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 WA Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | Whitfords Nodes Stairway | Emerge Associates with City of Joondalup, WA Structural and Enviro Infrastructure Pty Ltd | Whadjuk | Photo: Emerge Associates

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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.

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2022 AILA WA Landscape Architecture Award for Cultural Heritage | Moort-ak Waddiny / Wellington Square | City of Perth | Whadjuk Nyoongar | Photo: City of Perth

View the 2022 WA Awards Press Release

Take a look at the official press release from this year’s WA Awards, link coming soon.

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

Emerging Achiever Award

Emerging Achiever is awarded to an AILA Member Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student who is showing promise to the profession of landscape architecture through the excellence in their design work, involvement in AILA Fresh and their generosity in professional exchange with their fellow students and AILA members. Submit now.

Future Leader Award

Future Leader is awarded to an AILA Graduate Member landscape architect who is in the early stage of their career (within five years of graduating) who is showing promise to the profession of landscape architecture through the excellence in their design work, leadership within AILA Fresh and their generosity in professional exchange within their practice and externally with AILA members. Submit now.

2023 WA Awards Jury

To be announced in 2023.

Andrea Siedl 

Andrea Siedl is working for Landscape Planners as a Senior Landscape Architect, and has worked on a range of projects including Koombana Foreshore, Montario Quarter, Mills Park Redevelopment, Carnarvon Foreshore, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth Zoo Sunbear Exhibit and major roads projects. Areas of expertise and interests include play spaces, West Australian plants, public open spaces, construction detailing, sustainable design and infrastructure projects.

Ant Brookfield

Anthony is a Principal at Hassell. He has over 25 years experience as a landscape architect, urban designer and master planner working in the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and now Australia. Anthony moved to Perth in 2010, re-locating from the UK. In recent years he has undertaken design leadership on significant city shaping projects such as Optus Stadium and WA Museum Boola Bardip as well as a range of strategic master plans for Perth Zoo, City of Perth and Burswood Park Board. 

Barbara Bynder

Barbara is a Whadjuk Ballardong Yued woman and is connected to Yamitji people. Barbara was born in Bruce Rock and currently lives in York, WA. Her networks with the Nyoongar and Aboriginal community are demonstrated through her lived experience, professional employment, work with Aboriginal Art Centres, Ballardong Elders Group, Whadjuk Working Party, and Development WA as well as through her Arts practice. Barbara is a Sessional Academic with Curtin University.  

Barbara’s formal qualifications include, Bachelor of Arts (Social Science & Writing, Double Major), HDR Anthropology and her current PhD candidature in social and cultural anthropology. Barbara’s work includes the building of sustainable relationships with the Kookaburra Club, a senior Nyoongar and Aboriginal Elders group whom she has worked with for over 10 years. 

Kylan Yoxall

Kylan has a Masters of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor degree in Commerce for Human Resources Management and Business Management at the University of Western Australia. Kylan has won multiple awards including AILA’s Emerging Achiever Award. From a young age he’s been captivated by landscape and nature having always appreciated those that could control what was natural and furthermore replicate it in a way that is poetically seamless. His passions lie in creating not only spaces but places.  

Sean Cowan

Sean is the Managing Editor of Business News,  with 20+ years of work in the print and online media industry, strong tertiary-level teaching experience and years of service in a wide range of volunteer roles.  

Shea Hatch

Jury Chair

Along with being the AILA WA President Shea has practised as a landscape architect in WA for over 15years.  With expertise in both Conservation and Land Management and Public Health, Shea works on a broad range of projects to deliver holistic solutions that address design, community health and wellbeing and environmental sustainability.  She has worked for not-for-profits such as Nature Play WA and The Heart Foundation, is a current member of the State Design Review Panel and has worked in a lead role on projects such as Scarborough Beach Revitalisation, Newman Town Square, Subiaco East Redevelopment and Ocean Reef Marina.  

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

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

$330 + GST



The criteria for the Emerging Achiever and Future Leader categories

Using the three Core Qualities of Thinking, Leadership and Results judges will be assessing the entries based on who has best demonstrated contribution to the profession of Landscape Architecture and consistent with the intent of the Award.

Submissions will include a 1000 word (maximum) document for the chosen Award Category and should contain:

  • demonstrating value to the profession and application of Landscape Architecture principles.
  • demonstrating their merit consistent with the intent of the Award.
  • one Page personal biography including achievements, highlights and volunteer community and/or professional experiences.
  • a letter of recommendation from a third party e.g. direct employer, manager or client, educator.
  • three pages maximum of A4/A3 evidence demonstrating any claims made in the submission e.g. drawings, photos, and other award.

Submission requirements: Future Leader and Emerging Leader

Each submission for Emerging Achiever and Future Leader entry is to be supplied via Dropbox to [email protected] by the due date.

  • Completed Emerging Achiever Award Submission Form and Future Leader Award Submission Form
  • PDF document (maximum of five pages) outlining the outstanding work undertaken by the individual and how it addresses the Australian Landscape Principles.
  • A statement from the Nominator about the Student/Graduate.
  • Optional: Any other information that may assist the jury in their decision.
  • Optional: Up to eight images as JPEG files including both Hi Resolution and Low Resolution

    Note: there are currently no National Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Awards, this may change with the introduction of People Recognition Awards in the future.
    No entry fee is required Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Awards submissions.

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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