ESALA Win Best International Landscape School Prize at the Barcelona Biennial

The LIS is thrilled to announce that the Landscape Architecture school at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture as part of the Edinburgh College of Art have won the prestigious Best Landscape School prize and the Barcelona Biennial.

A shortlist of 9 schools was selected from 78 international entrees. The other schools on the shortlist include:

  • Harvard Undergraduate School of Design
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Leibniz Unversity Hannover
  • Beijing Forestry University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Victoria University Wellington
  • University of Toronto
  • Aalto University

The work of the Landscape Architecture school was represented by five female ESALA students: Yifan Hu, Emily Cropton, Molly Gordon, Marta Gioffre and Theoni Zompola

Representatives from ESALA were unable to attend the ceremony, so the acceptance speech was given by renowned Landscape Architect Marti Franch who gave the following acceptance speech:

“We are so very proud to have been awarded this incredible prize amongst a shortlist of such talented schools. In the last 3 years my colleagues and I have supported our students in returning to a SLOW, DELIBERATE and CRITICAL reading of the site, mainly achieved through drawing and making. We give this time and a take a great amount of care in the formation of the project. We have rejected the ‘throw down’ of ideas that do not evolve and do not belong in place. Our 5 projects are a representation of this culture in our school.

Our strongest work this year came from 5 female students. 5 strong, opinionated and talented young women who will go on to do great things. We are so encouraged and motivated by the award and hope that you will hear so much more and see so much more from Edinburgh soon. Thank you Marina Cervera and the Organising Committee”

It’s fantastic to see a Scottish Landscape Architecture school gain this level of recognition and the LIS would like to extend our most heartfelt congratulations to all the staff and students that make the Landscape Architecture school at ESALA such a fantastic place of learning.

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