Fellowship is an honour that AILA may bestow upon registered members of AILA and is made in recognition of distinguished service to AILA and the profession.

AILA Fellowship

Learn more about Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects


New South Wales Chapter 

Elke Haege Thorvaldson, FAILA

Elke Haege Thorvaldson is a Registered Landscape Architect who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry for over 20 years. Elke’s commitment to the environment is evidenced in her project work, membership of AILA NSW executive, teaching, writing and native bee keeping. Throughout her career, Elke has been actively involved in promoting the role Landscape architects in shaping our environment. She was a member of AILA’s NSW Executive from 2008-2015. It is my great pleasure to present Elke with her Fellowship.  

Mark Tyrrell,


Mark is an established landscape architect, urban designer and architect with over twenty years professional experience. Over the last 15 years, he has built TYRRELLSTUDIO’s reputation for largescale, strategic design work alongside a portfolio of award-winning built projects. Mark has given extensive time and effort to AILA NSW where he served as State President between 2017 – 2019 and AILA NSW awards jury chair on several occasions. The fellowship acknowledges Mark’s strong advocacy for landscape architecture through extensive contributions to journals and books, as member of the NSW State Design Review Panel and in his role as Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.  

Lindy Lean,


Lindy has given her time generously to AILA. In 1998 she worked on the committee for AILA’s biannual conference, Remaking Landscape, held in Sydney. For the last 10 years she has been and continues to be on panels conducting final interviews for candidates for membership/registration. This demonstrates her commitment and support for our profession and to students and other potential AILA members. As a small practitioner it is often difficult to get the recognition deserved for so many years of dedication and hard work making a significant contribution to our profession as their efforts are often done in the background. The fellowship is awarded to Lindy Lean for her high level of commitment and advocacy for the profession and particularly her dedication to AILA, its philosophy and its goals. 

Victorian Chapter

Anne Marie Pisani, FAILA

Anne-Marie Pisani is a national leader in landscape architecture recognised for her tireless advocacy in promoting all practitioners to embrace a strong Connection to Country design approach and facilitate opportunities to build relationships with First Nations People.  For many years, she has contributed on Country through building relationships and facilitating co-design in project work, l advocating of respect and acknowledgement of First Nations People and their relationship to Country; and co-leading AILA in these conversations through the Victoria State Chapter Connection to Country Committee and National Connection to Country Committee.    

Catherine Rush, FAILA

Catherine Rush is a Director of rush\wright associates, a design practice started by her in Melbourne in 1999, a date which coincided with starting a family. Catherine is one of few women who have founded and led a successful landscape practice in Australia. 

Recently appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, Catherine’s new role extends her interest in mentoring students and practitioners, many of them young women, as they build their skills in design and landscape architecture.  

Her innovative work in design is widely known and well respected, with a focus on civic projects and public realm improvements. 

Emma Appleton, FAILA

Emma Appleton has been nominated as a Fellow in recognition of her contributions to AILA and the profession of landscape architecture. Emma was the AILA Victorian Chapter President from 2015 to 2017 and Chair of the state’s Advocacy Subcommittee. 
The fellowship also acknowledges her design leadership and advocacy through her roles in state and local government where she has advocated for high quality public realm and residential design. She has contributed to design advisory boards, design review panels, and taught at Melbourne University. 

Jocelyn Chiew, FAILA

Jocelyn Chiew has been nominated as a Fellow in recognition of her contributions to AILA and the profession. Jocelyn was the first Chair of AILA’s Gender Equity Committee and was the lead author of AILA’s Gender Equity Policy. Her services to AILA also include being an awards juror and speaking at various events. 
The fellowship also acknowledges her design leadership and advocacy through her high-profile roles at City of Melbourne, Monash University, and the Victorian Design Review Panel, where she has advocated for high quality civic design and the importance of landscape architecture in city, precinct, and campus design.   

Mary Papaioannou, FAILA

Mary Papaioannou is an award-winning Registered Landscape Architect and urban designer with over 25 years of experience throughout Australia and internationally. Over her career she has led and contributed to a substantial portfolio of projects from large-scale city shaping projects, through to culturally significant local revitalisation. To all her work she brings her strong leadership qualities and a focus on delivering high quality place-based and community outcomes. Working at some of Australia’s largest architectural practices, including as a Principal at Hassell and Senior Associate at Architectus, she is skilled at building and mobilising multidisciplinary design teams to deliver complex and high-profile projects – ensuring landscape architects are embedded throughout the process.
Mary has mentored and inspired countless Landscape Architects and designers during her career, including establishing initiatives to support young designers and being a positive role model to women in the industry. Her service to the profession is demonstrated through her on-going contributions to AILA which has included participation on awards juries, mentoring landscape architects through the registration process, and involvement on various AILA working groups for submissions, events, and initiatives. From 2015 to 2017 she was Vice-President of the Victorian Chapter where she was instrumental in championing and establishing AILA’s approach to Traditional Owner engagement. This work was foundational in advancing the AILA’s national Connection to Country agenda. Mary’s work on AILA, and throughout her career, are emblematic of her commitment to the landscape architectural profession and to her contributions to improving the world around us. 

Queensland Chapter

David Uhlmann, FAILA

David Uhlmann's long-standing commitment and advocacy of the profession of Landscape Architecture spans the length of a 30+ year career in Queensland. In David’s current role, his focus is on embedding design-led thinking and design leadership approaches across all of his projects that span across a number of markets to deliver better design, better sustainability outcomes, and better people-focused outcomes.

Having held multiple positions within the AILA QLD Executive over the years, most remarkable is his role as AILA QLD Chapter Immediate Past-President (2018-2021), where together with the executive committee, David was instrumental in advocating for all Landscape Architects in a number of high profile topics, often resulting in now AILA policies and or formation of targeted committees. Undeniably David is an authentic selfless person, a leader in his community, a husband and father, a friend, a talented professional, a mentor, an advocate, and a subscriber of “lifelong learning” - which is evident in his continual self-initiated education that is focused on personal development, for the advancement of his profession.

Suzie Rawlinson, FAILA

Suzie has been awarded a Fellowship by the AILA Board for the outstanding contribution she has made to the profession of Landscape Architecture and her dedication to AILA. Suzie has been steadfast in her ability not only to furthering the prerogative of landscape in major projects, but also for supporting the transfer of this knowledge across the industry.

Suzie is actively involved with AILA Queensland’s Regional Landscape Group, as a participating member for 15 years and chairing for the last 5 years. Being an integral contributor to the highly awarded Guidance Note for Landscape & Visual Assessment she has helped raise the profile of the profession across levels of government and the wider community. She has also bought the Guidance Note to the attention of many local governments across Queensland and New South Wales, which allows Councils the opportunity to implement visual priorities to their planning rationale, by referencing the use of this guidance note.

Advocacy has been a strong theme in Suzie’s work with long term involvement with various industry partnerships AILA has. Suzie’s positive impact on the industry cannot be overstated with her work constantly allowing greater visibility and leverage for the field of Landscape Architecture.

Jamie Franklin, FAILA

Jamie Franklin is a Registered Landscape Architect who is a renowned industry leader and advocate for the profession of Landscape Architecture on the Sunshine Coast. Jamie has served on the AILA QLD Sunshine Coast Committee for over twenty years and been chairperson of that committee for six of those years. He has also served on the AILA QLD Executive Committee.

Through his role as Coordinator for Placemaking and Design and now as Principal - Urban Design at Sunshine Coast Council, Jamie has led teams on several AILA Award Winning projects including Beerwah and Palmwoods Town Centres. His passion and leadership for a placemaking / community lead design approach has contributed to a culture of design and community led outcomes which has seen Sunshine Coast Council achieve several other AILA awards over the past 12 years. Jaime's advocacy and leadership within Sunshine Coast Council has led to the inclusion of green infrastructure and landscape inclusions on infrastructure upgrade projects across the Sunshine Coast Region.

Western Australian Chapter

Scott Lang, FAILA

Scott has over 25 years’ experience as a Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, Environmental Consultant and manager of projects, people, and business. After completing a degree in Planning and a Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture (both from the University of Melbourne), Scott has practiced as a Landscape Architect in Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Perth.  Scott is a director at UDLA.  A firm of 24 staff, UDLA is one of the largest landscape architecture firms in WA. 

Over the years, Scott has developed unique expertise in the facilitation of participatory design processes across project stages, types, and scales. His abilities to communicate and collaborate with other disciplines, stakeholders and the wider community have enabled him to lead multidisciplinary teams on the delivery of wide-ranging projects, including Scarborough Foreshore Redevelopment, The Rocks and Melconnx. Scott has served AILA through his role on the AILA WA Chapter Registration Committee over several years. Alongside this formal role, Scott is well known in the WA industry as a considerate and knowledgeable mentor, regularly giving his time and expertise to students, staff and other landscape architects.  

Scott has led numerous high-profile projects where his ability to work on complex issues and with complex consultancy teams, in a positive and engaging way, has seen the role of the Landscape Architect on these projects become key to decision making process.  Scott’s ability to work collaboratively and to think big has also meant that many additional phases and scopes, that aren’t traditionally held by landscape architects but which should be, have been delivered by him and his team. 

South Australia Chapter

Paul Herzich


Paul Herzich of Mantirri (Mun-ter-ree) Design was the first Aboriginal student to complete a Bachelor of Design Studies at the University of Adelaide in the year 2000 and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the same university in 2002. For over two decades, Paul has worked tirelessly to learn more about his connections to his Aboriginal cultural heritage, so he can share, educate and enable others to learn through landscape architecture, design and public art. Paul was also AILA’s first Aboriginal Registered Landscape Architect in 2006 and he is the most senior Aboriginal Landscape Architect in Australia. This Fellowship is awarded to Paul in recognition of his 25 year AILA membership and his long and distinguished service with the AILA at both, a State level (SA Executive Committee member) and at a National level (Co-chair of the AILA Connection to Country Committee and Cultural Advisor) for his outstanding commitment towards providing opportunities for First Nations cultural stories and heritage to be told through landscape architecture and public art within public realm settings.

Kathy Bawden


Kathy Bawden has consistently and meaningfully contributed to the landscape architecture profession across more than 25 years in public and private practice in South Australia. As a Director at Outerspace Studios Kathy’s passion for delivering innovative, inclusive and considered design has been critical in establishing it as a medium sized practice that has contributed to the shaping of Adelaide’s public realm.

Kathy has consistently contributed to AILA throughout her career including sitting on registration interview panels, being an active member of South Australia’s University Accreditation Panel for a number of years,  Education Committee from 2015 to 2022, mentoring AILA registration candidates and sitting on the AILA SA state awards jury in 2022.