Winners of the 2020 WLA Awards announced

The 2020 WLA Awards received over 230 entries from across the world including the USA, China, Australia, Singapore, Belgium, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Netherlands and many more. The jury found that it is encouraging that the entries in the 2020 WLA Awards dealt with challenges that the profession is facing across a large range of scales and provided solutions that are relevant, adaptive and resilient.

The winners of the 2020 WLA Awards in each category are as follows:

Built Large

Award of Excellence

Yongqing Fang Alleyways: an Urban Transformation | Lab D+H
Image credit: Arch-Exist
“A unique and compelling project that shows a level of restraint” – Jury Member

Merit Award

Yangpu Riverfront South Section Phase II | DA Landscape & Original Design Studio
Image Credit: da landscape, Jin Xiaohui, Shinning
Nanchang Red Earth Park | SHUISHI
Image Credit | RIYE & HUARUI

Built Residential

Award of Excellence

TOPO Design Group / Chongqing Donehome Landscape Architecture Planning Design Co.,Ltd
Image Credit| RIYE Photography

Merit Award

Highlands Retreat | Design Workshop
Image Credit: Brandon Huttenlocher / Design Workshop, Inc.
Towers Road Residence | Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Image Credit: John Gollings

Built Small

Award of Excellence

Public toilets in Zuzhai village | Atelier cn°S & South China University of Technology
Image Credit: WU Siming

Merit Award

Cycling through the Trees | Toerisme Limburg & BuroLandschap
Image Credit: Visit Limburg
The Folds | Atelier Scale
Image Credit: Qingshan Wu

Concept – Analysis & Planning

Award of Excellence

Re-imagining the Garden City | C.F. Møller Architects
Image Credit: Wyrd Tree

Merit Award

Chouteau Greenway Framework Plan St. Louis | Stoss 
Image Credit: Stoss
Victoria Park Vision | Lat27 and Brisbane City Council 
Image Credit: Lat27

Concept – Design
The jury felt that only one Merit Award would be awarded in 2020.

Award of Excellence

Environmental Regeneration Planning of the west slope of Xi’an Bai Lu Yuan | SHUISHI
Image Credit: SHUISHI

Merit Award

Columniation – Sculptural Space | Nomad Studio
Image Credit: Nomad Studio

Student – Analysis & Planning

Award of Excellence

The Constructive Destruction | Shaine Wong – University of Toronto; Fadi Masoud – Thesis Advisor

Merit Award

DREAM SPACE: ECO-UNIT Mode Evolution Strategy Based on Guiyu’s “Urban Minerals” Demonstration Base | Yubing Yang, Yunshuang Wang, Jianan Deng – Beijing Forestry University
WHO WIN: Indonesia mine restoration plan
Yuxuan Cai –  Wuhan Polytechnic University; Bowen Dong, Shaanxi University of Science & Technology; Weiyang Tang – Tianjin University Urban and Rural planning; Yixin Jia – Zhejiang A&F University;

Student – Design
The jury felt that due the high level of the quality that they wished to also award an Honourable Mention.

Award of Excellence

Dissolving Boundaries – Siwen Xie, Xiuzheng Li, Xin Zhong – Harvard University GSD

Merit Award

Water is Life – Huijing Chen, Wenting Yang – University of British Columbia
Defiant Gardens – Sarvin Khosravi – University of Toronto

Honourable Mention

Right to Remain – Tina Yun Ting Tsai – Harvard University GSD

Editor’s Award
Awarded by the Editor of WLA website to a project that the Editor feels is deserving of a WLA Award.

Cloud of Hometown Landscape Design | gad · line+ studio
Photography credits: zystudio, Xiaowen Jin

Thanks goes to the hard-working jury who volunteered their time to judge the large number of entries in this years WLA awards.

  • Claire Martin – Associate Director – OCULUS
  • Daniel Woodroffe – Principal – dwg.
  • Deborah Nagan – Director – Uncommon Land
  • Jack Qian – Founder & Director – Gossamer 怡境国际
  • Luc Wallays – Creative Director – OMGEVING
  • Maria Debije Counts – Knowledge Manager, Landscape Architecture – Perkins and Will
  • Michelle Delk – Partner / Discipline Director – Snøhetta
  • Tao Zhang – Principal – Sasaki

Each project that has won an award will be Featured on WLA over the coming weeks.

We look forward to your entries in the 2021 WLA Awards with jury nominations in October 2020.

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