Landscape Architecture Design competitions

August 30, 2018
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The IFLA Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition has been an important part of the IFLA World Congress for some time. One of the roles of the competition is to promote and encourage the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture through education. Students have the opportunity to have their work reviewed alongside that of their peers from around the world. The discipline required to prepare a competition entry is a very useful exercise for students, and helps them prepare for some of the rigours of professional life.

Through the generous sponsorship of UNESCO from 1988/9 through 2005, and since 2006 by the Group Han, the top prize is $3500 US. The second prize ($2500 US) has been offered by IFLA in the name of Zvi MIller, President Emeritus of IFLA, and the third prize ($1000 US) has been offered by the local organizing IFLA component. In 2014, an additional prize was donated by Bruns Nurseries in Germany for a special award for sustainability ($1300 US).

Students have been asked to respond to a specific topic, which has usually related to the overall Congress theme. This allows the students to address local issues, and to fit into the general expectations of the studio class or thesis requirements of their university. It has also given much insight into what students are thinking about. What are they concerned about? How do they see the role of landscape architecture? How do they see themselves?

In every competition, it has been clear that students pay attention to both the natural and the cultural landscape. The most successful projects have been those in which the students have clearly understood their context, and have employed both a rigourous analytical method, as well as strong design principles and execution. Ecological crises, the shocking destruction of heritage landscapes, social inequities, and the overall relationship between people and their environment are issues that have dominated the submissions. There is typically a range of projects from practical and site-specific, to conceptual and experimental, and the submissions represent the broad spectrum of the profession of landscape architecture, with urban and rural subjects, and a wide range of scales. The graphic communication of the projects, not surprisingly, has rapidly evolved over the years, and indicates that university programs continue to lead in this area. Interestingly, many of the project still demonstrate that students are continuing to develop their hand graphics as well.

Dr. Beverly A. Sandalack
Chair, IFLA Competitions Committee
August 2014

Beverly Sandalack Dr. Beverly A. Sandalack from Canada was appointed the Chair of the IFLA Competitions Committee in 2003, and since then has provided support to the competition organizers and has chaired the annual jury. Competition processes and protocols have been developed that have helped to standardize and bring more clarity and transparence to the competition process, while still allowing every competition to develop its own flavour and individuality. Each year, the organizing committee of the IFLA Congress appoints a Competition Convenor who manages the competition and hosts the jury, usually at a local university.


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