Supergraphic Door Design Competition

Each image is followed by the designer’s concept statement


    Merriam-Webster Incorporated
    Pleasantville, New York
    Attn: Definition Misconceptions DepartmentTo Whom it May Concern:Due to years of abuse and misuse of the term ‘Landscape Architect’, we are seeking to append the definition and label of the profession. We propose the following:
    Composite Systems Specialist [kuhm-poz-it sis-tuhms spesh-uh-list]
    1. n. A practitioner who devotes themselves to the understanding of human interaction with the built environment and the ecological, geological, and socio-behavioral processes that must be considered prior to, during and following design intervention.
    2. n. A designer whose practice involves the amalgamation and guidance of various professional specialties, including Architecture, Civil Engineering, Planning, Psychology, and Sociology, as it pertains to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all forms of life and their respective habitats.
    3. n. One who devotes themselves to the discipline of System Compositology.
    4. Archaic. n. One whose profession is the decorative and functional alteration and planting of grounds, especially at or around a building site.
    Students of the Department of Landscape Architecture
    College of Design
    North Carolina State University


    ‘Archive’ is an examination of the Landscape Architecture story, particularly as it exists in the 21st century. The work explains how history, language, and research combine to form a cocoon, who’s structure develops the built environment, and ultimately emerges as ecology. Interwoven throughout the work are the relationships between nature, architecture, mankind, wildlife, energy and community.
    Inspired by traditional murals, and contemporary graffiti, ‘Archive’ is specifically designed to illustrate the identity of a landscape architecture program embedded within a design school. The image itself has transparent negative space so that it functions as a window, and is crafted in careful consideration of the unique character of it’s vinyl medium.


    No description provided.


    The importance of narrative is paramount in all disciplines of design. As such, the graphic draws inspiration from a literary archetype: the initiation. An awakening, awareness, or an increased perception of the world and the people in it usually forms the climax of this archetypal situation. The wordmark, cLARity, serves as the vehicle for abstracting this archetype.
    cLARity speaks to the increased perception College of Design students cultivate during their time of study at the University. It also addresses the renewed mission assumed by current LAR students toward increasing awareness of the field to the public at large. This means revealing the complexity of landscape architecture while ruffling fallacious impressions about the field.
    The graphic lives on the inside on the glass, playing on the duality of inside versus outside created by the portal of the double doors. The information is contained within but projects itself outward for the world to observe. It takes into account the context of the space by relating to the repetition, rhythm and form of the surrounding materials.


    Design is for people. This reality connects all design disciplines and for this reason became our design principle for this competition. We believe that since this space is to be shared and viewed by a larger t community of design disciplines that everyone should feel a connection to the graphic.
    From the beginning we knew that we wanted the door wrap to engage the viewer from different distances. We accomplished this by creating individual elements (the silhouettes of people) seen up close that convey one idea, while the gestalt seen from afar takes on an entirely new meaning. This ever‐shifting perspective speaks to the multifaceted information matrix that is the landscape architects process. Landscape architecture deals with designing for people in the most holistic sense. We play around with the idea of “holistic” by translating it literally into a hole in the graphic. This “holistic” window becomes a dynamic point of interaction between the viewer and the door. It invites one to “peek” in and view what is happening in the landscape architecture studios.
    Other ideas represented in the layout of graphic elements speak to certain mapping technologies and diagramming techniques used by landscape architects: a density vs. dispersal diagram, a demographic diagram, topographic mapping, and relationships mapping. In its entirety the concept represents a design process, intimate to the landscape architect, but one that is shared by all design disciplines—centered on people.


    Behind the doors of our studio, we are busy creating communities. This graphic represents a vision for our future at the intersection of environment and culture. Reality is simplified to reflect our focus on form. Its colors and texture evoke innocence and whimsy that pay tribute to our advances in children’s environments and learning. Subtle shadows on each object suggest the landscape was crafted by the hands of a child and creates a layered effect reminiscent of construction paper art. These layers embody the deep complexity and palimpsest that generate the thrill of Landscape Architecture.


    Introduction: We believe the SUPERGRAPHIC design should reflect the values and vision of the College of Design, and specifically, the Department of Landscape Architecture.
    Values and Vision:

  1. The department has experienced a new energy and a new demand for rigor from it’s design students and faculty. Our student run blog, entitled “Shift” speaks to this sense of positive change.
  2. The field of landscape architecture has also experienced a shift in direction, as it responds to a more urbanizing, global population, with dire climate and resource issues.
  3. Concept:

  4. To demonstrate: change-over-time, a metamorphosis, a progression
  5. To inspire: each student, the community, and the campus to take part in this new community
  6. Form(s):

  7. Vector, abstract, play on opacity