Showcase Your Work: Enter the ASLA Professional and Student Awards

ASLA 2019 Professional Honor Award in Residential Design. Hassalo on Eighth | From Urban Blight to LEED Platinum Neighborhood. PLACE. / image: Christian Columbres

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is accepting entries for the 2020 Professional and Student Awards. This prestigious juried landscape architecture competition honors the best and most innovative landscape architecture projects from around the globe and gives a glimpse into the future of the profession.

ASLA Professional Awards Key Dates & Deadlines:

ASLA Student Awards:

  • Monday, May 4, 11:59 p.m. PST: entry fees for the Student Awards are due
  • Monday, May 11, 11:59 p.m. PST: submissions for the Student Awards are due

This year, a new award category, Urban Design, will recognize projects that activate networks of spaces that mediate between social equity, economic viability, infrastructure, environmental stewardship, and place-making in the public and private realm.

Winners receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. ASLA will honor the award recipients, their clients, and advisors at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Miami Beach, October 2-5, 2020.

Anyone interested in submitting a project to this year’s Professional Awards program is welcome to register for the February 13 info session, which will walk through what you need to know to submit a project. A recording of the session will be made available after the event.

Entries for the Professional and Student Awards are completed through the online submission platform. To log in, current ASLA members should enter their ASLA member ID as their username along with the same password used to log in to

ASLA 2019 Student Award of Excellence in General Design. “Y” Shape Jetty System: A Sustainable Solution for Coastal Ecosystem Protection, Population Retreat, and Global Tourism Development. Yi Song, Student ASLA. / image: Yi Song

Both the ASLA Professional and the Student Awards feature these categories:

  • General Design
  • Residential Design
  • Urban Design (new!)
  • Analysis and Planning
  • Communications
  • Research

The Professional Awards also include the Landmark Award, recognizing a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located. The Student Awards also include Community Service and Student Collaboration categories. In each category besides the Landmark Award, juries select a number of Honor Awards and may select one Award of Excellence.

ASLA 2019 Landmark Award. Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve. SmithGroup. / image: Aaron Kiley

The prestige of the ASLA awards programs relies on the high-caliber juries that convene each year to review submissions.

This year’s Professional Awards Jury is:

  • Jury Chair: José Almiñana, FASLA – Andropogon, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jane Berger – Writer, Washington, DC
  • Ujijji Davis, ASLA – SmithGroup, Detroit, MI
  • Mark Hough, FASLA – Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Mark Johnson, FASLA – Civitas, Denver, CO
  • Kathleen John-Alder, FASLA – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Mia Lehrer FASLA – Studio-MLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tanya Olson, ASLA – Tallgrass Landscape Architecture, Custer, SD
  • Robert Rogers – Architects+Urban Designers, New York, NY
  • Stephanie A. Rolley, FASLA – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, on behalf of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)  for the Research Category
  • Galen Newman, ASLA – Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, on behalf of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) for the Research Category
ASLA 2019 Student Honor Award in Communications. Stone Wall Trees 2040: A Critical Discussion of their Alternative Futures. Anson Ting Fung Wong, Student ASLA. / image: Anson Ting Fung Wong

The Student Awards Jury is:

  • Jury Chair: Kristina Hill – University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Adam Arvidson, FASLA – Landscape Architect, Writer, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lucia Athens, ASLA – Office of Sustainability, City of Austin, Austin, TX
  • C.L. Bohannon, PhD, ASLA – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Jonathon Geels, ASLA – Troyer Group, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Rikerrious Geter, Associate ASLA – GGN, Seattle, WA
  • Luis González, ASLA – Lennar, Fairfax, VA
  • Melissa Henao-Robledo, ASLA – Landscape Forms, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Ernest C. Wong, FASLA – Site Design Group, Chicago, IL

In need of inspiration? Explore the 2019 Professional and Student Award-winning projects, or peruse previous years’ Professional and Student Award winners.

Questions about the submission process may be directed to or (202) 216-2331.

The Professional and Student Awards are a program of the ASLA Fund.

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