Mihail Tsapos

Growing up, when Mihail Tsapos, also known as Michael, was not at school, he said he was always planning his next camping trip around his hometown, Roanoke, Texas.

“I have always been interested in nature, and I enjoy going camping and backpacking,” Tsapos said.

Tsapos is a senior landscape architecture student at Texas Tech University. His hard work and passion for landscape architecture has led to success throughout his collegiate experience.

“You know, we’re all landscape architects, and we’re all passionate about what we do.”

Landscape Architecture student

 “I have always wanted to be an architect, but when I discovered landscape architecture, I realized that it is the perfect mix of the arts and the sciences that  I wanted,” said Tsapos.

Tsapos has an active involvement within the landscape architecture department. He is the president of the Student American Society of Landscape Architects and the winner of the 2020 Olmsted Scholar award.”

The Olmsted Scholar award is given to one student at every university within the landscape architecture department. The student then attends a convention with all of the Olmstead Scholars from around the nation.

Campus involvement is an important aspect to a student’s experience and Mihail Tsapos has certainly made the most of his time at Texas Tech University in the Department of Landscape Architecture.  

“This award is an honor, but it’s also about being around peers that share your passion for landscape architecture and meeting professionals that are at the top of the field,” Tsapos said.

According to the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who plan to advance sustainable design and foster human and    societal benefits.

“You know, we’re all landscape architects, and we’re all passionate about what we do,” Tsapos said.

Tsapos will be graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture.

“I encourage people to go and explore landscape architecture,” he said, “because it is such a wide discipline, whether you want to be a student of landscape architecture, like me, or someone that may use our services in the future. The role landscape architects play in the 21st century is a lot greater than before.”