Sara Zewde MLA ’15

Sara Zewde is a landscape designer and urbanist, currently based in Seattle, Washington. Concurrent to independent projects, Sara works as a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, where she contributes to the development of large-scale and civic landscapes around the world. Sara finds that in the relationship between ecology, culture, and craft, there are often many powerful departures for design.

Sara writes and lectures in the discourses of landscape architecture and urbanism and is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Silberberg Memorial Award for Urban Design and the Hebbert Award for Contribution to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her work was featured at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale Brazilian Pavilion.

She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of City Planning from MIT, and a BA in Sociology and Statistics from Boston University.