Awarded - German Landscape Architecture Prize 2021

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Application in online procedure. Deadline on January 26, 2021

The bdla has announced the German Landscape Architecture Award for the 15th time. With the more intensive use of urban and landscape spaces, ever higher demands are being placed on the performance of the environment. Urban growth and simultaneous emptying of rural regions, climate change, energy transition and economic challenges generate pressure to adapt and conflicts. Great efforts are currently being made to adapt existing infrastructures to the changed conditions, and entire systems are being rebuilt. The development and realization of these new systems requires a fundamental rethinking at all planning levels. The term "Green Infrastructure" is used to emphasize the importance of green, open space and landscape planning for the provision of public services.

With reference to Green Infrastructure, the prize is awarded to exemplary projects and their authors. The subject matter is socially and ecologically oriented settlement and landscape development as well as contemporary open space planning. The award honors outstanding planning achievements, including conceptual ones, that demonstrate aesthetically sophisticated, innovative, ecological and participatory solutions.

The patron of the award is Horst Seehofer, the Federal Minister of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs.

Participation and participants

Participation in or submission of projects to the German Landscape Architecture Award 2021 competition is online. The competition language is German. The deadline is January 26, 2021.

Eligible to participate are German or German-based landscape architects, persons with a degree in the fields of landscape architecture (open space and landscape planning), members of other disciplines, provided they are members of the bdla, and consortiums with the participation of the aforementioned. In particular, clients are invited to submit work by those entitled to participate.

A participation fee of 200 euros is to be paid per project. The participation fee is waived for projects submitted by designers who are bdla members; it is covered by the bdla membership fee.

Judging panel

Top-class judges guarantee an adequate evaluation of the submitted projects. The bdla presidium has appointed the following jurors:

  • Prof. Dr. Karin Helms, Landscape Architect, President of IFLA Europe, Oslo/ Brussels
  • Gesa Loschwitz-Himmel, landscape architect ByAK and journalist, Munich
  • Till Rehwaldt, landscape architect, Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten, Dresden, bdla president
  • René Rheims, landscape architect, KRAFT.RAUM landscape architecture and urban development, Krefeld
  • Sonja Rossa-Banthien, landscape architect, r+b landschaft s architektur, Dresden
  • Oliver Runge, Managing Partner, Runge GmbH & Co. KG, Bissendorf
  • Hubertus Schäfer, landscape architect, GREENBOX landscape architects, Düsseldorf
  • Edith Schütze, landscape architect, faktorgruen, Freiburg
  • Doris Törkel, Head of the Garden, Cemetery and Forestry Office of the State Capital Düsseldorf

First prize and awards

The jury evaluation will take place in two steps; the pre-selection with nomination will take place online until March 15, 2021. At a meeting on April 23, 2021 in Berlin, the jurors will decide on the awarding of the First Prize and the awards in the categories:

  • Public Space as Center,
  • Living environment/working environment,
  • Plant use,
  • Landscape and Environmental Planning/Landscape Experience,
  • Sports, Play, Exercise,
  • Landscape Architecture in Detail,
  • Young Landscape Architecture,
  • Climate adaptation,
  • Historic sites/garden monument preservation.

Award ceremony

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin next year. On this occasion, the award-winning works will be presented to the public. At the award ceremony, a documentation will be published with all award-winning projects as well as the works nominated for the German Landscape Architecture Award 2021 competition.


A big thank you goes to the sponsors of the German Landscape Architecture Award 2021:

All information about the competition is summarized at

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