The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the winning projects for this year’s Student Awards. This accolade is given out annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in landscape architecture education across eight categories.
A total of 19 projects from a 459-strong entry list were selected by a jury comprised of members from the public and private sectors. Each winner was selected for a number of criteria, including the quality of their design, context, environmental sensitivity, and overall value to the client, community, and designers.
"Students are the future of this profession, so it’s encouraging and inspiring to see the full range of creativity, passion and talent that is evident among this year’s cohort of Student Award winners," shared ASLA’s CEO Torey Carter-Conneen. "Many of this year’s Student Award winners are focused on helping communities adapt to climate change, from addressing drought and extreme heat to mitigating wildfire risk and rising sea levels—clearly, landscape architects are a key part of the climate change solution."
GENERAL DESIGN CATEGORY
Award of Excellence - Nature’s Song – An Interactive Outdoor Music and Sound Museum by Travis Johnson of Ball State University
Jury comments: "Love the juxtaposition of music, landscape, and water! The design is so complete, thoughtful, and creative that it could have been done by a professional firm."
- Cell Growth Dish–Brownfield Landscape Ecological Restoration Design by Zhuoran Chen and Ke Dong of Tianjin University
- Arboretum Within Wetland by Wenqi Yang of the University of Pennsylvania
- Boston Anthro-zoo Park: Redefining Zoos as Biophilic Public Space by Andrew Carrano of the University of Massachusetts Amherst
URBAN DESIGN CATEGORY
- A Vision for Reparations: Reimagining the Eco Industrial Park for South LA by Alyssa Leal- Moffitt of the University of California Los Angeles Extension
- The Bottom Rises: Sustainable Infrastructure Anchors a Reviving Neighborhood by Avery Deering-Frank, Cooper Begis, Amanda Buss, Violet Lam, Jessie Hitchcock, Ann Thuruthy, Dasom Mun, and Oren Mandelbaum of the University of Texas at Arlington
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN CATEGORY
- A New Central District and Balanced Community by Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, United States
Yihan Huang, Zhimin Ma, Linda Ge, Ruoxin Jia, of the University of Pennsylvania
ANALYSIS & PLANNING CATEGORY
Award of Excellence - Street Trees of New Orleans - Rethinking Tree Practices for a Fluctuating City by Kerry Shui-kay Leung of The Ohio State University
Jury comments: "With skill and finesse, this project successfully tackles the tangible and acute problems associated with caring for the character-defining and long-suffering street trees in urban New Orleans. Using an evocative and effective graphic style, the detailed analysis is translated into a series of ingenious and realistic solutions that municipalities will be able to understand, advocate, and implement. The beauty, rigor, and thoughtfulness expressed elevates this project to the level of serious professional work."
- Dredge Ecologies: Climate-Adaptive Strategies for a Changing Island in a Changing by Marybeth Campeau of North Carolina State University
- Living with Water: Landscape as the Potential to Envision an Anti-Fragile System for Yuba River Watershed and Yuba City, California by Jiahong Song and Jiaying Wu of Southeast University & Delft University of Technology
- Learning from Animal Adaptations to Wildfire by Andrea Binz and Diana Nightingale of the University of Southern California
Award of Excellence - Landscape Travels by Chloe Gillespie of Kansas State University
Jury comments: "This inventive project connected people with landscapes and landscape architects through social media and provided inspiration to many during the pandemic."
- Overlook Field School: Wildfire Recovery by Abigail Pierce, Audrey Rycewicz, Celia Hensey, Hannah Chapin, Ian Vierck, Kennedy Rauh, Masayo Simon, Rosie Yerke, and William Bonner of the University of Oregon
- Thermalscape Tactics – Solutions in Response to Ubiquitous Heat Threat in El Paso by Xiaoyu Li and Jingxi Peng of Texas A&M University
- TOXIC/Tonic: Mapping Point Source Dementogens and Testing the Ability of Environmental Tonics to Mitigate Public Health Concerns by Britt Davis of North Carolina State University
STUDENT COLLABORATION: GENERAL DESIGN CATEGORY
Award of Excellence - Carbon in the Tidewater by Leigh Muldrow, Ryan McCune, DJ Bromely, Christophe Fettke von Koeckritz, Delaney Pilotte, and Kevin Ganjon of the University of Delaware
Jury comments: "With a team made up of landscape architecture, engineering, environmental science, and political science students, this project proposes innovative solutions to growing coastal problems due to climate change. In addition to creating off-shore breakwaters made up of "3D printed formless concrete plates that lock together, supported by a recycled concrete and reclaimed dredge material core," proposals include converting residential lawns to carbon gardens that sequester carbon and help improve water quality in Tidewater, Virginia. The sophistication of the project is captured in the careful analysis and informative diagrams."
STUDENT COLLABORATION: ANALYSIS & PLANNING CATEGORY
- Fixed In Flux: A World Class Park Embracing Rising Water by Brian Vaughn, Lauren Joca, Makayla Esposito, Davis Turner, Hassan Shata of North Carolina State University
STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE CATEGORY
Award of Excellence - Seeding Resilience: Celebrating Community, Education, and the Environment at Princeville Elementary School by Spencer Stone, Madison Sweitzer, William Stanton, Rebecca Asser, Sarah Hassan; Martha Tack, Anna Edwards, Tianyu Shen, Ruixin Mao, and Sara Fetty of North Carolina State University
Jury comments: "This powerful project proves the critical role landscape architecture can play in creating healthy and equitable communities in even the most challenging conditions."
- 15 Weeks to Transform Colorado's Unique Ecosystem into a Learning Landscape by Finley Sutton, Charlotte Francisco, Claire Bulik, Anna Varella, Sylvia Pasquariello, Ari Solomon, Alex Bullock, Eion Donelan, Miriam Hernandez Arroyo, and Victoria Hancock of the University of Colorado Denver
Learn more about this year's student award winners here.
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