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ASLA Congratulates Chrishima Richards, Student ASLA, Recipient of the 2019 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship

Chrishima Richards, Student ASLA

Since she was young, Chrishima had a love for drawing and producing art in different forms, such as painting or sculpting. "My work always stood out to my teachers and professors, where the focus was always geared toward my meticulousness in penmanship and use of intricate line work. I am adept at expressing creativity in project-based endeavors," she says.

With a great interest in travel, Chrishima is participating in a Landscape Form and Urban Design education abroad program during summer break, visiting six countries along with 10 other students and two professors. She believes that exposure to famous gardens and intellectually stimulating spaces around the world will introduce her to new gateways for starting conversations. "I appreciate learning in environments that challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone, especially if it enhances my understanding of the global economy," she says. She plans to become a licensed landscape architect and eventually own her own practice. "I would like to be a part of the change that improves livability for cities near me."

About Karen Ann Shopis-Fox
Karen Ann Shopis-Fox, who passed away in August 2011, was a long-standing member of ASLA, a talented designer, and a dedicated advocate for the profession of landscape architecture. She served as member-at-large and vice president on the executive committee of CTASLA in the 1990s and was a founding member of the golf outing committee and a driving force in the formation of our scholarship. Karen practiced in Fairfield County with her own firm, Karen A. Shopis Landscape Architects. She won the chapter’s prestigious George A. Yarwood Award in 2002, given in recognition of members who have given unselfishly of their time and talent to further the profession of landscape architecture within the state and the nation.

Donations to the CTASLA's Student Scholarships, benefitting the next generation of landscape architects, may be made at any time, in any amount, using the Donation button below or by mailing a check (to "CTASLA" — please write "Scholarship" on the memo line) to:

CTASLA Scholarship Fund
c/o J.M. Communications
35-31 Talcottville Road, Unit 318
Vernon, CT 06066

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