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LAF offers this unique research opportunity for select faculty with interest and achievements related to landscape performance.

Through the Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, Research Fellows work with leading practitioners to develop methods to quantify benefits and produce two case studies of exemplary high-performing landscapes. Starting with the 2019 CSI program, funding for each team has increased! Fellows receive a $1,000 honorarium and $9,000 to support a student research assistant.

CSI Research Fellows provide the knowledge base for preparing case studies, expertise in quantifying landscape benefits, and the academic rigor needed to document exemplary projects as Case Study Briefs to support designers, policy-makers, and advocates who are making the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

Specifically, the Research Fellows:

  • Lead the CSI collaboration among faculty, practitioners and students
  • Work with firms to identify the performance benefits of select landscape projects
  • Develop methods to quantify environmental, social, and economic benefits
  • Oversee the case study preparation process
  • Participate in CSI program webinars and ongoing case study reviews

CSI is a unique opportunity to sharpen research skills, build relationships with leading landscape architecture firms, collaborate with peers, and gain exposure in the emerging field of landscape performance.


Student Research Assistants

Each CSI Research Fellow selects a currently-enrolled student to work under the Fellow’s direction as a Research Assistant. The student should have exceptional critical thinking, project management, in-depth fact finding, and quantitative skills and be able to work collaboratively with firm leaders, clients, and other project stakeholders. Students do not apply directly to the CSI program. 

For students, CSI is a unique opportunity to sharpen research and quantitative skills, develop relationships with practitioners, collaborate with peers, and gain a deeper understanding of landscape performance.



Each faculty-student team is paired with one or more design firms to produce case studies for two select landscape projects. Faculty are strongly encouraged to apply to the CSI program in partnership with the design firm(s). If a faculty member does not have a firm partner, LAF may attempt to match them with  projects and firms based on geographic proximity and relevant expertise. However, LAF cannot guarantee a match. Faculty applicants wishing to be matched with firms/projects should contact LAF to discuss this well in advance of the application deadline.



Faculty apply to the CSI program through a one-step application process. 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.