The award is open to students on an LI-accredited course who want to travel somewhere in the world to learn about a specific landscape topic or project.
Students must submit an original, well-researched and achievable proposal on their chosen topic and the place they wish to visit.
Any proposed travel must be extracurricular, but it can be a study-specific trip or an extension of existing travel arrangements for the purpose of studying.
Why the award was created
The award was set up in memory of David Ashmore, Adrian Brunswick and Michael Norton, three landscape architects tragically died in an air crash at Biggin Hill on 13 January 1979. A legacy was added to the fund in memory Mary Mitchell, who died in December 1988.
LI Student Travel Award 2018: resilient design
This year, the theme of our Student Travel Award is ‘resilient design’.
The impact of climate change continues to make itself more and more apparent. It’s more important than ever that landscape professionals begin working towards future-proofing our environment.
We want you to come up with an original, well-researched and achievable proposal for a study trip to anywhere in the world where you could learn more about the implementation and impact of resilient design.
‘Healthy Landscapes’ Student Travel Award 2017 winners
The 2017 award looked at the theme of ‘healthy landscapes’, a major area of focus for the Institute. The winners – Ruth Chittock, from Kingston University, and Isabel Swift, from Leeds Beckett University – were announced in April. Accounts of their travels are available here:
- In search of the night
- What is a healthy landscape? Therapeutic gardens and public realm design in Sweden
Winners of the 2016 Student Travel Award
Sheffield University students Rebecca Huggins and Charles Lamb are the 2016 winners of the LI’s Student Travel Award. Both are students at the University of Sheffield.
Both Rebecca and Charles have been awarded £750 to travel to Mexico and the Philippines respectively. There were also two runners up, Ruth Chittock from Kingston University and Emma Henderson from University of Edinburgh, who submitted extremely interesting proposals.
Travel blogs from the 2014 student award winners
The three winners of the 2014 Student Travel Awards visited Cuba, USA and Japan:
- Alice Claydon went to Cuba to experience urban agriculture and produced two blogs for the LI called Urban Agriculture in Cuba: Part One and Part Two.
- Morag MacGregor checked out Green Infrastructure in Portland, Oregon
- Isabel Griffiths visited Japan’s vast landscapes in small spaces including in Kyoto’s Temple Gardens
For questions about the student awards or any other LI education query, contact our Education Development Officer Poppy Smith (; tel: 020 7685 2656). For all other competition queries, contact Sabina Mohideen on .