ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, San Diego 2019

What is the journey between a great idea and a path breaking design project? This call invites students to participate in a “shark tank” style competition to showcase innovative designs in Landscape Architecture. Ideas can be as small as a bench or as big as an urban resiliency plan: it’s all about the idea!

Students will present design ideas to our jury of industry thought leaders: Walter Hood, Mikyoung Kim and Michelle Delk. Up to twelve selected student projects will have two minutes to pitch their idea to this jury using graphics, models and designs. At the end of this session, up to three projects from the 12 presentations will be recognized as an idea that is worth pursuing further. Thaisa Way, Professor at the University of Washington and Program Director at Dumbarton Oaks and Bryan Chou, Design Leader of MYKD will be moderating the discussion.

Step 1: Due June 30, 2019
Up to 12 student-led projects will be selected as semi-finalists from a national pool of submissions.

Step 2: November 17, 2019
Up to three student projects will be selected to present at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture during the Project Innovation presentations.

Step 3: Spring 2020
The three finalists or teams will be invited to participate in a seminar with members of the jury at Dumbarton Oaks for a day focused on the creative process and innovation.

Requirements for the Step 1 submission: (send in PDF format below 3 mg)
1. 100 word description of project- Why is your idea innovative and path breaking?
2. One image of the project
3. Please include your name/team names, your contact information (email and telephone), your school and what year you are in. Students graduating after May 2019 are eligible to submit. We encourage both individual and group submissions- the focus will be on sharing design ideas!

Submission Due: June 30 by 5 pm. Send Submission to with email header “PROJECT INNOVATION SUBMISSION”
Notification: Selected students will be notified by July 30, 2019

Please note: Travel fees are the responsibility of the student and students whose projects are not selected will not be notified.