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Each year, the Chapter recognizes two students, one at each of the accredited landscape architectural programs within the state—University of Virginia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University—based upon the recommendations of the faculty. The student scholarship recipients receive a certificate and a monetary award at the annual meeting.

2021 Award Recipients

Reid Farnsworth - University of Virginia

Reid Farnsworth is a MLA graduate of the UVA School of Architecture from Nashville, Tennessee. At the A-School, Reid worked with the Center for Cultural Landscapes, Landscape Studies Initiative, Fabrication Lab, Milton Land Lab, and Student Association of Landscape Architects. As a history major with a career in environmental education and forest maintenance, Reid was drawn to landscape architecture’s socio-ecological approach that could blend broad interests in cultural history, landscape maintenance, fabrication, and planting design. Reid’s research interests include the intersection of landscape architecture with issues of land and resource equity as well as designing tools for stakeholder-driven landscape decision-making. Reid also loves engaging with as many physical and digital tools as possible, from CNC routing to video game engine visualization.

 Joey Troia - Virginia Tech

Joey Troia is an undergraduate studying landscape architecture at Virginia Tech, with a minor in American Studies. Presently, his interest lies in understanding the cultural and physical composition of space, and design’s agency in the collective imagining of just futures. Joey hopes to return to school after working in the field to explore problems of urbanization, sociology, and critical geography. Sketching and reading inform his work heavily, and outside of these passions he also loves baseball, cooking, and running.

2020 Award Recipients

Alex Arshadi - Virginia Tech

Alex Arshadi is an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech studying Landscape Architecture with a minor in Ecological Cities. His primary interest is in radically sustainable design, and he has participated in several award-winning Solar Decathlon design teams. His approach to design is informed by a background in music, previously pursuing a career as an orchestral percussionist before discovering Landscape Architecture. He is a research junkie at heart, and is always delighted to receive a good book recommendation.


Nick Wittkofski - University of Virginia

Born and raised in Richmond, Nicholas grew up visiting places such as Maymont, and the VMFA, with some of his fondest memories being lunches with his mom at the former sculpture garden designed by Lawrence Halprin. His interest in the arts was fostered at places like the Hand Workshop (now the Visual Arts Center), Trinity Episcopal School, and at Virginia Commonwealth University where he obtained his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Craft and Material studies. After school, he began working as a professional gardener, and gained an interest in nutrition, food security, and accessibility, finding his way to Allegheny Mountain Institute to practice sustainable farming methods, permaculture, and community engagement.

Through UVA, he discovered his love for travel and observing different cultural practices, attending the Vicenza program as a student, then later as a teaching assistant, studying Muskau Park in Germany with the Center for Cultural Landscapes, and traveling to Jaipur, India as part of the 2019 Yamuna River Project Studio. He aspires to one day have his own design-build firm, and live like a gnome on his own small permaculture farm. When he’s not working, he can be found going on long walks through the city, or watching British panel game shows like “Would I Lie to You?”


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