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LeBleu Named LAF Research Fellow

Charlene LeBleu with colleagues

Charlene LeBleu, FASLA, AICP, and associate professor and chair of the Landscape Architecture Graduate Program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, is one of six faculty chosen nationally for the designation of Landscape Architecture Foundation Research Fellow. As a LAF Research Fellow, LeBleu will work with the LAF’s Case Study Investigation program and in collaboration with design firms to document and test the landscape performance of three Alabama landscapes and record them to the national case study data-base.

The three landscapes that LeBleu and Landscape Architecture Graduate Research Assistants, Britton Garrett and Ryan Bowen, will study and the firms they will work with include:

Fairview Environmental Park, Montgomery, AL

Design Firm: 2D Studio, Judd Langham, Auburn, AL and Thomas Doyle, LA + South, Mobile, AL

Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner Landscape, Auburn, AL

Design Firm: HNP Landscape Architecture, Tommy Holcomb, Birmingham, AL

Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL

Design Firm: Tom Leader Studio, Emily Leader, Berkeley, CA


“I am pleased to be adding Alabama landscape designs to the LAF national case study database of high performance landscapes,” says LeBleu. “My performance assessment team includes Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) graduate students Britton Garrett (B.S. Horticulture) and Ryan Bowen (B.S. Environmental Design). We will be working close with Jeffery Dumars, Campus Planner (Office of the University Architect) and Ben Brumaster, PE, AU Facilities, on several performance assessments for Samford Park. Additionally, my team will be accessing Fairview Environmental Park in Montgomery, AL, designed by MLA alumni Thomas Doyle and Judd Langham, ASLA, LEED AP, and Adjunct Faculty (B.S. Horticulture), and Railroad Park In Birmingham.”

The resulting case studies are published to LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. The 2016 CSI program will add 15 new Case Study Briefs to the database of over 100.

Now in its sixth year, CSI program is highly collaborative with the goal of better integrating the innovative work being done by academia and practice to advance our knowledge of landscape performance. By investing in this research, LAF hopes that CSI can be a key impetus in moving the landscape architecture profession to design every project with specific performance objectives, routinely collect performance data, and integrate landscape performance in design education.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based inWashington, DC. Established in 1966, LAF invests in research and scholarship to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability through landscape architecture.

For more about the CSI program, click here. Read about Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs here.