David Duperault, a recent graduate of the Landscape Architecture Program, has been named a 2016 University Olmstead Scholar finalist by the Washington-based Landscape Architecture Foundation.
The Olmstead Awards are recognized as among the premier national student awards in the field of landscape architecture, according to Anna Reaves, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design , who nominated Duperault for the award.
The program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, services and leadership to advance sustainable planning and design and to foster human and societal benefits. Duperault was selected from among 32 undergraduates and 45 graduates who were nominated by faculty across the nation, and was one of six finalists who received $1,000 each in recognition of the honor.
Duperault’s project while a student included working with the Center for Community Engaged Design at UNC-Greensboro to design a moveable farmer’s market for a local neighborhood. He was also one of the SAES’s Undergraduate Research Scholars, completing an independent research survey of homeowners’ preferences for native replacement of invasive plants.
As a non-traditional student, Duperault already had significant experience on his resume, including service as project and construction manager for Habitat for Humanity in Greensboro. Like most SAES students, he had a job offer by the time he graduated.
Duperault is working as landscape designer for Borum, Wade and Associates P.A., a Greensboro engineering and surveying firm.