2020 Student & Graduate Design Awards

The GLDA is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 / 2020 Student & Graduate Design Competition.

This year’s design brief is: ‘Communal Garden’- A Design Challenge.
To design a private communal garden for a small city centre apartment development.

As the popularity of apartment living and high densities in our cities increases, communal gardens for residents have replaced the traditional private garden. The need for well designed, usable outdoor spaces to serve residents of apartments is of great importance in providing space for recreation, reflection, community and connection to the natural world.

Private communal gardens pose interesting practical design challenges in terms of space constraints, maintenance and division of uses relative to occupant demographics. They also pose visual design challenges as the gardens need to be designed with both ground level views and how they are perceived from above.

Furthermore, the improvement of city ecology and the how the effects of climate change can be mitigated through the planting of these types of spaces are important factors when choosing appropriate planting schemes for city centre apartment developments.

Applications are open to two categories:


Any STUDENT on the Island of Ireland currently studying an (accredited) garden design, landscape architecture, horticulture related course or landscape skills training course.


Any GRADUATE from the above approved courses who qualified in 2018 – 2019.


  • Best Category One (Student) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad MINI
  • Best Category Two (Graduate) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad MINI
  • Best Innovative Concept Detail Award 2020 – Trophy
  • Best Planting Design 2020 – Trophy

Each winner plus 2 runners up from each category will receive FREE entry to the GLDA Seminar on Saturday, 29th February, 2020 plus GLDA (Pre-Reg) Membership for 2020.


The GLDA would like to thank our prize sponsors: Eastwise Homes and Kildare Gallery at Carton House.

To find out more or request an application pack and design brief, please email: studentawards@glda.ie