2012 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Brief

2012 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Winners


The transformative power of landscape design in cities has raised the awareness of the value of landscape architecture in creating living environments which satisfy a wide spectrum of the qualities needed for meaningful urban living.
This student landscape architecture competition aims to achieve the following:

  • Generate new ideas about how creative landscape design significantly transforms lives in a variety of ways (directly and/or indirectly)
  • Increase the awareness of the various benefits that innovative and strategic landscape design holds for cities and towns.

Identify a problematic area in your city or town (or any city or town of your choice) with rich social and cultural heritage which presents opportunities for transformation. Design the transformation of the area through the creative and strategic application of landscape systems and/or landscape infrastructure for the purpose of not only improving peoples’ lives, but simultaneously maximising the development of cultural identity. The social and visual aspects are of particular note, in the way that service delivery can be utilised as a catalyst for transforming environments into vibrant, meaningful and delightful urban places.

Organizing Committee
Clinton Hindes – 49th IFLA World Congress Local Organising Committee – Student Competition
Assisted by Liana Müller, Bernie Oberholzer, Anton Comrie, and Graham Young.


  • John Beardsley – Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and Dumbarton Oaks, USA
  • Ankia Bormans – Private practitioner and part-time lecturer at University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jocelyn Zanzot – Auburn University, Master of Landscape Architecture Program, USA
  • Dr. Beverly Sandalack Landscape Architect, Professor and Associate Dean (Academic), and Director of the EVDS Urban Lab, University of Calgary, Canada; Chair of the Jury and Chair of the IFLA Competitions Committee