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The 11th IFLA-APR Awards for Landscape Architecture (2014) – Call for Entries

I. Background

It has been more than 11 years since the IFLA-Asia Pacific Regional Congress (then known as the Eastern Region of IFLA) was held at Riga, Latvia (October 2002). It was during this Congress that a major decision was made to establish an annual award for excellence in the practice of landscape architecture within the Asia Pacific Region.

The basic premise that ‘the award program will promote the landscape profession and increase its visibility’ is still valid and crucial to the profession. The competition is perhaps the most important vehicle for conveying the message of new responsibilities to all concerned. Competitions must continue to honour the best practitioners and the work they have done but also should use the occasion to help members of the profession, to participate, to experience and understand the changes, which are taking place in professional practice. Collective knowledge and experience gained, is our greatest resource and thus it becomes our responsibility to share this knowledge not only with our members, but with others who are interested in the profession of  landscape architecture.

II. Objectives

The objectives of establishing the First Award Program in the year 2002 are still highly valid and it will be our endeavour to see that a greater number of landscape architects participate in this annual event and that we reach a large number of landscape architects in the APR and throughout the world

The objectives of the IFLA-APR Awards Program for 2014 are:

To encourage and recognize outstanding examples of work by landscape architects in IFLA-APR, especially in the cultural landscapes field.

To take suitable steps to enhance the recognition of the landscape architecture profession and the practice of landscape architecture in the Asia Pacific region.

To encourage and promote the design, conservation and management of the environment.

To promote greater awareness of the goal of creating a healthy, sustainable environment through the active participation of the IFLA-APR members.

III. Award Categories

The awards will be given for three categories, as follows:

1. Landscape Design

2. Landscape Planning

3. Landscape Management

1. Category- LANDSCAPE DESIGN (Code word LD)

1.1 Competition criteria

1.1.1 The Design must have been completed/constructed, from 1 January 2010 to 15 December 2013.

1.1.2 If the project is scheduled, to be completed in stages, then the stages need to be defined clearly with the submission.

1.1.3 The size of the project will not be a critical criterion for selection. Small sized projects where the landscape architect’s design role can be well defined and which demonstrate innovative approaches are just as valid as large scale projects and are encouraged. Practices may submit a group of small projects in order to demonstrate innovation across a range of projects.

1.1.4 Submissions supporting entries must include details of the Project Brief and budget (in equivalent US dollars only).

1.1.5 Submissions should, where appropriate, include statements in regard to the ecological rigour adopted for the project, (e.g. biodiversity, energy conservation, water management, use of local materials, local craft traditions, community benefits, protective measures taken during construction and the long term management regime).

1.1.6 The types of projects for consideration in the Design Category include (the list is only indicative):

Design of Urban/Civic Spaces (streetscapes, plazas, urban renewal); Residential (single/multi-dwelling/estates); Landscape with buildings;

Infrastructure (landscape of any nature around or within non residential buildings; e.g. institutional, commercial, industrial, educational, health related buildings, resorts);

Public open spaces and recreational facilities; Heritage landscapes (conservation, management and interpretation); Transportation and infrastructure (road, cycle and rail corridors, civil works); Landscape Art (temporary or permanent works, memorials, sculptures, lighting).

1.2 Judging Criteria

The main criteria for judging are:

1.2.1 Design excellence and functional quality:

a) Innovative design or demonstration of a new direction in the profession.

b) Clarity and legibility of expression of design concept.

c) Appropriateness to function.

d) Response to brief.

e) Sensitivity to social, cultural, historical, physical and natural context.

f) Quality of implementation of built work.

1.2.2 Environmental responsibility and sustainability

a) Employs or promotes sustainable policies or practices.

b) Promotes biodiversity and supports local ecosystem.

1.2.3 Relevance to the profession of landscape architecture, the public and the education of future professional:

a) Expands the scope of the profession in formative, forward looking and thought provoking ways.

b) Demonstrates fusion of theory and practice.

c) For multi-discipline/collaborative projects: the role and influence of the landscape architect.

2. Category- LANDSCAPE PLANNING (Code word LP)

2.1 Competition Criteria

2.1.1 The category includes strategic design and guiding policy documents for landscape component of urban development, residential and planned communities, local community and regional landscape planning.

2.1.2 Projects must be completed and accepted and approved by a client from 1 January 2011 to 15 December 2013. 2.1.3 The projects may be over 30 hectares in size. But smaller sized projects in which design role can be well defined and which demonstrate innovative approaches are encouraged. Practice may submit a group of small projects in order to demonstrate innovation across a range of projects.

2.1.4 The types of projects for consideration in the planning category include (indicative only):

Master Planning (landscape /site planning); Detailed Planning

Conservation Planning (heritage/landscape related);

Urban Planning/Public Domain.

2.2 Judging Criteria

The main criteria for judging are:

2.2.1 Planning excellence and functional quality:

a) Demonstration of a deep understanding of planning processes and methodologies;

b) Innovative planning or demonstration of new directions for the profession;

c) Effective and strategic use, presentation or programming of landscape architectural inputs;

d) Functionality for purpose; and

e) Response to brief.

2.2.2 Environmental responsibility and sustainability:

a) Establishment or promotion of sustainable policies and environmental best practice.

b) Opportunities for landscape architecture to generate significant beneficial outcomes for the environment or to positively influence environmental decision making processes.

2.2.3. Relevance to the profession of landscape architecture, the public and the education of the future practitioners:

a) Recognizes and incorporates community values;

a) Incorporates effective community engagement and fosters broad support and understanding of landscape architecture and / or landscape planning;

b) Demonstrates adoption and/or implementation of recommendations.

3. Category – LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT (Code word LM)

3.1 Competition Criteria

3.1.1 Submissions to this category should include the outcomes of work by landscape architects whereby landscape management techniques have been applied on site starting from 1 January 2011 to 15 December 2013. 3.1.2 Submissions could include plans or strategies for the restoration, conservation, enhancement or maintenance of landscapes.

3.1.3 Projects that are eligible to apply include (indicative only);

Brown field rehabilitation; Stream rehabilitation;

Heritage preservation; Maintenance or management guidelines; Cultural management, Preservation and interpretation; Conservation, landscape and biodiversity preservation and management;

Development projects which demonstrate the use and success of integrated land management practices and techniques

3.1.4. Submissions should include any relevant documentation or visual evidence that demonstrates the progress as well as the results of application of the land management techniques.

3.1.5 Project submissions related to ecological land management must include statements in regard to the ecological rigour adopted for the project (e.g. biodiversity, energy conservation, water management, use of local materials, community benefit)

-measures taken during construction and the long term management regime.

3.1.6 Project submissions related to cultural and historical land management must include statements in regard to the investigative and interpretative rigour adopted for the project (e.g. demonstrated understanding of cultural/historical context, innovative and appropriate methodologies for interpretation, protection and understanding of the landscapes/sites in question).

3.2 Judging Criteria

The main criteria for judging are:

3.2.1 Excellence and functional quality:

a) Contribution to the stewardship of ecological and/or cultural land systems;

b) Demonstration of a deep understanding of the science of landscape architecture and founded on robust environmental/cultural land management principles;

c) Demonstration of innovation or establishes new directions in land management best practice;

d) Effectively responds to, and extends, intention of the brief in land management matters.

3.2.2 Employs or Promotes sustainable policies or practices:

a) The extent to which sustainable ecological and/or cultural principles have been identified and adopted;

b) Evidence of effective and programmed applied research;

3.2.3 Relevance to profession of landscape architecture, the public and the education of future practitioners and the wider community:

a) Demonstrably expands the scope of the profession in informative, forward looking & thought provoking ways;

b) Raises the awareness & understanding in the community of environmental / cultural values and processes;

c) Provides a tangible, successful example of the use and application of environmentally and culturally appropriate landscape management practices.


IV. General Instructions for Participants


IFLA-APR conducts the awards to recognize the work of the full/registered members of its member associations/institutes (AILA, CHKILA, CHSLA, CTLAS, ISOLA, ISLA, ILAM, ISLAP, IFLA JAPAN, KILA, NZILA, PALA, SILA, SLILA and TALA).

The awards are open to Landscape Architecture practices with members who are full and financial members of their relevant landscape architecture institutes/associations that are current members of IFLA APR.

The award submission must be made by the office directly involved in the delivery of the project nominated – not by another branch or overseas office.

The project being nominated must have been directly overseen by a full association/institute member; that is a full member must be the landscape architect in charge of the landscape architecture project or the aspect of the project being submitted for the award.

The lead project landscape architect must be so nominated, and any other landscape architectural input such as consultancy advice specified and attributed.

Any project which previously won any categories in IFLA APR Awards for Landscape Architecture is not eligible for the 2014 awards.

In cases where practitioners of other professions have been the principal consultants, the award will be awarded to and attributed to the landscape architect members’ practice/government agency in recognition of their role as part of the design or planning team. As appropriate, the principal consultant, the clients and/or partners may be also attributed on the award certificate.

All correct attributions must be included in the submission – including where possible, names of the photographers.

Decisions on attribution and eligibility will be decided on by IFLA-APR. Where necessary, variations and queries will be referred to the IFLA-APR Awards Committee.


All projects should address some or all of these criteria as well as the particular category of criteria as set out under Landscape Design, Landscape Planning, and Landscape Management Water sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

Project demonstrates water sensitive urban design (WSUD) practices e.g. bio-swales, swales, detention systems, dry creek beds, reed beds, wetlands.

Demonstrates effective water usage design and implementation practices (e.g. gray water harvesting etc.).

Reduces amount of resource intensive landscapes via appropriate plant selection and placement.

• Xeriscape plant practices used – grouping plants according to their water needs.

Employs permeable surfaces (which allow water to filter through ground).

Other Sustainability Principles


• Promotes biodiversity and supports local ecosystems by using locally occurring plant material that provides habitat for local fauna, extends existing patches of remnant vegetation.

• Maintain healthy sites (e.g. stockpile soils, protect remnant vegetation & water ways).

• Improves biodiversity by converting a degraded site into useful outdoor space.

Landscape Materials

• Uses recycled or re-used landscape materials from the local region (e.g. mulch from green waste, crushed brick or concrete, re-used timber, pavers) or materials from sustainable sources (e.g. bamboo). Minimizes use of materials from non-renewable sources.

• Uses materials that can be re-used and recycled in the future. • Improves existing soils by the addition of locally sourced organic materials such as compost, animal manures (avoids materials like peat).


Uses appropriately sized trees and other plants to improve microclimate around buildings and reduce need for air-conditioning and heating systems.

Food Growing & Waste Recycling

• Facilities provided for organic food growing and recycling of household organic waste.

Energy Use & Maintenance

• Reduces the need for intensive maintenance using machinery powered by fossil fuels.

Uses lighting efficiently – use night lighting only where necessary for safety.


There are three Awards in each category, as follows:

1. President’s Award (for one entry)

2. Award of Excellence (for two entries)

3. Merit Award (for three entries)


Entries will be assessed by a representative Jury comprising:

At least 3 and up to 9 judges from the IFLA Asia Pacific Region delegates/members as determined by IFLA-APR Executive Committee.

The IFLA Asia Pacific Region Secretary


• All decisions of the Jury are final. • Entries will not be returned to the authors. IFLA-APR retains the right of duplication and publication of the material submitted.

V. Timetable for the competition

Stage 1. Announcement of the Programme: 4 March 2014

Stage 2. Deadline: Receipt of entries by e-mail: 24 March 2014

Stage 3. Receipt of report from Jury members: 5 April 2014

Stage 4. Communication to the winning entrants: Before 12 April 2014

Stage 5. Award ceremony at IFLA APR Conference will be at the Pullman Hotel Kuching Sarawak just before lunch 28 April 2014, Kuching, Malaysia

VI. Submission Requirements

All entries shall be presented in Windows Power Point (PPT) format. No other format will be accepted. All entries must carry the Category on the first slide in the PPT: Landscape Design (Code word LD), Landscape Planning (Code word LP)Landscape Management (Code Word LM)

1. The first slide must be the cover of the PPT including name of the project, name and full address (postal address, e-mail, telephone and Fax) of the participant.

Please indicate name in bold letters, as you would like to appear on the Trophy, should you win the Award. The second and third slides must be project description. The last one must be the photocopy of the participant’s member certificate of its member associations/institutes (AILA, CHKILA, CHSLA, CTLAS, ISOLA, ISLA, ILAM, ISLAP, IFLA JAPAN, KILA, NZILA, PALA, SILA, SLILA and TALA)

2. Maximum number of slides in PPT (including cover) allowed is 16 (sixteen) only. Entries that have more than 16 slides will not be accepted. All images shall be in 300 dpi.

3. There shall not be any audio signals and/or any promotional material on the C.D./D.V.D on entry submitted for the Award. Such entries will not be accepted.

4. All text, legends / key explanations etc. must only be in English.

5. Entries which do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.

VII. submission of entries

Only e-files may be accepted to e-mail address:


Prof. Xiaoming Liu, IFLA APR Award Program,CHSLA delegate to IFLA

School of Landscape Architecture, Beijing Forestry University

35 Qinghua East Road, Haidian District,Beijing 100083, China


Winner of the IFLA Trophee Competition

Brussels, 26 February, 2014.

IFLA is happy to announce the name of the winner of the Trophy Competition for the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.
The Jury also wishes to give a round of virtual applause to all the entrants for their thoughtfulness and imagination.

Desirable practical qualities were that the trophy should be pleasing to handle, which included having a certain weight; hard to break; easy to clean and simple in massing.

Mariano Filippini’s proposal had excellent qualities, simplicity, elegance and force which led to an unanimous vote from the jury. The members found it  very appealing, particularly the examples where the concrete base is inlaid with coloured glass fragments.  The dual wood box too is a delightful feature.

Mariano Filippini is an Industrial Design student at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and will be granted with €5.000 sponsored by the German nursery  Lorberg.



The Jury
Chair: Hal Moggridge OBE PPLI – Assistant to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1960-63)
Desiree Martínez, IFLA President
Ilya Mochalov, IFLA Secretary General
John Easthope, IFLA Treasurer
Tunji Adejumo, IFLA Vice-President for Africa
Carlos Jankilevich, IFLA Vice-President for Americas
Dato Ismail Ngah, IFLA Vice-President for Asia-Pacific
Ana Luengo, IFLA Vice-President for Europe

IFLA Executive Council on-site 2014 meeting

IFLA EXCO met last week (21-22 February) for its annual face to face meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
This has been an intense one due to a full agenda consisting of issues such as the  new Constitution and By-laws, the IFLA committees’ structure, the Strategic Plan which will suppose a drastic change of the Federation’s organisational structure and management  and the  recruitment of an Executive director.

This has been Desiree Martinez’ and Carlos Jankilevich’s last EXCO meeting in Brussels whose mandates conclude this year. On the other hand it’s been the first one for Ana Luengo, Europe VP and Tunji Adejumo, Africa VP.


From left to right: Desiree Martinez, President, Ilya Mochalov, Secretary General, Carlos Jankilevich, Americas region Vice President, Christine Bavassa, Executive secretary, John Easthope, Treasurer, Tunji Adejumo, Africa region Vice President , Dato Ismail Ngah, Asia-Pacific region Vice President  and seated, Ana Luengo, European region Vice President.

IFLA 51st World Congress, Argentina 2014


Please click this link to the registration:


  • To send the abstracts of papers: March 7th
  • The interested people in the Charrette, have to be enrolled in the Congress: March 15th
  • Works to Students Competition: May 5th, to 12:00 PM

51st WC logo


The 51st IFLA World Congress 2014 International Student Competition to be celebrated in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is sponsored by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and organized by the Argentine Center of Landscape Architects (CAAP). The IFLA International Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition is part of the Congress, and it promotes and encourages the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture through education.

Chair: Prof. Arch. EDP Vilma Budovski
Members: Prof. Arch. Martha Marengo de Tapia and Arch. EPP Virginia L. Laboranti.

The competition aim is to promote a reflection on the importance of “thinking and action on landscape” as a conceptual and operative tool to guide the deep and global transformations in their changes. The intention is to reconnect places to the geographic, social and cultural context that contains them, and to recover the essence of their identity and values.
It is intended that students investigate the dynamic process of landscapes in their different complexities (ethical, aesthetic, functional, ecological, socio- cultural, historic-patrimonial, economic-productive, etc.) redefining and identifying new and old spaces, applying innovative and sustainable technologies, generating formal and environmental certainties; and humanizing the places and their landscape.

THEME: URBAN LANDSCAPES IN EMERGENCY – Creating a landscape of places

The competition challenges students to explore urban landscapes: abandoned, obsolete and degraded landscapes; landscapes hurt by aggressive anthropic actions to nature and to the culture of the territory, landscapes substituted by new proposals and originated by needs, which may not have always kept the environmental balance.
They should propose new ideas sustained by “reflective thought” that will try to solve the unsustainable problems of urban landscapes in emergency; and the “action” using the most appropriate techniques to improve the management and building of a landscape of places and of new spaces of urban sustainability.

Students may select the context and site of the project. The suggested work scale is established in a range of 2 has (20.000 m2) to 10 has (100.000 m2).
Proposals must show a reflexive and innovative approach, giving value to the identity of the designed place and choosing a strategy for the project execution.

This is an ideas competition and will consist of one round of submissions. Proposals by the participants should assume publication and exhibition in both digital and printed media.

The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture and allied disciplines (where a country or university does not include a program specifically identified as Landscape Architecture). Both individual and group submissions will be accepted, and each student or group is allowed only one entry. Broad interdisciplinary submissions are also welcomed; however the design must still focus on the configuration of the landscape and must have at least one Landscape Architecture student in the group. The number of members in each participating group shall not exceed four (4). Professional collaborators and associates of members of the jury, and their relatives up to a third degree may not enter the competition.

For full details please read International Student Design Competition IFLA CAAP 2014
Declaration Form – Student Competition IFLA CAAP 2014

Competencia Internacional de Diseño para Estudiantes de Arquitectura del Paisaje (version actualizada)

La Competencia Internacional de Diseño para Estudiantes de Arquitectura del Paisaje del 51º Congreso Mundial de la IFLA 2014, que se celebrará en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, está patrocinado por la Federación Internacional de Arquitectos Paisajistas (IFLA) y organizado por el Centro Argentino de Arquitectos Paisajistas (CAAP). La Competencia de Diseño forma parte del Congreso, y promueve y alienta la evolución de la profesión de la Arquitectura del Paisaje por medio de la educación.

Responsable: Prof. Arq. EDP Vilma Budovski
Miembros: Prof. Arq. Martha Marengo de Tapia y Arq. EPP Virginia Laboranti

El objetivo de la competencia es promover la reflexión acerca de la importancia del “pensamiento y la acción sobre el paisaje” como herramienta conceptual y operativa para orientar las transformaciones profundas y globalizadoras de sus cambios. La intención es reconectar los lugares al contexto geográfico, social y cultural que los contiene; y recuperar la esencia de sus valores e identidad.
Se busca que el estudiante indague el proceso dinámico del paisaje en sus diferentes complejidades (ética, estética, funcional, ecológica, socio-cultural, histórico-patrimonial, económico-productiva, etc.) redefiniendo e identificando nuevos y antiguos espacios, aplicando tecnologías innovadoras y sostenibles, generando certidumbres formales y ambientales; humanizando los lugares y su paisaje.
Tema: PAISAJES URBANOS EN EMERGENCIA. Crear un paisaje de lugares.
La competencia desafía a los estudiantes a explorar en los paisajes de la ciudad; paisajes abandonados, obsoletos y degradados; paisajes heridos por las acciones antrópicas agresivas a la naturaleza y la cultura del territorio, paisajes sustituidos por nuevas propuestas y originados por necesidades que no siempre conservan los equilibrios medioambientales. Deberán proponer nuevas ideas sustentadas por un “pensamiento reflexivo” que ensayará resolver las problemáticas insostenibles de los paisajes en emergencia de la ciudad; y la “acción” aplicando las técnicas más apropiadas para la gestión y construcción de un paisaje de lugares y de nuevos espacios de sostenibilidad urbana.

Los participantes pueden escoger el contexto y el sitio del proyecto. La escala de trabajo sugerida se establece en un rango de 2 has (20.000m2) a 10 has (100.000m2).
Las propuestas deberán demostrar una aproximación reflexiva e innovadora, valorizando la identidad del lugar diseñado y eligiendo una estrategia de ejecución del proyecto.

Esta es una “Competencia de Ideas” y se desarrollará en una sola ronda de presentaciones. Las propuestas de los participantes suponen la aceptación de la publicación y exposición de las mismas en medios digitales o impresos.

La Competencia está abierta a todos los alumnos de Arquitectura del Paisaje o disciplinas vinculadas (cuando un país o Universidad no presente un programa formal de Arquitectura del Paisaje). La participación puede ser individual o grupal, y cada alumno o grupo podrá presentar sólo un trabajo. Los trabajos interdisciplinarios serán bienvenidos; sin embargo, el diseño deberá estar enfocado en la configuración del paisaje y tener, al menos, un estudiante de Arquitectura del Paisaje en el grupo. El número de participantes por grupo no podrá exceder de cuatro (4). No pueden participar de la competencia colaboradores profesionales y personas relacionadas con miembros del jurado, hasta un tercer grado de parentesco.

Todos los detalles en : Competicion Internacional de Estudiantes de Paisaje – IFLA CAAP 2014