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2021 Olmsted Scholars Induction Ceremony

Grid of 87 headshots of each of the 2021 LAF Olmsted Scholars

 

This virtual celebration honored the 51 graduate and 36 undergraduate students named as 2021 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 14, 2021 celebrated these rising leaders and welcomed them to the community of 892 LAF Olmsted Scholars named since the program’s inception in 2008.

The event featured presentations from a past scholar and the two 2021 national winners:

  • Andrew Sargeant, Rose Fellow, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (2016 LAF Olmsted Scholar)
  • Abigail Long, Temple University, 2021 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Undergraduate)
  • Harshat Verma, The Ohio State University, 2021 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Graduate)

Recordings from the event are posted below. Watch to learn more about this prestigious program and see some of the ideas and issues the next generation of designers is poised to tackle.

Meet the 2021 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 14th year, the program recognizes one outstanding student from each accredited landscape architecture program in the US and Canada, along with the jury-selected graduate and undergraduate national award winners and finalists. (The 2021 winners and finalists are shown here.)

The 87 LAF Olmsted Scholars named in 2021 join the growing community of 892 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

5:00pm    Welcome + Introduction, Barbara Deutsch, CEO, Landscape Architecture Foundation
5:05pm    Keynote Address, Andrew Sargeant, 2016 LAF Olmsted Scholar
5:12pm    Recognition of undergraduate 2021 LAF Olmsted Scholars, finalists, and national winner, Kofi Boone, LAF President Elect
5:20pm    Recognition of graduate 2021 LAF Olmsted Scholars, finalists, and national winner, Monte Wilson, LAF President
5:30pm    Presentation, Abigail Long, Temple University, 2021 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Undergraduate)
5:40pm    Presentation, Harshat Verma, The Ohio State University, 2021 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Graduate)
5:50pm    Closing Remarks, Barbara Deutsch, CEO, Landscape Architecture Foundation
5:55pm    2021 LAF Olmsted Scholar Spotlight video
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Full Event Recording

 

Keynote Address by Andrew Sargeant, 2016 LAF Olmsted Scholar

 

UNDERGRADUATE 2021 LAF OLMSTED SCHOLARS ROLL CALL VIDEO

 

UNDERGRADUATE 2021 LAF NATIONAL OLMSTED SCHOLAR FINALISTS VIDEO

 

Presentation by Abigail Long, 2021 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Undergraduate)

 

GRADUATE 2021 LAF OLMSTED SCHOLARS ROLL CALL VIDEO

 

GRADUATE 2021 LAF NATIONAL OLMSTED SCHOLAR FINALISTS VIDEO

 

Presentation by Harshat Verma, 2021 LAF National Olmsted Scholar (Graduate)

 

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LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

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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