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APALA Essay Competition

The purpose of the APALA Essay Competition is to promote design writing, while increasing public understanding of the role and relevance of landscape architecture in the Atlantic region, and to improve communication to the general public on what it is that landscape architects do. Over time, the collection of essays will serve as an archive on significant Atlantic Canadian landscapes and landscape architects practicing in the region.

The APALA Essay Competition aligns with Strategic Objectives 2.1 and 2.2 of the APALA strategic plan.

APALA members in good standings (in any membership category) and any student currently enrolled in an accredited landscape architecture program in Canada is eligible to participate.

The essay should discuss the significance of an example of landscape architecture located within Atlantic Canada. The project may be (but is not limited to) an example of urban design, site planning, storm water management, restoration, conservation, parks and recreation planning, green infrastructure or private or residential planning and design. The essay should describe how the design has successfully addressed the needs of the site, the users and the environmental context.

Essays will be evaluated based on their content, level of clarity, and writing quality. The essay should engage the reader and provide a rationale for the significance of the project within its community and Atlantic Canada. Essays will be evaluated and scored by a jury of 3 (2 members of the APALA Board and 1 external juror).

The author of the winning essay will be awarded $1,000 paid by APALA. One winning essay will be awarded and honourable mentions may be noted.

APALA reserves the right to publish the winning essay (in whole or in part) and supporting photos, graphics and/or illustrations. The winning submission will be published on the APALA website and will be circulated for publication within the region (i.e., local media, newspaper, magazine, etc.). The winning author should be available to work with APALA (or the appropriate publishing agency) to edit or format the essay as necessary for publication.

Submissions must include:

  • A completed application form (see below)
  • For students applicants (non-APALA members), verification of enrollment in an accredited landscape architecture program
  • An original essay of 1,250-1,500 words in pdf format
  • Supporting photos, graphics and/or illustrations (minimum 1) should be submitted as a separate file (ex. jpg, tiff). A reference or photo credit must be provided for all images and the resolution should be suitable for publication.
  • Additional supporting documentation may be requested by APALA

Submissions should be made to the APALA Executive Assistant, Laura Willman, at

Submission Deadline: The 2020 deadline has passed.  Please check back in early 2021 for the next submission deadline.

Please note that the submission deadline in future years is subject to change.

Previous Recipients

2020 Recipient will be announced soon!

2019 Essay   2019 Photos


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