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

NSWQLDSAVIC and WA present a Chapter level Awards annually. International entrants are announced in the national program.

ACTTAS and NT run once every two years. Check key awards dates below for more information. 

$380 + GST
2024 entries open 6 February
Entries close at 11:59pm AEDT, 13 March 2024


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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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.


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.

Past Landscape Architecture Award Winners

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Australia's best new landscape architecture projects are building back cities and towns through the reveal of public and private outdoor spaces. AILA recognised 47 projects across 17 different categories as part of the Awards.



Awards Category


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


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.

2024 National Awards Jury


Shaun Walsh, FAILA

National Jury Chair

Shaun Walsh, FAILA is a landscape architect and environmental planner with qualifications in landscape architecture, planning, and business. He is former longstanding director with AILA, including roles as Company Secretary and President. He has occupied design and leadership roles in both private practice and government agencies for 30 years. He is the immediate former CEO of City Parkland Services in Brisbane, looking after South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parklands, some of the most significant parkland and event spaces in Australia. He is currently the Environmental Manager of Noosa Shire, where he lives in the hinterland locality of Black Mountain. Shaun since a child has also been a keen gardener, and has a large estate garden of native plants. His particular professional interest is in the interface between humans and nature, and how good design processes should bring joy to both.

Angus Bruce

Angus heads our global landscape architecture team from his base in our London studio. He has more than 30 years of experience on award-winning projects across Asia, Australia and Europe, including most recently the international awards winning 20ha transformation of Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct. Over the course of his career, Angus has developed an innate understanding of how to bring innovative landscapes to life. His particular focus is on unleashing the power of landscape design to meet business, environmental and social needs – and create natural, sustainable places people love. Angus is known as one of the most energetic, enthusiastic forces in our business. He leads with heart and a real generosity that inspires everyone collaborating with him across disciplines, sectors and markets.

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon

Dr Caroline Butler‐Bowdon is the Executive Director, Public Spaces in Property and Place at NSW Department of Planning & Environment where she leads a team of strategists, policy-makers, place-managers, landscape architects, project managers and planners to create new, improved and activated public space across NSW. In this role she leads the Premier’s Priority, Greener Public Spaces focused on quality and walkability to great public spaces including over $500 million in programs across NSW creating new parks, playspaces and improved streetscapes. 

Bec Connelly

Rebecca Connelly is a landscape architect at Clover Green Space, based on Peramangk Country in the Adelaide Hills.  

Previously working for the City of Adelaide, she was involved in the strategic shaping, design and delivery of projects in the city and Park Lands. 

She seeks to create contextual, resilient and meaningful landscapes. This is an ethos shared within Clover and drives the delivery of quality outcomes across their portfolio of education, recreation, strategic and civic projects.   

Alex Felson

Felson is a landscape architect and senior certified ecologist, applying design, planning, and ecology to advance climate adapted urban ecosystems and resilient liveable cities. He is Professor and Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture at Melbourne University and works for the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation. For two decades, he has designed and built resilient landscapes across the US, directing the NYC Reforestation Plan (MillionTreesNYC) at EDAW/AECOM and founding the UEDLAB and Ecopolitan Design while at Yale University.  

Jefa Greenway

Jefa is a founding Director of Greenaway Architects, a University of Melbourne Senior Lecturer, and an AILA Cultural Ambassador. He’s championed Indigenous led design thinking for 3 decades as a registered architect in NSW/VIC, as co-founder of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria, and as co-author of the International Indigenous Design Charter. He’s a founding signatory of Architects Declare Australia, was recently included in the Qantas 100 Inspiring Australians and was a 2020 inductee into the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) ‘Hall of Fame’ signifying an outstanding contribution to Australian design.  

Gay Williamson, FAILA

Gay Williamson FAILA, has led design and urban planning teams in local, state and national governments. These teams have been characterized by their diversity, comprising landscape architects, architects, planners, historians, environmental and social scientists. The outputs from these teams have included award winning research, city planning strategies, infrastructure and landscape architecture projects.  A good many of these have contributed to the development and management of the Nation’s Capital. Gay has served on, chaired, developed and administered numerous design advisory panels, design competition and awards juries, again at local, state and national levels. 

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.

NSWQLDSAVIC and WA present a Chapter level Awards annually. ACTTAS and NT run once every two years.

Enter the Awards

$380 + GST
2024 entries open 6 February
Entries close at 11:59pm AEDT, 13 March 2024


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.


Fee per entry

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

$380 + 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.