Competition Process

Design Waller Creek: A Competition is a three-stage process. The three stages are (1) portfolio evaluations to select 8 to 10 potential lead designers, (2) team interviews to select up to 4 potential design teams, and (3) a design competition to select a design with the most appropriate team to execute that design.

In Stage I.
Lead designers of landscape architecture and architecture register for the Competition and submit a portfolio of their qualifications. Lead designers are those who will be responsible for the design of the project. Each submittal must identify both the lead landscape architect and the lead architect. The required portfolio should include for each lead designer: a brief biography, a statement of design intent and design philosophy, resume, and examples of work that demonstrate an ability to execute exemplary projects at the urban design scale, address complex site and program interrelationships, and create places that are sustainable, beautiful, and meaningful. Based on an evaluation of the submitted portfolios, the Jury will establish a short list of 8 to 10 landscape architect/architect lead designer pairs to proceed to Stage II.

In Stage II.
Lead designers assemble complete teams that are capable of executing the project. The teams will submit qualifications of key members and participate in an interview with the Jury. The submittal is to include resumes and examples of work. The interview will include a presentation by key members of the design team followed by a discussion with the Jury structured to address specific project criteria. This review is intended to further understand the designers' approach and to establish the capabilities of each team. At the conclusion of this stage, the Jury will select up to 4 teams to participate in Stage III.

In Stage III.
The finalist teams participate in a design concept competition to develop their ideas, test their working methodology, and explore the anticipated effects of their proposals. The designs must respond to specific criteria identified by the Conservancy and the schemes are to provide insight into the designers’ approach as well as clarification of program, site, and technical requirements for the project. This stage includes two mid-course reviews with the Competition's Technical Advisory Group, which can comment on the feasibility of implementation within the context of the City of Austin. The final submission of the design proposals will include a set of graphic boards and a presentation to the Jury. Because it is expected that all the design teams selected to participate in Stage III are fully capable of executing the project effectively, the final selection of the successful design team will be based wholly on the submitted design concepts.

The result of the competition is a design and a capable design team. The design concepts submitted are assumed to be an appropriate point of beginning for the project once the design team is selected.  As design criteria may evolve during the competition process, it is assumed the selected design concept will evolve as detail design continues.