Stakeholder Release
26 July 2019

Festival of Landscape Architecture Perth October 2020.
Call for Creative Directors


The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has today announced that the 2020 International Festival of Landscape of Architecture will be held in Perth, Western Australia from 15 to 18 October 2020

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director/s for the 2020 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Individuals, practices, schools of landscape architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply.

Building on successful Festivals in Brisbane (2014), Melbourne (2015), Canberra (2016), Sydney (2017) Gold Coast (2018), and the upcoming Festival at Melbourne, the 2020 Creative Directors will be tasked with developing the content and theme for this large-scale event.

The Festival has been designed to engage with landscape architects, students, universities, government, the community and public. The events involved in the Festival will be wide ranging and include a student program, Welcome Reception, two-day Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards Presentation, Major Public Activations, AILA Annual General Meeting, Board and State Presidents meeting, public talks, tours and exhibitions.

Expression of Interest submission deadline extended to 23 August 2019.

Click here to obtain a 2020 Creative Director Brief and Submission information.

“The Festival is the largest gathering of Landscape Architects in the region and holding the event in Perth open’s up some great opportunities to connect with our WA members and broaden the reach of the Festival into South-East Asia,” AILA Chief Executive Officer Tim Arnold said.

“We look forward to working with the local members, universities and partners to bring an world class learning and celebration of the profession to WA.

”The Festival will travel to WA with the support of the Perth Convention Bureau and Optus Stadium.

“Perth has won the 2020 International Festival of Landscape Architecture conference.” commented Gareth Martin, CEO, Perth Convention Bureau.

“The Perth Convention Bureau are delighted to have secured this prestigious event for WA with Optus Stadium successfully chosen as the venue for this event”

“Optus Stadium has just been voted the most beautiful sporting facility in the world at the annual Prix Versailles awards so hosting the International Festival of Landscape Architecture conference in 2020 will be a significant achievement.”It is the first time in some years that AILA’s conference will be held in Western Australia.

“Perth has undergone significant transformation since the last AILA conference was held in Western Australia,” AILA WA Chapter President Andrew Thomas said. “We have a new waterfront, sunken railway line and stadium which have all included significant works of landscape architecture.”

“These projects have highlighted the skill of landscape architects and it will be a privilege to showcase these and all that WA has to offer to delegate of the 2020 International Festival of Landscape Architecture."

“It will also be an important moment for Landscape Architecture in Western Australia as we look to reinforce our role in shaping the future of the state.  Perth is looking forward to continuing the conversation that has been started at previous Festivals with a particular emphasis on the current challenges that face our industry."


Contact for comment
Tim Arnold
Chief Executive Officer
419 109 340

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