Landscape Design Competition Seeks Entries

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Designers gear up, because a new competition is looking for entries.

Suburbia Transformed 3.0 is a new residential landscape design competition put on by the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design, according the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Open to landscape architects, landscape designers, architects, individuals, teams or firms, and students, the competition is designed to “celebrate and promote residential works that go beyond ‘green’ to address the aesthetic quality of human experience in the process,” the website states.

Students will be entered in a separate category from professionals, and winners will be part of a publication and traveling exhibition.

Each submission must be for a two-acre or less residentially zoned single-family property. The contest will accept a submission from a newly built house as long as the lot was part of a pre-existing subdivision or town property.

Design Criteria for Judging

The competition goal is to promote and celebrate residential designs that go beyond “green” by explicitly using sustainable strategies, tactics and technologies to enrich the aesthetic spatial experience of people; in so doing projects should:

  • Make the most of what’s already on the site (earth, rocks, plants, structures, water) before importing or removing anything
  • Use local, inexpensive, low-energy-consumptive, non-polluting materials and construction techniques before others
  • Consider the landscape’s potential to create useful resources rather than consume them
  • Consider the relationship of the site to larger environmental systems
  • Consider means for guiding future growth and evolution of the garden


  • Andrea Cochran FASLA, Principal, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, California
  • Tobiah Horton, LEED AP, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA, Dirtworks, PC, New York
  • Keith LeBlanc, FASLA, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
  • Darrel Morrison, FASLA, Ecological Landscape Design and Management, New York


Aug 15, 2013   Call for Entries posted
Feb 18, 2014    Entry Form and fee due
Mar 20, 2014   CD submission due
Apr 15, 2014   Announcement of Selected Entries
May 31, 2014   Opening Reception at James Rose Center
Aug 31, 2014   Exhibition travels

To Enter

Fill out the Entry Form available on the website. An entry fee of $115 ($50 for students) must be received together with the Entry Form by February 18, 2014. You may either return the form electronically using PayPal, or mail it with a check payable to the James Rose Center to:

  • The James Rose Center
  • 506 E. Ridgewood Ave.
  • Ridgewood, NJ 07450
  • Attention: Design Competition
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