The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has officially announced the 2022 winners of the Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards, a program designed to celebrate outstanding work in landscape architecture.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is the peak body for the landscape architectural profession, representing 3,000 members in professional practice, education,and government within Australia and overseas.
AILA is dedicated to enhancing the built and natural environment and promoting sustainable and responsible design and advocacy on behalf of the profession, for the benefit of all communities in Australia.
AILA’s vision and mission is embedded in the commitment to lead a dynamic and respected profession and creating places that support a healthy and liveable planet. The Institute’s key priorities encompass climate positive design, connection to country, and gender equity.
AILA’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Stockwin, has emphasised the significance of AILA’s work and their contribution to important dialogues. “Our values are imbued in everything that we do, and we are excited to showcase the winning projects of this year’s Landscape Architecture Awards as a living manifestation of our goals, our purpose for existing, and our vital contribution to the community.”
Mr. Stockwin added: “Landscape architecture plays such an important role in the national debateof climate change, sustainability, and First Nations recognition. These Awards serve as another reminder of the sector’s significance and impact.”
AILA runs the Landscape Architecture Awards each year to showcase compelling work. The Awards provide a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Australia and demonstrate the positive impact of the profession to the wider community.
16 awards categories across varying disciplines, such as Civic Landscapes, Infrastructure and Cultural Heritage, are awarded Landscape Architecture Awards and Awards of Excellence in recognition of outstanding work in these areas.The National Awards program includes a category of international projects. The Chapter Awards are the first stage, with winners proceeding to the National Awards program.
The Queensland Chapter is enthusiastic to reveal the official winners of each category in their state, with Tessa Leggo, AILA QLD President, expressing that this years’ entries were a reflection of Australia’s tremendous and first-class landscape architectural sector.
“The breadth of the landscape architecture profession is clearly demonstrated in the diversity of the projects up for awards this year. Ranging from unique artist interventions to regional-scale planning, landscape architecture is making a positive impact on how we interact with our spaces and places.”
“Playgrounds and parks weren’t the only places to draw activity, with city revitalisations and cultural centres, ensuring the needs of the community are met in evermore ways. We can and should be proud of how we are delivering private and public landscapes that are responding to our changing environment, addressing challenges faced by urban communities to provide adaptable and liveable cities.”
Ms Leggo added, “There is a layer of environmental awareness that is being inbuilt into the landscapes, whether that be an increase in biodiversity or tackling urban heat island effects, the result is a more resilient future for us all.”
In Queensland, a total 45 nominations were received, with a total of 21 awards allocated across Awards of Excellence, Landscape ArchitectureAwards, and Regional Achievement Awards.
The 2022 Queensland Awards Jury Chair, Dr Chris Boulton, said, “The broad scope and spatial distribution of work represented by this year’s nominations illustrates the wide-ranging impact of the profession in Queensland –there is a strong representation of projects delivered across many categories and throughout regional settings from Coolangatta to Cooktown.
The 2022 Jury congratulates all nominees and winners on their efforts to nominate their work and consider the quality of their achievements and its contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.”
Image: Carol Park by Fred St
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