The winners of the Landscape Institute’s 2019 Student Travel Award have been announced. This year’s theme of ‘landscape transformations’ produced some original and bold ideas.

Seattle: nurturing through nature

Lisa Peachey, who is studying an MA in Professional Landscape Architecture at the University of East London, is the winner of this year’s International Award of £750. She will travel to Seattle, USA to study the role that nature plays in improving mental health.

Lisa will stay at the Bloedel Reserve and take part in their ‘Strolls for Wellbeing’ programme, while also researching the positive affects of the Reflection Garden.

‘I feel very privileged to have been selected for the LI Student Travel Award. The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is somewhere I read about nearly two years ago when I started my journey into Landscape Architecture, and so it is wonderful that my professional body are willing to support my visit there’

– Lisa Peachey, MA Professional Landscape Architecture at University of East London

Judges were very impressed with Lisa’s submission, and said it was ‘heartfelt and sincere’ and ‘related directly to the core values of the landscape profession.’

UK award introduced for LI90

To celebrate the Landscape Institute’s 90th birthday, for the first time, a UK award was introduced to the competition, meaning two deserving students could choose to study landscape transformations at a UK site.

The joint-winners of our £100 prize are Emma Jayne Beaumont (BA Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield) and Rebecca McDonald-Balfour (BA Landscape Architecture, University of Greenwich).

Emma will visit Greenwich Millennium Village to study the ways urban design can influence the way people behave and interact with each other.

‘I am extremely excited to receive this award. It will allow me to further explore the area of socially responsive urban design within the wider field of landscape, something I have developed a particular interest in. I’m very grateful to the Landscape Institute for the opportunity’

– Emma Jayne Beaumont, BA Landscape Architecture at University of Sheffield

Rebecca will study the transformation of a public space over a 24-hour period, as she takes part in a sit-in protest in central London, which will see Parliament Square transformed into a communal living area.

‘I’m so pleased to have been selected for this award. Being supported by the Landscape Institute to conduct and share research like this is a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started’

– Rebecca McDonald-Balfour, BA Landscape Architecture at University of Greenwich

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