ASLA announces 2015 Professional & Student Awards


At the Hudson’s Edge: Beacon’s Long Dock a Resilient Riverfront Park | Beacon, NY | Reed Hilderbrand LLC | Photo Credit: James Ewing Photography

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced the 2015 Professional and Student Awards. Thirty four professional and twenty three student award recipients, selected from 459 professional and 327 student entries, the awards honor projects in the U.S. and around the world.

The winners will receive their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago on Monday, November 9 at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center, Arie Crown Theater.

The following is a complete list of 2015 professional & student award winners:
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Landscape Institute launches “Be A Landscape Architect” careers website


The Landscape Institute has always played a role in promoting the landscape architecture profession to the public through various initiatives and media including the I want to be a landscape architect video over 5 years ago. Now, the Landscape Institute has just launched another initiative profiling rising stars on its Be A Landscape Architect  careers website.

Be A Landscape Architect  is the Landscape Institute’s new look careers website.  It acts as an information resource for school leavers, undergraduates, post-graduates and career changers thinking about becoming landscape architects.  As well as providing details of how to study in the UK and abroad it includes inspirational content about working in the profession.

Bethany Williams and Stuart Towner, have been selected as the first ‘Landscape Showcase’ profiles to appear on the careers website.  The pair won Gold and Best in Show at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show for their ‘Green Seam’ show garden.

Head over to Be A Landscape Architect  for more information about this great initiative.


Field Constructs Design Competition announces Finalists


Competition Finalist | COMMPOST Daniel Gillen, Colby Suter, Gustav Fagerstrom Beijing, China

Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) recently announced the 2015 Jury Selection Finalists. The appointed jury reviewed and evaluated all eligible submissions, resulting in the selection of 18 top-ranked proposals. The selection highlights a variety of approaches to today’s design innovation and represents a breadth of material, technical, and social design solutions for engaging the competition brief. The diverse qualifications of the project teams capture cutting-edge work of emerging professionals and creative practices across multiple disciplines.

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Gardner Museum announces Landscape Lectures


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recently announced its 2015-16 Landscape Lectures series. There will be four lectures in the series covering the works of Richard Haag, Walter Hood, Margie Ruddick and Mario Schjetnan. The annual series of engaging and inspirational presentations from leading voices in the field of landscape architecture. Internationally renowned designers present their recent work articulating landscape as a medium of design for the social, cultural, and ecological life of the city.

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World War I Memorial Design Competition


World War I Centennial Commission is currently holding a design competition for the World War I Memorial to be located at Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.   Congress has authorized the World War I Centennial Commission to enhance the existing Pershing memorial by constructing on Pershing Park “appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping.” The objective of this design competition is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia.

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Event | Forest of Imagination | 15-18 May 2015 | Bath, UK
Landscape architects Grant Associates have designed The Forest of Imagination to transform Bath’s historic Queens Square into a temporary fantastical landscape and outdoor gallery for a four-day contemporary arts event in May 2015.

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Back to the River Design Competition in London, Ontario


Back to the River, a paid design competition, is intended to revitalize a section of the Thames River corridor in London, Ontario, Canada by stimulating reinvestment and providing new opportunities for connection to the river.  The competition is sponsored by the London Community Foundation, the City of London and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Through this two-stage design competition, the Sponsors seek a design vision for a 5km segment of the Thames River Corridor and detailed area plans for two focus areas with special city-building potential. At the most refined level of detail, the design submissions will identify implementable projects for each of the focus areas to enhance the environment, community quality of life, and economic development in London.

The Jury will, on the basis of submissions to the RFQ, select between three (3) and five (5) qualified Proponents to proceed to the RFP stage of the design competition. Each qualified Proponent who is invited to and submits a qualified response to the RFP will be awarded $40,000. The winning proposal will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate detailed design of the inaugural project for The Forks, one of the focus areas described above.”

The first stage, an open RFQ released May 6th with responses due June 3rd. Short listed proponents will be invited to respond to an RFP later in the summer.
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