2014 National Olmsted Scholars

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce that Sara Zewde, a master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Erin Percevault, an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, were selected as the 2014 National Olmsted Scholars.

zewdesara-500x700Sara Zewde, Harvard University

Sara receives the $25,000 graduate prize and intends to use the award to return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and New Orleans, Louisiana to continue working with the communities of Pequena África and Treme in designing their urban landscapes in a culturally and ecologically relevant manner. The award will also enable her to pursue additional projects where communities desire a spatial interpreter of cultural values. Sara expects to receive a Master of Landscape Architecture in May 2015. 

Erin receives the $15,000 undergraduate prize and plans to use the award to investigate how new nuclear technology and government legislation may create and alter industrial landscapes surrounding the Lemhi Pass, a National Historic Landmark along the wildlife corridor between Yellowstone National Park and the wilderness regions of central Idaho. Erin is pursuing a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and expects to graduate May in 2015. 

Also honored are six National Olmsted Scholar Finalists, who each receive a $1,000 award. The graduate finalists are:

  • VeraEve Giampietro, University of Washington
  • Harriett Jameson, University of Virginia
  • Anneliza Kaufer, University of Pennsylvania

The undergraduate finalists are:

  • Viviana Castro, University of Florida
  • Clemente Rico, Arizona State University
  • Blythe Worstell, Ohio State University
percevaulterin-500x700Erin Percevault, Louisiana State University

An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected the winners and finalists from a group of 45 graduate and 30 undergraduate students nominated by their faculty for being exceptional student leaders. These top students earned the designation of 2014 University Olmsted Scholars and join the growing community of over 300 past and present Olmsted Scholars.

The 2014 jury members for the graduate award were: Jacinta McCann, FAILA, LAF Board President and Executive Vice President of Design + Planning and Economics at AECOM; Chris Fannin, Director of Planning at HOK; Joseph J. Lalli, FASLA, Chairman and Principal at EDSA; K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA, ASLA President-Elect, and Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Brent Lloyd, Principal, ValleyCrest Design Group; Maria C. “Tina” Gurucharri, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida; Susan Szenasy, Director, Metropolis Magazine; and Leann Andrews, 2013 National Olmsted Scholar (Graduate) and PhD Candidate at the University of Washington.

Jurors for the undergraduate award were: Mark Dawson, FASLA, Managing Principal at Sasaki Associates; Thomas Tavella, past President of ASLA; Skip Graffam, Partner and Director of Research at OLIN; Jim Laiche, Business Manager at The Toro Company; Jody Rosenblatt-Naderi, Chairperson of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University; Bill Marken, Editor-in-Chief of Garden Design magazine, ASLA; and McKenzie Wilhelm, 2013 National Olmsted Scholar (Undergraduate) and student at Ohio State University.

Now in its seventh year, the Olmsted Scholars Program is the premier national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students. The program honors students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. The Olmsted Scholars Program is made possible with support from Lead Sponsor: The Toro Company; Annual Sponsors: EDSA, HOK, OLIN, Sasaki Associates, and Thomas C. and Gerry D. Donnelly; and Promotion Partner: American Society of Landscape Architects.