Fifth-year landscape architecture student Rob Brady has been named a 2011 Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholar.
The Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes students with “exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits,” according to the program’s website. Brady was nominated by the Philadelphia University’s Landscape Architecture Program faculty to be considered for the award.
“I was honored to be nominated for the award,” Brady said. The award recognizes Brady’s achievements working on community service projects, as well as his excellence in the classroom.
“It was a privilege for the landscape architecture program to have such a strong student to nominate for this award,” said Claudia Phillips, director of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program. “Rob has been a strong student academically from day one, and his growth within his professional courses has been phenomenal.”
“We know that Rob will truly integrate his love of community through sustainable design practices in all his future endeavors,” Phillips said.
Brady’s work at PhilaU has centered on using landscape architecture to promote community togetherness. His thesis project is focused on unique ways to use landscape architecture to serve an underprivileged Native American community in South Dakota.
This summer, Brady will also combine two of his other interests, biking and affordable housing, in a biking trip across America to raise money for the non-profit Bike and Build organization. Brady has done work in the past for Habitat for Humanity, and hopes to raise $4,000 before setting off on the cross-country bicycle tour with his twin brother Patrick and more than 30 other riders.
The bikers will set out from Portland, Maine, on June 18 and arrive in Santa Barbara, Calif., on August 27, stopping to raise awareness for the need for affordable housing in several communities along the way.
To read more about Brady’s trip and Bike and build, visit his blog at http://onebikeonegoal.wordpress.com.