ELIGIBILITY  
  Those submitting nominations must meet at least one of the following requirements:
  Fellow of the Minnesota Chapter of the ASLA  
  Full Member of the Minnesota Chapter of the ASLA  
  Associate Member of the Minnesota Chapter of the ASLA  
  Affiliate Member of the Minnesota Chapter of the ASLA  
  Registered Landscape Architect in the State of Minnesota  
  Refer to the ASLA website for a description of membership categories at http://www.asla.org/Join.aspx
 
  TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL AWARDS  
     
    Award of Excellence The jury may select one Award of Excellence from all the entries.  
    Honor Award The jury may select only one Honor Award per entry category.  
    Merit Awards The jury may select any number of Merit Awards for each entry category.  
 
  AWARD CATEGORIES  
 
  I. GENERAL DESIGN  
    Recognition Projects designed and constructed for any public or private client independent of site-specific residential projects (these should be submitted under residential design). All projects must be built.  
    Example Projects Included but are not limited to the following: corporate headquarters, residential developments, private institutional facilities, retail establishments, recreational facilities, parks, urban plazas, streetscapes, public school campus projects, transportation, infrastructure, landscape art, stormwater management, green roofs, historic preservation, transportation or infrastructure, etc.  
    Selection Criteria Context and appropriateness to site and program; clarity of intent; ability to extend the dialogue of contemporary design; use of materials; innovative ideas; incorporation of ecological design principles; efficient use of budget; attention to details.  
 
  II. RESIDENTIAL DESIGN  
    Recognition Site-specific works of landscape architecture for residential use. All projects must be built.  
    Example Projects Include but are not limited to single family or multifamily residential landscapes, cabins/retreats, residential terraces, gardens, new construction or renovation projects, historic preservation, affordable landscape concepts, etc.  
    Selection Criteria Context and appropriateness to site and program; clarity of intent; ability to extend the dialogue of contemporary design; use of materials; innovative ideas; incorporation of ecological design principles; efficient use of budget; attention to details.  
 
  III. ANALYSIS AND PLANNING  
    Recognition The wide variety of professional activities that lead to, guide, and evaluate landscape architecture design. Entries are not required to be built or implemented.  
    Example Projects Include but are not limited to the following: urban, suburban, rural, or regional planning efforts; transportation, town or, campus planning; master plans; development guidelines; policy work; environmental review documents; cultural resource reports; natural resources protection; historic preservation planning, etc.  
    Selection Criteria Quality of the analysis and planning effort; context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability; likelihood of successful implementation; and value to the client, the public, and other designers.  
 
  IV. COMMUNICATIONS  
    Recognition Achievements in communicating landscape architecture works, techniques, technologies, history, or theory, and the lesson value to an intended audience.  
    Example Projects Include but are not limited to the following: print media, film, video, audio, CD, or DVD formats; online communications; interpretive design; exhibition design, etc.  
    Selection Criteria Effectiveness of message presentation, the innovation in approach or delivery, and the value to the intended audience. NOTE: An official entrant in the Professional Awards Communications category is not required to be a landscape architecture professional.  
 
  V. RESEARCH  
    Recognition Research that identifies and investigates challenges posed in landscape architecture, providing results that advance the body of knowledge for the profession. Example Projects: Selection Criteria:  
    Example Projects Include but are not limited to the following: investigations into methods, techniques, or materials related to landscape architecture practice; studies of relationships of landscape architecture to law, education, public health and safety, or public policy; etc.  
    Selection Criteria How the research is framed; the context and resources of the study; the methods of inquiry; the results of investigation; and the lesson value of the research conclusions to the field at large. NOTE: An official entrant in the Professional Awards Research category is not required to be a landscape architecture professional.  
 
  VI. UNBUILT WORKS  
    Recognition Projects include unrealized professionally-completed designs for public, private, and residential clients. This category is not intended for projects that are under construction or anticipated to be built in the near future. This category is not intended for student work. Projects that win in the unbuilt category cannot be later submitted for built works awards.  
    Example Projects Any site-specific unbuilt work.  
    Selection Criteria Quality and clarity of graphics and design ideas; innovative ideas and approach; ability to act as model for future work.  
 
  VII. STUDENT WORK  
    Requirements ASLA Student member or a student in an accredited Landscape Architecture or Environmental Design program.  
    Entry Fees $25 for ASLA Student members; $60 for non-ASLA members  
    Recognition Projects in this category include any landscape architecture projects completed by individual students or student groups. This category is not intended for projects completed by professional landscape architects or design firms. Projects that win in the student work category cannot be later submitted under any of the professional categories.  
    Example Projects Any student landscape architecture work including: planning, communications, research, urban design, and site design.  
    Selection Criteria Quality and clarity of graphics, context, and design ideas; innovative ideas and approach; design value. These projects will be judged on their own merit and not against the professional work submitted under the other categories.  
 
  VIII. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  
    Recognition All project submissions will be displayed at the Awards Celebration for voting by attendees. Votes will be tallied before the awards presentation begins, and the winning project will receive a People’s Choice Award certificate at the banquet.  
    Selection Criteria Votes received by attendees of ASLA-MN's Awards Celebration and Spring Gala based on project board display.  
 
  SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS  
 
  I. Confidentiality Fill out the entire form, but please identify the designer, author, and firm or agency on the entry form only. All material for review by the jury must be kept anonymous or it will be ruled ineligible. If submitting work that identifies the submitter (boards, reports, slides, etc.) you must delete any identifying marks.  
 
  II. Abstract Include a brief, concise description of the project, less than 100 words that clearly depict the overall theme, scope, intent, and result of the project. Include electronic copy in MS Word format.  
 
  III. Narrative Include text of not more than 750 words describing the landscape architect’s role and responsibilities, project scope, design solution and other unique projects attributes. The text shall include a brief statement as to why the submitter deems the project worthy of consideration for an award. This will aid the jurors in recognizing the unique or special qualities of a project that demonstrate excellence in landscape architecture. The submission text should describe the specific roles and contributions of the landscape architects directly involved in the project. Submissions with vague or inadequate information on role of the landscape architect will be ruled ineligible.  
 
  IV. Imagery Include 10-15 maximum well-composed images. Submit the image files in one combined PDF file at 8.5"x11" page size AND in one zipped folder of the images as individual CMYK jpegs (at minimum 300 dpi on a 8.5"x11" page or smaller).  Name the zipped file using the project name being submitted. The images will be used by the jury to judge the project submittals and printed in ASLA-MN publications should your project win an award.  
 
  V. Imagery text In addition to the narrative, include a separate sheet that concisely describes each slide. Slide descriptions should be sequentially numbered to correspond to PDF slides. ASLA-MN will retain ownership and archive all submittals in electronic format.  
 
  VI. Display Board All project entrants must submit a 22”x22” poster board to be displayed at the Awards Celebration and to be used for voting for the People’s Choice Award. The poster board should display attractive images, descriptive text, and the project title, mounted on foam core or gator board. The board should include the ASLA-MN logo, project submittal category, and year. The board should be delivered by the award entry deadline to:

DAMON FARBER
c/o Jodi Refsland
401 N. 2nd Ave., Suite 401
Minneapolis, MN 55401

ASLA-MN's logo is available for download at http://www.asla-mn.org/logos.
 
 
  FEES AND DEADLINES  
 
    Deadline February 24, 2017; Early Bird: Friday, February 17, 2017  
    ASLA-MN members $150.00 per submission on or before February 17, 2017
$175.00 per submission afterwards
 
    Nonmembers $500.00 per submission, includes one year of membership  
    Student Awards $25 for ASLA Student members
$60 for non-ASLA members
 
 
  JUDGING AND RECOGNITION  
  This year entries will be reviewed and judged by the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Award-winning submissions will be publicly recognized and displayed at the 2017 ASLA-MN Awards Celebration and will receive an ASLA Certificate of Recognition. Winning submissions will be featured in _SCAPE magazine and on the ASLA-MN web site.

All entries will be archived with the University of Minnesota Northwest Architectural Archives. Northwest Architectural Archives collects the records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, and interior designers from a region which includes Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and the eastern Dakotas. Learn more at https://www.lib.umn.edu/scrbm/naa.
 
 
  AWARD WINNERS  
  Award winners will be announced at the 2017 ASLA-MN Awards Celebration and Spring Gala which will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at CHS Field in St. Paul.  
 
  ENTRY PROCESS  
  Complete the online submission form and make payment at https://aslamn.wufoo.com/forms/aslamn-design-awards-entry-form/
Name zipped imagery file using the project name and upload images at http://www.asla-mn.org/asla-mn-awards-and-nominations-upload-files
 
 
  QUESTIONS  
  ASLA-MN's 2017 Co-Directors of Awards and Banquets:  
    Jodi Refsland, jodirefsland@gmail.com  
    Emily Neuenschwander, emily@thinkconfluence.com  
 
Winning Strategies

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