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. 

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

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 National Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage | 2022 AILA SA Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage | Wangayarta | Co-designed by Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC), the Kaurna Community and Oxigen | Kaurna | Photo: Haidarr Jones

2022 National Landscape Architecture 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.

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.

 

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Chapter Awards

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2022 AILA ACT Award of Excellence for Gardens | National Museum of Australia Forecourt Garden | T.C.L. | Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Ngunawal | Photo: Anne Stroud

ACT Awards

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2022 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | Bago Maze | Bago Maze and Wine | Biripi Country | Photo: Andrew Kowalewski

NSW Awards 

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2022 AILA NT Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design | Cooling Darwin | CLOUSTON Associates | Larrakia Country (Gulumoerrgin Language Group) | Photo: CLOUSTON Associates

NT Awards

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2022 AILA QLD Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Space | The Spit Redevelopment | Place Design Group | Yugambeh | Photo: Ravens At Odds

QLD Awards

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2022 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Award for Cultural Heritage | Yunggorendi Mande Cultural Gathering Space | WAX Design | Kaurna | Photo: Tom Roschi Photographer

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

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2022 AILA Victoria Award of Excellence for Gardens | The Healing Garden at the Heide Museum of Modern Art | Openwork Pty Ltd | Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country | Photo: Peter Bennetts

VIC Awards

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2022 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Health and Education Landscape | Karla Katitjin - Bushfire Centre for Excellence | Josh Byrne & Associates | Australia | Photo: Robert Frith

WA Awards

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

International Entrant

Entries for International category open 2023 entries open 7 February, and close at 11:59pm AEDT, 15 March 2023.

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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.

2023 National Awards Jury

To be announced in 2023.


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 Greenaway


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

$350 + GST
2023 entries open 7 February
Entries close at 11:59pm AEDT, 15 March 2023 

Entries are opening 7 February

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, 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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