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

There are no upcoming live webinars at this time. See below for our archived webinars, which can be viewed on-demand to earn continuing education credits.

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:

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2019 Conference
March 6-9 | Davis, California

Designed to Flood: Evaluating the Resilience of Waterfront Parks
As the intensifying effects of climate change call for higher standards of resilience for built projects, LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program is focusing on metrics and methods that demonstrate related benefits such as flood protection. This panel of researchers and firm liaisons evaluated Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens, New York and Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa. To investigate the performance of each site in the context of coastal and regional fluvial flood resilience, researchers used varied methods, such as comparative studies between pre-existing and constructed project conditions, projective and speculative analysis, user surveys, and hydrological modeling. Both projects reveal that when landscapes are designed to flood, not only do they provide environmental resilience but also social and economic resilience.
Speakers: Catherine De Almeida, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Susannah Ross, Sasaki; Lisa DuRussel, Pennsylvania State University; Anya Domlesky, SWA Group

Guidebook 2.0: The Evolution of Landscape Performance Evaluation Metrics and Methods
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. The Landscape Performance Guidebook came out of a  2014 study and is meant to be a primer for researchers, students, practitioners, and others looking to assess landscape performance of a built project. This session will provide an overview of the original study, discuss the challenges in selecting metrics and methods, and explore the ways that landscape performance evaluation has evolved over the last four years.
Speakers: Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation; Jessica L. Canfield, Kansas State University; Bo Yang, University of Arizona
Professional Development Hours: 1.0 LA CES/HSW


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 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.