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Zimmerer Named 2017 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist

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Stephen Zimmerer

Stephen Zimmerer (’16, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) has been named a Landscape Architecture Foundation 2017 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist. Finalists receive a $1,000 award and a certificate at a recognition ceremony at the LAF’s annual benefit and Olmsted Scholar Luncheon, which coincides with the annual American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) meeting in Los Angeles in October.

Zimmerer, a Schreyer Honors Scholar and the student marshal for the December 2016 College of Arts and Architecture commencement, is currently in Shenzhen, China, continuing his thesis research and working for a small landscape architecture practice. His thesis was also part of his exhibition, “City Rural,” at the Woskob Family Gallery in the fall. His work has been exhibited at various locations, including the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture conference and expo, the Barcelona Architecture Center, and the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Raised by an artist and a geographer, Zimmerer creates prints, drawings, collages, and fabric works that address the blending of the urban and the rural. In 2015 his team was chosen as a finalist in the national World War I competition in Washington, D.C. Zimmerer also spent a semester at Hong Kong University in the spring of 2016, where he studied ecological planning and design in industrializing Myanmar. He returned to Hong Kong this fall to complete his thesis on the Pearl River Delta.

Zimmerer and the other Landscape Architecture Foundation 2017 National Olmsted Scholar Finalists are featured in the June issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and ALSA’s LAND e-news.

To learn more, visit the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s website: www.lafoundation.org.