COMPETITION | SuburbiaTransformed 3.0 | Registrations Open


An international competition for built and visionary (unbuilt) residential landscapes in professional and student categories

The James Rose Center is pleased to announce its third international Residential Design Competition/Exhibition. of Suburbia Transformed 3.0 is to promote and celebrate residential designs that go beyond “green” by explicitly using sustainable strategies, tactics and technologies to enrich the aesthetic spatial experience of people. ST 3.0 will assemble contemporary projects achieving this goal into a travelling exhibition and catalogue. The emphasis is on how such sustainable landscapes can be beautiful, inspiring, perhaps profound; and serve as examples for transforming the suburban residential fabric, one garden at a time.

Open to all, including landscape architects, landscape designers, architects, individuals, teams or firms…and students of design whose work will be judged in a separate category.

The jury will review the submissions and select up to twelve outstanding projects in each category: built work; professional visionary (unbuilt) work, and student visionary (unbuilt) work. Those selected shall receive notification shortly after the jury makes their selection. The James Rose Center shall assemble exhibition displays and an exhibition catalogue from the submitted work. (See for images from the ST1.0 and ST2.0 exhibitions) Exhibited work shall become the property of the James Rose Center.

Design Criteria for Judging
The competition goal is to promote and celebrate residential designs that go beyond “green” by explicitly using sustainable strategies, tactics and technologies to enrich the aesthetic spatial experience of people; in so doing projects should:

  • Make the most of what’s already on the site (earth, rocks, plants, structures, water) before importing or removing anything
  • Use local, inexpensive, low-energy-consumptive, non-polluting materials and construction techniques
  • before others
  • Consider the landscape’s potential to create useful resources rather than consume them
  • Consider the relationship of the site to larger environmental systems
  • Consider means for guiding future growth and evolution of the garden


  • Andrea Cochran, FASLA, Principal, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, CA
  • Tobiah Horton, LEED AP, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA, Dirtworks, PC, New York
  • Keith LeBlanc, FASLA, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Inc., Boston, MA
  • Darrel Morrison, FASLA, Ecological Landscape Design and Management, New York

Selected Outstanding Projects Receive

  • Public exhibition at the James Rose Center
  • Publication of work in select design periodicals
  • Publication of work in exhibition catalogue
  • Copies of catalogue at reduced rate
  • Recognition on the James Rose Center and NJASLA websites among others
  • A framed custom awards certificate, presented at the opening reception
  • Professional photograph of award presentation for publicity purposes
  • Further exposure through travelling exhibition

Submission Format

See the Surburbia Transformed 3.0 website for more information.

August 15, 2013 Call for Entries posted
February 18, 2014 Entry Form and fee due
March 20, 2014 CD submission due
April 15, 2014 Announcement of Selected Entries
May 31, 2014 Opening Reception at James Rose Center
August 31, 2014 Exhibition travels

How To Enter

Fill out the Entry Form available on the website, An entry fee of  $115 ($50 for students) must be received together with the Entry Form by February 18, 2014. You may either return the form electronically using PayPal, or mail it with a check payable to the James Rose Center to:
The James Rose Center
506 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Attention: Design Competition

We will confirm receipt of your entry form via email and assign you a number to identify your submission. This number must be placed on your CD submission. No other identifying marks are allowed.


Please email questions to [email protected] by February 1, 2014.


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