Singapore, Singapore, 13th October 2015 – Last night Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) hosted its 10th biennial awards night celebrating the achievements of the landscape industry. SILA celebrated the achievements with the Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards (SLAA) and Gala Dinner at the Pan Pacific Singapore hotel. The Guest-of-Honour on the night was Mr Robert Tomlin, chairman of DesignSingapore Council Board.
The awards aim to set new benchmarks and distinctions in the design and practice of Landscape Architecture. With 61 submission entries, SILA managed a rigorous two-stage judging process by 15 judges from 9 countries. 22 awards were presented last night from six categories, including Commercial Buildings, Hotels, Institutions, Master Planning, Parks and Public Spaces. The international jury consisted of both present and past presidents of Landscape Architecture Institutes, as well as respected landscape practitioners. Many members of this jury belong to the International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia-Pacific Region (IFLA APR).
“As the nation celebrates its Jubilee, we also celebrate SILA’s 30th anniversary. This is a special year in which we have the pleasure of launching the Landscape Architecture Accreditation program. 114 newly accredited landscape architects has been recognised and this marks the significance of landscape architecture’s growth as Singapore transits into a city in a garden of lush greenery and enhanced biodiversity for our people. To strengthen this further, we are also proud to announce ‘Biophilic City: Smart Nations, Future Resilience’ as the theme for the 55th IFLA World Congress that we will be hosting in 2018.” Damian Tang, President SILA and IFLA Asia Pacific Region.
The first stage of the judging process was conducted online. It included representatives from Africa, Australia, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South America, and Thailand. Consequently, the second stage of the judging process integrated site visits and table discussions. The on-site panel consisted of representatives from SILA, Singapore Institute of Architects, Centre For Urban Greenery and Ecology, Prime Minister’s Office, Design Business Chamber Singapore and, as well as faculty from National University of Singapore.