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Landscape architects create new Spitzer scholarship

City College and the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture announced the establishment of the Hollander Design Fellowship.

The three-year fellowship was established by Hollander Design Landscape Architects to encourage and support New York City students from demographics and communities that are historically underrepresented in landscape architecture to pursue the field.


“Landscape architecture is a profession that is felt at the community level, and all communities should have a voice in helping to shape the fabric of our lives outdoors,” said Edmund Hollander, FASLA, president of the firm.

The fellowship is given to selected recipients enrolled in the Spitzer School who are pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture.

Candidates must be enrolled in the Landscape Architecture Master’s (MLA) program at Spitzer and in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above). Students who are Black/African American, Latinx, Alaskan Native or American Indian, or other historically underrepresented cultural or ethnic groups in landscape architecture are encouraged to apply.

“This generous gift from Hollander Design could not have come at a more timely or important moment, both for the discipline of landscape architecture, and for our school,” said Professor Lesley Lokko, Dean, Spitzer School of Architecture.

Four Spitzer MLA graduates currently work at Hollander Design. They are: Ashley Aaron, ’15, Ryan Morrison, ’14, Lara Friedmann, ’14, and Anna McKeigue, ’20.

“Transforming the profession begins in the academy,” said Professor Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Director of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program. “Our program is committed to challenging the entrenched biases and historical canons of landscape architecture that have too long been accepted as the norm. The Hollander Design Fellowship will significantly support the resonance of our students’ diverse voices in the field.”

Hollander Design is one of few landscape architecture firms on Architectural Digest’s AD100 list. The firm’s portfolio features award-winning residential estates and gardens, urban rooftops and public plazas, including the Hudson Yards development in New York City (pictured top). The firm designs gardens and landscapes around the world from three offices in New York City, Chicago, and Sag Harbor, NY. 

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