Julie Bargmann Wins Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize

$100,000 prize honouring the late Vancouver landscape architect goes to the founder of D.I.R.T. Studio

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) announced Julie Bargmann as the winner of the inaugural Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Landscape Architecture Prize. The biennial $100,000 award is bestowed on a recipient who, according to the TCLF, is “exceptionally talented, creative, courageous, and visionary” and has “a significant body of built work that exemplifies the art of landscape architecture.”

Photo credit: Barrett Doherty, courtesy of TCLF

Bargmann is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, and the founder of D.I.R.T. studio. For more than thirty years as a teacher and a landscape architect, she has focused on contaminated, neglected, and forgotten urban and post-industrial sites. For many of her recent projects, Bargmann and D.I.R.T. have acted as the conceptual design lead, while collaborating with architects, historians, engineers, hydrogeologists, artists and local residents throughout the planning, design, and construction process.

Turtle Creek Water Works, Dallas. Photo creit: Barrett Doherty, courtesy of TCLF.

Dorothée Imbert, Chair of the seven-person Oberlander Prize Jury, lauded “her leadership in the world of ideas, her impact on the public landscape, her model of an activist practice, and her commitment to advancing landscape architecture both through teaching and design.”

Photo courtesy of TLCF.

The Oberlander Prize Jury Citation notes of Bargmann: “She has been a provocateur, a critical practitioner, and a public intellectual. She embodies the kind of activism required of landscape architects in an era of severe environmental challenges and persistent social inequities.”