Announcing the jury for the 2024 WLA Professional Awards

The World Landscape Architecture Awards are a prestigious global awards program that celebrates excellence and innovation in the field of landscape architecture. Organized annually, the awards showcase outstanding projects that demonstrate exceptional creativity, sustainability, and impact on the environment. The WLA awards highlight the diverse range of landscapes, from urban parks and public spaces to residential gardens and ecological restoration projects, fostering a sense of community and connection with nature.

We are pleased to announce the following jurors for the 2024 WLA Professional Awards, which will open for registration on January 16, 2024.

2024  jury
Top Left to Right – Lauren Cantrell, Hanneke Kijne, Zhongwei Li; Bottom Left to Right – Manguesh R. Prabhugaonker, Sophie Thompson, Kongjian Yu, Charles A. Birnbaum.

Lauren Cantrell | Principal and Founder, DELINEATOR
Lauren is a Landscape Architect and the owner of DELINEATOR in Dallas, Texas, and Charlottesville, Virginia. Her experience spans the globe on a broad range of award-winning urban and site-scale projects focused on environmental sustainability and material craft.

Hanneke Kijne | Landscape architect and Owner, MORE landscape
Hanneke is a landscape architect and owner of the urban design and landscape architecture office MORE landscape. Within her projects, she integrates natural structures and systems that help transformation towards a more sustainable future worldwide while creating places with a strong identity. 

Zhongwei Li | Founding Principal Lab D+H Shanghai
Li is the founding principal of Lab D+H and the creative director of the Shanghai office. His team has won many word-class awards, such as the 2020 ASLA National Honor Awards, in recent years. Zhongwei also has a teaching fellowship with Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Manguesh R. Prabhugaonker | Architect & Landscape Architect
Manguesh is an architect and landscape architect with over 27 years of professional and academic experience in India. He is an Ex-National Council member of the India Institute of Architects and currently a Senate member of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

Sophie Thompson | Director and Head of Public Realm at LDA Design
Sophie is a Landscape Architect and Director at LDA Design, leading design excellence across eight studios in the UK. Sophie has lived and worked in the USA and Australia and leads the design and delivery of some of LDA’s most complex and prestigious projects.

Kongjian Yu | Founder and Principal Designer, Turenscape
Yu is the founder and leads the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture and the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Peking University. He is also the founder and principal designer at the landscape architecture firm Turenscape.

Special Juror – Charles A. Birnbaum | President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the president, CEO, and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to creating TCLF, Birnbaum spent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (HLI) and a decade in private practice in New York City, with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design.

We thank the jurors for volunteering for the 2024 jury and look forward to seeing this year’s entries. More information can be found at 2024 WLA Professional Awards.

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