AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture will host the third annual Confluence, Inc. Landscape Architecture Studio Prize competition online this week.

Event details

The public event will be from 1–3 p.m. Thursday, April 13, via Webex. Only the student presenters and jurors will be on camera. Other participants will be able to view and hear presentations.

About the prize

The studio prize was established by Midwest landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm Confluence, Inc. to recognize outstanding student work, advance the landscape architecture discipline and elevate the department’s profile across the nation.

The prize is awarded through a juried 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

Competition participants and their projects in presentation order include:

Andrea Fager, Chillocothe, Ill.
TJ Hillberry, Iowa City, Iowa

Both fifth-year BLA students from associate professor Caroline Westort’s fall 2022 LA 404: Advanced Landscape Architectural Design studio, Fager and Hillberry will present projects developed for a wildlife rehabilitation facility on a former farmstead near Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Yitong Wang, Ankeny, Iowa
Brendan McAleer, Arlington Heights, Ill.

These fifth-year students from associate professor Bambi Yost’s LA 404 studio last fall will present conservation and regeneration projects created for sites in Upstate New York.

Mona Kazemian, Mashhad, Iran
Susan Pegg, Urbandale, Iowa

Kazemian, a second-year MLA student, and Pegg, a third-year MLA student, will jointly present a campus masterplan project proposed for an outdoor preschool space for the Jewish Federation of Greater Iowa in Waukee. They developed the project in lecturer Adina Cox’s LA 603: Performance Landscapes/LA 605: Lands Works/Land Digits course.

Linus Larson, Eagle Grove, Iowa
Megan Palmer, Eagan, Minn.
Lexi Banks, Dyersville, Iowa

Fourth-year students in the LA 402: Urban Design studio taught by lecturer Nate Byro and associate professor Heidi Hohmann, Larson, Palmer and Banks will each present a project for a site in St. Paul, Minn., west of the State Capitol and north of Interstate 94.

Professional jurors

The competition will be juried by Lisa Switkin, senior principal at James Corner Field Operations in New York City; Joe Favour, associate professor in practice in landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota; and Kevan Klosterwill, a landscape designer, planner and researcher based in northeast Iowa.

After a brief introducion, 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 3 p.m. Jurors will then convene to discuss the presentations and determine awards, which will be announced at a later date.


Carl Rogers, Landscape Architecture Department Chair, rogersc@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, College of Design Director of Strategic Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu