Student Design Competition Update

As of the May 2nd registration deadline, 39 competitors from Canada, China, New Zealand, and the United States have registered for Urban Arboreta: transforming ground, thus making it an international student design competition.  American universities represented include Harvard University, University of Virginia, Northeastern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Philadelphia Community College, University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State University.  The deadline for submissions is May 20 at 5:00 EDT and the jury will meet June 3 in Philadelphia for a daylong review session.

The five expert jurors come from a broad range of backgrounds, including:

Sean Burkholder – Assistant Professor of Landscape and Urban Design at the University of Buffalo

Tom Dalfo – Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

Karen M’Closkey – Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania

Anne Spirn – Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT

Skip Weiner – Founder and former Executive Director, Urban Tree Connection of Philadelphia

The winner and honorable mentions will be announced June 8. The winning student team will meet during the summer with community groups and the Urban Arboreta team to revise their scheme, incorporating critical feedback . The Urban Arboreta prototype implementation is expected to begin by the end of summer 2016.

Updates about the progress of Urban Arboreta as well as a schedule of the summer’s events will be posted on this web site (