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Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
2008 National Awards


4th Sept 2008

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) have announced the winners of the 2008 National Awards in Landscape Architecture. Twenty seven projects were awarded, from a record ninety seven submissions.

As president, I am pleased to see the broad array of successful projects across the full spectrum of landscape architecture. 

This year AILA has introduced a new category of Land Management, along with other categories of Design. Planning and Research.  AILA has also required practices to demonstrate the level of integration of environmental responsiveness in all project categories.

Neil Hobbs FAILA
National President


Needless the say, the two main winning practices have delivered outstanding projects, that explore the breadth and scope of landscape architectural practice.   In a change for AILA, the medal winning project is not a built work, but a significant planning study that goes to the heart of the issues of coastal development, displaying bold move in planning, infrastructure and land management.  The Award of Excellence in Design has been awarded to a project that demonstrates visually bold design ideas.

Significant elements of other awarded projects where the level of collaboration between design team, client, consultants and the community.  As always, there are a number of discrete, subtle and well crafted smaller projects, demonstrating the skills of landscape architects faced with complex problems and small budgets.  The profession should be proud of our abilities to embrace art, science and cultural difference in our projects.

The three major awards being presented by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects for 2008 are - the AILA Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture that goes to Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd (in association with Meinhardt Infrastructure & Environment Pty Ltd) for their Coastal Towns Design Frameworks, the National Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence in Design goes to Taylor Cullity Lethlean with Paul Thompson for The Australian Garden Stage One, Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne with Urban Initiatives also receiving a National Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence in Land Management for the Kubu River Hippos Exhibit, Werribee Open Range Zoo.

The AILA congratulates the winners and in particular celebrates the leadership in the fields of design, environmental management landscape planning and research.

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