Peta-Maree Ashford FAILA - National 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.