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LAF Launches New $25,000 Research Grant

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity, established by a generous bequest from Debra Mitchell, FASLA, with additional support from SmithGroup.

The LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell funds research that is relevant and impactful for the professional practice of landscape architecture. Each year, one $25,000 grant will be awarded to support a research project that can be completed in a 12- to 18-month period.

LAF is now accepting pre-proposals for the first grant award, with research to start in summer or fall of 2020. Applicants from academic institutions, professional practice, and other organizations are welcome to submit. The Principal Investigator must be trained as a landscape architect and currently engaged in the field.

Pre-proposals are due December 1, 2019.

Proposed research projects should be related to landscape architecture in one or more of the following areas: sustainability, climate change mitigation or adaptation, resilience, social equity, health and well-being, urbanization, biodiversity, landscape performance, the economic case for sustainable landscapes, design advocacy, design as research, and design innovation.

Pre-proposals require general information about the applicant, a short description of the proposed research, and a preliminary budget and schedule. Candidates who are short-listed in the pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 1.

For more information on the grant, eligibility, and the application/selection process, visit:

About Deb Mitchell

Debra Mitchell, FASLA, had a distinguished 40-year professional career, the last 26 years of which was spent at SmithGroupJJR where she served as a Senior Vice President and national design leader. Deb had a deep commitment to sustainability and research in the landscape architecture profession. She was a national ASLA President and served on the LAF Board of Directors for many years.

Upon her passing in 2015, Deb left a bequest to LAF through the JJR|Roy Fund, which has long supported LAF’s research initiatives. With this bequest and additional support from SmithGroup, the LAF Research Grant in Honor of Deb Mitchell was created.

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