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. All International entries will automatically proceed 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 National Landscape Architecture Awards

Awards entries & winners announcement events

Visit our events page to register for awards events for your Chapter. Join online awards events across Australia

REGISTER FOR AWARDS 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 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.

2021 National Awards

Reflect on the 2021 Awards program.

2021 National Awards Winners

Immerse yourself in the best of Landscape Architecture

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 MAGAZINE

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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

2022 ACT Awards

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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

2022 NSW 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

2022 NT Awards

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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

2022 QLD 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

2022 SA Awards

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

TAS Awards

View past TAS winners.

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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

2022 VIC Awards

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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

2022 WA Awards

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2021 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for International | Xichong Coast Recovery Plan | Hassell | Xichong, Shenzhen, China | Photo: Hassell

2022 International Entrant

Entries for International category open 1 February 2022, closing 8 March 2022 11:59pm AEDT. View the 2021 National entry gallery, and the 2021 National winners gallery.

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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.

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 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 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.

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

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 & International

$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 Wednesday 6 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.