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Student Wins Global Contest with Video on the Profession

Swedish landscape architecture student Lovisa Kjerrgren is the winner of the Wayne Grace Memorial competition, a global contest for creativity in communicating the positive impacts of landscape architecture on public well-being. The contest and its $10,000 USD prize was sponsored by the Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation (LARBF) and named after a leader in the North American regulatory community.


The contest was inspired by the work of the Council of Landscape Architectural Boards to promote broader understanding of the impacts of practice on health, safety, and welfare and informed by its 2010 study, Landscape Architecture and Public Welfare. It was funded by contributions to the foundation by licensed landscape architects throughout North America.

Kjerrgren, who recently graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, created an animated video entitled “Pretty Heroic” in which her characters’ lives are enhanced by the work done by landscape architects, shown wearing capes in one scene.

From the narration:

“Landscape architects may not have super powers, but they have the knowledge, skills, and passion it takes to design environments that promote the welfare of you and your fellow members of the public for today and the future, and that is pretty heroic.”

A five-member jury made up of landscape architecture and communications professionals unanimously selected Kjerrgren’s entry as the winner

The jury was comprised of : Jim Brown, Assoc. ASLA, 2012 Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Olmsted Scholar winner and current manager of trail development at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, LAF executive director; Terry Poltrack, director, public relations and communications at ASLA; LARBF chair and CLARB past president Stephanie Landregan FASLA, who is also a landscape architect and the director of the Landscape Architecture program at UCLA; and Kenneth Backman, FASLA, LARBF past chair, CLARB past president, landscape architect, and principal of the Omaha, Nebraska, firm bearing his name. 

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