Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners Announced

ASLA member judges helped select four winning teams.


Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners Announced
ASLA member judges helped select four winning teams.

On Earth Day, April 22, four student teams were announced as winners of the Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure. The competition was held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water in cooperation with the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation. These organizations assisted EPA with judging and outreach.

Student teams proposed innovative green infrastructure designs to reduce stormwater pollution and develop sustainable communities. More than 60 teams participated, and four winners were chosen in two categories: University of Illinois at Chicago (first place, master plan category); University of Maryland, College Park (first place, demonstration project category); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (second place, master plan category); and Queens College, City University of New York (second place, demonstration project category).

The winning designs proposed innovative additions to their respective campuses that would reduce stormwater impacts while providing educational and recreational opportunities. First-place teams receive a $2,000 cash award, and second-place teams receive $1,000.

The following ASLA members served as judges:

  • Jonathan Fitch, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Bureau, final panel judge
  • Craig McClure, ASLA, ParkerRodriguez, final panel judge
  • Shawn Balon, ASLA, American Society of Landscape Architects, round two judge
  • Laurie Beth Donnachie, ASLA, Charles P. Johnson & Associates, round two judge
  • Matthew Mathes, ASLA, Mathes Urban Design, round two judge

EPA plans to conduct the challenge again in fall 2015

About the American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use "ASLA" after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments; the Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.




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