AILA Board of Directors

AILA is governed by a representative board elected by its members. The board is supported in its functions by State and Territory Chapter Executives and Committees on topics of strategic importance.

The role, function and activities of the board includes to;

  • formulate the Company’s Strategic Direction;
  • determine the Company’s governance policies (pursuant to Article 15.1(e));
  • appoint and work with and through the CEO, pursuant to Article 18;
  • monitor and supervise the Company’s CEO and organisational and financial performance and risk and compliance management processes.
  • provide accountability to the Members in pursuit of the furtherance of the Objects of the Company.

Split term director elections are held every year and directors hold their term for two (2) years. Only Full members of AILA are eligible to vote in director elections

AILA Board

Claire Martin FAILA - National President

Claire Martin is a Registered Landscape Architect with experience in the UK and Australia. She is the Associate Director of the Melbourne studio of OCULUS, where she has led the successful delivery of a range of education, health, cultural, infrastructure and public landscape projects.

Claire is a member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel and a contributing editor of Landscape Architecture Australia.

She is a regular guest lecturer at the Schools of Architecture & Design at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University where she has taught, is an invited critic, and a member of the Landscape Architecture Program Advisory Committee.

She was a Co-Creative Director of This Public Life, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture’s Festival of Landscape Architecture, which brought together thinkers and practitioners from the arts and sciences; and the recipient of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ Jim Sinatra National Future Leaders Award.

Peta-Maree Ashford AILA Vice-President, FAILA

Peta-Maree Ashford FAILA - Vice-President

Peta-Maree is a Director, Owner and Principal Landscape Architect of Emerge Associates, a private practice in WA. After building and managing the Emerge South West regional office over a 5 year period, she returned to the Perth office in 2012 to take up her current role which extends to Manager of Landscape and Shared Services teams, as well as actively maintaining and overseeing the company’s financial stability.

Her passion, innovation and attention to detail, combined with her understanding of the technical aspects and practicalities of landscape construction, has culminated in the successful design and subsequent implementation of numerous urban, regional and greenfield projects in WA.

Peta-Maree strategically built her leadership qualities throughout her career including serving on committees of aligned industries and advocating for Landscape Architectural influence in government and private forums. Her leadership style is to draw on the strengths of those around her, seek differing opinions, listening and using what she hears facilitate positive change. She believes that empowering others to speak is a great business enabler.

Peta-Maree was shortlisted for the Inaugural UDIA Women in Leadership Award and her professional focus saw her acknowledged with an AILA Fellowship. She believes her culminated professional, regional, committee and practice experience provide a strong foundation for her role as Director of the AILA board.

Jasmine Ong AILA - Company Secretary

Jasmine Ong AILA - Company Secretary

Jasmine Ong is a Registered Landscape Architect with experience in the UK, China and Australia in both government and private sectors.

She is a Design Advisor and Senior Associate at Spiire, Melbourne, where she drives the vision, strategy and brand of the landscape studio. She is highly regarded in the industry after having worked in London as Director of Martha Schwartz Partners where she was responsible for numerous award winning projects and for setting up the Shanghai studio. Jasmine has led a plethora of projects globally with world-renowned architects.

She is passionate about environmental sustainability, artful landscapes and place making. Her work spans from small scale spaces to large, complex and strategic landscape planning which focuses on the creation of valuable public spaces with identity and a sense of place.

Katharina Nieberler-Walker, AILA Board of Directors, FAILA

Katharina Nieberler-Walker FAILA

After a career in industry, I have embarked on a new journey as a PhD scholar at Griffith University in Brisbane. My research now serves to consolidate my practical expertise and interrogates the role of purposefully designed therapeutic landscapes in hospitals for the health benefits of patients, their families and staff.

I feel privileged to have been elected to the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ Board. I believe it is essential to engage with other professions and universities to build capacity for holistic and evidence-based design solutions that span multiple disciplines. I look forward working with the other board members to serve the AILA members and the profession of landscape architecture over the next two years.

 Ben Willsmore, AILA Board of Directors, FAILA

Ben Willsmore FAILA

Ben Willsmore is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, with over 20 years’ experience in Australian and International design practices, and more recently leading integrated design teams within local government. In addition, Ben has undertaken a number of other advisory roles, championing the profession of Landscape Architecture and acting as an advocate for design quality, including AILA South Australian Chapter President for (2015-19), as well as his ongoing roles as a Board member for the Adelaide Park Lands Authority, and a member of the Office of Design and Architecture South Australian Design Review Panel.

His project experience ranges from strategic thinking and initiating opportunities, to development of strategy or master planning, through to the detail design and realisation of built projects. His approach seeks to enable change, by bringing together different people, views and expectations to achieve more holistic, informed and lasting design outcomes that are underpinned by a greater environmental response.