About the AILA Landscape Architecture Awards Program

The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Australia.

The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of landscape architect’s work, and demonstrates to industry, business, government and the wider community the positive impact the profession has on Australian lives through the planning and design of the built and natural environments.

For questions please contact your local Chapter for State Awards programs, and [email protected] for the National Awards program.   

Stage 1: Enter the Awards

ACT is not running awards in 2023.

Stage 2: National Awards

Winners of the Chapter awards programs will be proceeding to the National Awards program.

International entrants are announced in the national program.

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2022 AILA ACT Award of Excellence for Landscape Planning | Southern Memorial Park | Place Laboratory and TCL | Australia | Photo: TCL

Winners announced: 2022 ACT Landscape Architecture Awards

View all the entries and winners of this years awards

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Awards Information

Enter the Awards

Entrants must complete an online entry form and pay the entry fee.  For full entry requirements view the Entry Guide.  Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Awards. 

Key awards dates

Don’t miss an important upcoming Awards date. View all the Chapter and National important events: entries opening, entry deadlines, and Awards presentations.

National Awards Jury

The Landscape Architecture Awards jury serves an important role in determining Awards in recognition of exceptional Landscape Architecture practice. The jury awards practices and members in confirmation of talent, commitment, and design excellence.

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Awards Categories

16 National Awards categories across varying disciplines 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.

Awards Guides & Policies

To assist in your preparation of your submission, please read important Landscape Architecture Awards program documents.

Past Landscape Architecture Awards

Reflect on historical Awards programs, listing all National and Chapter winners.

2022 ACT Awards Press Release

6 July 2022 

AILA ACT has today announced winners of the 2022 Landscape Architecture Awards, celebrating projects with a key focus on urban greening and community engagement.

 

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2022 AILA ACT Award of Excellence for Civic Landscape | Belconnen Arts Centre Walkway | Harris Hobbs Landscapes | Nunngawal and Ngambri | Photo: SARAH VANDERMARK

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2020 AILA ACT Award of Excellence for Research, Policy and Communications | Contemporary Art and the Transformation of Space into Place: Lake Burley Griffin and contour 556 | Neil Hobbs | Ngunnawal & Ngambri | Photo: Sean Davey

2020 ACT Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 10 July 2020

Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding Australian Capital Territory projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. ACT awards run once every two years.

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2020 ACT Landscape Architecture Awards on YouTube

Rewatch the digital winners announcement

Streamed Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 4:30pm. Enjoy this immersive digital presentation into the 16 entries, and lucky winners, of this awards program.

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2020 AILA ACT Landscape Architecture Award for Play Spaces | Eddison Park Natural Play | PLACE Laboratory | Ngunnawal | Photo: Karleen Minney




Awards Categories

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2020 AILA SA Award of Excellence for Health and Education Landscape | 2020 Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award Winner | Paringa Park Primary School | Peter Semple Landscape Architects | Kaurna | Photo: Jason Tyndall

Health and Education Landscape

Projects in this category are constructed landscape projects in and surrounding institutional spaces including educational, health or aged care facilities. Projects in this category demonstrate how the design contributes to the usability and operation of the facility and the wellbeing of the user.

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2022 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape | 2022 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape | Mollison Park | RPS | Turrbal and Yuggera people | Photo: Scott Burrows

Civic Landscape

Projects in this category are constructed urban landscape projects that are public in nature and capture and contribute to the culture and amenity of the urban environment around them. Projects will demonstrate how the landscape architecture has contributed to the overall outcomes.

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2021 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Space | 2021 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Space | Bina Parkland | Ecoscape | Whadjuk Nyoongar | Photo: Michael Macaulay

Parks and Open Space

Projects in this category are constructed public parks and open space, or strategic open space projects that balance the demand for recreation, culture and the environment.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Play Spaces | 2020 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Award for Play Spaces | Para Wirra Nature Playspace | TCL | Kaurna Nation | Photo: Emily Taylor

Play Spaces

Projects in this category are constructed play spaces or strategies which promote the notion of active play and embraces the temporal elements of the active play space.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Infrastructure | 2020 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape | Aerodrome Road Intersection | Hassell | Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi | Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

Infrastructure

Projects in this category are constructed landscape infrastructure projects, landscape strategies or works associated with civil infrastructure that demonstrates the successful integration of landscape values and which contribute to a future sustainability.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Cultural Heritage | 2020 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage | UWA Cultural Heritage Mapping | UDLA | Whadjuk Nyoongar | Photo: Jason Thomas

Cultural Heritage

Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies that demonstrate the restoration, conservation, enhancement, maintenance, or adaptive reuse of culturally significant sites.

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2022 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Land Management | University of Newcastle - Delprat Garden | University of Newcastle, School of Architecture & Built Environment | Awabakal Country | Photo: Miranda Cunningham

Land Management

Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies for the restoration, conservation or management of significant landscapes that demonstrate a tangible physical outcome. The project may recognise and reconcile the natural and cultural values of communities and the landscape in which they are placed.

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2022 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | 2022 AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Design | Thomson Hay Landscape Architects | Wergaia Peoples (Boorong clan) | Photo: Anne Morley

Tourism

Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate excellence in landscape design and demonstrate a tangible contribution to tourism, either nationally or in the local region that significantly enhances the profile of the area.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design | 2020 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Urban Design | The Rocks Laneway | UDLA | Yamatji | Photo: Josh Monagan

Urban Design

Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate how the design, construction management and built outcome of the landscape, contributes to the wellbeing of the urban setting through the improvement of social interaction, economic activity, liveability, accessibility and safety. Projects will have a specific focus on how landscape architecture has contributed to the urban design outcome.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning | 2020 AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award for Infrastructure | Maribyrnong Waterfront IWM | REALMstudios | Kulin Nation | Photo: REALMstudios

Landscape Planning

Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects and include strategic design and guiding policy documents and visual assessments for urban development, residential and planned communities, local community and rural or regional planning.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Research, Policy and Communications | 2020 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Research, Policy and Communications | Sunshine Coast Design Strategy and Book | Sunshine Coast Council | Jinibara and Kabi Kabi people | Photo: Andrew Maccoll

Research, Policy and Communications

Projects in this category include published works in research and or practice that extend the knowledge base and advocacy of landscape architecture.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Community Contribution | 2020 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Community Contribution | Saint Joseph’s Nature Play Master Plan | Ecoscape Australia Pty Ltd | Miriwoong | Photo: Nicole Croudace

Community Contribution

Projects in this category included constructed projects or strategies delivered either: As a pro bono service (or significantly reduced fee) to the community OR have positively impacted a disadvantaged individual or group of users who wouldn’t normally have access to design expertise Entrants should be able to clearly demonstrate the benefit provided by the project to the communities, cultural groups and/or neighbourhoods in which they are located in or serve (e.g. through client letters of support explicitly referring to benefits gained).

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Small Projects | System Garden Rainforest Walk | SBLA Studio | Wurundjeri | Photo: Wade Trevean

Small Projects

Projects in this category include those considered to be 'small' in terms of size or budget. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by size or budget restrictions but have achieved a level of invention and creativity beyond these constraints.

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2020 National Landscape Architecture Award for Gardens | 2020 QLD Award of Excellence for Gardens | Domic | James Birrell Design Lab | Kabi Kabi | Photo: Scott Burrows

Gardens

Projects in this category include constructed private and public gardens that contribute to the role and understanding of the garden in contemporary society and culture.

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2020 AILA National Award of Excellence for International | Feng River Park | GVL Gossamer | Sha'anxi Province, China | Photo: GVL Gossamer

International

Projects in this category include constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate a contribution to landscape architecture internationally. Please note the International Awards are part of the National Awards program and are not judged at the state level.

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2022 AILA National Award of Excellence for Tourism | 2022 AILA Victoria Award of Excellence for Tourism | 2022 AILA National Regional Achievement Award | Grampians Peaks Trail (Gariwerd) | McGregor Coxall, Noxon Giffen | Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation & Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation | Photo: Shannon McGrath

Regional Achievement

This is a cross category award given in recognition of landscape architecture that has made a significant difference to improving the healthy communities and/or built and natural environments of regional Australia. Chapter Executives in collaboration with the Chapter Jury will determine the eligible key regions for their Chapter program.

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2016 National Award of Excellence for Civic | 2015 QLD Award of Excellence for Civic | Lady Cilento Children's Hospital | Landscape Architect: Conrad Gargett | Turrbal | Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

Climate Positive Design

This is a cross category Award given in recognition of landscape architecture projects that have shown significant contribution to climate positive design. Entrants may opt in to this award and provide additional documentation on how their project has shown a strong effort toward climate mitigation, climate adaptation while also contribution to social, environmental and or economic benefits. Refer to the entry guide (page 4) for additional documentation required to submit for this award.

2024 ACT Awards Jury

To be announced in 2024.

Julian Raxworthy

Jury Chair

Julian Raxworthy is a Registered Landscape Architect in Australia and South Africa. He is currently Associate Professor & Discipline Lead: Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra & Honorary Associate Professor with the ATCH Research Centre (Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History) at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Overgrown: practices between landscape architecture and gardening, published in Fall 2018 by The MIT Press. 

Amanda Mannolini 

Amanda Mannolini is the lead of Urban Design within the multi-disciplinary Transport and Urban Design team at the City of Perth.  Trained in Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne, Amanda has a wide range of urban design and strategic development experience spanning over 20 years in both the public and private sectors. Her career has focused on the planning and design of public realm projects with a ‘people-first’, evidence-based approach which was influenced by her time working on Gehl Architects ‘Public Spaces and Public Life’ for Perth in 2009 and attending numerous masterclasses in Copenhagen. 

While Amanda has a proven track record of managing and delivering complex high quality, award winning projects that make a positive contribution to the liveability of our cities, she is often reminded that ‘small is beautiful’. To address the impact the ongoing financial constraints caused by the Global Financial Crisis had on projects at the City of Perth, Amanda initiated the Minor Urban Intervention Program in 2014. This program which would go on to inspire other cities to set up similar schemes – even to this day - to repurpose and enrich existing public space with low budget and imaginative solutions. 

Cia Flannery

Cia is a founding director of her own firm which has been operating for over 30 years in Canberra/ NSW. She has worked on a broad range of projects and scales for both the private and public sector. Projects range from urban design, master planning, estate planning, multi-unit design, residential design to main street design and colour schemes. She is currently the ACT Chapter President, and sits on the National Capital Design Review Panel. 

Emily Wong

Emily is the editor of Landscape Architecture Australia magazine. In addition to landscape architecture she has a background in journalism, arts writing and legal practice. She teaches into the undergraduate and postgraduate landscape architecture programs at RMIT University, and has previously taught at The University of Melbourne and Deakin University. Prior to joining Architecture Media, she was on the editorial team at Assemble Papers. 

Tony McCormick

Tony McCormick is a landscape architect with over 40 years experience. Formerly an owner of one of Australia’s foremost international multidisciplinary design practices, where he led the landscape and urban design team for many years. He was responsible for tourism, hospitality, mixed use, commercial, transport, waterfront, metropolitan park and city making projects throughout Australia and Asia. 

Tony has particular expertise in the management of multidisciplinary planning and design teams on large, complex development projects on sensitive sites. These have included major parks in Sydney, river rehabilitation for the Swan, Parramatta and Torrens rivers. He has been responsible for the preparation of strategies, manuals and design guidelines for parks, waterways, residential development, highways and the urban public realm. His projects have won numerous industry and profession awards including the Australian Urban Design Award.   

He consults to the public and private sector and is currently on the NSW Government’s Placemaking Advisory Committee and associated boards, which have responsibility for many of the State’s most valued places including Sydney Olympic Park, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Lunar Park and the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation. 

Entry Process

Entry into the AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program is limited to a person, or a team where the landscape architectural component is under the substantive control or direction of a person, who is a Registered Landscape Architect or Member (financial) and principal of the practice (who is an owner or formal licensee of the copyright in the work being entered).

To be eligible for entry, projects (where applicable) must have at least reached practical completion and be in all other respects complete to the point of enabling proper assessment by the Jury, no later than 31 December 2022. Entries will be considered in the Chapter in which the project is located, regardless of the business address of the entrant. Any project located outside Australia will only be eligible for an award in the International category.

Your entry into the awards is completed by our online platform, Awards Force. Entrants are able to start their entry as in progress before submitting. To assist in your preparation of your submission, please read the important documents

For questions please contact your local Chapter for State Awards programs, and [email protected] for the National Awards program.

Enter the Awards 

ACT is not running awards in 2023.

Entry fee

To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee. Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required.

Chapter

Fee per entry

NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA & International

$350 + GST

Key dates

Small Chapters ACT, NT, TAS run awards programs once every two years. These programs may be held in collaboration with other States.

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