Landscape architecture as a profession strives to balance human use and enjoyment of land with conservation and health of the environment. The primary goal of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) is to support the fundamental ideals expressed through the profession of landscape architecture. These ideals include but are not limited to;
- conserving and managing environmental resources;
- promoting sustainable development;
- accommodating the needs of humans in the environment; and
- enhancing and improving aesthetic quality in the landscape.
To promote the ideals of the profession of landscape architecture, LACF funds research, communication and scholarship. LACF solicits, receives and manages gifts, grants and legacies; sets policies and establishes program priorities; and reviews, funds and communicates its activities and programs.
Over the past twenty-five years, LACF has funded a wide range of projects including historic research, oral histories, professional education programs, design research, habitat design guidelines, environmental education and awareness programs, and design communication projects. Projects funded are outlined on the LACF | FAPC website > http://lacf.ca/grants-portfolio.
In their submissions, members of the profession are encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of everyday practice. The Grants Committee jury is open to submissions exploring new design theories, speculations about new landscape interventions, questioning the current norms of practice, and arguing for new areas of research and professional development, as well as submissions seeking to expand the traditional areas of landscape research.
Proposed research may be in the form of designs, articles, papers, and essays. In all instances the successful proponents are encouraged to promote the wide dissemination of their design-research results in the larger public realm as well as within the profession.
The jury recognizes that the sums awarded by the Foundation are, at best, “seed monies” to instigate further design-research investigation. Preference will be given to those submissions that look beyond the immediate requirements and results of this award. Members of the profession are encouraged to take this opportunity to push the boundaries of inquiry, take some risks, and to enjoy the beginnings of a longer-term journey!