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Irish Landscape Institute Design Awards 2020 winners announced

The Irish Landscape Institute’s growth mirrors the rise in profile and strength of the landscape architecture profession in Ireland

Awards recognise exemplary landscape projects, and celebrate the contribution of landscape architects to the public good



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21 October 2020

Since its founding in 1992, the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) has been committed to raising the standards of landscape design in Ireland and to pioneering new approaches to environmental planning. Its annual ILI Design Awards give recognition to exemplary landscape projects, and celebrate the contribution of landscape architects to the public good.

This year, a superb range of projects were lauded across the award categories, demonstrating the scope and skills of ILI members within various practice sectors.

ILI Design Award 2020 winners

Built Projects 

  • Public Park – both urban and rural settings apply

WINNER Beckett Park, Co. Dublin, Murray & Associates

  • Public Plaza – includes civic spaces

WINNER Comla Entrances to Co. Cork, Cathal O’Meara

  • Streetscape – includes pedestrian precincts, sponsored by Hartecast

WINNER Dublin Landings, Bernard Seymour Landscape Architects

  • Residential Development

WINNER Knockrabo Co. Dublin, Dermot Foley Landscape Architects

  • Institutional Landscape – landscape associated with public and private institutions

WINNER Kings Building Co. Dublin, Bernard Seymour Landscape Architects

  • Private Garden

JOINT WINNERs Grounded, Bloom in the Park, Co. Dublin & Realise Natural Swimming Pool Co. Cork Comla

  • Heritage Landscapeincludes conservation and restoration projects

WINNER Hillsborough Castle Gardens, Hillsborough, Co. Down, The Paul Hogarth Company

  • Overseas Projectsprojects outside Ireland

WINNER Santander Digital Hub, Milton Keynes, UK Murray & Associates

Landscape Theory

  • Landscape Theory, Policy &Management – concepts, reports, imagery

WINNER Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, Co. Dublin, Bernard Seymour Landscape Architects

  • Diane Nickels Memorial Award – award for hand drawing

WINNER Travelogue La Rochelle, Peter Hutchinson, Belfast

  • Landscape Planning – includes master planning

WINNER North East Inner-City Greening Strategy, Dublin AIT URBANISM

  • Research Projects and Publications

WINNER Journals in Publications, Peter Hutchinson, Belfast


  • StudentAwardbest final year thesis project (selected BY UCD Landscape Architects course director)

WINNER John McCord, Title: Integrating communities by maximising connectivity to create a socially, economically and ecologically more resilient Longford town.


  • Jury Award for Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation – award for sustainability

WINNER Hillsborough Castle Gardens, Co. Down, The Paul Hogarth Company

  • Presidents Choice Award (Chosen from winners by ILI President)

WINNER Beckett Park, Co. Dublin, Murray & Associates

President of the ILI, Kevin Halpenny said: “Since its establishment, the ILI has raised standards of landscape design in Ireland.  The institute is committed to pioneering new approaches in Ireland to environmental planning and design. We are delighted that we have an internationally recognised judging panel to help select from world leading projects. We welcome the support of our sponsors, Hardscape Ireland, Bord Bia, Hartecast, UCD and OPW.”

For the first time, the winning projects will be on display in St Stephens Green Dublin following the awards in October and November for the public to view and vote for their favourite project (People’s Choice Award)-in co-operation with the Office of Public Works (OPW) and supported by Hardscape Ireland.

Glenn Bradley, head of global supply chain, Hardscape speaking at the awards sai: “Amidst these times of great uncertainty, chaos, crisis and challenge we must all choose to unite and strengthen bonds supporting all strands to our industry. That in mind Hardscape Ireland are privileged to once again headline sponsor the Institúid Tirdhreacha Na hÉireann (Irish Landscape Institute) helping the Institute continue to develop the landscape profession in Ireland.

“Looking ahead, Hardscape Ireland wish to play our part in the coordinated effort to create decent work for all as the foundation stone of a green, inclusive and resilient recovery where the primacy of human rights and the environment is a priority: we are not a business model that degrades human beings or the environment within our own operations or our joint ventures or our supply chains. We wish to develop relationships with ethically minded architects who share our vision.”

The ILI is the professional body representing landscape architects and parks professionals throughout Ireland. It is the National Representative Body for Ireland in the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Europe.

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