The 2023 Thomas Church Memorial Design Competition seeks submissions of studio work from the Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 semesters that exemplify the mission and future potential of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and reveals the capacity of design and research to transform and improve the landscapes we build, inhabit, and share.
Winning projects will be selected from each LAEP degree program (MLA, MLA/EP, BaLA) that push the boundaries of landscape representation, research, analysis, design, and activism in studio classes during the 2021/22 academic year. Special attention will be given to the clarity and quality of the project narrative that situates the project in the context of contemporary design discourse and/or research methods.
Awards of $2,000 will recognize exceptional projects from each degree program (MLA, MLA/EP, BaLA).
DEADLINE to REGISTER: Friday, January 20th, 2023 4:00PM (PST). This Google form will CLOSE after 4:00pm and email registrations will NOT BE ACCEPTED.
The competition will be annulled if less than 6 teams register.
If the department has 6 or more teams register, then the registered teams will be sent a Google Form for their Submission.
The following drawing requirements are the minimum elements of your final submission and should be drawn at an appropriate scale to convey different levels of design detail across your final landscape design.
Master Site Plan + (2) Site Sections: showing the entire design scheme and how the urban forest, memorial spaces and surrounding West Oakland context respond to each other. These must show the siting of the forest, Memorial for Justice, two smaller memorials and all relevant site elements (like existing building footprints).
(2) Site Perspectives: showing how one would encounter and embody the site at key moments.
Schematic Planting Plan of Urban Forest: showing the planting scheme for the urban forest which incorporates a minimum of (3) tree species, topography, canopy cover and circulation through the forest.
Plan, (2) Sections, and (2) Collages/Perspectives of Memorial for Justice: showing how the Memorial for Justice engages with the existing urban conditions and proposed forest. These drawings should communicate how one enters and exits the memorial, moves through the surrounding landscape, and all key architectural and landscape architectural features of the memorial. Feel free to use collage and hybrid drawing for any or all of these drawings.
(2) Collages/Perspectives for each smaller memorial space: showing how these memorial spaces engage with the existing urban conditions and proposed forest. These drawings should communicate how one enters and exits the memorial, where and how people gather within the spaces and all other key architectural and landscape architectural features of the memorial. Feel free to use collage and hybrid drawing for any or all of these drawings.
250-word Description of Design: describing the ways that the conceptual design framework and design interventions respond to and are inspired from site context, history, and observations.
All items included in your Competition Deliverables should be combined into a single PDF, 11x17 (landscape orientation), and max file size 20 MB.
The submission deadline is 1pm Friday, February 24, 2023.