BAC Student Named 2015 University Olmsted Scholar

Michael Sadler, Master of Landscape Architecture, recognized at Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Annual Benefit in Chicago

Michael Sadler

Michael Sadler; Photo by Tom Klein

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Michael Sadler, a student in the College's Master of Landscape Architecture program, was named a 2015 University Olmsted Scholar in the Landscape Architecture Foundation's (LAF) Olmsted Scholars Program, the premier national award program for landscape architecture students.

LAF'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.

Michael's research experience led him to study issues of agency, collaborative group dynamics, and the relationship between identity and landscape. Seeing the way participants in his ethnographic studies reacted and related to the natural systems around them inspired him to think critically about how to best manage and facilitate that relationship in others. Through future professional practice, and his current educational career, Michael hopes to highlight the ability of landscape architects to impact the worlds of public, ecological, and political health with designs centered on longitudinal qualitative research and societal well-being. He believes that connecting to endemic cultural and ecological traditions holds the key to design projects acting as agents of empowerment for underserved communities. His plans on exploring the link between productive landscapes, disenfranchised populations, and the methods needed to track the social sustainability of landscape architecture.

Michael was recognized at the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Annual Benefit on November 6, 2015 in Chicago. Please join us in congratulating Michael on this tremendous accomplishment.

About the Olmsted Scholar Program:

Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, the Olmsted Scholars Program with its $25,000 graduate and $15,000 undergraduate prize is the premier national award program for landscape architecture students. Now in its eighth 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. Students are both honored for past achievements and recognized for their future potential to influence the landscape architecture profession.

These future leaders of the profession join a growing community of over 300 past and present Olmsted Scholars. The prestige and publicity associated with the award serve to promote the significance of the landscape architecture profession and help attract inspired and motivated leaders.