We are thrilled to announce that Sophie has just been named as joint winner of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) International Student Landscape Design Award!
This is very exciting….. and a great honour. She is the only student ever to win this title AND the SGD National Student of the Year — the two most prestigious awards on offer.
An international competition — open to anyone that was studying garden design or landscape architecture — applicants were asked to submit a piece of work completed whilst a student. Sophie chose to enter a family garden she had designed for real-life clients in Oxfordshire. For a detailed explanation of how she met the brief and came up with the design, please see How to Design a Garden: Solving Site Problems And Fulfilling The Client Brief. Example # 1
Here is some of the feedback she received from the judges at the APLD:
‘ The designer of this project has a wonderful grasp of form generation and rhythm, and did an exceptional job of relating the landscape to both the architecture and the existing landscape. ……..The details are very thorough…….The planting compositions are excellent, well integrated, and balanced…… All in all, this project was well conceived and presented.’
‘Very good site analysis and concept plan. Well detailed planting plans with rich diversity and mixed grouping patterns…… All drawings are very professional.’
‘A very well executed plan. Design Brief is clear, well written and presents the challenges and solutions in an excellent manner. The Site Analysis with photographs really helped me to understand the project and your design solutions much better. Line weight well presented. Very nice rendering. Overall, your design is, in my opinion, very good and fits the site quite well. Congratulations.’
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is an international body, set up to promote the profession and raise standards within it. The prestigious awards ceremony was held in San Francisco Bay, California.
You can also read Sophie’s guest blog about entering garden design competitions, on the Oxford College of Garden Design website.