AILDM Awards marking criteria

Sticks & Stones Landscape Design

Technical Part A

How well does the design address the brief?

A clear written statement setting out your client's brief 

An explanation of the constraints and opportunities of the site including soil, topography, natural vegetation and climate.

Problem solving: How does the design address the client's brief and solve and site issues?

Technical Part B

Documentation of the project

Has the following documentation been provided?

  • Landscape plan
  • Plant schedule - is it a complete list of plants used with correct botanical name, pot size etc?
  • Details of hard landscape materials used
  • Before and after images
  • Does the documentation accurately represent the built garden?
  • Is the documentation clear, legible and easy to understand?
  • Is the documentation of a high quality, demonstrating professionalism and excellence in design?


  • Does the design suit the site?
  • Does the design show an interesting layout, adequate sizing of spaces, access lines and connections (both ground plane and vertical)?
  • Does the design incorporate design elements such as enclosure, scale, mass and void, light and shade, exploit views in and out of garden?
  • Does the design incorporate design elements such as balance, repetition, contrast, focal points and vista?
  • Does the design have originality, surprise or a wow factor?
  • Does the planting design combine colour, texture and form?
  • Have the plants been chosen, spaced and combined intelligently with reference to their mature size?
  • Does the garden incorporate an interesting or innovative use of materials?
  • Does the garden meet the client's long-term maintenance expectations?