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LAF 2024 Symposium and Awards Dinner

Landscape Architecture Foundation

On June 6, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is hosting two events that showcase and celebrate leading-edge thinking and achievements in landscape architecture and sustainability. Both events take place at the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC, and the symposium will be broadcast in real-time. In-person attendees and livestream viewers can earn 2.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW).

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LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium
4:00-6:15 pm EDT
The six recipients of the 2023-24 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will present their yearlong explorations. Tickets to attend in-person are $30 ($12 for students) and include a cocktail reception. Livestream tickets are pay-what-you-will.

  • Material Shift: Facilitating Radical Change in Site Construction Materials and Details - Meg Calkins, FASLA, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • The NeuroScapes Design Collective - Kathryn Finnigan, Assoc. ASLA, Designer and Qualitative Researcher
  • Cool Conscious Cities: Promoting Cool Equity for All - Kimberly Garza, ASLA, Principal, Atlas Lab
  • It Started in the Park: Preserving the Cultural Identity of Basketball Courts - Johnny Shakir Macon, Lecturer, Morgan State University
  • The Biodiversity Victory Garden: Mitigating Global Species Loss with the 21st Century City - Betsy Peterson, Assoc. ASLA, Owner, August Design Collaborative
  • Engaging K-12 STEAM Public Education Efforts for Future Landscape Architects - Douglas Williams, ASLA, Lecturer and Film/TV Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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.

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.

LAF Awards Dinner
7:15-9:30 pm
Immediately following the symposium and reception, the Awards Dinner will recognize the 2024 recipients of LAF’s highest honors for individuals and organizations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the foundation’s mission of supporting the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Frederick “Fritz” Steiner, FASLA, will be presented with the 2024 LAF Medal, and the International Living Future Institute will receive the 2024 LAF Founders' Award. LAF will also recognize Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, with its Legacy Award, an honor given to past members of the LAF Board of Directors for extraordinary service and contributions to the organization.

The 2024 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium and Awards Dinner are supported by LAF Leadership Program sponsors: Landscape Forms and Bill Johnson in tribute to Carl Johnson and Clarence Roy. The symposium is sponsored by Community Strategy Partners, Tournesol, and Vectorworks. 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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