Two Landscape Architecture graduates have picked up awards across two categories in the 2016 Landscape Institute Awards.

Peter Kennedy (who graduated in 2016) won the Student Portfolio Award, and the Student Dissertation Award was won by James Trevers (who also graduated in 2016). They were both joined in their respective shortlists by Callum Watson (who graduated in 2015).

The Landscape Institute Awards are one of the biggest events in the landscape profession. They celebrate the scale and scope of UK and international landscape practice. The 2016 awards ceremony took place on Thursday 24th November at The Brewery in Central London.

2016 Student portfolio award win

Peter Kennedy’s portfolio was an application of artistic composition learnt through drafting, model-making, multimedia and sketching to the composite nature of landscape architecture, examining whether composite imagery can provide an alternative to traditional planning.

"My project started with the question: Can industry facilitate tourism?" said Peter, "I then went on to ask: Is it possible to envision a side-by-side compatibility of industry in a delicate and unique environmental setting?" The setting he chose was Reykjanesbær, Iceland, where the country’s international airport is located.

The project was a response to city's reaction to the financial crash, which was to section off the harbour area as an industrial district. "This approach will indeed bring jobs and income but at the cost of damaging Iceland's romanticised baron aesthetic," said Peter, "The project looked to find a synthesis between globalising industry and a delicate landscape grain of mosses and lichens."

Peter's project went on to explore how the byproducts of industry could be reapplied, such as the use of smog-free towers to create localised air pockets and spaces of shelter within this industrial district.

2016 Student dissertation award win

James Trevers’ dissertation was a landscape architect’s account of the landscape of Plaszow, Krakow, the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, and their attempts to combine the key principles of landscape phenomenology to landscape architecture.

Previous successes

ECA has an excellent track record, spanning over ten years, at the Landscape Institute Awards.

Previous Student Portfolio winners include Fraser Haliday (2015), Paloma Stott (2014), Oliver Barden (2011), Ruth Olden (2010) and Claire Katherine Butlin (2009).

Previous Student Dissertation winners include Stuart Malcolm (2015), Jono Burgess (2013), Amy Harley-Jepson (2011) and Bianca Soares Mouria (2009).

Leo Taylor (Landscape Architecture – BA [Hons]) and Naomi Rubbra (Architecture – BA/MA) also picked up the Capability Brown Festival Design Ideas Competition award in 2016.

Professor of Landscape Architecture, Catharine Ward Thompson, has twice won the Research Award: once in 2004; and again - with Penny Travlou - in 2008.