The 2021 WLA Student Awards winners announced

In 2021 the World Landscape Architecture Awards were split into the Professional and Student Awards with over 400 high-quality entries received the juries had a very hard time scoring and finalising the winners for this year.

Submissions for the Student Awards came from numerous landscape architecture programs worldwide, including some of the highest-ranking landscape architecture programs. The jury felt that the submissions were of high quality, addressing various global issues and design problems. The jury had a hard time scoring the entries as many of the submissions included rigorous analysis and well-thought-out sensitive designs.

The winners for the 2021 WLA Student Awards are as follows:

Concept – Analysis & Planning

Award of Excellence
42nd Soundscaping – Chao Li, Rhode Island School of Design; Supervisor: Michael Blier

2021 WLA Student Awards
42nd Soundscaping – Chao Li, Rhode Island School of Design

Merit Awards
Carbon and Wine Industry – Kairui Zhang, National University of Singapore: Yu Wang, Southwest Jiaotong University; Yuhan Xu, Beijing Forestry University;

2021 WLA Student Awards
Carbon and Wine Industry – Kairui Zhang, National University of Singapore: Yu Wang, Southwest Jiaotong University; Yuhan Xu, Beijing Forestry University;

Lyon-topia – Eliott Dujardin, University of Geneva; Supervisor: Professor Philippe Convercey

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Lyon-topia – Eliott Dujardin, University of Geneva;

Honourable Mentions
Conversion landscape-Hybrid wetland farming – Liang Shi and Xuan Zhang – Cornell University; Observer/Supervisor: Jamie Vanucchi

2021 WLA Student Awards
Conversion landscape-Hybrid wetland farming – Liang Shi and Xuan Zhang – Cornell University;

Formes de Mar – Sara Ingignoli, Politecnico di Milano (Italy); Supervisor: Prof. Antonio Emilio Alvise Longo & Co-supervisor: Prof. Miriam García García

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Formes de Mar – Sara Ingignoli

Concept – Design

Award of Excellence
On Thin Ice – Ambika Pharma, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Fadi Masoud, Professor, University of Toronto

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On Thin Ice – Ambika Pharma

Merit Awards
Eelgrass Aqua-pelago – Liwei Shen,  Harvard University Graduate School of Design

2021 WLA Student Awards
Eelgrass Aqua-pelago – Liwei Shen

After Dam-The Rebirth of the Colorado River – Chen Mao, Beijing Forestry University

2021 WLA Student Awards
After Dam-The Rebirth of the Colorado River – Chen Mao

Honourable Mention
Eco-Adhocism Forms of Bioarchitecture – Patel Path, CEPT University

Eco-Adhocism Forms of Bioarchitecture – Patel Path

Graduate

Award of Excellence
Terrain Vague, An Evolving Landscape Legacy – Francesco Cauda, Aarhus School of Architecture (Denmark); Supervisor: Stefan Darlan Boris

Terrain Vague, An Evolving Landscape Legacy – Francesco Cauda

Merit Award
Ignite Woods – Eleonora Santoro, Politecnico di Milano; Thesis Advisor: Hope Ives Strode; Thesis Co-Advisor: Michael Franz Jakob

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Ignite Woods – Eleonora Santoro

Research

Award of Excellence
After Plastics – Andreea Vasile, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Supervisor: Dr. Rosalea Monacella

After Plastics – Andreea Vasile

Merit Awards
Long-Acting Therapy – Yueying Zhang, RMIT University; Supervisor: Charles Anderson

Long-Acting Therapy – Yueying Zhang

Biochar-Forestry Carbon Negative Cycle – Fan Feng, Cornell UniversitySupervisor: Jamie Vanucchi

Biochar-Forestry Carbon Negative Cycle – Fan Feng

Honourable Mention
Stone Wall Trees – Anson Ting Fung Wong, Harvard Graduate School of Design

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Stone Wall Trees – Anson Ting Fung Wong

The winners will be published on WLA in the future.

Student Jury

WLA would like to thank the following jury members for their time, professionalism and rigor in judging the 2021 WLA Student Awards.

Dima Rachid
Founding Partner at studiolibani;
Part-time Lecturer at the Department of Landscape Architecture at the American University of Beirut;

Jill Desimini
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Harvard GSD

Jun Zhai
Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
Founding Principle, E.A.S. T.Scape

Phoebe Lickwar
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture University of Texas at Austin
Founding Principal of FORGE Landscape Architecture

Simon M. Bussiere
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
School of Architecture, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Judging Process

The jury was able to award Awards of Excellence, Merit Awards and Honourable Mentions. The juries did not award all the available awards in each category. Their scoring and awarding were based on the number of entries and quality of the entries shortlisted. Jurors recuse (didn’t provide a score) themselves if they had a conflict of interest or the student was from their school. In this instance, an average score from the other jurors was used to calculate the total score.

The jury selected the final awards based on select criteria for each category and awarded the above list based on the scoring, quality and number of entries per category. The above list is the final awards, there will be no additional awards.