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. 

Awards provides recognition of exceptional practice. An award is confirmation of talent, commitment, and design excellence. AILA’s National awards is based on a two-tier system. 

The first and highest Award in each Category is the Award of Excellence. There is only one winner of the Award in each Category in any year and the Jury is not obligated to make an Award of Excellence in a category.

The second tier is the Landscape Architecture Award.  This is a work of excellence demonstrating consummate skill that contributes to the advancement of landscape architecture.


The Landscape Architecture Awards has two stages

Stage one:

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ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA present a Chapter level Awards annually. Smaller Chapters 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

2021 National Landscape Architecture Awards

Winners announced Thursday 14th October 2021

It was an evening of celebration, as we recognised and celebrated the very best of Australian and international landscape architecture. The National Landscape Architecture Awards brings our industry together to mark another year of exceptional achievement in shaping Australia's landscapes.

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2021 National Entries

Immerse yourself in all of the 2021 Chapter winning projects of the Landscape Architecture Awards program. Each entry has a chance to be awarded a winner at this year’s National awards. Please note, ACT does not have entries in the 2021 Awards program, and runs every second year.

Enter the Awards

To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee of $325+ GST (per entry). Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required. Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on 24 March 2021.

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.

2021 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.

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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. Re-watch the 2020 ACT Awards.

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2020 AILA ACT Award of Excellence for Health and Education Landscape | Kambri, Australian National University | ASPECT Studios in association with lahznimmo architects | Ngunawal, Ngambri, Ngunnawal, and Ngarigu | Photo: Florian Groehn

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2020 AILA National Award of Excellence for Community Contribution | 2020 AILA NSW Award of Excellence for Community Contribution | Murama Healing Space & Dance Ground | Murama Cultural Council in partnership with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority | Wangal | Photo: Murama Story Motive

2021 NSW Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 09 July 2021

Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding New South Wales projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. Winners of the NSW awards program proceed on to the National Awards program. Re-watch the Awards

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2020 NT Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 24 July 2020

Held once every two years, the NT Awards winners was celebrated in collaboration with the 2020 SA Awards program. Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding Northern Territory projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. Re-watch the NT & SA 2020 Awards.

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2020 National Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning | 2020 NT Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning | Darwin Civic and State Square Masterplan | TCL with Troppo | Larrakia Nation | Photo: TCL

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2020 AILA QLD Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage | City Botanic Gardens – Hill’s Avenue Boardwalk | City Projects Office | Turrbul Yuggera | Photo: Michelle Gosnal

2021 QLD Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 17 June 2021

Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding Queensland projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. Winners of the QLD awards program proceed on to the National Awards program. Re-watch the Awards.

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2021 SA Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 2 July 2021

Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding South Australia projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. Winners of the SA awards program proceed on to the National Awards program. Re-watch the Awards

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2020 AILA SA Award of Excellence for Small Projects | Colobus Sky Trail | WAX Design | Kaurna | Photo: Dan Schultz, Sweetlime Photo

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2019 Tas Award Of Excellence for Small Projects | The Lily Pads | Practice: Inspiring Place | South East Nation | Photo: Matt Osbourne

2021 TAS Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 30 July 2021

Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding Tasmanian projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. Winners of the TAS awards program proceed on to the National Awards program.

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2021 VIC Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 2 June 2021

Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding Victorian projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. Winners of the VIC awards program proceed on to the National Awards program. Re-watch the Awards.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Small Projects | 2020 AILA Victoria Award of Excellence for Small Projects | RMIT Building 100 Pedestrian Improvements | Openwork Pty Ltd | Kulin Nation | Photo: Peter Bennetts

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | 2020 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Civic Landscape | 2020 AILA WA Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | PLACE Laboratory | Noongar | Photo: Peter Bennetts

2021 WA Landscape Architecture Awards program

Winners announced 25 June 2021

Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were presented across all categories, recognising outstanding Western Australian projects and contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession. Winners of the WA awards program proceed on to the National Awards program. Re-watch the Awards

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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).

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.

2021 National Awards Jury

Peta-Maree Ashford

AILA Vice President & National Jury Chair

Peta-Maree is a Director, Owner and Principal Landscape Architect of Emerge Associates, a private practice in WA. Peta-Maree has spearheaded the successful design and implementation of numerous urban, regional and greenfield projects. Her passion, innovation and attention to detail, combined with her understanding of the technical aspects and practicalities of landscape construction, attest to her expertise.

For the past five years, Peta-Maree has judged the state and national Parks and Leisure Australia Awards and was Jury Chair for the AILA National Awards in 2019. She was previously shortlisted for the Inaugural UDIA WA Women in Leadership Award and acknowledged with an AILA Fellowship in 2017. Peta-Maree is one of five leaders of the AILA National Board in the role of Vice President.

She is also an active participant on three national and two state AILA committees. Peta-Maree is a passionate industry leader, valuing our next generation of landscape architecture students and graduates by engaging with AILA fresh and the UWA mentor program over a three year period.


Barrie Barton

Barrie Barton is a lawyer by qualification, an entrepreneur by nature and an urbanist by profession. He has spent his adult life thinking about the relationship between the places where we live and the type of people we become.

Barton’s consultancy Right Angle Studio is engaged on property around the world including social housing in London, uplifting Johannesburg slums, city-crowning precincts in Bangkok and a host of projects across Australia. In 2019 he was named one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Visionary Men for his contribution to city life.


Dennis Eiszele

Dennis Eiszele, Director Design and Place Strategy, is responsible for the design and sustainability aspects of the City Renewal Authority’s work. He has held senior executive and leadership positions with national and international practices for more than 25 years. His extensive resume includes roles that initiated forward planning and urban design within large international infrastructure-based companies.

His previous roles include National Sector Leader Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at SMEC, Technical Director, Cities & Places (Asia Pacific) and Global Lead Urban Design at Jacobs. Dennis has a deep understanding of cities, public realm, urban renewal and transit-oriented development and brings these skills to his role at the City Renewal Authority.


Tessa Leggo

Tessa is the owner of FRED St, a Brisbane based Landscape Architectural firm with extensive experience in landscape and urban design for commercial, infrastructure, parks and open spaces. Her interest lies in creating places that work for the people that use them.

Tessa weaves the functional imperatives into landscapes that fulfill subjective objectives of placemaking, unique character and amenity, with significant experience integrating creative urban design and community outcomes within complex engineering designs. Tessa also sits on the Qld Chapter State Executive.


Jen Lynch

Jen Lynch is an Industry Fellow in the landscape architecture program at RMIT where her research and teaching explore landscape-driven forms of housing development. Prior to joining RMIT, Jen practiced for six years at TCL where her work focused on research and master planning.

She prepared TCL’s award-winning Point Nepean National Park master plan and was part of the practice's creative director team for the 2018 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture. She is actively involved in AILA and serves as a member of the Victorian chapter's executive committee.


Taryn Milroy

Taryn is a proud Yindjibarndi person who currently lives and works on Whadjuk country in Walyalup (Fremantle). He loves to camp and surf, while frequently travelling north to spend time with family in the Pilbara town of Roebourne.

Taryn studied at the University of Western Australia, completing a double major in Landscape Architecture and Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage. In 2019, he joined UDLA’s multidisciplinary team—where through design processes he constantly seeks to embed a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural and environmental aspects.


Mark Saint Põl

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Management and Horticulture across Africa, the UK and Australia. He has served as a juror for the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award in 2019 and 2020 and he believes that resilient cities thrive when urban and infrastructure projects are spatially designed to work with natural systems across scales.

Based in Sydney, he leads the Square One team in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Milan to design cities as part of nature.

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 2020. 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

To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee of $325+ GST (per entry). Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required. Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on 24 March 2021.

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED FOR 2021


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

$325+GST


Key dates

Chapter

Entries open

Awards Presentations

National N/A Thursday 14 October 2021
ACT N/A for 2021 N/A for 2021

NSW

10 February 2021

Wednesday 9 June 2021
NT N/A for 2021
N/A for 2021
QLD 10 February 2021
Thursday 17 June 2021
SA 10 February 2021
Friday 2 July 2021
TAS 10 February 2021
Friday 30 July 2021
VIC 10 February 2021
Wednesday 2 June 2021
WA 10 February 2021
Friday 25 June 2021

 

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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