BAC Student Selected as 2016 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist

Olivia Fragale, Master of Landscape Architecture candidate, recognized by Landscape Architecture Foundation in premier national award program

Olivia Fragale presenting landscape urbanism studio project

Olivia Fragale presenting landscape urbanism studio project

The BAC is pleased to announce the Landscape Architecture Foundation has selected Olivia Fragale, Master of Landscape Architecture candidate, as a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist. Olivia was recognized as one of six finalists amongst a national pool of candidates.

Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the Olmsted Scholars Program is the premier national award program for landscape architecture students. It recognizes outstanding student leaders from each accredited landscape architecture program in the United States and Canada 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.

Olivia joins a community of nearly 400 past and present Olmsted scholars. Each year one graduate student and one undergraduate student are named National Olmsted Scholars, and up to six finalists are selected by an independent jury of leaders in the landscape architecture profession.

"It is an honor to join the National Olmsted Scholar community of student leaders. The selection process has recognized my achievements as a scientist and designer, but more importantly the Foundation is demonstrating and embracing the importance of science-based perspectives on design," said Olivia. "I am incredibly honored to be a finalist and am eager to join other students in discussing the goals and growth of the profession."

Olivia is interested in how landscape planning and ecological systems can influence the design of space. Her previous studies in environmental science and ecology at the University of Vermont have led her to try to understand the landscape further by investigating how patterns in and on the land can reveal opportunities for landscape interventions. Her work in cataloging ant species through a comprehensive series of field expeditions in the Western Providence of South Africa enabled her to highlight the ecosystem benefits of biodiversity. Her interest in biomimicry technology has led her to explore living wastewater design interventions.

She believes that these systems offer a transformative approach linking humans with the regenerative capacity of natural systems. Olivia hopes to continue to broaden her understanding of the synthesis of applied ecology and applied art as a means to bridge science and the design professions. She believes landscape architecture can help to facilitate the creation of mutually beneficial habitats for both humans and all biotic species.

Olivia is currently in her last semester at the BAC. She has been active on campus, serving as the president of SASLA and as a student assistant for the School of Landscape Architecture. She currently works for Terraink and previously worked at Warner Larson Landscape Architects and The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Please join us in congratulating Olivia on this tremendous accomplishment.