The ASLA FL Design Awards Program encourages the advancement, expansion, and recognition of the Landscape Architecture profession by honoring projects that blend environmental and artistic principles that emphasize beauty, function, and sustainability.
Award of Merit: Bestowed in recognition of projects that demonstrate a thorough use of landscape architectural practices.
Award of Honor: Bestowed in recognition of projects that demonstrate the inspired use of landscape architectural practices in an imaginative and well-resolved combination that adds to the body of the Landscape Architecture profession.
Award of Excellence: Bestowed in recognition of projects that demonstrate an inspired use of landscape architectural practices in an imaginative combination that adds to the body of the Landscape Architecture profession, and are truly exceptional, unique, innovative and goes beyond achieving its defined purpose.
Frederic B. Stresau Award: Bestowed upon an Award of Excellence winner that best exhibits absolute innovation and design excellence of the profession.
Environmental Sustainability Honor: At the discretion of the Awards Jury, may be bestowed upon a single project that exhibits sound sustainable practices as described by the ASLA Environmental Sustainability Policy Statement (B205, 206, R2001; available at www.asla.org).
Edward D. Stone, Jr. Landmark Award (formerly the Classic Award Category): At the discretion of the Awards Jury, may be bestowed upon a single distinguished landscape architecture project built and completed at least 20 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located. Such submission may be made by a Landscape Architect or Firm, provided that all parties to the project, who are alive/in existence, consent. The jury will consider the project’s sustained value to the community it serves and the continued relevance of the project’s design expression.
The following categories recognize site-specific works as described. To enter, the official entrant must be an Associate, Full, or International ASLA member, or eligible to join ASLA in one of those categories. Professional entries in these categories must be built; Student entries are not required to be built:
General Design Awards Criteria:
The jury will consider the quality of design and execution; relationship to design context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability; relevant impact to the profession, public, and/or environment, and resilience strategies; and design value to the client, community, and to other designers.
Residential Design Awards Criteria:The jury will consider the quality of design context and execution, materiality, environmental sensitivity, community benefit, sustainability through Low Impact Development (lid) incorporation, green infrastructure or additional site-specific techniques that are innovative, site specific and maintainable. Emphasis will be given to projects that have attained or are registered for SITES certification.
The following categories recognize either site-specific or non-site-specific works as described. Professional and Student entries are not required to be built or implemented.
Recognizes documents, projects, events or functions which contribute to a greater understanding of landscape architecture, which advances the profession, or which make a gift of services to enhance our culture, community and quality of life. Philanthropic entries can be and often are projects with minimal or no budget and will be judged accordingly. Merely donating your services as a Landscape Architect is not sufficient to qualify in this category.
Research and Communication:
Recognizes efforts involving investigation of landscape architecture-oriented topics and communication techniques contributing to an expanded body of knowledge. Projects that orient research that identifies and investigates challenges posed in landscape architecture, providing results that advance the body of knowledge for the profession, and achieve communicating landscape architecture works, techniques, technologies, history, or theory, and the lesson value to an intended audience. NOTE: Florida Registered Landscape Architects with a principal practice in another state may submit works; however, they must be executed in Florida or Puerto Rico.
Planning and Analysis:
Recognizes efforts involving the wide range of professional planning and analysis activities that lead to and guide landscape architecture design.
The following categories are reserved for Professional entries only.
Edward D. Stone, Jr. Landmark Award (formerly the Classic Award Category)
Recognizes a project built and completed at least 20 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located. Such submission may be made by a Landscape Architect or Firm, provided that all parties to the project, who are alive/in existence, consent. The jury will consider the project’s sustained value to the community it serves and the continued relevance of the project’s design expression.
Recognizes excellence in design thinking and methodology for projects that have been designed but not constructed. This category is for designed works in landscape architecture for which implementation has not yet occurred.
Recognizes projects built or currently under construction that activate networks of spaces that mediate between social equity, economic viability, infrastructure, environmental stewardship, and beautiful place-making in the public and private realm. NOTE: Urban Design projects that are unbuilt should be submitted to the Planning and Analysis category for consideration.
Submission: Materials in the submission must not reveal the names of the entrant and/or landscape architects, firms, other designers, or photographers.
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