Landscape Architecture

News and Student Awards


Olin Prize for Design + Scholarship ($500 check and certificate)

Each year the landscape architecture faculty selects a graduating student that it feels is the “outstanding” student for that year. This year’s recipient was…

Emma Haley!  Emma is a very talented designer and excellent in all technological areas. But what sets her apart from her classmates is an inherent maturity and curiosity to learn. Emma consistently goes the extra mile to research a site, explore various design precedents and strive for the most visionary and sustainable solution.  All of her professors speak very highly of her for her creativity, intelligence and positive personality. Emma has a bright and exciting future in the profession!

ASLA Awards (American Society of Landscape Architects)

Each year the landscape architecture faculty nominate up to two graduating students to compete for Honor and/or Merit Awards. A jury of practicing professionals is selected to review the “lifetime” work of the two students. After a formal presentation to the group, the jury makes its decision. This year the winners were…

Nicholas D’Ottavio! Nick demonstrated a high level of academic scholarship and accomplishments in skills related to the art and science of landscape architecture. He is self-motivated, responsible and a great collaborator who exhibits design excellence in all he tackles. His ability to consider the ecological, social, economic and experiential aspects of a place are evident in his designs. Nick will make a great landscape architect!

Olmsted Scholar

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. This year the winner was….

Emma Haley! I am a native Floridian from Jensen Beach who is now rooted as a student at Philadelphia University studying Landscape Architecture. I became fascinated in how native plants could be used to enhance the quality of life for humans; more specifically, how to enhance water quality by using native plants in storm water management. I plan on continuing to enhance my knowledge on how to mitigate water pollutants through my internship at the environmental engineering firm, AKRF, Inc. Eventually, I would like to take my skills to a landscape architecture firm and concentrate on implementing storm water management practices in communities to educate people on the importance of the environment on our well-being. Finally, being involved in softball all my life has really inspired me to protect and enjoy outdoor spaces. I would like to implement these best practices in community areas that can combine recreational spaces with rehabilitative areas.

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