8月13日，位于华盛顿的非盈利性机构文化景观基金会（The Cultural Landscape Foundation，简称TCLF）宣布将主办国际景观设计双年奖（后文简称“奖项”）。这将是首个且唯一的国际性景观设计奖项，奖金额度高达10万美元。此外，奖项还将举办为期两年的公众参与活动，表彰为景观设计领域做出富有创造性、勇气和远见卓识成果的实践者、合作机构或团队。首个奖项将于2021年颁发。
文化景观基金会董事会联合主席Joan Shafran和她的先生Rob Haimes为奖项慷慨提供了一百万美元的资金，此外，董事会其他成员及赞助者共同举办赞助活动，为奖项另筹集了450万美元，使其得以持续运营。
“景观设计是最复杂且有可能是最少被人理解的艺术形式之一，它需要从业者不断创新，融合艺术与科技，解决当代社会最为紧迫的社会、环境和文化问题，”FASLA、FAAR及文化景观基金会创始人、主席及CEOCharles A. Birnbaum先生表示，“我们由衷感谢Joan Shafran女士和Rob Haimes先生对这一奖项的推动和支持，让更多的人了解景观行业及其从业者们。”
Joan Shafran女士和Rob Haimes先生表示，“我们与文化景观基金会的合作，以及对景观设计杰出项目的观察和了解，让我们开始考虑如何用更引人注意的方式提高公众对这一行业的认知。我们希望奖项不仅表彰优秀的设计师和项目，还能引发更广泛的公众讨论，探讨景观设计在日常生活中的作用。”
- Elizabeth K. Meyer（主席），FASLA，弗吉尼亚大学建筑学院Merrill D. Peterson景观设计学教授；
- Thomas Bacon，FAIA，Lionstone Investments的合伙创始人，Kinder城市研究所顾问委员会成员，连续十年任休斯顿公园董事会主席；
- Adriaan Geuze，IR，RLA，OALA，West 8事务所的合伙创始人和设计总监；
- Gary R. Hilderbrand，FASLA，FAAR，Reed Hilderbrand事务所创始负责人和合伙人；
- Joeb Moore，FAIA，NCARB，Joeb Moore + Partners事务所负责人；
- Laurie D. Olin，FASLA，FAAR，OLIN事务所合伙人；
- Kate Orff，纽约SCAPE景观建筑DPC创始人；
- Catherine Marcus Rose，达拉斯艺术博物馆董事会主席，2016年纳赛尔雕塑奖（Nasher Sculpture Prize）首席联合主席，该奖项为双年奖的框架提供了借鉴。
文化景观基金会是一家总部位于华盛顿的教育和宣传非盈利组织，成立于1998年，其使命是“连接人与场所。”该机构教育并引导公众更加关注景观遗产，明确景观价值，并为管理者赋权。双年奖将成为基金会的第四个重要项目，其余三个为：“那里有什么（What's Out There）”，一个资料详尽、图片丰富且经过仔细审查的数据库，包含2000余个景观项目；美国景观设计先锋（Pioneers of American Landscape Design），为1000多名景观设计师和相关专业人士发布在线或印刷传记，并提供视频口述历史；Landslide，倡导人们关注受到威胁的景观，包括年度主题报告和旅游摄影展等活动。此外，基金会还组织会议，考察和其他活动，多次获得奖项表彰，并持续接受国家艺术基金会的支持。
THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHES
NEW INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PRIZE
First and Only International Landscape Architecture Prize That Includes a US$100,000 Monetary Award
Washington, D.C. (August 13, 2019) – Today The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), a non-profit Washington, D.C.-based education and advocacy organization, announced that it will establish an international landscape architecture prize (“Prize”) to be conferred biennially. This is the first and only international landscape architecture prize that includes a US$100,000 monetary award. In addition, the Prize features two years of related public engagement activities to honor a living practitioner, collaborative or team for their creative, courageous, and visionary work in the field of landscape architecture. The inaugural Prize will be awarded in 2021.
TCLF board co-chair Joan Shafran and her husband Rob Haimes have generously provided a lead gift of US$1 million to underwrite the Prize, which was collectively matched by the rest of the board and other donors, launching a US$4.5 million fundraising campaign to endow it in perpetuity.
“Landscape architecture is one of the most complex and, arguably, the least understood art forms. It challenges practitioners to be design innovators often while spanning the arts and sciences in addressing many of the most pressing social, environmental, and cultural issues in contemporary society,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, TCLF’s founder, president, and CEO. “We are grateful for the leadership provided by Joan Shafran and Rob Haimes in supporting this prize, which aims to raise the visibility of the field and its practitioners.”
Landscape architects, artists, architects, planners, urban designers, and others who have designed a significant body of landscape-architectural projects are eligible for this award.
The Prize will examine the state of landscape architecture through the honoree’s practice, showcasing how landscape architecture and its practitioners are transforming the public realm by addressing social, ecological, cultural, environmental, and other challenges in their work.
“Our involvement with TCLF, and seeing and learning about the inspired work of landscape architects, led us to think about how to raise the public’s awareness of their contributions in a more dramatic way. Supporting the Prize came out of that,” said Joan Shafran and Rob Haimes, lead donors for the prize. “We hope the Prize will provide not just recognition of exceptional people and projects but also promote a wider public discussion of the role of landscape architecture in life.”
A Prize Advisory Committee was established in 2018 to provide critical guidance in developing the framework of the Prize and the parameters of the nominee selection and jury process. Committee members include Elizabeth K. Meyer (chair), FASLA, the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture; Thomas Bacon, FAIA, founding partner of Lionstone Investments, Advisory Board Member of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and chairman of the Houston Parks Board for a decade; Adriaan Geuze, IR, RLA, OALA, founding partner and design director of West 8 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and New York, New York; Gary R. Hilderbrand, FASLA, FAAR, founding principal and partner of Reed Hilderbrand in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut; Joeb Moore, FAIA, NCARB, principal of Joeb Moore + Partners in Greenwich, Connecticut; Laurie D. Olin, FASLA, FAAR, partner of OLIN in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles, California; Kate Orff, founder of SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC in New York, New York; and Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art and inaugural co-chair of the Nasher Sculpture Prize in 2016, an award that in part inspired the structure of this prize.
The honoree will be chosen in a multi-layered process, including a year-long nomination period followed with selection by a five-person jury comprised of internationally prominent landscape architects, artists, educators, designers, and others. The Prize will be administered by TCLF and overseen by an independent curator. The jury members and curator will be announced in the coming months.
About The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based education and advocacy non-profit established in 1998 with a mission of “connecting people to places.” The organization educates and engages the public to make our landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. The international prize will become TCLF’s fourth major program along with: What’s Out There, an exhaustive, carefully vetted and profusely illustrated database of more than 2,000 landscapes; Pioneers of American Landscape Design, featuring online and print biographies of more than 1,000 landscape architects and allied professionals, along with video oral histories; and Landslide, the advocacy initiative that draws attention to threatened and at-risk landscapes and includes an annual thematic report and traveling photographic exhibitions. TCLF also organizes conferences, tours and other events, and its work has received numerous awards, as well as repeated support from the National Endowment for the Arts.