2006 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Brief

2006 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Winners


The thematic idea of the competition was to position student landscape architectural thinking in relation to issues of 21st century global sustainability. Land, and its organization by design is a fundamental act of civilization. The quality, quantity, and availability of water and air, principal physical media of life, depend on the design of land. These critical aspects of life are increasingly in the hands of a broad array of agents of culture from developers and armies to states parties and localities. What roles will be played by designers, including engineers, planners, and architects and, especially in the context of this competition, landscape architects, appears to be a crucial question.
The objective of this competition is to encourage and recognize superior student environmental design work that addresses critical ecological issues and that redefines the boundaries of landscape architecture.

The competition invites submissions from individual students and teams of students in landscape architecture and allied disciplines. The focus of this hypothetical approach to land, air and water was to examine the myriad and diverse problems of increasingly damaged landscapes that landscape architects have begun to engage. The idea was clearly intended to encourage landscape architects to, again, leap the garden wall, but like and unlike the 18th century leap, the proposed venture is less a purely spatial expansion than a conceptual, paradigmatic jump shift. Aesthetics, pragmatics, culture, ecology, time and media are construed in new combinations. A new, enduring beauty is projected.
The call for proposals is intended to embrace a broad scope of landscapes and a broad range of ecological challenges. Projects may address regions, watersheds, cities, neighborhoods, parks or gardens. Projects may deal with waste treatment, water conservation and treatment, air quality, and/or site reclamation.

Organizing Committee
The competition was organized by Professor Lance M. Neckar, ASLA, University of Minnesota with the support of the IFLA, Professor Sandalack, Professor Miller, and Chuck Yust, CALA and the board of the Minnesota Chapter of ASLA.


  • Professor Beverly Sandalack, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Mr. Andrew Caddock, Senior Landscape Architect, Close Landscape Architecture, Minneapolis
  • Associate Professor Kristine Miller, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota