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

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

Entries are opening 7 February

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 NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Space | The Crescent | JMD design | Eora Country | Photo: Simon Wood Photography

View the 2022 NSW Awards Ceremony

View this year’s NSW Digital Awards Presentation via YouTube Premiere


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Visit the 2022 NSW Winners Gallery

Explore this year’s winners and entrants in our Winners Gallery


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2022 AILA NSW Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Space | AILA NSW Regional Achievement Award for Southern NSW | Albury Skate and Active Recreation Precinct | Playce | Wiradjuri Country | Photo: Simon Dallinger

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.

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2022 AILA NSW Award of Excellence for Play Spaces | Gosford Leagues Club Park | Turf Design Studio | Darkinjung Country | Photo: Guy Wilkinson

View the 2022 NSW Awards Press Release

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AILA NSW 2022 Awards in the Media

Explore the media coverage from the 2022 NSW Awards


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2022 AILA NSW Award of Excellence for Infrastructure | AILA NSW Regional Achievement Award for Northern NSW | Byron Bay Bus Interchange | DesignInc Sydney | Arakwal people of Bundjalung country | Photo: Brett Boardman

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2022 AILA NSW ShadeSmart Award | NSW Urban Tree Canopy - targets and controls | Gallagher Studio with Studio Zanardo | On Country (All traditional owners in NSW) | Photo: Gallagher Studio

ShadeSmart Award

New NSW Award Category

AILA’s partnership with the Cancer Council NSW & Cancer Institute NSW to advance the ShadeSmart Program is an important opportunity for Landscape Architects to lead quality planning and design for Shade and UV skin cancer prevention in Australia through the delivery of sustainable public spaces and healthy communities.

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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.


Additional Award Categories

NSW Future Leaders Student Award and Graduate Award

These two awards recognise achievement in design, planning, communications and research that is based upon the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions to landscape architectural challenges. Know a student or graduate member that you’d like to nominate? Please see below to read the criteria selection and to access the nomination form. Entries close March 25th 2022.  

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NSW 2022 ShadeSmart Award

Projects in this category will be acknowledged for their contribution to  best practice Shade & UV planning, design, and innovative practice.  The award winners design will reinforce the pivotal role that LA’s play in the design of public spaces and advocating for sustainable and healthy communities and demonstrate leadership in sustainable and climate responsive practice at a time of national and international focus.

The judges will be looking at the following criteria :

• Demonstrated best practice in policy and planning for shade and UV effectiveness,
• Innovative design that delivers structured and natural shade outcomes to support healthy 
living, human wellbeing, and climate responsive solutions,
• Contribution by Landscape Architects to ‘ShadeSmart’ research, education and/or 
community engagement

Enter the AILA NSW Awards and opt into the ShadeSmart Category. The ShadeSmart Award is a NSW Award only that can be given in conjunction of one of the 15 main award category. 

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2023 NSW Awards Jury

To be announced in 2023.

Andrew Turnbull

Jury Chair

Andrew is a Registered Landscape Architect, Urban Design professional based in Sydney. He brings a national and international perspective as Jury Chair in 2022. A member of the AILA NSW 2021 jury and various professional awards programs since 2012. In recent years he is focussed on advancing a ‘public health approach to planning and design’ spanning policy, research and design. Since 2019, is a strategic advisor to the Cancer Council NSW – Shade Working Group and Chair of the AILA NSW ‘ShadeSmart’ Advisory Group [2021/22].

 

After 35 years in private sector large design practice, in 2019 he transitioned his business ownership in Scott Carver, to pursue other professional interests, contributions to AILA and international advisory consultancy. 

Julia Manrique

Born is Spain, Julia studied Architecture in Barcelona, where she also gained professional experience in urban design and planning. She moved to Australia in 2010 to gain experience in landscape architecture and started as a graduate at McGregor Coxall. McGregor Coxall are Urban Designers and Landscape Architects and are recognized for their innovative, environmentally based design solutions. Currently, Julia is one of the Associate Directors leading the Landscape Architecture Discipline in the Sydney Studio and managing large scale projects that are shaping the open space of the Sydney’s Landscape and help regenerate urban areas to improve living conditions and environments for citizens. Additional to the work in the practice, Julia has taken part in several semesters tutoring at UTS. 

David Head

David is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with over 25 years experience in landscape, urban design, masterplanning, placemaking and public domain projects.  With professional experience in Australia, USA and the United Kingdom in both private practice and the public sector at a local, state and federal level.  He has lead some of the largest commissions available in the landscape and urban design sector internationally including extensive experience in the UK, USA, Middle East, North Africa, China and Russia.  He is currently the Senior Manager for Urban Design at Transport for NSW.

Danièle Hromek

Dr Danièle Hromek is a Budawang woman of the Yuin nation. She works as a spatial designer, cultural designer and researcher considering how to Indigenise the built environment. Her work contributes an understanding of the Indigenous experience and comprehension of space, investigating how Aboriginal people occupy, use, narrate, sense, dream and contest their spaces. Danièle’s research rethinks the values that inform Aboriginal understandings of space through Indigenous spatial knowledge and cultural practice, in doing so considers the sustainability of Indigenous cultures from a spatial design perspective. 

Danièle is director of Djinjama, whose clients include state and local government, museums and galleries, as well as industry including architects, planners, designers, heritage and engineering firms.

Jon Hazelwood

Jon is a Principal and Landscape Architect at Hassell, and leads the Public Realm Sector. Jon has led the Landscape Architecture teams for Hassell in both the London Studio and Sydney Studio and leads projects across studios including Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai, Singapore and London. Jon was instrumental in establishing Hassell in the United Kingdom, and led award winning projects such as the revitalising of Croydon High Street in London. 

 

Over the past 20 years he has guided projects from the broad strategic thinking phase, through to detailed resolution and successful delivery in Australia, UK, USA and Asia. He brings global experience to spark conversations and challenge the norms.

Jess Miller

Jess is a city leader & communicator focused on climate adaptive, regenerative and resilient places. She served for five years on the City of Sydney Council as Councillor, Deputy Lord Mayor and Chair of the Environment Committee. 

 

Jess led the Greener Spaces Better Places program on behalf of Hort Innovation and the Nursery & Garden Industry, and is a member of the TEDXSydney & Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.

Most recently, she has led work within the Department of Industry Environment & Planning to promote living infrastructure within the Wianamatta South Creek precinct utilising collective impact principles and a landscape-led approach. 

Simon Kilbane

Simon Kilbane is landscape architect and urban designer with diverse experience across public, private and academic sectors. He leads the environmental consultancy Rhizome and currently teaches into Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at Deakin University in Geelong. Simon’s work concerns the intersection of people, place and ecology at large and small scales. His innovative and award-winning work in Green Infrastructure as a specific planning and design approach aspires to articulate ecological knowledge, policy intent and to intertwine community aspirations toward the creation of more healthy, resilient and inclusive landscapes and cities.

Amie Mason

Guest Juror Observer - Winner of the 2021 Graduate Future Leader Award

Amie is a landscape architect from regional Queensland, currently based at McGregor Coxall in Sydney. She completed her Bachelor of Design with first class Honours in Landscape Architecture in 2018 from the Queensland University of Technology, before joining the competition department at Topotek 1 in Berlin. Amie is passionate about the concept of ‘mutualism’ between non/human species, and how design can redefine ‘health’ from a condition that is internal and pharmaceutical, to the external design of our shared urban infrastructure.

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.

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

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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