Portland Open Space Sequence, Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain, Portland, Oregon, 2016. Designed by Lawrence Halprin with Angela Danadjieva, 1970. Photo: Jeremy Bittermann. Courtesy of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Artists Working in Landscape Architecture Are Eligible for New $100,000 Prize

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), the Washington, DC–based nonprofit organization, is establishing the first-ever international landscape architecture prize. The $100,000 biennial award will go to landscape architects, artists, architects, planners, urban designers, and others who are producing “creative, courageous, and visionary work” in the field.

“Landscape architecture is one of the most complex and, arguably, the least understood art forms,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’s founder, president, and CEO. “It challenges practitioners to be design innovators often while spanning the arts and sciences in addressing many of the most pressing social, environmental, and cultural issues in contemporary society.”

TCLF board cochair Joan Shafran and her husband, Rob Haimes, provided a lead gift of $1 million to underwrite the prize. The donation was matched by the rest of the board, and the organization has started a $4.5 million fundraising campaign to create an endowment for the award. The inaugural prize recipients will be announced in 2021.