The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Western Australia. 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.

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Key Dates

Awards Entries
Entries Open:                  10 February 2021
Entries Close:                  24 March 2021
Entries Sneak Peek:        26 May 2021

Awards Announcements
WA Chapter Awards:      25 June 2021 - Booking are NOW OPEN
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

WA Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture
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. Chapter Executives in collaboration with the Chapter Jury will determine the eligible key regions for their Chapter program. The Regional Achievement Award progresses through to the National Awards and is assessed against other regional achievement awards. 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 Regional Achievement Award may be given in any region Chapter and National Juries may choose not to award a Regional Achievement Award. 

Emerging Achiever Award

Emerging Achiever is awarded to an AILA Member Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student who is showing promise to the profession of landscape architecture through the excellence in their design work, involvement in AILA Fresh and their generosity in professional exchange with their fellow students and AILA members.

Future Leader Award
Future Leader is awarded to an AILA Graduate Member landscape architect who is in the early stage of their career (within five years of graduating) who is showing promise to the profession of landscape architecture through the excellence in their design work, leadership within AILA Fresh and their generosity in professional exchange within their practice and externally with AILA members.

The criteria for the Emerging Achiever and Future Leader categories are:

Using the three Core Qualities of Thinking, Leadership and Results judges will be assessing the entries based on who has best demonstrated contribution to the profession of Landscape Architecture and consistent with the intent of the Award.
Submissions will include a 1000 word (maximum) document for the chosen Award Category and should contain:

- demonstrating value to the profession and application of Landscape Architecture principles.
- demonstrating their merit consistent with the intent of the Award.
- one Page personal biography including achievements, highlights and volunteer community and/or professional experiences.
- a letter of recommendation from a third party e.g. direct employer, manager or client, educator.
- three pages maximum of A4/A3 evidence demonstrating any claims made in the submission e.g. drawings, photos, and other award.

Submission requirements
Each submission for Emerging Achiever and Future Leader entry is to be supplied via DropBox to [email protected]  by 11.59pm WST, Wednesday 24 March 2021 and include:
- Completed Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Award Submission Form
- PDF document (maximum of five pages) outlining the outstanding work undertaken by the individual and how it addresses the Australian Landscape Principles.
- A statement from the Nominator about the Student/Graduate.
- Optional: Any other information that may assist the jury in their decision.
- Optional: Up to eight images as JPEG files including both Hi Resolution and Low Resolution

Note: there are currently no National Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Awards, this may change with the introduction of People Recognition Awards in the future.
No entry fee is required Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Awards submissions.

If you require further information about the AILA WA Landscape Architecture Awards program, please contact:
Carmen Williams
AILA WA Manager
carm[email protected]
0499 112 752

State Jury

Tom Griffiths AILA  - JURY CHAIR
Tom is a Studio Director of ASPECT Studios Perth. He has 20 years of experience in landscape architecture, urban design and master planning having lead the design and delivery of complex urban design and public realm projects throughout Australia, Middle East and the United Kingdom.  He is an inaugural member of the WA State Design Review Panel. 
Terry Thompson FAILA
Terry is the Senior Landscape Architect at the City of Canning.  Since coming to Australia from the UK he has remained in Perth for the entirety of that time and, whilst in private practice for 25 plus years, worked on projects all over the state  His focus at Canning has been progressing the role of landscape architecture in servicing that community with improved environmental outcomes.

Kim Macdonald

Kim is the Property and urban planning editor at The West Australian newspaper. Previous editor of WestBusiness Insider magazine, which is a quarterly, glossy, business magazine. Previous roles include industrial relations reporter, as well as occasional editorial writer, opinion editor and Sunday chief of staff for The West Australian. 

Janine Egan

Janine has over 25 years’ experience working as an urban planner and educator for the private and public sectors, including as a principal at Hatch Roberts Day and in her current role as Director of the Design WA team at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.  She has a passion and desire to improve the quality of the built environment to create more sustainable, equitable and liveable communities.  Janine is currently contributing to this through her work on key WA Government policies, including the Medium Density Housing Code and Neighbourhood Design Policy.  On these projects, Janine enjoys working alongside landscape architects, architects and other built environment design professionals in pursuit of achieving the best outcomes.

Vanessa Margetts AILA

Vanessa is the Founding Director of MudMap Studio, a Broome based landscape architecture practice that focuses on community-driven landscape architecture and public art in regional Australia. Informed by her background in both visual arts and landscape architecture, Vanessa uses a collaborative working model that is adapted to the unique physical and cultural context of each project.

Vanessa believes that good design is about listening, providing opportunities to tell stories and share knowledge of place. She has worked with communities around Australia and overseas in Denmark, East Timor, India, Honduras, Columbia and Brazil.

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