The Irish Landscape Institute PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award for Outdoor Spaces
Have you ever wondered who designed that nice playground where you take your kids at the weekend or who created the fantastic new exercise route through your local park, the one with the new tree planting? How did the new town square come about with its smart paving, contemporary seating and fountain? It is quite possible that the answer is a landscape architect who is a member of the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI), the body responsible for the profession of landscape architecture in
ILI celebrates the
design achievements of its members with an award ceremony that recognises the
contribution to the public good of Irish landscape architects. The awards take place every two years but
what is special this year is that, for the first time, the public are being
asked to vote for their favourite design.
Tim Austen, ILI Vice-President says that ‘although our members are
designing urban and green spaces across Ireland, their endeavours often go
unrecognised. This is partly because we
are a small profession but also partly because we are shy, creative types who
are not good at shouting about the good work that we are doing!’ Hence he sees this year’s awards as a great
opportunity to promote the work of ILI Members.
ILI Council Member and awards organiser, Dominick Comerford agrees, saying ‘the range of projects that are up for the People’s Choice Award, displays the depth of work being undertaken by Irish Landscape Architects’. Fellow organiser, Joanne Coughlin says that the process of voting for your favourite design could not be simpler: log on to the Awards Page at www.irishandscapeinstitute.com/awards, browse the entries, and like as many as you choose!’ Dom says ‘they are all good this year and so it will be hard for people to choose, but hopefully the projects on display will be inspiring.’
A panel of Irish and international judges, independent of the ILI Membership are assessing the projects and will hand out a series of awards on the night of the ceremony. Competition is expected to be high, but it is likely that the Peoples’ Choice Award will be the one that
ILI members are most interested
in. As Tim says, ‘this is the first time
we have put ourselves out there for public scrutiny in this way; it is an
exciting time for our profession and we want people to know that we are the
go-to-people for green and city space design in Ireland – so please vote for
The ILI Awards 2015 are kindly supported by: ID2015 (Year of Irish Design) Hartecast Street Furniture, Natureplay, Enrich Environmental, Hardscape Paving, the Goethe Institut, and CEUD Centre for Universal Design.