IFLA SIR GEOFFREY JELLICOE AWARD: RULES
The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment, and the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. Since 2011, the award has been presented annually to an individual in recognition of work of outstanding quality and originality.
The nominee must be an academic, public or private practitioner whose merit, talent and actions are respected internationally. Accomplishments may be in such aspects of the profession as landscape planning, design or management; improvement in the quality of human settlements or environments; or landscape architectural education.
3. Candidate Selection
The award recipient shall be identified through a nomination and juried selection process. Both the Nomination Committee and Jury members shall be approved by the World Council at its annual meeting. Both will deliberate through electronic communications. No person may be a member of both bodies at the same time.
In agreeing to be nominated, candidates should also agree, if they are the award winner, to present a lecture on their work to the World Council and/or other suitable fora, and travel to the World Council meeting to accept the award. A candidate may be nominated for the award up to three times in succeeding years, and may be nominated again after a break of two years.
4. Nomination Committee
The Nomination Committee (the Committee) members shall be approved by the World Council. IFLA’s Executive Secretary will assist the Nominations Committee.
a. The Committee shall comprise no fewer than 5 and no more than 7 members, including the Chair. There shall be at least one member from each region of IFLA.
b. Each Committee member shall be appointed for a two-year term. All terms of office may be renewed once, for an additional period of two further years.
c. The World Council shall appoint the initial Committee Chair who will serve for a two-year term; that term of office may be renewed once, for an additional period of two further years. All future Chairs must be appointed from current or past Committee members.
d. To ensure impartiality, no existing Nomination Committee or Awards Jury member or member of the Executive Committee of IFLA may be considered for the Award. Committee members shall represent the range of academic, public and private practice and have a thorough knowledge of the profession, its key practitioners, and international practice.
Immediately following each World Council Meeting, the Nomination Committee shall establish a timetable and initiate a search for an appropriate candidate. Nominations may be solicited from IFLA World Council members, member associations or independent sources to help ensure a broad range of qualified nominees for consideration as final candidates.
At least seven months prior to the next World Council meeting, the Nomination Committee shall agree on a list of suitable candidates for the Award. It will seek the agreement of each candidate to be so nominated, and then obtain information supporting the nomination from the individual nominated. Such information shall be supplied to the International Jury at least four months prior to the World Council meeting.
The Committee shall deliver a short written report to the IFLA President upon completion of its work. Such report and the names of the final candidates provided to the Jury shall remain confidential. Only the award winner is announced by the IFLA President at the next World Congress.
5. Award Jury
The Award Jury members shall be approved by the World Council. IFLA’s Executive Secretary will assist the Jury.
a. The Award Jury (the Jury) shall comprise no fewer than 5 and no more than 7 members, including the Chair. There shall be at least one member from each region of IFLA. The World Council may appoint a “Guest Member” from an allied profession for a one year term. All regional Jury members shall be appointed for two-year terms. All regional terms of office may be renewed once, for an additional period of two further years.
b. The World Council shall appoint the initial Chair who will serve for a two-year term; that term of office may be renewed once, for an additional period of two further years. All future Chairs must be appointed from current or past regional Jury members.
c. The Jury shall adopt its own working procedures, establishing criteria for assessment in terms of the purpose of the Award. Deliberation shall be done through electronic communication or conference calls.
d. To ensure impartiality, no existing Jury member or member of the Executive Committee of IFLA may be considered for the Award. The Jury shall complete its task and notify the IFLA President of the result and Awardee’s name at least two months prior to the annual IFLA World Congress at which the award will be presented.
e. The Jury shall deliver a short written report to the IFLA President upon completion of its work. Such report, containing its result and the name of only the Awardee, shall remain confidential until the award winner has been officially announced by the IFLA President.
f. The award is a personal one, not national. Therefore, if a Jury member has the same nationality as any of the nominees, this shall not be seen as a hindrance. It should be pointed out, however, that this is a trust place in the hands of the Jury and any partiality reflecting personal, national or regional affiliations will not be countenanced.
6. Joint Report by Nomination Committee and Award Jury
At the discretion of both Chairs, a joint report may be submitted to the IFLA President for action by the World Council, if both groups have recommendations for changes that should be made to increase the effectiveness of the nomination and selection process for the Award.
7. Marketing and Public Relations
a. The award will have a webpage within the IFLA website to market and make public the existence and importance of the award, its requirements, and a timetable with deadlines for the nomination and selection process. The website will also list former recipients and their accomplishments, as well as information on Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and his significant accomplishments. Portrait and project images should be used to enhance understanding of the award, its significance, and its recipients. The website will also contain the names and qualifications of the members of the Nomination Committee and Award Jury.
b. A promotional brochure defining the award will be designed and distributed to the national organizations as a digital image, for dissemination to all individual IFLA members. It will also be posted on the website.
c. The Timetable for the award shall establish deadlines for activities, including: starting date for the Nomination Committee, first announcement to the national organizations/distribution of brochures, deadline for nominations to be submitted to the Nomination Committee, notification of nominees for their approval and submission of personal information, feedback on nominees’ information from the national organizations, selection of final nominees, initiation of Jury deliberations and submission of Jury decision to the IFLA President.
8. Procedure for the Award
The Award recipient shall be notified by IFLA’s President and invited to attend the IFLA World Congress, where the winner will be announced, the Award will be presented, and the winner will make a presentation of his/her work at a suitable function in conjunction with the Congress. The content of the presentation will be made available for IFLA use.
- Costs of the award shall be fully covered by IFLA, with the support of member associations and sponsors, as appropriate.
- The award shall include an economy flight to the IFLA World Congress, three days funded accommodation, and registration at the IFLA World Congress, but no monetary grant.
9. The Sponsor of the Award
The sponsor(s) of the Award, if any, is to be informed of the progress and granting of the award, invited to the ceremony to present the award and, in conjunction with IFLA, encouraged to promote the award and its benefits.
Approved by IFLA World Council on 26 June 2010, revised by IFLA World Council on 09 June 2015
About Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe: 1900-1996
The award commemorates the outstanding contributions to IFLA of the President of Honour Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe of Great Britain who served IFLA as founding President from 1948-1954. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe was a leading landscape architect with a career extending to almost seventy years. Born in 1900, he was a trained architect, town-planner, landscape architect and garden designer, but his prime interest was in landscape and garden design. Jellicoe’s rich career enabled the creation of many inspiring projects, from Cheddar Gorge to the Kennedy Memorial at Runneymede, thought to be one of his greatest works. He was a founding member (1929) and then President of the British Landscape Institute (LI) (originally the Institute of Landscape Architects – ILA) and was knighted for services to landscape architecture in 1979. In 1994, he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest honour; the Victoria Medal of Honour.