Gondwana Circle Design Competition

Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden

Open, international, one-stage

Eligibility: landscape architects, architects, artists, urban designers, educators, students and others interested in gardens and public art issues. Multi-disciplinary teams that include landscape architects and public artists are encouraged.

Language: English

Awards: $15,000 (total)

March 2009    – Competition Announcement; Registration Begins
4 May 2009    – Begin Competition: Post Competition Requirementsto All Registrants

4 June 2009    – Competition Briefing & Site Tour
May – September 2009 – Post Questions and Answers
31 August 2009 – Deadline for Registrations
11 September – Submissions Due
Mid Sept – Mid October 2009 – Public Exhibit
October 3 2009 – Jury Review – Select Finalists
Late October 2009 – Announce Winner

Jennifer Bowles – Trustee, SF Botanical Garden Society
Topher Delaney – Environmental Artist, Landscape Designer
Jean DeMouthe – Geologist, Calif. Academy of Sciences
Mary Margaret Jones – Landscape Architect, President, Hargreaves Associates
Paul Licht – Director, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Patricia J. D. Raven     – Horticulturalist, Journalist, Photographer
Peter Raven – President, Missouri Botanical Garden
Sandra Robins – Educator, San Francisco Exploratorium
Zahid Sardar  -San Francisco Author, Landscape Design Critic
Professional Adviser: William Liskamm, FAIA


The Botanical Garden, owned by the City of San Francisco, seeks a design solution that effectively communicates the historical significance of Gondwana in relation to the evolution and current horticultural communities of the Southern Hemisphere.

The Sponsor views this as a unique opportunity to provide visitors of all ages to the Garden with an understanding of the mechanics of plate tectonics and plant evolution as related to Gondwana through educational and interpretive aspects of the winning design. The Gondwana Circle is a significant locus for the Southern Hemisphere collections, and should include a focal feature (e.g. sculpture, water feature, etc.)

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