Congratulations to Susan Karim, BLA Candidate, for being chosen as a 2011 University Olmsted Scholar. The 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.
BAC student Susan Karim was first introduced to landscape architecture as a child walking the drumlins of World’s End, an Olmsted-designed, Trustees of Reservations nature preserve in Hingham, Massachusetts.
A 20+-year career as a professional chef developed her reverence for indigenous agriculture, local, seasonal food, sustainable practice, and ethical stewardship, while her management skills instilled an understanding of the importance of interpersonal communication and community relationships.
Following her passions inspired a career change. In 2008 she enrolled in the concurrent academic/practice, first professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree program at the Boston Architectural College.
She distinguished her leadership skills, winning the American Planning Association 2010 Outstanding Planning Award/Individual Student Project for the Field Guide Of Trees for Quincy Center Zoning Districts, commissioned by the Quincy Department of Planning and Community Development where she works in the landscape section and hopes to continue her commitment to community-based design.