AILA Director's Message from Jasmine Ong, AILA FRLA, Vice President

Ki AILA members,

The AILA Board had a productive quarterly board meeting in March 2024. Here are some key outcomes.

Deputations: The Board introduced a deputations policy to facilitate direct communication with members. Members are welcome to provide a brief presentation or discussion of an issue of concern with the Board at a board meeting. 

Festival alternatives and National Landscape Architecture Awards: AILA is reimagining the Festival model and will continue with a National Landscape Architecture Awards event, coinciding with a full day symposium later this year. 

Membership engagement: Members in each Chapter are being engaged for the review of membership and registration through roundtable discussions with the aim to enhance value proposition and for fit for future. A membership review working group will be established to provide support and input.

Local Government engagement: Discussions on the role of landscape architects in local government settings have led to a formation of a working group to foster knowledge sharing between public and private sectors.

Industry engagement: Initiatives include the Australian Urban Design Awards and the launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Urban Design for direct engagement with parliamentarians. These are tri-partisan initiatives unifying AILA, PIA and AIA for cross collaboration on urban design, landscape architecture and planning matters in policy development.

CPD Framework: The new AILA CPD Framework is being implemented, focusing on tailored skill sets required for landscape architects.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Jasmine Ong AILA
National Director 

Image: Transforming Southbank Boulevard, designed by City Design, City of Melbourne with TCL and Mike Hewson. Photographs by Diana Snape and Mike Hewson.

Jasmine Ong AILA FRLA, Vice President