PROFESSIONAL AND STUDENT AWARDS

Each year the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA) recognizes outstanding projects completed by individuals or organizations located in the State of Illinois. These awards are given in an effort to raise standards of excellence, heighten public appreciation of quality landscape architecture, and expand public awareness of the profession and ASLA. The award winners will be recognized at the ILASLA’s annual awards event, be published in the widely distributed folio awards e-book, and have their projects highlighted on the ILASLA website. 

We are moving toward an online form for award submissions. This year, we will be using a hybrid system. Please try to follow the online form, as we will be moving to this format in the future. The form can be found here: https://forms.gle/eerLP2a5PRffKrFS9

Deadline for 2022 Submissions is Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact awards@il-asla.org

Download the pdf of the full 2022 Call for Entries

Payment Link

Professional and Student Awards – Eligibility

Projects submitted may be located anywhere but must be completed by individuals or organizations located in the state of Illinois. An individual or organization must have completed the project within the past five years, with the exception of the Landmark Award. Projects previously submitted which have not received an ILASLA award are eligible for re-submission. Projects which have already received an ILASLA award are ineligible for re-submission in the category in which the award was received.

Professional and Student Awards – Categories

Please select from one of the following categories for each award submission:

  1. General Design – Constructed Projects
  2. General Design – Unrealized Projects
  3. Residential Design
  4. Burnham Awards for Planning and Analysis
  5. Communications
  6. Landscape Architectural Research
  7. Historic Landscapes
  8. General Design – Undergraduate Project
  9. General design – Graduate Project
  10. Landmark Award*
  11. Jensen Award*

*One award given for each category

Professional and Student Awards – Category Descriptions
Professional and Student Awards – Jury

Entries to the ILASLA Awards Program will be juried by peers of the design profession. Jurors will remain anonymous until after all entries are judged. Jurors are under no obligation to grant an award in any or all categories and have the ability to switch an entry to another category as they deem necessary.

Professional and Student Awards – Judging Criteria
Professional and Student Awards – Submission Requirements

Required Documents and Forms:

We’re moving toward an online form for award submissions. This year, we will be using a hybrid system. Please try to follow the online form, as we will be moving to this format in the future. The form can be found here: https://forms.gle/jfqW7M5PYnsVE82QA

Please note: The online form should allow you to close out and come back to a partially completed form. However, for best results, please have your entry text in a separate file to avoid any technology issues. Should you run into issues, you may upload PDF forms (see Additional
Information below).

Entry form (Online form): The completed entry form must be filled out via signed by both the entrant and client. The entry form is an editable form, and all information must be entered digitally.

  • Project Description: The project description is part of the online form and all information must be entered digitally.
  • Presentation file (PDF) with a 15 page maximum limit. PDF must be uploaded through the online form. InDesign and PowerPoint templates downloadable here, must be used to complete the presentation. Background color and font must not be edited. The presentation must include the following:
    • Slide 1: Submission category
    • Slide 2: Project name and concise project description
    • Slides 3-15: Images representing the submission (300dpi). One image per slide, except in the instance of “before and after” image sequences wherein two images are allowed per slide. Each slide must include:
      • Project name
      • Up to five sentences describing each drawing or photograph
      • Submission category and image / slide number. Numbering must start at 1.
  • Copy of original documents (PDF) for submissions for the Planning and Analysis, Landscape Architectural Research, and Communication only if necessary. Do not submit a hard copy. No other categories are eligible for submission of additional documents. All references to firms involved must be removed. PDF must be uploaded through the online form.
  • Entry fee receipt (PDF): Entry fee must be submitted through PayPal and received by the submission deadline. PDF must be uploaded through the online form.
  • Project cover image (JPG) to be used on the ILASLA website if entry wins an award.

File Naming Requirements:

  • Entry form: Online form or CategoryNumber_projectname_entryform (e.g. III_SmithResidence_entryform.pdf )
  • Project Description form: Online form or CategoryNumber_projectname_description
  • Presentation: CategoryNumber_projectname_presentation
  • Original documents: CategoryNumber_projectname_documents
  • Entry fee receipt: CategoryNumber_projectname_receipt
  • Project Cover Image: CategoryNumber_projectname_CoverImage

Additional Information:

  • If you have any issues with the online form, you may submit by uploading PDF forms here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/ONfSTfWkzcaXhArFdlki
  • Carefully review all text, photographs, graphic images, publications, reports and other enclosures and mask ALL written and graphic references to the identity of the entrant and design team in the entry submission and original document if included. The only exception is the marketing description which may include references to the identity of the entrant and design team.
  • Submissions with hard copies of any of the files will be disqualified.
  • A complete submission is required and entries not conforming to these requirements will be disqualified.
  • Fillable PDF forms can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/fjmoaayl0bqz12gycx11v/h?dl=0&rlkey=m46r9g1memiuholrkddyngyr6
Professional and Student Awards – Entry Fee Per Entry

Submit payment through the link below.  For the first-time discount, please contact Susan at 630-833-4516 or susan@il-asla.org.

Payment Link

ASLA Members
Public Practice$75
Student$35
Private Practice
        One Submittal$175
        Two Submittals$150 each
        Three or more$125 each
First Time Discount*25% off total fee

*The first time discount applies to entrants who have not submitted for an award in the last three years.

Non-ASLA Members
Public Practice$175
Private Practice$325
Professional and Student Awards – General Information

Folio, and Framing Fee:
Should you win an award, you will be invoiced for a Folio and Framing Fee prior to the event. This is not due with this submission. Folio is the accompanying booklet that is published for showcasing the award winning projects per year. Framing includes 1 framed certificate per award. You will have the opportunity to purchase additional framed certificates before the event for additional cost.

Private Practice – Members: $400 per award-winning project
Public Practice – $300 per award-winning project
Non-Members – $600 per award-winning project

The Awards Ceremony:

Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the ILASLA Awards Ceremony.

Deadline for Submissions:

The ILASLA Awards Committee must receive all entries no later than 5:00 p.m. on April, 29, 2022. Entries include the online submittal and the entry fee. Presentation template(s) will be downloadable here. Late submissions will not be accepted. All entrants will be notified of the results via email in late-June. All submissions become property of the ILASLA and will not be returned.

Publicity of Award Recipients:

All award recipients may have a project name and photo publicly displayed online via the ILASLA website prior to and after awards announcement.

Inquiries:

Please contact the ILASLA Awards Chair, Jessie King: awards.ilasla@gmail.com

Reminders and Suggestions:

Please note: Press releases, newsletter articles, magazine features and Awards Ceremony presentation will be written with the information provided on the entry form. Be thorough and accurate! The graphic material supplied will be used to represent the project in Chapter publications, the Awards Ceremony and the traveling display. Please take care to submit quality graphic material and photographs that are in focus.
Award winners will be required to submit high quality, high resolution (300dpi) JPEGs of select images used in their submission presentation file. With that in mind, please take care to only include images in your presentation of 300dpi or more.

Award winners will be required to submit high quality, high resolution (300dpi) JPEGs of select images used in their submission presentation file. With that in mind, please take care to only include images in your presentation of 300dpi or more.

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