washington, DC 
  • Karl Krause headshot
    Karl Krause Senior Landscape Architect, OLIN, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Andrew Sargeant
    Andrew Sargeant Landscape Designer/Visualization Specialist, Lionheart Places, Austin, TX 
  • Sanjukta Sen headshot
    Sanjukta Sen Senior Associate, James Corner Field Operations, New York, NY 

2017-2018 LAF Fellows

The inaugural year of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership ran from May 2017 until May 2018. See the final presentations from each member of the cohort here.

  • Harriett Jameson Brooks
    Harriett Jameson Brooks Landscape Designer, Hawkins Partners, Alexandria, VA 
  • Scott Douglas
    Scott Douglas Director, Hahn Horticulture Garden, Blacksburg, VA 
  • Claire Latane
    Claire Latané Senior Associate, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Brice Maryman
    Brice Maryman Director of Landscape Architecture, MIG l SvR, Seattle, WA 
  • Alpa Nawre
    Alpa Nawre Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 
  • Nicole Plunkett
    Nicole Plunkett Landscape Architect, Cotleur & Hearing, Jupiter, FL 

The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership was launched in 2016 thanks to the generous support of donors to the LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign. We would like to specially thank the following organizations for their leadership and significant commitments to this campaign.