RSA Competition – Student Design Awards 2016


The 2015-16 competition is officially open for entries! University students and recent graduates anywhere in the world can enter the 2015/16 Awards, which challenge participants to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues. The winning entrants will receive paid industry placements, financial support and RSA Fellowship to help kick-start their careers.

Young designers from all disciplines now have a 6-week window to submit their work via the digital form on this website – the final deadline for entries is 5pm GMT on 10th March 2016, and there’s an early bird deadline with a reduced £25 ($36.47) – entry fee on 10th February.

There are 12 design briefs in this year’s competition, developed in partnership with industry sponsors including Airbnb, Unilever, Philips, Fazer, GlaxoSmithKline, Waitrose, RBS, Springetts, PriestmanGoode and the Office for Disability Issues – view and download the 2015/16 briefs  here. All of the briefs are focused around pressing, real-world issues facing society, the environment and business – this year’s topics include radically reducing food waste (Waste Not, Want Not), empowering people to manage their money better (Mind Your Money), improving healthcare provision in Sub-Saharan Africa (AfricaPack), and designing ways to keep the sharing economy fair (Fair Share).

Who can enter?

The 12 briefs in this year’s competition are open to entries from:

  • Currently enrolled students studying on any recognised higher education course, anywhere in the world
  • Recent graduates, who graduated since March 2015
  • Individual and team entries – the fee is per entry, not per person

How do you enter?

All submissions should be made digitally via the submissions form on this website – click on the yellow ‘Submit Now’ button on the home page to access the form, and see the FAQs page for further details on submissions and eligibility.

How does the judging work?

Each brief is judged in two stages at the RSA House in London by a tailored panel of designers and industry experts: anonymous shortlisting, followed by interviews with finalists. The full list of judges will be announced in the coming weeks – for now, check out last  year’s judges to get a sense of who will be involved (many of them will be judging again this year) and read more about the judging process here.

When will you announce the winners? 

The results will be announced publicly on 1st June 2016. Winners will be featured on our online Showcase, and we’ll have a big Awards celebration at the RSA on 23rd June – you can read about last year’s awards ceremony and take a look at some pics here.

What do the actual Awards consist of? 

Winning entrants receive practical and financial support to develop their careers; this year’s Awards include over £32,000 ($46, 685.82) in cash prizes and paid internships, including at Philips, PriestmanGoode, and BuroHappold Engineering. Winners are also presented with a weighty ‘stepping stone’ physical award (designed by the Royal Designer for Industry Robin Levien) at the Awards Ceremony. On top of that, they get lots of media exposure and receive complementary RSA Fellowship, which means they have access to the RSA’s networks and resources.

Need more info?

Take a look at our FAQs page, follow @RSADesignAwards for Twitter updates, or email if you have a question for a member of the team.

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The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and annual competition for higher education students and recent graduates run by the RSA, a globally renowned charity committed to finding innovative, practical solutions to social problems.

Our goal is to empower a generation of savvy, employable designers who understand the potential of design to benefit society.

We do this by running a competition that challenges students and recent graduates worldwide to think differently about design, through tackling briefs focused on real-world problems.

We work closely with industry partners to develop the briefs, we help colleges and universities embed them in their curricula, and we support participants through workshops and mentoring.

Winners are rewarded with cash prizes, paid industry placements, complementary RSA Fellowship and a range of other benefits to kick-start their careers.

We’re driven by our mission to enable, support and reward design that positively impacts the world. Since 1924 the RSA Student Design Awards has represented a growing voice for socially responsible design, with students participating in the UK and beyond.

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Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops 1966-1971


How do you perceive the environment?

In the summer of 1966, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009) and his wife, dance pioneer Anna Halprin (born 1920), began a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops in northern California that offered a new approach to environmental awareness. Drawn from architecture, ecology, music, cinematography, graphics, choreography, and lighting, Experiments in Environment brought together artists, dancers, architects, and environmental designers in avant-garde environmental arts experiences.

From June 27 to July 22 that summer, they engaged multi-sensory activities in alternating environments according to loosely structured, written guidelines—from movement sessions, to blindfolded awareness walks, to collective building projects, to choreographed journeys in urban plazas, parks, and rail cars. As an article in Progressive Architecture magazine described, “They built their own ‘city’ on the shore of the ocean and recreated the impact and atmosphere of a metropolis in a multimedia presentation. Dancers became architects and architects became dancers.” The series continued in 1968 and 1971.

Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971 presents to the West Coast public for the first time original photographs, films, drawings, scores, and other archival documentation of the workshops, which were staged in the streets of San Francisco, on the shores and cliffs of Sea Ranch (a coastal community designed by Lawrence), and on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. In an observation reflective of Sixties culture, Anna Halprin said, “I want art and structures which express individual creativity and collective living. I want all the personal responses of my company members to be evident in themselves and also to unite into a communal experience.”

Organized by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.

Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971 is on view at the California Historical Society from January 21 – May 1, 2016.

Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The California Historical Society is located at:
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Gallery Admission is $5 per person; we welcome Members and children free of charge. We do not charge for use of our Research Library.

Our Neighborhood:

We invite you to visit the California Historical Society and explore our vibrant neighborhood. The Society is nestled within the Yerba Buena District, a dynamic downtown hub comprising more than two dozen museums; performing arts facilities, and other cultural institutions; a 5.5-acre park; restaurants; hotels; movie theaters; shopping; and one of the most heavily used convention centers in the world. It is a destination for locals as well as tourists and has been hailed as a major cultural hot spot of San Francisco.



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The ASLA-NCC 2016 Call for Entries

The American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter has released the Call for Entries for the 2016 Professional & Student Awards. Award recipients and their clients will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the Chapter Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation on April 21, 2016.

The prestige of the ASLA awards programs relies on the high-caliber juries that are convened each year to review submissions. This year’s outstanding jury will be from the ASLA Potomac Chapter.


The ASLA-NCC professional awards feature six categories:
Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
Design: Residential, Single Family
Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails & Open Space
Design: Historic Preservation
Design: General
Student Awards

See the Call for Entries 2016 for details.

This year the chapter will be using to accept and review award submittals. You must submit payment before you upload the Concealed Fact Sheet and a combined pdf of the Project Fact Sheet and images.

Payment must be received by Friday, February 19, 2016.
 for payment options.

Submission material’s must be received by Friday, March 11, 2016.
for the Concealed Fact Sheet
CLICK HERE for the Project Fact / Narrative Sheet

The Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation
Save the date to join us on April 21st in celebration of professional and student achievements at the Marine’s Memorial Club in San Francisco.

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Terence Lee: Learning By Working: From Kiley To Present – Video Lecture

Terence and Shima LecturesThe School of Landscape Architecture presents Terence Lee and his lecture Learning by Working: From Kiley to Present. Academia is a necessary first step to becoming educated in your field. One must learn the basics of their chosen profession and more importantly, it’s history. Terence Lee, of TLEEDESIGN explains how he has discovered what was successful, what was not, and why in the field of Landscape Architecture. His experiences and research have helped him understand the context of his work and career. This lecture explores Terence Lee’s projects and his most important learning experiences.

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Congratulations to MFA Student Hilda Lin for her winning conceptual design for the 2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show: Startdust!

After winning 7 awards last year, we are so excited to embark on a new design challenge for next year’s show. If you are interested in being a part of the design/build team for this project, please contact Sara!


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2016 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show  Concept Design Competition

It’s time to join the School of Landscape Architecture in voting for the 2016 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show design!!!! Review the designs below, Vote for your preferred design, and wait for the announcement next week as to which design will be built at the 2016 SF Flower and Garden Show!


How to vote:

Onsite students:

Review the designs posted at The Cannery, Suite 300 (by the bench outside of Room D) and cast your ballot in the box provided.

Online students: Review the designs posted below and vote for your preferred design using the site below

San Francisco Flower Garden Show – VOTE ONLINE!!




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Grandpa Allen’s Learning Garden Work Party at Richmond College Prep


 Please join us at Grandpa Allen’s Learning Garden

at the Richmond College Prep School

for a group work party, garden viewing and Potluck!

Saturday, November 14 from 10am-2pm 

 217 South 11th Street, Richmond, CA off Harbor Way


 We will be Weeding, Planting, Harvesting, and Saving Seed. Both school gardens need help and your attendance is appreciated.  

 Bring a hat, water bottle, food to share, and gloves if you have them, tools will be provided. 

Come help your children’s garden grow, meet other families and teachers, and get in touch with Richmond’s plants and animals.

POTLUCK LUNCH! Please bring something to share

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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Popular Posts from The Dirt – Fall 2015


The Dirt, ASLA’s blog, brings you the latest news on the built and natural environments. Each week, read four new posts on all the latest in landscape architecture, cities, transportation, and the environment.

Here are 10 recent popular posts:

Biomimicry Tools to Inspire Designers

A Model Green Office in Vietnam

U.S. Surgeon General: Every Community Needs to be Walkable

Silicon Valley Reinvents the Mall

Doctor’s Orders: Go to the Park

Design Thinking for a Post-industrial Century

Smartphone Apps for Landscape Architects: Useful Tools for Site Analysis and Design

Smartphone Apps for Landscape Architects: Useful Tools for Construction and Presentation

Smartphone Apps for Landscape Architects: The Apps Wishlist

An End to Forgettable Stormwater Management?

Here is what you can find in Biomimicry Tools to Inspire Designers










“Biomimicry is about learning from nature to inspire design solutions for human problems…Biomimetic design is now found in almost all industries — power generation, electronics, buildings…uncover the landscape of biomimetic innovation, with a roadmap that shows designs and their stage of development: concept, prototype, development, or in the marketplace.”

You can sign up to receive weekly email notifications of new posts or add The Dirt RSS feed to your reader. You can also follow The Dirt on Twitter or Facebook.

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School of Landscape Architecture – Lecture Series

Join The School of Landscape Architecture will be presenting back to back lectures on Tuesday October 13 and Wednesday October 14, 2015.

Tuesday  –  Terrence Lee will be talking about “Learning by working: from kiley to present

Wednesday – Shima Rabiee will be talking about “New Methods in Design Representation

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When: October 13 & 14, 2015

Where: The Cannery – Suite 302

Time: 6:30 p.m.


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