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2009 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes Winner Returns

Richard Heriford, the winner of LAF’s first Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes, has just returned from his all expense paid, week-long trip to EDSA’s Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa, located in the Nankun Mountain Reserve in Guangdong Province, China. This award-winning resort is one of the first ecotourism destinations in China.

chinatrip657-pif2Richard had an incredible experience and said that the resort could not have been more beautiful with its layering of natural and designed environments.

“The Crosswinds resort is truly spectacular. The intimate luxury hotel sits on the river’s edge high in the mountains about 2 hours from Gaungzhou Airport. The building design and landscape architecture work hand-in-hand to create a visually rich and relaxing atmosphere, while the staff keeps a watchful eye on every detail.”

“During our six-day visit, we were assigned a two-bedroom River Villa, complete with sound from the rushing stream. During the day we enjoyed several chinatrip723-pifside trips to nearby villages and towns to explore local culture and site seeing. In the afternoons we received resort signature spa treatments and tea. And each evening, we consulted with the kitchen staff in preparation for our Hakka style dinner.”

“In addition to great design the resort is blessed with a great staff. Everyone we meet did their personal best to make us feel welcome in their country. I can’t wait to return. Many thanks to LAF and EDSA for a delightful trip!”

Stayed tuned for information on LAF’s 2010 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes to learn how you could win a trip for two to AECOM’s Anvaya Cove in the Philippines.

2010 National Olmsted Scholar and Finalists

emilyvogler09benefitEmily Vogler, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as the 2010 National Olmsted Scholar and recipient of the $25,000 award.  Emily will receive her Master of Landscape Architecture degree in May and plans to use the award to conduct research and provoke public conversation on sustainable regionalism, using the five pillars of water, energy, economy, ecology and community. She was a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist in 2009.

Also honored are this year’s five national finalists:

  • David Godshall, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lauren Hackney, University of Virginia
  • Christopher Hardy, Cornell University
  • Caitlin Harrigan, University of British Columbia
  • Amanda Jeter, University of Colorado, Denver

An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected the award winner and finalists from a group of 38 graduate and undergraduate students who were nominated by their faculty for being student leaders in sustainable design and planning. These top students earned the designation of 2010 University Olmsted Scholars.

The 2010 jury members were Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine; Mark Dawson, ASLA, Principal, Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Forster Ndubisi, ASLA, Professor and Department Head, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University; Teresa Durkin, ASLA, Vice President and Senior Landscape Architect, HOK; Jonathan Mueller, FASLA, ASLA President-Elect, Senior Landscape Architect at Landmark/Architects West, Inc.; Skip Graffam, ASLA, Partner/Director of Research, OLIN; and David Malda, 2009 National Olmsted Scholar.

The Olmsted Scholars Program was launched in 2008 to honor the work of today’s student leaders in sustainable design and planning.  Past National Olmsted Scholars are Andrea Gaffney from the University of California, Berkeley (2008) and David Malda from the University of Virginia (2009).