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Conversation in Equity and Design With Sara Zewde


Oct 15, 2021 11:44 AM

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Sara Zewde
Principal | Studio Zewde @Studio Zewde
Sara Zewde is founding principal of Studio Zewde, a design firm in NY practicing landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art. The studio is devoted to creating enduring places where people belong. Named a 2021 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York, the firm is lauded for its distinct design methodology syncing culture, ecology, and craft. In parallel with practice, Sara serves as Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and in 2018, was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. Recently, she was named a 2020 US Artists Fellow. Sara holds a master’s of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics from Boston University.
Jessica Holmes
Associate Director AIA MN @AIA-MN
Jessica’s passion for architecture comes from her desire to serve others. A Minnesota Native, she found her calling in utilizing unique skills in design and communication to generate positive change for her surrounding communities. Through education, she found a love for using innovative strategies to inform designs for public interest and wellness. She received her education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she received a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, as well as a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Metropolitan Design. Jessica is currently a Project Manager at Urban Design Perspectives – a Minneapolis-based Architecture firm that focuses on social and environmental equity in the built environment. Her primary roles include documentation and management of social and environmental initiatives. She is a 2015 Clarence Wigington Scholarship recipient and currently serves as Associate Director for the 2021 AIA MN – St. Paul Board.