Student Design awards submission deadline extended until July 23, 2021
Professional Awards submission deadline ended July 9, 2021
2021 Design Awards
Celebrating innovation, creative thinking, problem solving, and sustainability in Hawaii
Hosted by the Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
2021 Design Awards Sponsors
Hawaii ASLA Celebrates Design Excellence
The 2021 Hawaii ASLA Design Awards recognize professional and academic excellence by honoring the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in Hawaii and beyond.
Hawaii ASLA will only be accepting digital submissions. The online submission process includes three steps.
All three steps must be completed online and submitted prior to the deadline,
July 9, 2021 at 11:59pm HST. Incomplete applications will not be considered for judging.
Step 1: Submission Form
Step 2: Upload Documents
Step 3: Submit Payment
Any individual, firm, agency, student, or academic institution are eligible to enter, as long as one of the project’s primary participants meets one of the following classifications:
1. ASLA Hawaii Chapter Fellow, Full Member, or Associate Member.
2. Other ASLA Chapter member and registered landscape architect in Hawaii.
3. Professional or Student that have not previous won a Hawaii ASLA chapter award for the project to be submitted.
4. Student General Design Category:
Current or former students enrolled in an academic pre-professional or professional landscape architecture program at a university located within the State of Hawaii.
Course work from the following semesters: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021
Award of Excellence: One award of excellence may be selected in each category, if so determined by a unanimous vote of the jurors.
Honor Award: A maximum of one honor award will be given in each category for the most outstanding projects.
Merit Award: Any number of merit awards may be given in each category to recognize superior work.
Malama Aina Award: See description and nomination information below
Po‘okela Award: See description and nomination information below
Kupukupu Award: See description and nomination information below
Winning Entrants Receive:
Award certificates presented at the Design Awards Celebration in October 2021
Press releases sent to various local news media outlets
Design Awards Jury
All submissions will be reviewed by a jury selected by the Awards Committee. The jury will be composed of five to seven individuals and will be convened to consider entries in all categories and select the winners. Award Committee members will review each submittal in advance for compliance with entry requirements, completeness and anonymity. Submissions that do not fulfill all entry requirements will be rejected.
Professional Entry Fees
$250 for Members of ASLA
$715* for non-Members of ASLA
(*Includes $385 National dues + $45 Chapter dues + $35 processing fee, and $250 entry fee. Additional entries will be $250 each.)
Student Entry Fees:
$30 for Student Members & Associate Members of ASLA
$50 for non-Members of ASLA
Category III – Analysis and Planning
Recognizes the wide variety of professional activities that lead to, guide or evaluate landscape architecture. Typical entries include: urban, suburban, rural, or regional planning efforts; development guidelines; transportation planning, town planning, or campus planning; plans for recovery or reclamation of brownfield sites; environmental planning in relation to legislative or policy initiatives or regulatory controls; cultural resource reports; cultural and natural resources protection, conservation, or historic preservation planning; and more.
Category I – General Design
Recognizes construction of site-specific works of landscape architectural design or urban design. Professional entries in the category must be built. For large incremental projects, at least the first stage must be constructed to be eligible for an award. Typical entries in this category may include: communities and housing; urban design; streetscapes and public spaces; parks and recreational facilities; transportation corridors and facilities; historic preservation; commercial facilities; resorts; institutions and campus design; historic preservation and restoration; reclamation and conservation; landscape art and earth sculpture; and interior landscapes.
Category IIA – Residential Design (Single-Family)
Residential Design IIA – Single Family residential projects consisting of one or more dwelling units on a single lot. Typical entries can include activity areas for cooking, entertaining, recreation, or relaxation; sustainable landscape applications; new construction or renovation projects; historic preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration; affordable landscape concepts and innovations; small site development; private gardens; rooftop gardens; and more.
Category IV – Research and Communication
Category V – Student General Design
Recognizes Graduate and Undergraduate student un-built and built landscape architecture projects. Typical entries include: urban design, public spaces, streets, transportation planning; commercial facilities, resorts, institutions; parks and recreational facilities, trails, open space, reclamation, conservation, landscape art; communities and housing; historic preservation and restoration; residential; environmental planning Main Criteria for Judging Student General Design: The jury will consider the quality of the design, context response, rigor of design inquiry and execution, innovation of project and contribution to disciplinary discourse/field at large, environmental sensitivity and sustainability, climate adaptation and resilience strategies (if applicable), attention to social justice and equity (if applicable), potential applications to practice, design value to the community and potential site users, and clarity of graphic communication and presentation.
Category IIB – Residential Design (Multi-Family)
Residential Design IIB – Multi-Family residential projects consisting of several units contained within one building or several buildings within one complex. Typical entries can include shared common areas for cooking, entertaining, recreation, or relaxation; sustainable landscape applications; new construction or renovation projects; historic preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration; affordable landscape concepts and innovations; rooftop gardens; and more.
Malama Aina, Pookela, Kupukupu Awards
Malama Aina Award
The Malama `Aina Award recognizes individuals or organizations outside the field of Landscape Architecture for distinctive efforts in promoting the preservation and enhancement of the landscape in Hawaii.
Past recipients: Auwahi Forest Restoration project on Maui and the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Mayor Jeremy Harris, The Outdoor Circle, Hawaii Community Develop Authority, Beatrice Krauss, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program, National Tropical Botanical Gardens (Chipper Wichman), the City Urban Forestry Division (Stan Oka).
The Kupukupu Award is for emerging professionals. Kupu in Hawaiian means “Sprout, growth; offspring"; upstart, as one rising suddenly and conspicuously to high position. Kupukupu, like the native Hawaiian fern, is someone or something new and young that is breaking through the ground vertically.
The Kupukupu Award recognizes an individual showing promise of making contributions to the profession of landscape architecture through leadership, design, communication, and service. Nominee must be an ASLA Hawaii Chapter member and an emerging professional within their first five years of practice following graduation from either an undergraduate or graduate program.
Pookela means "striving for the best, commitment to excellence, champion, or pinnacle of excellence." The Pookela Award recognizes local Landscape Architects who have made significant contributions and changed the way we look at landscape architecture.
Past recipients: Catherine and Robert Thompson, Richard Tongg, James R. Bell, W. Frank Brandt, Juli M. Kimura Walters, George S. Walters, Paul Weissich, Tom Papandrew, and Raymond Cain.