Despite difficult times, LDEM continues to recognize student's work through its annual Nehme Moujaess Student Award in Landscape Architecture. This year, ten candidates among the final year landscape architecture students submitted their projects for consideration. LDEM is pleased to announce the winner and runners up for the Nehme Moujaess Student Award in Landscape Architecture for the academic year 2020-2021. Ms. Luna Mansour and Mr. Ali Abu Aleid were the finalists after a rigorous virtual (WebEx) selection process set by LDEM committee members. Unlike previous years, the committee decided to split the winning award between both candidates. In addition, three final year students were shortlisted and will be presented with certificates of recognition: Ms. Ranim El Hariri, Ms. Yasmin Rizk and Ms. Claudine Fakih. The selection committee comprised of three voting members, Dr. Rami Zurayk (committee chair and representative of Mr. Nehme Moujaess), Dr. Jala Makhzoumi (representing the landscape profession) and Dr. Maria Gabriella Trovato (representing LDEM), and one non-voting member: Dr. Beata Dreksler, the Final Year Project co-instructor.
The committee has selected the projects of Ms. Mansour, The Sea is Mine - Landfill to Landscape: The coastal landfill of Bourj Hammoud, and Mr. Abu Aleid, One Space At a Time: A sustainable mobile park system built by the people, as the most developed and responsive culturally, socially and environmentally at both the macro and micro scale. LDEM congratulates Luna and Ali on their excellent work. Dr. Zurayk thanks the committee for their efforts in finalizing the results in a very short time. The distribution of the award and the certificates will be determined at a later time and the students will be notified.