This Public Life

The Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life brings together thinkers and practitioners from the arts and sciences, both nationally and internationally, to explore public life through the lenses Life + Death, Love + Longing and Participation + Spectacle. The Festival is part of ArtCop21, a global festival of cultural activity on climate change and includes a city wide program of over 30 public and industry events developed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and a number of cultural and academic institutions. The eleven-day program includes an Australasian Student Design Competition, Conference and Research Summit, city and project tours, exhibitions, installations, screenings and talks.

Conference Speakers

Ana Abram

Ana is a Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Urbanist that works between research and practice. Her work is based on understanding of physical, social and political context, through complex design synthesis while engaging with territorial, urban and ecological systems.

Andreu Arriola Madorell

Since 1994 Andreu has been professor of Design Studio at the E.T.S. d'Arquitectura de Barcelona. He has been visiting professor and lecturer in many academic institutions in Europe, America and Australia.

Sue Barnsley

Sue is Principal of Sue Barnsley Design Landscape Architects, a small, studio practice in Sydney, working across a range of landscapes from private gardens, to Olympic infrastructure, parks and urban ecological restoration projects. Projects acknowledged as artful and regenerative.

Jacky Bowring

Jacky is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand. With research interests in memory and emotion, Jacky has explored this terrain in both designed works and scholarly investigation, ranging from the Memorial Garden at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral through to the book A Field Guide to Melancholy.

Sacha Coles

Sacha Coles is Director of ASPECT Studios, one of Australia’s preeminent landscape architecture and urban design practices. Sacha has led the design and delivery of significant award winning public landscapes on a local and global scale.

Tanya Court

Tanya is the Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Adelaide. She originally trained as an artist at Curtin University before attending RMIT to study landscape architecture.

Carmen Fiol-Costa

Carmen’s professional profile focus on the importance of public realm: Urban Civic Projects. That is, urban regeneration founded on the principles of design excellence, social well-being and environmental responsibility.

Martí Franch Batllori

Martí is the founder & principal of EMF landscape architecture, an interdisciplinary practice of independent experts in the field of urban and environmental design.

Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie is an artist, engineer and inventor with a speciality in environmental and urban issues.

Janet Laurence

Exploring notions of art, science, imagination, memory, and loss, Janet’s practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world through both site specific, gallery and museum works. Laurence creates immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between all living forms.

Adam Nitschke

As landscape architect and Manager of Master Planning at Parks Victoria, Adam has worked within the public sector on the client-side of major design projects including the St Kilda Foreshore Promenade and master planning for Point Nepean, the Grampians Peaks Trail, Albert Park and the Shipwreck Coast.


Jenny B. Osuldsen

Jenny is educated as Landscape Architect in Norway (MLArch) and in the USA. She joined Snøhetta in 1995 and has had a central position developing the landscape architecture department. Jenny was the Managing Director when Snøhetta opened its NY office.

Maj Plemenitas

Maj is recipient of numerous professional and academic awards and is actively researching, innovating, publishing, exhibiting his work and lecturing internationally at venues including Center for Architecture in NYC, Royal Academy of Arts in London and La Biennale di Venezia.

Katrina Simon

Dr Katrina Simon is a designer and visual artist with a background in architecture, landscape architecture and fine art. Her research interests are in design research, mapping, cemeteries, and the impacts of earthquakes and other disasters on cites, focusing on Christchurch, NZ.


David van der Leer

David is an urban thinker and activator, and the Executive Director of Van Alen Institute in New York City. He was selected in the Urban Land Institute’s 40 Under 40 list of leading land use professionals in 2014.

Cees van der Veeken

Cees teaches at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and has experience as a juror, commissioner, visiting critic and supervisor. With LOLA landscape architects he received the Maaskant Prize for Young Architects (2013).

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This Public Life Blog

This Public Space Student Comp Launches

This Public Space calls on students across Australia and New Zealand to work in teams to develop innovative design and programming strategies that make public spaces more inclusive. Read more.



Natalie Jeremijenko’s TREExOFFICE

London Festival of Architecture 2015: wrapped around a tree trunk in east London's Hoxton Square, this translucent pod provides temporary office space intended to encourage workers into the borough's parks. Read more.

Grampians Peaks Trail - Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria says the Grampians Peaks Trail would become an "icon walk" for Victoria. It is expected to generate more than 80,000 visitor nights and an economic benefit of $6.4 million a year by 2025, according to the trail master plan. Read more.


The SATCHEL SKETCH COMP invites students and graduates of landscape architecture to submit a digital sketch which incorporates the theme of this year’s Festival, This Public Life. Hurry, entries close 7 September. Read more.


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Creative Directors

The Creative Directors for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life are Cameron Bruhn, Claire Martin and Ricky Ricardo. Read more about the Creative Directors.




The 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life will be hosted in Melbourne. Melburnians love the city's vibrant energy, restaurants, café-filled laneways, cool bars, galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Melbourne is a young city and as such it never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing. Melbourne is about lifestyle and has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. The Economist Intelligence Unit currently considers Melbourne the most liveable city in the world. This annual yearly report assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions according to dozens of indicators in five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education and infrastructure. Read more at City of Melbourne or Visit Melbourne.




If you are attending the Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life from interstate, InHouse Event Solutions have sourced hotel rates for those attending the Festival. On behalf of delegates attending the Festival, accommodation options have been negotiated at a range of hotels and apartments. Please note, one nights accommodation payment will be required before your booking can be guaranteed with InHouse Event Solutions. View rates and make accommodation arrangements.




The Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life conference sessions on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October will take place at Deakin Edge at Federation Square, Melbourne. Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an array of restaurants and bars this modern piazza has become the heart and soul of Melbourne. View visiting and direction information and read about the Koori Heritage Trust at Federation Square.




The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) champions quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship. We provide our members – in urban and rural Australia, and overseas – with training, recognition and a community of practice to share knowledge, ideas and action. With our members, we anticipate and develop a leading position on issues of concern in landscape architecture. Alongside government and allied professions, we work to improve the design, planning and management of the natural and built environment. AILA represents 2,400 (and growing) members throughout Australia and overseas. As a not-for-profit professional association, our role is to serve the mutual interests of our members and the wider profession. Read more about AILA