LA senior wins national recognition

Kelley Woodacre, a 2012 graduate of the CELS Landscape Architecture program, is one of 41 students nationally to be honored in the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program.

Woodacre, a native of Wellesley MA., was cited as a top student leader in landscape sustainability.

In winning the designation, Woodacre can use the designation “University Olmstead Scholar” throughout her career, will attend the foundation’s benefit in the fall, will have a feature article written about her and her work in student projects and will be offered opportunities to network.

As a student at URI, Woodacre was part of the team of students who worked on projects to rid Kingston’s Potter Woods of invasive plants, to make South Kingstown High School more sustainable in design and operation and to provide an inventory and master plan for URI’s various farms.

Kelley has won the South County Garden Club scholarship, and has received the Landscape Architecture Academic Excellence Award. She is captain on the RI Division I Rowing Team and will compete abroad this summer.

Wrote Dr. William Green, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, “Kelley is an achiever with exceptional skills and intelligence; she is motivated and a practiced communicator. She is a strong advocate for sustainable design, historic and natural land preservation and is driven to teach about the relationship between design, recreation and public health.”

Woodacre has landed a landscape architecture job with Sudbury Design Group in Massachusetts, where she had an internship last summer.