2020 Olmsted Scholars Induction Ceremony
This virtual celebration honored the 48 graduate and 37 undergraduate students named as 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholars.
With its $25,000 graduate and $15,000 undergraduate prize, the LAF Olmsted Scholars Program is the premier leadership recognition program for landscape architecture students. The virtual induction ceremony on September 17, 2020 celebrated these rising leaders and welcomed them to the community of 805 LAF Olmsted Scholars named since the program’s inception in 2008.
The event featured presentations from a past scholar and the two 2020 national winners:
- Sandra Nam Cioffi, Principal, Ink Landscape Architects and Creator, Cut/Fill 2020 (2012 LAF Olmsted Scholar)
- Lys Divine Ndemeye, University of British Columbia, 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Graduate)
- David Hooper, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Undergraduate)
Recordings from the event are posted below. Watch to get a glimpse of the issues, ideas, and energy of the next generation of designers.
Meet the 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholars
The LAF Olmsted Scholars 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.
Now in its 13th year, the program recognizes one outstanding student from each accredited landscape architecture program in the U.S. and Canada, along with the jury-selected graduate and undergraduate national award winners and finalists. (The 2020 winners and finalists are shown here.)
The 85 LAF Olmsted Scholars named in 2020 join the growing community of 805 past and present scholars.
The full induction ceremony as well as recordings of the presentations and videos played during the event can be viewed below.
3:00pm Welcome + Introduction, Barbara Deutsch, CEO, Landscape Architecture Foundation
3:07pm Keynote Address, Sandra Nam Cioffi, 2012 LAF Olmsted Scholar
3:20pm Recognition of undergraduate 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholars, finalists, and national winner, Monte Wilson, LAF President Elect
3:26pm Recognition of graduate 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholars, finalists, and national winner, Lisa Switkin, LAF President
3:35pm Presentation, David Hooper, 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (undergraduate)
3:45pm Presentation, Lys Divine Ndemeye, 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (graduate)
3:55pm Closing Remarks, Barbara Deutsch, CEO, Landscape Architecture Foundation
4:00pm 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholar Spotlight/Outro video
Times in EDT
Full event recording
Keynote Address by Sandra Nam Cioffi, 2012 LAF Olmsted Scholar
Undergraduate 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholars Roll Call Video
Undergraduate 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar Finalists Video
Graduate 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholars Roll Call Video
graduate 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar Finalists Video
Presentation by David Hooper, 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (undergraduate)
Presentation by Lys Divine Ndemeye, 2020 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (graduate)
2020 LAF Olmsted Scholar Spotlight/Outro Video