NAOP announces essay competition for grades 9-12 and university students.

To celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) announces a Student Essay Competition. 

Frederick Law Olmsted was a landscape architect, author, farmer, journalist, city planner, public official, and creative genius who transformed the landscape of American cities. For over 100 years, he and the successor design firm bearing his name completed thousands of park, greenspace, campus, arboretum, institutional and residential projects across America.

NAOP hopes to connect the foundational principles of Olmsted’s democratic vision, values, and resilient designs to contemporary issues in American cities. To do this, the essays entered in the competition must address the following question: How should the life, legacy and values of Frederick Law Olmsted inform 21st century challenges? 

The competition has two divisions: grades 9-12 and university (both undergraduate and graduate students). 

Three prizes for each division will be awarded – First prize = $1,000, Second prize = $500, and Third prize = $250.

Entries are due January 15, 2022.

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This article was first posted in H-Environment.  Dr. Birge- Liberman is Associate Professor-in-Residence (Urban and Community Studies) at the University of Connecticut.