Landscape Architecture Wins ASLA Award of Excellence

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University, a multi-component project celebrating the section’s centennial, recipient of the 2018 Award of Excellence in the Communications category. The annual ASLA professional awards recognize the best of landscape architecture in the general design, analysis and planning, communications, research and residential design categories from the United States and around the world.

Beginning in 2015, the Landscape Architecture section launched an initiative to celebrate its centennial. Forming around a common theme of making, the faculty and staff gathered archival material and crafted new objects to tell the story of the program. The result brought together a community in transition, and provided an innovative look at the profession's history through the institution that has reliably represented its heart.

The initiative was comprised of four interwoven projects. First, a series of informational banners were installed throughout Knowlton Hall. These banners were translated into a brochure of infographics for alumni, prospective students and friends of the program. The exhibition Landscape by Hand displayed student work from the first 80 years of the program's existence. Finally, the section gathered its history in a book, published in 2017 as Testing Grounds: 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University. The title points to a major theme for each piece: Ohio State's position as a bellwether of the landscape architecture profession and academy, a site where new practices are tested and perfected.

The winners will receive their awards at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine features the winning projects.

Click here to read the ASLA Announcement.