LI to run HCA’s placemaking prize

A brighter future

LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE NEWS RELEASE

Future Vision is the national awards scheme for young people with bright ideas for improving places. Targeted at UK postgraduates and undergraduates, the awards are designed to unearth and celebrate new ideas that could improve communities, generate interest in placemaking careers and boost the prospects of young people keen to enter the sector.
Winners of this national award scheme each receive £1,000 and an all-expenses-paid work placement with a leading organisation in the sector.
Francisco Rodriguez, the 2008 winner of the ‘Future People’ category, secured a placement with Farrer Huxley Associates. He said: “From public spaces and school grounds to housing regeneration projects, I was being immersed in a whole range of different projects with totally different needs and possibilities.
“Best of all, some my work I produced for them will eventually become real and the greatest thing about this profession is the possibility of improving people’s quality of life, while improving and respecting the environment.”
For 2010, the award categories include: Future Buildings; Future Work Life; Future Open Spaces; Future Green Thinking and Future Play Time.
Gill Taylor, HCA director of skills and knowledge and HCA Academy chief executive said:
“We’re delighted that the Landscape Institute has joined forces with us to support Future Vision 2010. And we look forward to continuing to celebrate innovative yet workable ideas from students that have the potential to improve communities up and down the country.
“We monitor the career progression of all our award winners who benefit in many ways from receiving the notable acclaim and completing the four-week work placement that forms part of the prize. 
“Since Future Vision was launched three years ago a number of students have been able to put their bright idea into practice and some have even secured permanent employment as a result of their work placement.” 
For further information on Future Vision, click here. To learn more about becoming a landscape architect, click here.

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