Training

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) offers webinars, presentations, and workshops to increase capacity and foster dialogue about landscape performance.

Below, you can learn about upcoming trainings or view one of our recorded presentations on-demand. All trainings are registered through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) so that attendees can earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) after successful completion. If you would like to schedule a presentation or webinar, contact us at (email hidden; JavaScript is required).


Upcoming Webinars

Intro to Landscape Performance Webinars
If you are interested in scheduling a webinar or education session for your firm, agency, university, or other group, please contact us at (email hidden; JavaScript is required). LAF offers two hour-long presentations that can be delivered in-person or via live webinar:

  • Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact (LP101)
  • Evaluating Perfomance and Approaches to Quantify Benefits (LP201)

Presentations and Workshops

Look for us at the following upcoming conferences and meetings:

DesignDC
September 16-18, 2019 | Washington, District of Columbia

Evaluating Landscape Performance: A Guidebook for Metrics and Methods Selection 
90-minute Education Session: 8:30-10:00am
Speakers: Heather Whitlow, LAF Director of Programs and Communications
A key step in evaluating the performance of any landscape project is determining what to measure and how. Since 2010, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has worked with faculty-student research teams, designers, and clients to produce over 150 case studies documenting the environmental, social, and economic benefits of high-performing landscape projects. These Case Study Briefs and the methods used to quantify the benefits are part of the online library of resources in LAF’s Landscape Performance Series. Throughout a several-year process, LAF along with two researchers worked to identify a set of widely applicable metrics and methods for each benefit category, and then compiled findings into a comprehensive guidebook. The Guidebook for Metrics and Methods Selection is a primer for researchers, students, practitioners, and others looking to assess landscape performance of a built project. it also encourages and provides the tools for designers and clients to set specific performance objectives, gather appropriate baseline data, and consider how performance will be monitored over time. 

ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture
November 15-18, 2019 | San Diego, California

SUN-B05 - Landscapes In Flux: Design Research Lessons from Three Exemplary Waterfronts
60-minute Education Session: 2:00-3:00pm
Speakers: Meghen Quinn, Hargreaves Associates; Zachary Chrisco, Sasaki; Michael Robinson, SWA
Landscape architects harness research in everyday practice. But how well do the performance objectives established stand up to the effects of an evolving climate? Designers of three dynamic urban waterfronts candidly share out comes of research taken with the Landscape Architecture Foundation for Buffalo Bayou Park, Chicago Riverwalk, and Crissy Field. 


Webinar Archive

Below is a list of recordings from past webinars, which may be viewed at any time. These free distance learning opportunities allow attendees to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) after successful completion.

Insights from LAF’s 2019 Case Study Investigation Program
Recorded August 5, 2019 
The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program supports faculty-student research teams who work with designers to assess and document the performance of sustainable landscape projects as Case Study Briefs. In this webinar, participants from the 2019 CSI program present their process and most compelling findings from their efforts to quantify environmental, social, and economic benefits.
Speakers: 2019 CSI teams including CSI Faculty Fellows, Student Research Assistants, and Firm Liaisons
Professional Development Hours: 1.0 LA CES/HSW

Insights from LAF’s 2018 Case Study Investigation Program
Recorded August 6, 2018
The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program supports faculty-student research teams who work with designers to assess and document the performance of sustainable landscape projects as Case Study Briefs. In this webinar, participants from the 2018 CSI program present their process and most compelling findings from their efforts to quantify environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Speakers: Catherine De Almeida, Hannah LoPresto and Brandon Zambrano, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Lisa DuRussel, Pennsylvania State University; Rachael Shields, University of Georgia; Pavlina Ilieva and Naomi Wong Hemme, Morgan State University
Professional Development Hours: 1.0 LA CES/HSW

The Living Architecture Performance Tool
Recorded April 23, 2018
The Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT) is a new rating system and resource created to assure stakeholders that living architecture projects will achieve certain measurable and replicable performance benefits. This webinar will introduce the LAPT, discuss its structure and compliance process, and identify the ways that different stakeholders might use the tool as it enters its pilot phase.
Speakers: David Yocca, FASLA, Green Infrastructure Foundation; Rohan Lilauwala, Green Infrastructure Foundationy
Professional Development Hours: 1.0 LA CES/HSW, 1.0 GRP

Designing for Performance: Segmental Concrete Pavements
Recorded February 27, 2018
When appropriately designed, constructed and maintained, segmental paving can create vibrant social spaces, manage stormwater, mitigate the urban heat island effect, increase safety, and save on capital and maintenance costs. This webinar presents information to design for and ensure long-term performance of these systems, estimate environmental performance, and conduct a life-cycle cost analysis.
Speaker: David R. Smith, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
Professional Development Hours: 1.0 LA CES/HSW

Practice Based Research: Operationalizing Landscape Performance
Recorded March, 20, 2014
Leading-edge design firms are incorporating landscape performance research into their everyday practice. From SmithGroupJJR’s WaterScore metric to Design Workshop’s measurement tools backpack to OLIN’s Knowledge Base, learn why, how, and what these firms are investing in to gather baseline data, set performance objectives, evaluate and disseminate performance of built projects.
Speakers: Allyson Mendenhall, PLA, Design Workshop; Deb Mitchell, FASLA, PLA, SmithGroupJJR; Skip Graffam, ASLA, PLA, OLIN
Professional Development Hours: 1.0 LA CES/HSW
Running time: 60 min (plus 30 min Q&A)

Help build the LPS: Find out how to submit a case study and other ways to contribute.