The AUB Botanic Garden Committee (AUBotanic), announced the winners of the Ladybug Hotel Competition in its annual spring event on May 21. The Ladybug Hotel Competition engages artists, designers, ecologists, entomologists, and members of the community at large, to design hotels for ladybugs. The hotels, installed around the AUB campus, support ecological diversity in a densely concrete urban environment.
The team of Aya Hamze, Rania Bou Said, and Farah Bou Ghanem, all final year landscape architects, received the first prize check, worth $2000, for their original design. Second prize, ($1500) went to the team of Yasmeena Farajallah, Yara Sleem, Lujain Maddah, and Aya Khoury. These aspiring second-year LDEM-FAFS students presented functional, aesthetically pleasing, easily reproducible designs. The third prize went to FAFS alumna and landscape architect Raya Rizk, who was awarded a check in the amount of $1000.
During the event, Monika Fabian, instructor, LDEM, and member of the AUBotanic committee, welcomed attendees. FAFS Associate Dean Ammar Olabi delivered an eye-opening speech about the relevance of the Ladybug Hotel Competition in today's world, where insect populations face major decline. Professor Salma Talhouk, founding chairperson, AUBotanic, announced recent inductees into their Docent Program, which trains volunteers to guide visitors, contribute to planning botanical activities, or help in managing the garden.