Landscape Architecture Alumni Create Norman K. Booth Endowed Scholarship Fund

“I have loved every minute of it,” reflected Professor Emeritus Norman Booth on his long career at the Knowlton School. “I was very fortunate to be present when there were a lot of other faculty around me who had the same passion. Because of them I grew as a teacher.”

Booth’s remarks to a gathering of former students, colleagues and Knowlton School alumni followed the presentation of the Norman K. Booth Endowed Scholarship Fund at the office of MKSK in downtown Columbus. The fund provides tuition-only, renewable scholarships to undergraduate students ranked as juniors or seniors who are enrolled in landscape architecture. Candidates must demonstrate financial need, leadership, strong academic and design credentials.

Brian Kinzelman, FASLA (BSLA ‘77), Principal at MKSK, reflected on the legacy of his former teacher, “Norm possesses the rare combination of a keen design sense, soft-spoken delivery and a warm/engaging personality. As I know I speak for the hundreds of the students that he mentored through the years at Ohio State, he was always approachable and helpful in assisting us in working through problems, test ideas and generally in nurturing us into full grown practitioners. Many of us would not be where we are in our careers but for Norm and his dedication to our education.”

In Testing Grounds: 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at the Ohio State University, Justin Parscher writes that Booth’s Basic Elements of Landscape Architectural Design (reprinted in 2012 as Foundations of Landscape Architecture) and his collaboration with Jim Hiss, Residential Landscape Architecture, “represents a hugely influential model in design education, integrating elements of traditional site planning and environmentalism with a graphic style derived from 1950s modernism and the new informality of the 1970s. Still used as standard references for the LARE (Landscape Architecture Registration Examinations), these works have shaped generations of landscape practitioners.”

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