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.


The Landscape Architecture Awards has two stages

Stage one: Enter the Awards

NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA present a Chapter level Awards annually. ACT, TAS and NT run once every two years.

Stage two:

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

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2021 AILA National Award of Excellence for Tourism | 2021 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Tourism | 2021 AILA WA Medal | 2021 AILA WA Award for Regional Achievement | Kaju Yatka (Kalbarri Skywalk) | Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions | Nanda | Photo: DBCA

2022 ACT Landscape Architecture Awards

Coming soon: ACT Awards Entries Reveal (May) & Awards Presentation Event (6 July)

Entries are now closed, thank you and good luck to all entrants! Contact [email protected] for the upcoming events.

Enter the Awards

Entries for the 2022 Awards will open on 1 February.  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.

2022 ACT 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.

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.

2021 National Awards

Reflect on the 2021 Awards program.

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2021 AILA National Award of Excellence for Health and Education Landscape | 2021 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Health and Education Landscape | Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) and Public Realm, Herston Quarter | Hassell | Turrbal, Jagera & Yuggera | Photo: Scott Burrows

2021 National Awards Press Release

Landscape Architecture Award Winners Build Back Better 

Australia’s best new landscape architecture projects are building back cities and towns through the revival of public and private outdoor spaces. Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) recognised 47 projects across 17 different categories as part of the 2021 National Landscape Architecture Awards on Thursday 14 October.

 

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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.

VIEW 2020 NATIONAL WINNERS
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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

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

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.

REWATCH AWARDS

Awards Categories

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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). Projects will demonstrate sound principles or values of landscape architecture, and must be sufficiently focused around the role of the landscape architect as opposed to contributing to a wider community development

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2022 ACT Awards Jury

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 2021. 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

$330 + GST
2022 entries open 1 February
Entries close at 11:50pm AEDT on 8 March 2022

Entries are now closed for 2022

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

ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

$330 + GST


Key dates 2022

Chapter

Entries open

Entries close

Entries reveal

Awards Presentations

National N/A Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT August Friday 14 October
ACT Tuesday 1 February Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT May July

NSW

Tuesday 1 February Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT Thursday 5 May Thursday 9 June
NT Tuesday 1 February 
Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT Wednesday 4 May Friday 1 July
QLD Tuesday 1 February 
Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT Thursday 28 April Thursday 16 June
SA Tuesday 1 February  Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT Wednesday 4 May Friday 1 July
TAS N/A for 2022
Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT
N/A for 2022
N/A for 2022
VIC Tuesday 1 February Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT Wednesday 25 May Wednesday 22 June
WA Tuesday 1 February Tuesday 8 March 11:59pm AEDT Wednesday 18 May Friday 24 June

 

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