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Meet the 2016 National Olmsted Scholar and Finalists: The Undergraduates

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s 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.

Here, we showcase the 2016 undergraduate winner and finalists, who were announced in April. An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected them from a group of 32 undergraduate students nominated by their faculty for being exceptional student leaders. The winner receives the $15,000 undergraduate prize and each finalist receives $1,000. All of the 2016 Olmsted Scholars will be honored at LAF’s Annual Benefit in New Orleans on October 21.

 

National Olmsted Scholar Casey Howard of the University of Oregon

Casey shares first-place team project for the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge focused on food systems. Inspired by existing drainage technology used in agriculture, Casey and team developed a concept for a living filtration system to restore soil health, protect watersheds, and preserve productive lands.

 

Finalist Kathryn Chesebrough of the State University of New York

By showcasing several influential experiences, including the Red Cup Project that she led in Syracuse, New York, Kathryn shares her thoughts on the power of art, her design perspective, and sources of inspiration.

 

Finalist David Duperault of North Carolina A&T State University

[Video forthcoming. See bio here.]

 

Finalist Lyna Nget of the University of Washington

Lyna discusses her focus on evidence-based design for sustainable, inclusive, and therapeutic environments for vulnerable populations — especially those who suffer from physical and mental illnesses and disabilities.

Announcing Our 2016 National Olmsted Scholars

azzurracox-500x700Azzurra Cox, Harvard University

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is delighted to announce that Azzurra Cox, a master’s student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Casey Howard, an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, were selected as the 2016 National Olmsted Scholars.

Azzurra receives the $25,000 graduate prize and will leverage the award to continue her research around a vision for the revival of Greenwood Cemetery, an endangered heritage landscape, which was the first non‐denominational commercial cemetery for African Americans in the St. Louis area. By grappling with deep questions about race, remembrance, and the political agency of landscape, she hopes that the site can serve as a case study for how landscape architecture can help expose and valorize narratives that have been unrecognized. Azzura graduates with a Master of Landscape Architecture in May 2016.

Casey receives the $15,000 undergraduate prize and will use the award to expand on her team’s “Living Filtration System” concept, which won the design round of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The concept integrates living microorganisms with renewable materials to improve upon an existing technology commonly used to drain agricultural fields, and she wants to explore how it could be used in horticultural and storm water management solutions. Casey graduated this spring and would like to continue her education by pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies.

caseyhoward-500x700Casey Howard, University of Oregon

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

  • Jorge Alarcón, University of Washington
  • Olivia Fragale, Boston Architectural College
  • Ellen Oettinger White, Rutgers University

The undergraduate finalists are:

  • Kathryn Chesebrough, State University of New York
  • David Duperault, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Lyna Nget, University of Washington

Two independent juries of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected the winners and finalists from a group of 45 graduate and 32 undergraduate students nominated by their faculty for their exceptional leadership potential. These top students earned the designation of 2016 University Olmsted Scholars and join the growing community of over 450 past and present Olmsted Scholars.

The 2016 jurors for the graduate award were: Kona Gray, LAF President and Principal at EDSA; Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA, ASLA President-Elect and consulting landscape architect; Jody Rosenblatt-Naderi, Director of the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at Ball State University; D’Arcy Deeks, President and CEO at IRONSMITH; Daniel Martin, Director of Marketing at Permaloc Corporation and Partner at Land8 Media; Stephanie Pankiewicz, Partner at LandDesign; and Grant Fahlgren, 2015 National Olmsted Scholar (Graduate) and MLA student at University of British Columbia.

Jurors for the undergraduate award were: Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA, LAF President-Elect and Founding Principal at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol; K. Richard Zweifel, ASLA Immediate Past President and Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Maria C. “Tina” Gurucharri, Associate Professor and Landscape Architecture Department Chair, University of Florida; Po-Sun Chen, Executive Director and Vice President of BrightView Design Group; Gina Ford, Principal and Chair of Urban Studio at Sasaki Associates; Jim Laiche, Water Conservation Business Manager at The Toro Company; and Maria Muñoz, 2015 National Olmsted Scholar (Undergraduate) and BLA student at Louisiana State University.

Now in its ninth 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, IRONSMITH, LandDesign, Thomas C. and Gerry D. Donnelly, Steven G. King, FASLA, and Bill Main, Hon. ASLA; Promotion Partner: American Society of Landscape Architects.

Olmsted Scholar Events in Chicago

On Nov 5-6, LAF held a series of events in Chicago to honor the 2015 Olmsted Scholars, landscape architecture students who were nominated by their faculty for demonstrating exceptional leadership potential. Thirty-four of this year’s 72 Olmsted Scholars traveled from across the U.S. and Canada to participate.

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The Olmsted Scholars Luncheon gave the scholars the opportunity to meet each other, the LAF Board of Directors, staff, and program sponsors. Short presentations from the two National Olmsted Scholars showcased the incredible people and projects that the program supports. Maria Muñoz, winner of the $15,000 undergraduate prize, presented an overview of her research on Puerto Rico’s network of local vendors, their sources of home-grown agricultural products, and how this network may offer a more environmentally sustainable and resilient type of agricultural system. Grant Fahlgren, winner of the $25,000 graduate prize, discussed traditional ecological knowledge and how it applies to landscape architecture, using the Fraser River watershed in the Cascadia Bioregion as an example.

maria-markNational Olmsted Scholar Maria Muñoz with outgoing LAF President Mark Dawson

Following the luncheon, the scholars participated in a facilitated Leadership Conversation with members of the LAF Board and Board Emeriti, discussing how to continue to pursue their passions, stay accountable, and keep motivated as they transition from school to the workforce. They also shared their thoughts on how to enhance the Olmsted Scholars Program and the community of scholars, who now number 391 as the program enters its ninth year.

The events culminated with the LAF Annual Benefit at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. The sold-out crowd of over 500 guests honored the 2015 Olmsted Scholars during a special certificate ceremony. “What an honor and treat it was to meet this impressive group,” said outgoing LAF Board President Mark Dawson, FASLA. “The future of our profession is in good hands.”

Thank you to the generous Olmsted Scholars Program sponsors whose support makes the financial awards and events like these possible. Photos from the Annual Benefit and other Olmsted Scholar events can be found on LAF’s Flickr Photostream.

Meet the 2015 National Olmsted Scholar and Finalists: The Graduate Students

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s 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.

Here, we showcase the 2015 graduate student winner and finalists, who were announced last spring. An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected them from a group of 43 graduate students nominated by their faculty for being exceptional student leaders. The winner receives the $25,000 graduate prize and each finalist receives $1,000. All of the 2015 Olmsted Scholars will be honored at LAF’s Annual Benefit in Chicago on November 6.

 

National Olmsted Scholar Grant Fahlgren of the University of British Columbia

Grant discusses the 7 generations philosophy of his Anishinabae ancestors, traditional ecological knowledge, and how it applies to landscape architecture, using the Fraser River watershed in the Cascadia Bioregion as an example.

 

 

Finalist Andrea Johnson of the City College of New York

Andrea discusses her interest in how design can empower communities that have historically been marginalized, including her work on land intervention strategies to improve quality of life in low income communities in South Africa.

 

 

Finalist Teresa Pereira of Temple University

Teresa discusses her goal to expand the interdisciplinary boundaries of landscape architecture by utilizing filmmaking to address experiential, ecological, and social components of landscape analysis.

 

 

Finalist Harris Trobman of the University of Maryland

Harris showcases a recently completed design-build project at a school campus for 500 children in northern Haiti and discusses his current action-oriented research as a Green Infrastructure Specialist at the University of the District of Columbia.

Meet the 2015 National Olmsted Scholar and Finalists: The Undergraduates

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s 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.

Here, we showcase the 2015 undergraduate winner and finalists, who were announced last spring. An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected them from a group of 29 undergraduate students nominated by their faculty for being exceptional student leaders. The winner receives the $15,000 undergraduate prize and each finalist receives $1,000. All of the 2015 Olmsted Scholars will be honored at LAF’s Annual Benefit in Chicago on November 6.

 

National Olmsted Scholar Maria Muñoz of Louisiana State University

Maria discusses her research on food security in Puerto Rico and how enhancements to the existing network of local vendors and their sources of home-grown agricultural products could offer a more environmentally sustainable and resilient type of agricultural system.

 

Finalist Erin McDonald of Iowa State University

In this slideshow, Erin reflects on what landscape architecture and art mean to her. She also discusses opportunities as she embraces her new city: Houston, Texas.

 

Finalist Nathaniel Oakley of the University of California, Davis

Nathaniel shares his interest in finding sustainable and regenerative design solutions for landscapes affected by large scale and aging flood control infrastructure, using the examples of the Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena and the Arroyo Seco channel in Los Angeles, California.

 

Finalist Daniel Zhicheng Xu of Purdue University

[Video coming in December]