Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Student Awards Nominations

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Student Awards Nominations

2024 Student Awards Program

Deadline is Friday, December 15, 2023 



To support and encourage our next generation of landscape architects, The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (The CELA) is pleased to announce the Call for 2024 Student Awards. This Award recognizes students’ outstanding performance in Research or Creative Scholarship. The Award includes two main categories: The Research Award, and The Creative Scholarship Award. Students are encouraged to submit their best academic work, which may be based on a research paper, an outstanding studio design project, a thesis, a dissertation, a terminal project, or another acceptable format for reporting research work reflecting a clear grounding in scientific inquiry and/or design investigation.

Award Descriptions and Requirements:

Who is Eligible?

  • All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in The CELA member schools in good standing during the semester(s) in which the work was completed;
  • All recent graduates (within one year of graduation date) from a The CELA member school in good standing.
  • Students may submit as an individual or as a team.
  • To verify if you school is a member please check our CELA Member Schools page.

Why Submit?

The CELA Student Award represents the highest level of recognition The CELA can bestow on a landscape architecture student’s performance in the categories of academic research or creative scholarship. A jury using a blind, peer review process will evaluate all submissions reflecting the highest standards of review in academic practice. The winner will receive a full registration to The CELA annual conference and will have the opportunity to make valuable connections within the academic community. In the case of a team winner, one full conference registration will be given to one member on behalf of the team. The winners will be recognized and presented with the Award during the award ceremony at the annual conference business luncheon. Commitment from Institutions to assist the student’s attendance at the conference is highly encouraged and appreciated.

Submission Deadline
Friday, December 15, 2023.

Submission Requirements
Both the CELA Student Award categories must use the following guidelines for submission:

The submission process consists of three parts:

  • Student Information:
    One-page updated resume, which includes:

    • Student name
    • Institution
    • Graduate Degree information
    • Date of graduation
    • Contact information including mailing address, email, and phone numbers.

This form is a required component of the submission materials for the award. The form must be filled out and signed by the faculty member endorsing the submission stating that the submitted material is worthy of award consideration. The faculty member could be the submitting student’s studio/class professor, undergraduate/graduate advisor, or academic unit head. The faculty endorsement form must contain:

    • Faculty member’s name
    • Institution
    • Position in the academic unit
    • Contact information such as mailing address, email, and phone numbers
    • Faculty member signature
  • Award Narrative:

Images and narrative must be compiled into a single PDF file not to exceed 64 MB and fifteen (15) pages. The format may be either landscape or portrait. The faculty-signed endorsement form must be included at the beginning of the Award Narrative PDF file. Award submissions not adhering to the guidelines will be automatically disqualified.