The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in New South Wales. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of landscape architect’s work, and demonstrates to industry, business, government and the wider community the positive impact the profession has on Australian lives through the planning and design of the built and natural environments.

AILA NSW 2021 Awards Winners were announced digitally on Jun 9, 2021, discover the winners of this year's NSW Awards on YouTube, via our Awards Winners Gallery  or read our Press Release  via the links below: 


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Key Dates

Awards Entries
Entries Open:                  10 February 2021
Entries Close:                  24 March 2021
Entries Revealed:           14 May 2021 - CLICK HERE to view the 2021 NSW Award Entries 

Awards Announcements
NSW Awards Digital Winners Announcement (ONLINE) :   June 2021 - Register HERE     
NSW Awards Celebration Cocktail + ACM (face to face):  24 June 2021 - Register HERE
National Awards:
            14 October 2021

Entry Process

Entry into the AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program is limited to a person, or a team where the landscape architectural component is under the substantive control or direction of a person, who is a Registered Landscape Architect or Member (financial) and principal of the practice (who is an owner or formal licensee of the copyright in the work being entered). To be eligible for entry, projects (where applicable) must have at least reached practical completion and be in all other respects complete to the point of enabling proper assessment by the Jury, no later than 31 December 2020.  Entries will be considered in the Chapter in which the project is located, regardless of the business address of the entrant.  Any project located outside Australia will only be eligible for an award in the International category.

To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee of $325+GST (per entry).  Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required. Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on 24 March 2021.

Your entry into the awards is completed by our online platform, Awards Force.  Entrants are able to start their entry as in progress before submitting.  To assist in your preparation of your submission, please read the following important documents:


Awards Categories


Projects in this category are constructed landscape projects in and surrounding institutional spaces including educational, health or aged care facilities. Projects in this category demonstrate how the design contributes to the usability and operation of the facility and the wellbeing of the user.



Projects in this category are constructed urban landscape projects that are public in nature and capture and contribute to the culture and amenity of the urban environment around them.  Projects will demonstrate how the landscape architecture has contributed to the overall outcomes. 



Projects in this category are constructed public parks and open space, or strategic open space projects that balance the demand for recreation, culture and the environment.



Projects in this category are constructed landscape infrastructure projects, landscape strategies or works associated with civil infrastructure that demonstrates the successful integration of landscape values and which contribute to a future sustainability.



Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies that demonstrate the restoration, conservation, enhancement, maintenance, or adaptive reuse of culturally significant sites.



Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies for the restoration, conservation or management of significant landscapes that demonstrate a tangible physical outcome. The project may recognise and reconcile the natural and cultural values of communities and the landscape in which they are placed.



Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate excellence in landscape design and demonstrate a tangible contribution to tourism, either nationally or in the local region that significantly enhances the profile of the area.



Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate how the design, construction management and built outcome of the landscape, contributes to the wellbeing of the urban setting through the improvement of social interaction, economic activity, liveability, accessibility and safety.  Projects will have a specific focus on how landscape architecture has contributed to the urban design outcome. 



Projects in this category include published works in research and or practice that extend the knowledge base and advocacy of landscape architecture.



Projects in this category included constructed projects or strategies delivered either: As a pro bono service (or significantly reduced fee) to the community OR have positively impacted a disadvantaged individual or group of users who wouldn’t normally have access to design expertise.
Entrants should be able to clearly demonstrate the benefit provided by the project to the communities, cultural groups and/or neighbourhoods in which they are located in or serve (e.g. through client letters of support explicitly referring to benefits gained). Projects will demonstrate sound principles or values of landscape architecture, and must be sufficiently focused around the role of the landscape architect as opposed to contributing to a wider community development.



Projects in this category include those considered to be 'small' in terms of size or budget. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by size or budget restrictions, but have achieved a level of invention and creativity beyond these constraints.



Projects in this category include constructed private and public gardens that contribute to the role and understanding of the garden in contemporary society and culture.



Projects in this category include constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate a contribution to landscape architecture internationally.
Please note the International Awards are part of the National Awards program and are not judged at the state level. Enter the International Awards here.


Additional Award Information


COVID-19 shone a spotlight on the state’s precious open spaces and parks as restrictions tightened and social distancing became the norm. More than ever parks and streets were used for exercise, health and well-being and socialising. Temporary, quick and agile projects were developed that enhanced the amount, quality and functionality of open spaces, parks, roads and civic spaces. This cross category award acknowledges and celebrates the state’s projects that emerged in 2020 in response to the worlds first global pandemic in 100 years. This is a State only Award, Awards winners in this category will not be promoted to the National Jury. There is no separate entry process or fee. Please address in your entry how your project qualifies for consideration of this Award.




This is a cross category award given in recognition of landscape architecture that has made a significant difference to improving the healthy communities and/or built and natural environments of regional Australia. The Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture may be awarded in NSW's 4 key regions of Hunter + Central Coast, Northern, Western, South Coast of NSW. Awards will be considered by the jury based on entries captured as part of the AILA Awards program – no separate entry or fee. This Award progresses through to the National Awards and is assessed against other RAA. This award can be given in combination with an Award of Excellence or a Landscape Architecture Award – in this case it would be elevated to the National Awards to both the regional and category the project was awarded in. More than one RAA may be given in any region. Chapter and National Juries may choose not to award a RAA.


State Jury

Joshua French - Jury Chair
Joshua French is a landscape architect with more than 20 years experience in roles focusing on urban and landscape design, strategic planning, heritage management, open space and parkland governance, green and blue infrastructure, transport, tourism and project delivery. Joshua is currently the Director Strategy, Design and Delivery at Greater Sydney Parklands.  Joshua has spent most of his working life embedded in the landscapes of Western Sydney, in both public and private sectors, and has a passion for design excellence, creation of great public and open spaces for the community and is an AILA Fellow.

Annacaterina Piras

Architect and cartographer, Annacaterina has a PhD in Landscape Architecture. Since 2004 she started coordinating several international operative workshops, experimenting shared practices in urban interventions trough art medium as a vehicle for the redevelopment of common spaces, with the collaboration of artists and local communities. Along the years she collaborated with Universities and Cultural Institutions worldwide, as ETSAB_UPC, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, RMIT University, ENSP (Versailles), Universidad Marista (Merida), SCUA, SCUT, GAFA (Guangzhou), PKU (Beijing), UHM, University of Hawaii (Manoa), Tonji and Jiao Tong University (Shanghai), TURENSCAPE Academy, USEK and LU Universities (Lebanon), GSA-METRO (Johannesburg) and ESALA, (Edinburgh). She is the Co-Founder and Scientific Coordinator of LWCircus ( international organization. She has been juror at the WLA Award 2019 and juror at the AIJING Chinese National Landscape Architecture Award (since 2017). Annacaterina is part of Italian Pavilion curatorial team, art and landscape section, XVII Architecture Venice Biennial. Annacaterina practices in Italy.

Andrew Turnbull
Andrew is a Registered Landscape Architect | Urban Design professional based in Sydney. In recent years he is focused on advancing ‘a public health approach to planning and design’ spanning policy, research, and design. Since 2019, he has been a strategic advisor to the Cancer Council NSW - Shade Working Group - SmartShade program. After 35 years in private sector large design practice, in 2019 he transitioned his business ownership in Scott Carver, to pursue other professional opportunities, contributions to AILA and international advisory consultancy.

Shahreen Alford
Shahreen (Shah) Alford is a Director of the landscape architecture practice sala4D. She has spent her career working in design focused firms on a wide range of project types, living in Sydney, New York and Rio de Janeiro. The company was started in Orange, NSW and seeks to provide the communities of regional areas with high quality design and planning.

Belinda Graham
Belinda Graham is a Landscape Architect specialising in the delivery and management of the City of Sydney's public domain, encompassing parks, streets and public spaces. Currently in her role as Delivery Manager within the City Projects Division of the City of Sydney, she leads multiple project teams of Design Managers, Project Managers, Consultants and Contractors. She is responsible for the design and construction of the City’s capital works program and is currently working on the design and delivery of the City's key new open spaces including Drying Green Park and Wimbo, as well the LGA wide parks upgrade portfolio.

James Grant
James is the Practice Leader for AECOM’s Design & Planning in NSW/ACT, guiding the delivery of a range city shaping projects. The Design & Planning team is a multi-disciplinary team encompassing landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, strategic planning, precinct and infrastructure sustainability, wayfinding and graphic design. As a landscape architect and urban designer, an area of focus across his 20 years’ experience has been the strategic planning and delivery of parks and greenspace at a city, regional and precinct level. James leads client, stakeholder and project teams on major projects, to navigate key project challenges and reach an agreed consensus aligned with project objectives. James’ experience encompasses transport infrastructure such as light rail and metro projects, to urban renewal and precinct scale development, and strategic planning.

Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown Josh leads the Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney Aboriginal Strategy. A proud Worimi man of the Forster-Tuncurry area, Josh previously managed the Aboriginal Education and Programs team at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands and has been a driving force in leading Aboriginal cultural initiatives across New South Wales. Josh’s passion is to educate and upskill people of all backgrounds and ages about Aboriginal culture, and how it is part of our everyday lives. Josh wants to continue to be a role model for younger Aboriginal kids to follow their passions, and to help them succeed through education and being proud of their culture.

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