04/30/2014 08:32 AM
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Erin Percevault, a native of Verona, N.J., was selected by the
Landscape Architecture Foundation as the undergraduate winner of the 2014 Olmsted
Scholars Program, the premier national award and recognition program for landscape
“I am very honored to have been chosen to be this year’s undergraduate National Olmsted
Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and I am truly grateful for their
support and the support of our faculty at LSU,” said Percevault, an LSU Honors College student pursuing a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture in the College of Art & Design.
Percevault, who expects to graduate May in 2015, will receive the $15,000 undergraduate
prize and plans to use the award to investigate how thorium extraction in Lemhi Pass,
a National Historic Landmark along the wildlife corridor between Yellowstone National
Park and central Idaho, can be tailored to local ecologies to minimize exposure of
both wilderness areas and local communities to toxic externalities.
“With the Olmsted Scholars Program’s support, I will be investigating how new nuclear
technology and government legislation may create and alter industrial landscapes surrounding
the Lemhi Pass,” Percevault said. “The research I do in my remaining undergraduate
and future graduate studies will focus on improving the conditions of productive landscapes
and resources actively in communities in government and privatized sectors.”
Percevault hopes to bring her experiences from the field and the office back to a
university, where she can teach students to engage in their communities and bring
their observations and concerns to the forefront of their work.
“Erin has a real talent for research, conceptual development, and the presentation
of complex ideas to clients, faculty and visiting critics,” said Associate Professor
of Landscape Architecture Kevin Risk, who nominated Percevault for the Olmsted award.
“She is one of the most intellectually curious, engaged and meticulous student in
her class, and is certainly among the most academically gifted and committed of any
undergraduate I have taught while at LSU. She clearly has a passion for environmental
issues and many of her projects reflect an overriding concern for environmental sustainability,
ecological wholeness, and environmental justice.”
Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising at the Honors College, said, “I
was delighted to hear of Erin’s continuing national success in her field of landscape
architecture. As an Honorable Mention in the Udall Scholarship competition last year
and now as one of two 2014 University Olmsted Scholars from across the nation, Erin
has taken every advantage of opportunities provided by the Robert Reich School of
Landscape Architecture and the Honors College.”
In recognition of her accomplishments, among other perks, Percevault will receive the following:
“We are proud to have Erin’s leadership recognized by the Landscape Architecture Foundation,”
said Bradley Cantrell, associate professor and director of the Robert Reich School
of Landscape Architecture. “Her work at the school has been phenomenal and the funding
she will receive from the Olmsted Scholarship will propel her research on wildlife
corridors in exciting new ways.”
Sara Zewde, a master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, was selected
as the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar graduate winner. Also honored were six National
Olmsted Scholar Finalists, who each receive $1,000. The graduate finalists are Vera
Eve Giampietro, University of Washington; Harriett Jameson, University of Virginia;
and Anneliza Kaufer, University of Pennsylvania. The undergraduate finalists are Viviana
Castro, University of Florida; Clemente Rico, Arizona State University; and Blythe
Worstell, Ohio State University.
An independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession selected the
winners and finalists from a group of 45 graduate and 30 undergraduate students who
were nominated by their faculty for being exceptional student leaders. These top students
earned the designation of 2014 University Olmsted Scholars.
“The Landscape Architecture Foundation is delighted to recognize and support these
exceptional young leaders who will be the next generation of designers, spokespeople,
and change agents to lead and advance the landscape architecture profession,” said
Landscape Architecture Foundation Executive Director Barbara Deutsch. “They join a
growing community of 318 past and present Olmsted Scholars.”
Now in its seventh year, the Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students
with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication,
service, and leadership to advance sustainable planning and design and foster human
and societal benefits. The program is made possible with support from Lead Sponsor:
The Toro Company; Annual Sponsors: EDSA, HOK, OLIN, Sasaki Associates, and Thomas
C. and Gerry D. Donnelly; and Promotion Partner: American Society of Landscape Architects.
The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising assists students in applying for prestigious undergraduate and post-graduate fellowships
and scholarships. For more information about our fellowship advising resources, or
to schedule an appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Landscape Architecture Foundation
The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Established in 1966, the foundation invests in research and scholarship to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability through landscape solutions. For more information, visit www.lafoundation.org/olmsted.
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014