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LAF's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program supports designers in assessing and documenting the performance of exemplary landscape projects. 

Through CSI, select practitioners work with LAF-funded faculty-student research teams to produce Case Study Briefs for the Landscape Performance Series online database to support designers, policy-makers, and advocates who are making the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

Design firms identify high-performing built projects with known or potential quantifiable landscape benefits and work with the academic teams. Specifically, design firm participants:

  • Provide the narrative for projects including background information, descriptions of sustainable features, and lessons learned
  • Assist the research team in identifying potential performance benefits and provide information to quantify them
  • Provide the research team with access to key project personnel, photos, documents, clients, and other stakeholders
  • Participate in CSI program webinars
  • Should be prepared to devote an average of 20-35 staff hours to the CSI program

By participating in CSI, practitioners can earn up to 20 course equivalency Professional Development Hours (PDHs) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). For designers, CSI is a unique opportunity to showcase exemplary work, expand capacity to capture performance information, build relationships with academic researchers, and provide an unparalleled professional development experience for students. 



Design firms apply with specific projects and are selected to participate in CSI based on the quality of projects submitted, the projects’ potential to produce comprehensive quantified benefits, availability of baseline information, and the firm’s commitment to work with the research teams for the duration of CSI.

Firms are strongly encouraged to apply to the CSI program in partnership with a faculty member. If a firm/project application does not have a faculty partner, LAF may attempt to assign the project to a faculty-student research team based on geographic proximity and relevant expertise. However, LAF cannot guarantee a match. Firms wishing to be matched with faculty should contact LAF to discuss this well in advance of the application deadline.



Firms submit a separate proposal for each project and may propose as many high-performing landscape projects as they wish. Applications for the 2020 CSI program will open in fall 2019.

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.