Lauren Delbridge (BLA 2017), 2017 National Olmsted Scholar (undergraduate) and currently a designer at Land Design in Charlotte, NC, has been selected to receive a Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership based on her work in her senior thesis project “Coal Ash Ponds and Designed Remediation.”
Each Fellow receives a $25,000 award and will dedicate 12 weeks of time over the course of the year to pursue their proposed project. The year-long fellowship consists of this project work, supported by facilitated discussions, critiques, mentorship, and explorations of transformational leadership that occur during three, 3-day residencies in Washington, D.C. Lauren will continue her thesis explorations initiated at Virginia Tech to explore the future of coal ash ponds and research successfully remediated wastescapes in the U.S. and abroad.
Lauren plans to collect precedent case studies through the documentation of site visits, discussions with stakeholders, and the collection and study of existing remediation strategies. Lauren looks forward to the support of the fellowship cohort to help her develop and refine a strategy for further research on disturbed sites. Participation in the fellowship will be valuable in guiding her research and building her leadership skills to allow her to propel her advocacy work from academia into the public realm.