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2023 LAF Symposium and Awards Dinner

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On June 15, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is hosting two events to showcase and celebrate leading-edge thinking and achievements in landscape architecture and sustainability. The LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium will be broadcast in real-time. In-person attendees and livestream viewers can earn 2.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW). The event will be followed by the LAF Awards Dinner.

Learn more about the livestream or get tickets here.

LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium
The symposium takes place June 15, 4-6:15pm EDT in Washington, DC. In this powerful event, the six recipients of the 2022-23 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will present their yearlong explorations:

  • Future Problems, Now: Landscape Architecture in the Age of AI - Phillip Fernberg, Instructor and PhD Candidate, Utah State University
  • Scaling Up Our Carbon Conscience - Christopher Roth Hardy, Senior Associate, Sasaki
  • A New Literary Landscape: Graphic Novels to Inspire Landscape Architecture’s Next Generation - Joe James, RLA, ASLA, Principal, Joseph James Landscape Architecture
  • Leveraging Climate Adaptation Finance to Realize the Value in Vacant Land - Erin Kelly, Director of Special Projects, Lambert, Rotherstien & Associates
  • Mega-Eco Projects: Engaging on Large-Scale Nature-Based Solutions - Robert Morrow Levinthal, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
  • Landscape, Incarceration, and Rehabilitation - Daniel Winterbottom, RSLA, FASLA, Professor, University of Washington
The symposium is the culmination of the year-long LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, a unique program and $25,000 award that supports mid-career, senior-level, and emerging professionals as they develop and test new ideas that will drive the future of the landscape architecture discipline. (Applications for the 2024-25 cohort open in mid-June!)

The symposium is approved for 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and meets the health, safety, and welfare requirements (HSW). Livestream viewers must successfully complete a short quiz to earn these credits. For in-person attendees, the presentations will be followed by a reception where guests can mingle and meet the fellows.


Following the symposium, the LAF Awards Dinner will recognize the 2023 recipients of the LAF Medal and Founders’ Award. The awards are LAF’s highest honors for individuals and organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the organization’s mission of supporting the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

The 2023 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium and Awards Dinner are sponsored by Landscape Forms, BrightView, ANOVA, and Tournesol. The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership is made possible by support from the generous donors to the LAF: 50 and Forward Campaign and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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