Julie Bargmann wins inaugural 2021 Oberlander Prize

Landscape architect Julie Bargmann scoops 2021 Oberlander Prize

The 2021 Oberlander Prize has been announced, honouring landscape architecture and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander – and the winner is American landscape architect Julie Bargmann  

The Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize was established in 2019 to celebrate the late, good designer’s often-disregarded discipline, as effectively as honour her influential and pioneering work. Architectural gardens, sustainability and the want for communities to join with inexperienced, open areas are all essential areas of the career that Oberlander was deeply passionate about – and the Vancouver-based mostly landscape architect was chatting about them very long prior to most other people did. Now, aiming at continuing her legacy, the prize will be presented just about every two years and the inaugural award has just been declared: crowning American landscape architect Julie Bargmann as the 2021 Oberlander Prize winner. 

The Oberlander Prize was established up by The Cultural Landscape Basis in Washington DC. It incorporates a dollars prize that will come accompanied by two many years of public engagement routines centered on the laureate and landscape architecture. The recipient is an particular person who is ‘exceptionally gifted, innovative, courageous, and visionary’ and has ‘a major system of built get the job done that exemplifies the art of landscape architecture’, say the organisers. 

Julie Bargmann, 2021 Oberlander Prize laureate. Photography: Barrett Doherty, courtresy The Cultural Landscape Basis

Bargmann is the founder of D.I.R.T. (Dump It Suitable There) studio, and a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. By way of her three-decade career, the landscape architect has tirelessly championed the energy of planning for the outdoors. Her work focuses on contaminated, neglected, and forgotten city and publish-industrial internet sites, transforming them into artfully designed havens of inexperienced and tranquil. 

2021 Oberlander Prize jury recognise ‘impact on the general public landscape’

‘Unearthing the uncooked substances of design from waste and wastelands defines my life’s operate,’ Bargmann explains. ‘Both the pedagogy of my instructing and my methodology as a designer address the social and ecological imperatives to reclaim degraded land. Integrating regenerative technologies with style and design propositions and crafted landscapes embodies my contribution to the willpower of landscape architecture.’

The jury, together with chair Dorothée Imbert, architect Tatiana Bilbao, and designer Walter Hood, was amazed by her system of perform. They awarded her the 2021 Oberlander Prize for ‘her leadership in the environment of strategies, her impact on the public landscape, her product of an activist follow, and her motivation to advancing landscape architecture both as a result of teaching and design and style.’ §