AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture will host the inaugural Confluence, Inc. Landscape Architecture Studio Prize juried competition online next week.

Event details

The public event will be from 3–5 p.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 9, over Webex. Enter event password 2ksQ2Gc3dm9 if the password does not autofill.

About the prize

The studio prize was established by Confluence, Inc. — one of the largest and most-decorated landscape architecture, urban design and planning firms in the Midwest — to help the Department of Landscape Architecture produce award-winning student work, advocate for the landscape architecture discipline and raise the department’s profile across the nation.

The prize is awarded through a spring-semester juried studio competition for fourth- and fifth-year landscape architecture undergraduates in the bachelor of landscape architecture (BLA) program and graduate students in the master of landscape architecture (MLA) program. Individual students and teams are nominated by faculty to present work completed the prior fall semester.

Student presenters

Participants in the inaugural competition and their projects include:

  • Upper Harbor Terminal: Urban Renewal Master Plan
    Mallory Sage, Waterloo, fourth-year BLA student
    This is an urban renewal project along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Apolis Waterfront
    Clay Silver, Albion, fourth-year BLA student
    Also located in Minneapolis, this project embraces the concept of allowing water to control spaces, answering the public’s needs through measures of quality, use and appearance.
  • Biophilic Design for Eating Disorder Centers
    Austin Cox, Adel, and Miriam Jakel, New Ulm, Minnesota, fifth-year BLA students
    Located in Denver, Colorado, this project focuses on improving the design of eating disorder centers through biophilic design.
  • Anna Halprin Memorial
    Hossein Entezari, Tehran, Iran, second-year MLA student
    Located in the space between Stephens Auditorium and Fisher Theater in Ames, this project aims to convert the concept of a memorial as a symbolic object into a multiplicity of events that express the unique characteristic’s of Anna Halprin’s life and her influence on the meaning of dance and performance art.
  • Norman Borlaug Memorial: A Man Who Fed the World
    Parmiss Sazgar, Tehran, Iran, third-year MLA student
    Also located between Stephens Auditorium and Fisher Theater, this project commemorates the life and legacy of Norman Borlaug.

Professional jurors

Members of the professional jury include:

  • Gina Ford, FASLA, co-founder and principal, Agency Landscape + Planning
  • Kimberly Garza, founder and principal, Atlas Lab
  • Doug Smith, principal, EDSA, and member of the ISU Landscape Architecture Practitioners Advisory Council

After a brief introduction, each student/team will have 15 minutes to present their project, with five minutes for Q&A with the jury. The public portion of the event will wrap up by 5 p.m. Jurors will then convene to discuss the presentations and determine awards, which will be announced at a later date. A total of $5,000 in prizes will be awarded.

“The Department of Landscape Architecture is honored to host the inaugural competition for the Confluence, Inc. Landscape Architecture Studio Prize. The students selected to present their work are an excellent representation of the talent, creativity and knowledge cultivated in our undergraduate and graduate programs,” said department chair Carl Rogers.

“The studio prize provides the opportunity to showcase student achievement and promote interaction between our students and outstanding professionals in the field of landscape architecture.”


Carl Rogers, Landscape Architecture, rogersc@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu