Washington, D.C., March 21,
— Viviana Castro, Student ASLA, and Lynette Osinubi, Student ASLA, have been
selected as the ASLA Council of Fellows (COF) Scholarship recipients for 2012.
They each will get $4,000 to pursue their studies.
first came to appreciate the importance of landscape architecture, particularly
stormwater management, working summers in the poor, often-flooded hillside
communities south of Bogata, Colombia, her native city. The outstanding
third-year undergraduate student at the University of Florida Department of Landscape
Architecture aspires to demonstrate by example that the profession is wide open
to Latin American women. As a community volunteer, she shares her love of the
profession and teaches others of the landscape architect’s value in strengthening
cultural identity. She mentors minority high school students and encourages
their interest in landscape architecture as a profession of choice.
Osinubi, as an undergraduate,
already has her sights set on a doctorate in urban planning with a focus on how
landscape architecture can improve living conditions in dense, underprivileged
neighborhoods. A third-year student at the University of Georgia, she founded the
Multicultural Society of Landscape Architecture to support her fellow minority
students in pursuing landscape architecture. She draws inspiration from her
parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from West Africa and struggle to support
her professional pursuits. As a volunteer, she helps others learn the Yoruba
language and is active in the Georgia Society of Landscape Architecture, the
African Student Union, the Feminist Club, and the Athens, Ga., community.
students will attend the ASLA
Annual Meeting and EXPO to receive their scholarship certificates at the
COF Business Meeting on Monday, October 1, at 8:00 a.m. at the Phoenix
ASLA Council of Fellows established this scholarship fund in 2004 to aid
outstanding students in financial need, increase the participation in landscape
architecture of economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations,
and enrich the profession through increased diversity. In addition to the
scholarships, both women will also receive a one-year student ASLA membership,
general registration fees for the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, and a travel
stipend to attend the meeting. The Landscape Architecture Foundation
administers the scholarship on behalf of the ASLA Council of Fellows.