LABash is an annual student Landscape Architecture conference held in North America. Each year, LABash is hosted by a different University in the United States or Canada. Students and professionals, have traveled from Canada and some as far away as South Korea and New Zealand to attend. The conference consists of guest speakers, workshops, design charettes, expos and social events.
The annual event was founded by three Landscape Architecture students from the University of Guelph. They traveled to several other landscape architecture schools in Canada and the Eastern US to network and exchange knowledge and skills. In 1970, the first LABash conference was held at the University of Guelph, Ontario. It has since become a tradition to host the conference in different universities each year. Landscape architecture professionals, past graduates, current students and professionals and students from related fields such as urban planning, architecture, urban design, and art have joined to celebrate landscape architecture, learn new skills, network with other students and prospective employers, and gain inspiration for their work.
Louisiana State University hosted the Conference with the theme "Survive" from February 22 to 24, 2007. It was held in the Baton Rouge Sheraton Hotel. Some speakers included Peter Walker who is known for his project on the World Trade Center Memorial and futurist David Zach. The conference hosted over 700 students and 150 professionals. www.labash.lsu.edu
The 2009 Conference was held from February 26 through February 28 at Pennsylvania State University. The conference was held at the Penn Stater, a hotel on the campus, with one evening of social events held at the Days Inn.
Alcohol was removed from conference events after the first night. Three free beer or soda coupons were given to the guests, with those 21 and older receiving wrist bands to be allowed to drink. Many minors were found with alcohol, and some guests brought alcohol into the social.