Each year, 3 new Ignite participants are selected through an open, competitive process.
Eligible candidates are undergraduate or master’s students enrolled in an LAAB- or LAAC-accredited landscape architecture program at a college or university in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants cannot currently be in their final year of study.
For the 2022 and 2023 application years, eligible candidates must identify as Black/African American*. In future years, LAF plans to expand the program to other Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) groups.
Candidates must be in good academic standing, demonstrate financial need, and demonstrate a commitment to landscape architecture and creating a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable world. All applicants must be able to commit to full participation in Ignite.
*Citizens of the U.S. with partial or total ancestry from sub-Saharan Africa, whose families have lived in the U.S. for generations, and are often descendants of formerly enslaved people
Each year in August/September, LAF begins accepting applications for the Ignite year that starts the following January. LAF uses SlideRoom as its online application platform and will only accept applications submitted through this system. All application materials (including the letters of recommendation) must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on October 15.
Visit http://lafoundation.slideroom.com to use the system. Once you have created an account, scroll through the “Programs” to LAF Ignite, and click “Begin” to start the application process. You may save, edit, and review your work prior to submitting.
Ignite applicants must submit the following materials. All submissions must adhere to guidelines and deadlines in order to be considered. Additional materials will not be reviewed.
- General Submission Form
Complete this online form with basic contact information and details about your degree program.
- Resume (2 page max)
- Upload your resume or CV in PDF format. It should include your education, any professional experience, extra-curricular activities, and honors and awards.
- Financial Aid Form
Complete this online form with information about your financial needs and any financial assistance you currently receive.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
Provide the e-mail address for each recommender and instructions will be sent to them. One letter must come from a faculty member; the other letter may come from another person familiar with the candidate such as a teacher or faculty member, employer, academic counselor, faith leader, coach, or leader of extracurricular or volunteer activities. The letters should specifically address the applicant’s passion, interest, and curiosity in design, along with their ability to commit to a program, initiative, or goal and see it through.
- Written Responses (500 word max each)
Complete this online form with your responses to these three questions: (1) Why is landscape architecture appealing to you as a profession? (2) What do you hope to explore in landscape architecture? (3) What do you hope to gain from participation in Ignite? Limit each response to 500 words or less.
- Work Samples
Upload 3-5 examples that demonstrate your passion, interest, curiosity, and aptitude for design. Each should include explanatory text describing the project, your design process, and why you selected it as one of your examples. If it was a group or collaborative project, state this and describe your role. Accepted formats are:
- PDF document (pdf) less than 10MB
- Image (jpg, jpeg, png, gif, tif, tiff, bmp, tga) less than 5MB
- Video (m4v, mov, mp4, wmv, flv, asf, mpeg, mpg, mkv) less than 250MB
- Audio (mp3, wma, ogg, flac) less than 30MB
- You may also link to public, embeddable media files on Vimeo, YouTube, and SoundCloud.
Accomplished and insightful leaders in the landscape architecture discipline serve as jurors to review applications and select the Ignite participants. Applicants selected as finalists are expected to be available for a web-based video interview in November/December. Those selected for Ignite will be notified by December 31.
Applicants are evaluated on the following:
- Design interest and aptitude
- Financial need
- Commitment to landscape architecture and creating a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable world
- Openness to mentorship, career exploration, and engagement with other Ignite participants
Applicants must be able to commit to full participation in Ignite. Due to the multi-year nature of the program, preference may be given to applicants who have more time until their expected graduation date. However, all who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.
Contact Program Manager Valerie Carter at vcarter [at] lafoundation.org