IFLA 2020 International Student Design Competition - deadline for applications 1 June 2020!

IFLA 2020 International Student Design Competition - deadline for applications 1 June 2020!

International Landscape Architecture Student Design Competition is organised as part of the 57th IFLA World Congress which will take place 13-15 August 2020 in George town Penang, Malaysia.

The International Landscape Architecture Student Design Competition is organised as part of the 57th IFLA World Congress, World Landscape Architects Summit 2020 event. Jointly organised by the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM), International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), and the Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FBES), Universiti TeknologiMalaysia (UTM). The Design Competition promotes the evolution of landscape architecture through education.


  • To generate ideas and formulate potential landscape architecture-based designsolutions to overcome current and future issues worldwide.
  • To cultivate students’ ability in investigating the dynamic processes in landscape planning and design according to the range of complexities, which may include aesthetic, functional, ecological, socio-cultural, historic-patrimonial, economic-productive, and ethics
  • To demonstrate how landscape architecture solutions can effectively redefine and overcome unsustainable practices through innovative ideas.



- the competition challenges students to explore urban landscapes by adopting a problem-based approach in relation to the current global issues such as climate change, food security, agriculture, natural disaster etc.

- the proposed ideas should include the concept that has the value of “representational, communicational and motivational functions”, while tackling unsustainable practices and problems manifested in the urban landscapes.

- The most appropriate approaches and techniques should be applied to the creation of novel spaces and the improvement of their management, leading towards a meaningful and sustainable approach.


Students are free to select the context, site and scale of their projects. It may either apply to specific landscape sites and challenges that they are familiar with, or highlight global
issues based on the theme as mentioned above. The design must show a reflective and innovative approach, how values and identity are imbued to the designed space, and the chosen strategy for the project execution.


    - The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture and allied disciplines (where a country or university does not include a program specifically identified as Landscape Architecture)

    - Both individual and group submissions will be accepted, and each student or group is allowed only one entry. For group submission, only one submitting person needs to register to avoid duplication.

    - Broad interdisciplinary submissions are also welcomed; however, the design must still focus on the configuration and level of the landscape, and must have at least one Landscape Architecture student in the group.

    - The number of members in each participating group shall not exceed five (5). Only students are eligible to be members of the project teams (instructors, program directors, alumni, etc. are not eligible.)

    - Professional collaborators and associates of the members of the jury, and their relatives up to a third degree, may not enter the competition.

    - Students are prohibited from contacting any member of the jury prior to or during the competition process.


    The following are the awards granted for the competition:

    • 1ST Prize (GROUP HAN Prize for Landscape Architecture) – USD 1500 + Certificate
    • 2ND Prize (GROUP HAN Commendation Award for Landscape Architecture) – USD 1000 + Certificate
    • 3RD Prize (Local Organiser Prize) – USD 500 + Certificate
    • 4TH to 6TH Prize – Certificated Honourable Mentions
    • e-Certificates will be given to all participated entries via email after the event.


    • Comprehensive investigation of the competition theme and consideration of the overall theme.
    • Clear documentation of analysis and design process.
    • Effective and attractive communication of design theme and the concept of “representational, communicational, motivational functions”.
    • Clearly stated site synthesis with appropriate methods and approaches based on the site issues.
    • A spatial form design that triggers a unique impression together with the qualities of the landscape.
    • Demonstrate reflective and innovative design approaches which are feasible and adaptable to development and changes in the future.
    • Effective and reflective design that addresses social, environmental and economic sustainability.
    • Integration of the practical and aesthetic aspects of landscape architectural works.


    An entry fee is required for each submission, whether submitted by an individual or a group. The entry fee of MYR 200 (Malaysian Ringgit - cca 43€) is required to be paid at the time of entry registration online. To submit your entry and pay the entry fee, please CLICK HERE


    • Any payment made are not refundable and not transferable.

    For all further information please visit IFLA 2020 Student design competition

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