Another ASLA Professional Awards cycle is upon us! This is your yearly chance to get your best work in front of a fantastic jury and potentially broadcast to a global audience of your peers and potential clients. If your work is honored, it will be published in LAM’s annual awards issue in October. The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Denver in November.
Some people don’t enter because they’re shy or believe their projects won’t catch the jury’s attention. But you must play to win: “My advice: Believe in your work,” says Jeffrey Carbo, FASLA, of Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects & Site Planners in Alexandria, Louisiana. Carbo’s first national ASLA award, for the Cane River Residence in 2005, came on his third try. That award “was a springboard to other projects, including the project that won an award in 2012,” which was the Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, Texas.
An ASLA award may also help you advance a progressive idea. Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, has won several awards for green streets projects since 2006, when his SW 12th Avenue Green Street in Portland, Oregon, won in general design. “I had already designed about six green streets at that point, mostly within a more suburban context,” Perry says, “but the SW 12th Avenue Green Street was the first to be implemented within a downtown urban environment.”
For more information on the call for entries and this year’s jury, see the ASLA Awards page. For the Professional Awards, entry forms and payment are due March 7, 2014. Submission binders must arrive by March 21. For Student Awards, forms and payment are due April 25; binders must arrive by May 9.