Professional Awards

The following categories were used to select this year's award-winning landscape architecture projects:

Design

  • Recognizes constructed site-specific works of landscape architecture design.
  • Describes and solves the goals and objectives of the project, the quality of the design solution, the choice and appropriateness of the materials and the execution and appearance of the installed work.
  • Considers plans for long-term maintenance, the project's relationship to its surroundings, the quality of the design solutions within budgetary constraints and the entry's overall significance to the profession and the environment.

Planning and Analysis

  • Recognizes the wider variety of professional activity that leads to, guides or evaluates landscape architectural design, including development plans, government plans, government policies and programs and various landscape analysis activities.
  • Evaluates how well the project represents excellence in landscape architectural practice and how it exhibits new technology, pioneers previous credited methodology or uniquely combines, presents or programs landscape architectural techniques.
  • Considers how well the project represents a significant opportunity for landscape architecture to impact the environment or environmental decision-making.

Historic Landscapes

  • Considers the quality and functionality of restoration and/or renovation, including clear identification of the original/existing/proposed conditions.
  • Examines relationship to context and stated program, as well as environmental responsibility and stewardship.
  • Evaluates the overall significance of the project to the profession, the public and/or the environment.

Research

  • Examines research projects and their overall significance and relevance to the landscape architecture profession, the public or the environment.
  • Evaluates the entry's clarity and adequacy of the problem statement, issue statements, procedure, results and conclusions, as well as the quality of their presentation.

Communications

  • Examines design achievement in communicating landscape architectural information, technology, theory or practice to those within or outside the profession.
  • Evaluates the entry's quality of content and presentation, usefulness to the intended reader or viewer and overall significance to the profession, the publicand/or the environment.

Residential Design

  • Recognizes achievements in residential landscape architecture design.
  • Describes and solves the goals and objectives of the project, the quality of the design solution, the choice and appropriateness of the materials and the execution and appearance of the installed work.
  • Considers plans for long-term maintenance, the project's relationship to its surroundings, the quality of the design solutions within budgetary constraints and the entry's overall significance to the profession and the environment.