15 November 2022
As the end of another busy year is rapidly approaching, I find myself reflecting on what has been achieved by our members over the past twelve months. So much has changed since this time last year. I recall the looming lock downs and border closures, our practices adapting to working from home and changes to work culture, with limited face to face opportunities to meet, engage and interact, and widespread uncertainty regarding the future pipeline of work. This year, we are back to moving freely and catching up and face to face again, indeed the AILA Festival saw Landscape Architects from across the country gather in Madangjin Queensland on Turrbal and Jagera country. This is an amazing transformation, and a great relief.
For my small business, the ongoing lockdowns and uncertainty drove us to find new ways to do our interstate work and forged new friendships and alliances with Landscape Architects across the border. This has enriched our practice and there are some lessons learnt through this time that we continue to use in our work going forward.
I look forward to celebrating with friends and colleagues at the Queensland Christmas Party on the 8th of December at Voco Hotel. Tickets are still available. Best of luck to all of the 2022 Karl Langer Award nominees. Regardless of the winner, this impressive group of graduating students should be proud of their achievements thus far. I look forward to seeing the amazing things these students will achieve in the future.
Wishing you all a restful and safe break,
Suzie Rawlinson, AILA QLD Regional Landscapes Group