Each year, the Potomac Chapter ASLA honors the best in landscape architecture in the DC metropolitan area through a juried awards program.
As was the case last year, all members and applicants will be notified in advance of the names of the winning firms and projects (although not the level of the award).
All awards will be presented at our virtual Awards Gala on May 6, 2021.
We will again plan a dynamic and celebratory atmosphere for the event and will share the recording widely afterwards.
You’ll see the link to click to apply at the end of these details.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENTRY:
The Potomac Chapter awards program is open to ASLA member individuals, firms, agencies, and academic institutions. Entries should either be designed by offices located in the DC metropolitan area OR be projects that are located in the DC metropolitan area.
2021 AWARD WINNERS RECEIVE:
Recognizes site-specific works of landscape architecture for single-family residential use. Professional entries in this category must be built. Typical entries include: Individual single-family residential or individual townhome projects; activity areas for cooking, entertaining, recreation, or relaxation; sustainable landscape applications; new construction or renovation projects; affordable landscape concepts and innovations; and more.
Recognizes site specific works of landscape architecture or urban design. Professional entries in this category must be completed and realized.
Recognizes innovative vision within landscape architecture or urban design for projects that have not been constructed.
ANALYSIS, PLANNING, AND URBAN DESIGN
Recognizes the wide variety of professional activities that lead, guide, and evaluate landscape architecture design. Entries are not required to be built or implemented.
COMMUNICATIONS AND RESEARCH
Recognizes print, digital, video, and audio media that communicates landscape architecture principles, techniques, technologies, history, or theory.
Recognizes public interest projects designed to directly benefit social equality, humanitarian, community or environmental needs and causes; or processes that are community-centered and engage a broad and comprehensive group of stakeholders.
Recognizes projects focused on historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and projects related to the inventory of historic resources.
PUBLIC SECTOR POLICY
Recognizes landscape architecture achievements by governmental, quasi-public or non-profit organizations, firms or individuals working in the public sector. Designed to recognize individuals or agencies whose regulatory works improve ecosystem services and human well-being. Because this is a newer category, more details are below and applicants can submit additional materials. If your project fits in another category, that is the category in which you should submit, even if you work in the public sector. This category is especially focused on things like policies and guidelines that don’t fit in another awards category.
Typical entries in Public Sector Policy include: policies, codes or guidelines that improve the outdoor environment (such as water quality, soil conservation, native habitat restoration, expanded urban tree canopy, physical and/or mental fitness, public health and safety, for example), or other contributions to the success of any type of ecological / landscape / urban planning project that has proven to have had a positive impact on environmental health, through leadership from the public sector.
Criteria: Show data to demonstrate continuous progress over at least three years towards meeting a project’s landscape performance goals, as evaluated based on measurement of improvements over baseline conditions. Baseline data may be data collected prior to the project, or policy implementation, or from data gathered from the first year of the project or policy.
Presentation Materials: Provide a narrative outlining the goal of the work and how the implementation of the requirements has met the proposed outcomes. Submit codes, guidelines, technical manuals or similar documents or weblinks. Provide supplemental information showing the data, such as infographics (e.g. baseline and performance data), and other supporting images to demonstrate the success of the project. We recommend you take time to create a strong narrative and metric graphics, because most juries will not take the time to read lengthy manuals.
Potomac Chapter Member: $155 per entry
Non-Potomac Chapter Member: $275 per entry
(includes one membership to Potomac Chapter)
DEADLINE: Monday, March 22, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
Recognition for superior professional accomplishment.
An esteemed award for excellence in landscape architecture.
PRESIDENT’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Highest award of recognition for a distinguished landscape architecture project stands out above all the rest.
EVALUATION CRITERIA for all categories EXCEPT Public Sector Policy:
Quality of Work: 25 pts.
Originality of Thought/Approach/Methodology: 20 pts.
Clear Intent: 20 pts.
Relationship to Physical or Cultural Context: 10 pts.
Stewardship and Sustainability: 10 pts.
High Performance or Pioneering Use: 10 pts.
Overall Quality of Submission: 5 pts.
EVALUATION CRITERIA for Public Sector Policy:
Graphic Representation (clear & well-designed communication of data): 30pts.
Quality of Data (data points & measurements are quantifiable and numerous enough to show compliance): 20pts.
Value to ecosystem services (soils, water, vegetation, human well-being): 25pts
Success of applied Metrics/Code (Do the codes/guidelines show continuous improvements to meet desired outcome?): 25pts.
JURY MEMBERS: Texas Chapter ASLA
AWARD SELECTION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Potomac Chapter members and applicants will be notified before the Gala of the winning firms and projects (although not the level of the awards). This year’s Awards Gala will be held on May 6, 2021.
Title: project name, location, awards category
Project Narrative: In 200 words address as much of the following as possible.
Supplemental Materials ONLY APPLICABLE FOR COMMUNICATIONS/RESEARCH and PUBLIC SECTOR POLICY CATEGORIES.
You can download these instructions here: 2021 Potomac Chapter Call for Entries Requirements.
Entrants will need to create an account on SlideRoom prior to filling out the Awards Entry Form and Submittal Package. A different email address is required for each entry.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.