LACF _ Building the Foundation

Landscape architects know that a sound foundation is essential to achieving lasting results. In the mid-1980s, when Don Graham, FCSLA, suggested reviving previous efforts to establish a foundation which would support the core values of the profession, he received enthusiastic support from senior members of the profession.

An organizational task force, chaired by Cecelia Paine, FCSLA, and an interim board worked to define the philosophy and objectives and formulate an action plan.  Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) held its first official meeting in January, 1988. The duly appointed Board of Directors, chaired by Jim Taylor, FCSLA, proceeded with the election of officers and reviewed the task force recommendations and bylaws. 


Funding Research, Communication and Scholarship

The  primary purpose behind LACF is to receive and disburse funds in support of research, communication and scholarship which further four key goals: conserving environmental resources, accommodating the needs of humans in the environment, promoting sustainable development and enhancing aesthetic quality in the landscape.

Members of the CSLA College of Fellows took the lead in organizing and administering LACF and remain committed to ensuring its continued success. In keeping with this tradition, the College of Fellows leads the annual fundraising Campaign of Fellows and many members of the LACF Board of Directors are Fellows.  LACF is, however, a distinct entity, separate from the CSLA, and benefits from charitable organization status.


Looking to the Future

To mark the 25th anniversary of LACF [2013], the by-laws were amended to permit expanded membership. LACF set new financial targets and strategies for a sustainable future, and redesigned its logo and Website to better reflect the colour and vibrancy of the profession and the foundation. 

As LACF moves forward, special recognition must go to Founding President  Jim Taylor and Treasurer Gunter A. Schoch, who served in their roles for more than 20 years as well as Founding Members Cecelia Paine and Vincent Asselin who still serve on the board today. Thanks to Faye Langmaid who has nurtured the Annual Grants Program with great dedication, and to Don Hester who has managed the LACF assets tirelessly for many years.