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2020 Olmsted Scholars Induction Ceremony

Grid of 85 headshots of each of the 2020 LAF Olmsted Scholars

 

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.

Headshots of the 2 LAF Olmsted Scholar winners and 6 Finalists

The full induction ceremony as well as recordings of the presentations and videos played during the event can be viewed below.

Schedule

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

 

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Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.

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