Vacancy Announcement: Director, Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA)

The Council of the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) announces the vacancy of the position of Director of the school, beginning in September 2014. EPA is situated in Porto Novo, Benin and was created jointly by the University of Abomey-Calavi and ICCROM at the end of the PREMA programme (PREvention in Museums in Africa).
EPA is a postgraduate university institution recognized in Benin as an international organization that trains primarily African professionals from the 26 French, Portuguese and Spanish speaking sub-Saharan African countries. EPA specializes in the preservation and promotion of African cultural heritage (museums, archives, libraries, movable, immovable, intangible and natural heritage).
To apply, please refer to the Vacancy Notice, the Job Description and the CV/Application Form.
Please note that your application must be sent in French before 30 June 2014 to with a copy to
View the announcement online here.

Students’ Competition – 3rd IFLA Africa Symposium 2013

Students’ Competition

Productive landscapes

Land degradation is a major threat to the performance of both rural and urban landscapes. Massive deforestation, overgrazing, polluted water bodies, uncontrolled fishing, peasant farming rooted in bush burning, uncoordinated mining, oil spillage and sprawling urbanization are typical man made disasters. These are compounded by flooding, ocean surges, erosion and desertification driven by climate change phenomenon. Restorative solutions still consider sustainable land management defined as combination of “technologies, policies and activities aimed at integrating socioeconomic principles with environmental concerns so as to enhance natural resource base production systems, protect the natural resource base, be economically viable and socially acceptable” relevant. (Framework for Evaluating Sustainable Land Management, 1991).

Students are invited to creatively provide economically viable and socially acceptable productive landscape design and planning solutions to degraded land areas. Participants are expected to focus on a geo referenced site that has experienced major natural or anthropogenic land degradation.
Jury: Will be announced later.

Entries should:

  • Concisely state the nature of the site with emphasis on problem analysis.Proposals should be presented at a conceptual stage scale of between 1:5,000 and 1:10,000. Detailed design at scale between 1:500 and 1:2,000.

  • Clearly illustrate the way in which the planning and design achieve the principles of sustainable land management practices.

  • Highlight the leadership role of landscape architecture in the design. At the same time state how the adopted concept will integrate other disciplines that maybe involved


  • Students in accredited landscape architecture programs are eligible.

  • Students who have graduated more than one academic session are not eligible,

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s projects completed while a registered student are eligible.

  • Entries may be individual and group of not more than four members. Multiple entries are not

  • permitted,

  • Relatives and associates of members of the jury may not enter the competition

  • Note that all categories of entries require a fully completed eligibility declaration


Entries should be in a single PDF file. Entries must be in a landscape format and a maximum of two A1 landscape format panels. Please note the following requirements:

  • Existing situation to be properly shown in aerial photograph

  • Design at conceptual scale of between 1:5,000 and 1:10,000.

  • Detail design scale between 1:500 and 1:2,000

  • Explanatory cross sections to highlight the site in three dimension

  • A minimum of four illustrations is required

  • Please submit a one A4 page explanatory synopsis which describes the degraded landscape; existing situation; and propose design solutions in PDF file. Please adhere to the following: single line spacing, Time Roman, 12 point font size and submit separately.

  • Be advised that this text will assist the jury in project evaluation. The text will also be included in chosen publications of prize-winning projects. On that note, ensure that the text is well edited and clearly convey desired message..

Anonymity and Protocols

  • English is the official language of IFLA. Therefore all titles, legends, captions, and submitted text must be in English

  • Names of the entrants, faculty and universities where entrants are based shall not be identified in the two PDF panels and page of text.

  • Please remember to attach completed Declaration of Eligibility as additional PDF file.

  • Received entries will be assigned serial numbers. Hence entries will be referred to only by these serial numbers throughout the judging process to ensure anonymity.

Submission process

  • Please visit  to submit all files online by 7pm (Nigerian Time) Thursday, August 15 2013 (NG Time = UTC/GMT +1 hour). Files must be PDF and maximum file size is 20MB.

  • Please ensure that your file size conforms to these requirements to avoid disqualification.
    Files sent as hard copy by mail or e-mail is not acceptable.
    Submissions received after the deadline will not be admitted.


Thursday, 15th August 2013: 6pm GMT, deadline for receipt of entries on website.
Jury: September 2013
14th October 2013: Presentation of Awards at 3rd IFLA Africa Symposium in Abuja, Nigeria

Contact for the competition: Bartho Ekweruo

3rd IFLA Africa Symposium – 14-18 October 2013

United Nations Economic and Social Council Economic Commission for Africa/ African Union Commission [UNESCECA/AUC] (2011) joint submission reiterated the fact that “sustainability will remain elusive if we do not design ways to live within the means of one planet and if there is no hope for all for a better life on that one planet”. It is a call for ecological sensibility that biocentrically sees humanity as part of a wider community of life and as basis for true sustainability that heals degraded landscape.

Green economy is a response to the multiple crises confronting humanity in recent decades especially resource depletion, economic crises, climate change anomalies and food insecurity. The later is particularly true of Sub Saharan Africa with twenty one of the thirty poorest nations of the World and highest number of people that are unable to feed adequately. The twin issues of poverty and glaring food shortage is traceable to land degradation that threatens environmental performance of both rural and urban landscapes. Indiscriminate logging, overgrazing, reliance on fire wood, peasant farming, bush burning, uncoordinated mining, oil spillage and sprawling urbanization continue to strip the landscape of its vegetative cover. 

This is in view of unpredictable and extreme weather events that propel massive flooding, gully erosion, destructive ocean surges and desertification. There is an urgent need to examine our value system and identify more productive landscape developmental alternatives. Green economy as a local developmental strategy must then address land and water management in all their ramifications. This symposium recognises cultural differences in landscape perception and aims at generating people oriented strategies, policies and agenda for social, environmental and economic sustainability through discussions of all stakeholders and environmental professionals at continental level.

You are invited.
Tunji Adejumo



Let’s celebrate the World Landscape Architecture Month

is the topic of this year World Landscape Architecture Month. It is also the topic IFLA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa!

Easy! We are interested in photographs and videos that show LANDSCAPES IN TRANSITIONS of everyday life. We are looking for informal and spontaneous landscapes in transitions made by communities or individuals which show how they deal with a changing world. Here is a text that may inspire you.
All landscapes are in various states of Transition, being changed by various forces and processes over time. Humankind inherited a world of natural processes and forces which created the landscapes that people first inhabited. Through dynamic interaction people have altered their environment by cultural practices which have in turn themselves been fundamentally shaped by the particularities of that environment. Three often referred to categories of landscape which arise from the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment are natural-, cultural- and urban landscapes.”

Natural Landscapes in Transitions
Cultural Landscapes in Transition
Urban Landscapes in Transitions

Each participant can send one image and/or video by category. In addition, please send us a short description of where the image was taken (in English). It is not compulsory to send material for all the categories.
Photos: 3MB (max)
Videos: HD 1920×1080 (1 minute max)

During the month of April 2012. The World Month of Landscape Architecture!

Send us your material by email to

The best five photos and videos will be presented at the World Congress in South Africa where the winner will receive a diploma of recognition for this achievement. In addition, we will publish the winner photos and their credits on our web page and in IFLA Newsletter that is distributed all over the word.

The Jury
Ms. Desiree Martinez, IFLA President
Mr. Carlos Jankilevich – IFLA Vicepresident Americas Region
Mr. Nigel Thorne – IFLA Vicepresident European Region
Mr. Philip Ngunjiri – IFLA Vicepresident Africa Region
Mr. Ilya Mochalov – IFLA Secretary General
Mr. John Easthope – IFLA Treasurer
Mr. Herman de Lange – President of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA)
Ms. Paula Villagra – Chair Communication Committee of IFLA
Ms. Christine Bavassa – IFLA Executive Secretary and webmaster