03-12-21 | Association News

2021 LAF Medal & Founders' Award

Karen A. Phillips, FASLA and MICD

Considered the Foundation's highest honors, the LAF Medal & Founders' Awards are selected annually by the LAF Board Emeritus Council and Executive Committee.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has announced the honorees of its 2021 LAF Medal & Founders' Award. Recognizing those who have made a significant and sustained contribution to LAF's mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment, the LAF Medal goes to an individual while a firm, agency, or organization is given the LAF Founders' Award.


For her expansive career, passionate advocacy, and diligent commitment to sustainability for all, LAF honors Karen A. Phillips, FASLA with the 2021 LAF Medal. Describing Phillips's achievements, LAF Medal and Founders' Award Committee stated, "She has been a champion for disadvantaged communities, bringing a landscape architecture perspective to influential positions that incorporated equity and sustainability, and contributed to the production of jobs through many different forums."

The Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD), who works to find solutions to critical planning and design challenges facing cities, has been awarded the 2021 LAF Founders' Award. The LAF Medal and Founders' Award Committee stated, "MICD has had a longstanding and consistent impact through the tangible improvements that have materialized through its workshops. The initiative reveals overlooked possibilities of public space to city officials while demonstrating the value of landscape architecture."


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