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Leadership Spotlight – Sara Zewde

Sara Zewde is a landscape designer, urbanist, and public artist. Concurrent to independent creative projects, Sara is a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, where she contributes to the development of large-scale and civic landscapes around the world. Sara also serves on the Design in Public Board of Directors as Chair of the Design Town Halls. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Master of City Planning from MIT, and a BA in Sociology and Statistics from Boston University. 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 design work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was featured at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Q: TRUST in design is… 

A: what prompts us all to imagine more.

Q: By design, a sanctuary city must be…

A: joyful.

Q: I am involved with Design in Public because…

A: design fundamentally—yet quietly—shapes our lives. Design in Public brings design dialogue out of the disciplinary shadows and into the bright lights of public discourse.

Q: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work? What do you want to contribute?

A: My ultimate goal is to craft a practice of design that celebrates people and places. I want to design and build landscapes that demonstrate this potential.

Q: If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?

A: “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce”

Learn more about Sara’s work:
Instagram  – @zewdiac
Email  –