Awards of Excellence

APALA is pleased to introduce the APALA Awards of Excellence, a new initiative that will promote the work of Landscape Architects in Atlantic Canada. This initiative was introduced and supported by our members at our 2019 Annual General Meeting. Check back on this page later in 2020 for entry form.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

PURPOSE

The purpose of the APALA Awards of Excellence program is to:  

  1. Recognize and promote excellence in all aspects of the profession in Atlantic Canada.
  2. Communicate a strong awareness of the profession of landscape architecture to related professions, potential clients, and the general public.

DEADLINE
The deadline for 2020 submissions will be announced later in 2020.

ELIGIBILITY
The APALA Awards of Excellence is open to:

  1. Landscape architects practicing within or outside of Atlantic Canada are eligible to enter, provided that at least one member of the project team is a Full Member in good standing of APALA and played a leading role in the project.
  2. For submissions initiated by the client, the lead design firm and/or landscape architect must agree with the information as submitted in the entry form.

PROJECTS

  1. Projects must be in one of the four Atlantic Canadian provinces.

2. Unsuccessful submissions may be re-submitted in the same category provided they have not previously received an APALA Award of Excellence and declared as such in the entry form.

3. Projects which have received an APALA Award of Excellence may be re-submitted in a different category.

TYPES OF AWARDS

*Awards of Excellence (up to 5 per year, one in each category)

*Award of Special Recognition (one per year)

The Award of Special Recognition represents a single award, chosen from the category winners, that demonstrates excellence against all judging criteria. This award will be submitted to the CSLA Awards of Excellence program. APALA will pay for the CSLA entry fees; however, completion of the CSLA entry form and supporting material will be the responsibility of the nominated individual.

AWARDS CATEGORIES

The selection of submission categories is the responsibility of the entrant. Entrants may submit the project in more than one category. The jury reserves the right to change the category in which the entry is considered.

Large-Scale Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect (over 1 ha)
Includes newly constructed or renovated works, such as:

  • Public and civic landscapes (parks, streets, plazas, gardens).
  • Commercial and institutional landscapes (schools, hospitals, businesses, corporate
    headquarters).
  • Projects must have been constructed before the submission date.

Small-Scale Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect (up to 1 ha)
Includes newly constructed or renovated works, such as:

  • Public and civic landscapes (parks, streets, plazas, gardens).
  • Commercial and institutional landscapes (schools, hospitals, businesses, corporate
    headquarters).
  • Projects must have been constructed before the submission date.

Planning and Analysis
Includes large-scale projects such as:

  • Regional planning and assessment
  • Land reserves, national parks, watershed and protected area planning
  • Natural resource management, environmental assessment, restoration, conservation or
    enhancement plans
  • Remediation plans
  • Community development plans
  • Master plans
  • Historical management plans

Communication
Includes initiatives which have achieved success in communicating information relating to landscape architecture within or outside of the profession, such as:

  • Presentation materials or supporting documents
  • Promotional plans and campaigns including marketing materials, such as a leaflet or
    press releases with cuttings/broadcast coverage generated
  • Websites or blogs, company or project-specific publications
  • Information for the general public introducing them to the profession
  • Public or community consultation/engagement materials
    Explanatory or promotional documents, films, publications
  • Materials used in schools such as lesson plans and handouts

Residential Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect

Built works of landscape architecture for residential use including single or multi-family projects, including construction, renovation or restoration of external or rooftop gardens.

Projects must have been constructed before the submission date.

JURY

The jury will be comprised of professionals within Atlantic Canada as follows (whenever possible):

  • Minimum of one member from the Dalhousie LA program
  • Minimum of two members, each from different Atlantic Canadian provinces

ASSESSMENT

All entries will be assessed according to the following criteria (all criteria weighted equally):
Demonstration of a deep understanding of the craft of landscape architecture and
attention to composition and detail:

  • Functionality: how the project achieves its stated goals
  • Details: which make the project unique, functional, and exemplary
  • Aesthetics: the overall aesthetic attributes of the project
    Demonstration of excellence in leadership, project management, breadth of work, new
    directions or new technology:
  • Leadership: how the project demonstrates leadership within the profession of landscape
    architecture
  • Innovation: how the project demonstrates innovation in processes, working relationships,
    management and design
  • Use of technology: how new or old technologies contribute to the design function and
    usability
  • Usability: how the public (or owners/clients) utilize the various areas of the project and its
    long-term viability as a useful space
    Innovation in concept, process, materials or implementation:
  • Materials: the use of materials in new and different applications and/or new materials
  • Construction: innovation in construction methods or schedules, including equipment,
    timing, use of volunteers
  • Thought process: the creativity shown by demonstrated though process to create the
    end design
  • Engagement: the process for user and stakeholder engagement during the project
    Promotion of the discipline amongst related professions, clients and the general public:
  • Involvement: how the project reaches out to or involves the general public or the client
  • Cross-disciplinary scope: how the project reaches across more than one discipline
    Demonstration of exemplary environmental and/or social awareness:
  • Environmental impact: how the project considers environmental processes and functions
    and the impact of the project on climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Social impact: how the project considers social awareness and acceptance and/or
    engagement, impact of the project on Reconciliation with Indigenous communities
    Significance of the project to landscape architecture in Atlantic Canada:
  • How the project addresses regionally significant issues such as climate change, sealevel
    rise, green infrastructure, economic growth, rural development, or historic
    landscapes
  • How the project captures and celebrates the uniqueness, character, and spirit of Atlantic
    Canada

INQUIRIES
For further information, questions, or clarifications, please contact the Executive Assistant via email at laura.apala@bellaliant.net.

2019 Recipients 

Large Scale Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect (over 1 ha)

Small-Scale Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect (up to 1 ha)

Planning and Analysis

Communications

Residential Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect

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