Since 2007, Landscape Forms has partnered with the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) to offer annual scholarships for distinguished undergraduate landscape architecture students. This year marks the 14th annual Landscape Forms Scholarship in Memory of Peter Lindsay Schaudt and the introduction of the Landscape Forms Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship.
“While we’re celebrating 14 years since we first launched our scholarship program with LAF, Landscape Forms' relationship as a substantial contributor to the foundation goes back more than a quarter century,” Landscape Forms’ CEO Marjorie Simmons explains. “The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a platform for multi-generational participation and growth in the professional development of landscape architects. And through our scholarships and other support for the foundation, we want to ensure that the profession continues to thrive and that there continues to be a place where outstanding individual contributions can be recognized."
Landscape Forms believes in the positive impact landscape architects can have on the environment and society’s connection to it, and see the scholarship program as an invaluable opportunity to support, celebrate and elevate the rising leaders in their industry. Through these two annual scholarships, Landscape Forms seeks to open up new opportunities to increase the capacity and influence of the next generation of landscape architects in order to create a more just, inclusive, creative and sustainable future for the profession.
Jordan Chiang, 2021 recipient of the Landscape Forms Scholarship in Memory of Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA, is an exceptional landscape architecture student graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. A self-described “landscape nerd,” he is profoundly intrigued by the natural world and the interdisciplinary aspects of landscape architecture. “For me, getting into landscape architecture was the natural combination of my passions for both the arts and the sciences,” describes Jordan. Jordan’s level of passion is accompanied by a keen eye for detail in the landscape. “In my free time, I really love exploring new neighborhoods, identifying native plants and appreciating the subtle differences in architecture,” Jordan says. Jordan has demonstrated extraordinary aptitude and passion for his field, and will no doubt do great things in the landscape architecture profession.
Diamond Owens, 2021 recipient of the Landscape Forms Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship, is an accomplished landscape architecture student from the University of Georgia. Diamond is pursuing the profession to discover meaningful new connections with the outdoors, building on her own experiences with nature to help enhance the experiences of others. "I strive to be more than just a designer, more than just a landscape architect. I strive to be an activist and an educator,” says Diamond. "I truly cherish that my contributions to the world will change the lives of adults, children, people of all ages and races. My perception of nature was falsely shaped by its lack of prevalence in the inner city, Therefore, I commit to positively impact the lives of others in the urban environment.” With a focus on public health, environmental education and the integration of nature in the urban landscape, Diamond will assuredly contribute significantly to the field.
“I am incredibly proud of Jordan and Diamond, the level of passion that both display, and what this means for the future of landscape architecture,” says Landscape Forms CEO, Marjorie Simmons. "Our support of the LAF and its scholarship programs is an investment in the future of the profession, and its impact on the world we live in.”
About the Landscape Forms Scholarship in Memory of Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA
The Landscape Forms Scholarship in Memory of Peter Lindsay Schaudt celebrates the 30-year career of a leader and visionary in landscape architecture. Peter was one of the founding principals of the award-winning firm, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture in Chicago, Illinois and a dedicated member of the Board of Directors for Landscape Forms. Peter was widely admired for his incredible talent, dedication, generosity, and integrity. This scholarship is open to landscape architecture students in their final two years of full-time undergraduate study in a LAAB- or LAAC-accredited program in the U.S. or Canada and is awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment and creative design ability. Applicants must demonstrate passion, commitment, and competence in creating artfully-designed places for people. Recent winners of this scholarship include Christian Moore from Ohio State University in 2018, Guadalupe Rodriguez from Cal Poly Pomona in 2019, Claire Jarvis from the University of Georgia in 2020, and Jordan Chiang from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2021.
About the Landscape Forms Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship
Celebrating its inaugural year in 2021, the Landscape Forms Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship reflects Landscape Forms' aim to help create a society where social justice and racial diversity are the norm. Landscape Forms believes the best workplaces embrace individuality where any person can feel a strong sense of belonging—they aspire to that reality for their own workplace, and are committed to help spread this mindset across the whole of landscape architecture professions. This scholarship was established as a small but meaningful step toward achieving that vision of a just and diverse community in their industry, helping Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students advance in their education and career in landscape architecture. The Landscape Forms Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship is open to undergraduate landscape architecture students who identify as BIPOC and are currently enrolled in a LAAB- or LAAC-accredited program in the US or Canada. Candidates must demonstrate financial need, academic aptitude, and commitment to the discipline of landscape architecture. The inaugural winner of this scholarship is Diamond Owns from the University of Georgia in 2021.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture, structures, accessories, and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The company is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and includes Kornegay Design, located in Phoenix, Arizona, and Loll Designs, in Duluth, Minnesota, in its family of brands. It has sales representatives throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses; and familiar brand leaders such as Harvard University, Linked In, New York Central Park Conservancy, Bryant Park, Google, Coca Cola, Oculus, U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), Nike, National Museum of African American History (Washington, D.C.), Barclays Center, Adidas, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Microsoft, and Uber. We’ve been named one of the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production for 2020 by Fortune magazine, Michigan Manufacturer of the Year for 2020 by the Michigan Manufacturers Association, and by 269 Magazine as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces.