AILA Governance

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Inc (AILA) is a not-for-profit professional institute formed to serve the mutual interests of its members and the wider profession throughout Australia. AILA is a company limited by guarantee (ACN 008 531 851) and is governed by a Board of 5 elected members.

AILA National Council

The governance structure of AILA is vested in the AILA Board, which retains ultimate legal responsibility for the whole organisation and provides leadership by setting the strategic agenda, budgets, policies and performance targets.


As well as the Board, AILA has eight state or territory chapters. Each chapter has an executive committee appointed to lead the profession locally, and its members within the state. This committee is not part of the Board, but works collaboratively with the Board whilst representing their state or territory.


Within the AILA structure, all state or territory chapters and local or national committees are sub committees of the Board. The Board carries the responsibility for the actions of any of the chapters, their committees, panels or individuals taking on AILA representative roles.


While AILA’s National President is responsible for the integrity of the governance process and the functioning of the Board, AILA's CEO is responsible, through being devolved the powers from the Board, for the management and operations of the Institute. Read AILA's Board Minutes.




Linda Corkery FAILA - National President

Linda is an Associate Professor and former Program Director for Landscape Architecture at the University of New South Wales. Prior to academia, she worked in private practice in the US, Hong Kong and Australia. Linda teaches across all four years of UNSW’s BLArch program, convenes interdisciplinary electives, and supervises Masters and PhD students. Her research addresses people and place, in particular, the design and social dimensions of public landscapes, provision of greenspace in high density cities, and collaborative planning and design processes. Linda has been actively involved with AILA in numerous capacities, and in 2014 chaired the AILA National Accreditation Framework Working Group which produced the new Accreditation Standards and Procedures. Her educational qualifications include a BSc from Iowa State University, and an MLA and MRP from Cornell University. She is also a Director of Corkery Consulting and an International Member of ASLANews from the National President.


Angus Bruce AILA - Vice-President

Angus is a Principal at HASSELL, based in the Sydney studio and is the firms international Head of Landscape Architecture. Angus has 25 years’ experience as a landscape architect and horticulturist within designed and constructed landscapes. Specializing in landscape architecture and built environments, his particular focus is on the project overlap between design, environment, art and social needs. Angus was a founding partner of PSB, a landscape architectural practice that merged with EDAW Australia in 2007, after 14 years of award winning presence across Australia. Following three years as Principal and Director of EDAW Australia, Angus joined HASSELL in 2010 to further enhance the landscape architecture team. Angus’ work experience and strong track record of delivering successful results in partnership with clients and collaborators adds significantly to the HASSELL team’s strong reputation in landscape architecture in Australia and internationally.


Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard AILA - Secretary

Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard is a lecturer in landscape architecture within the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Sara has practiced internationally with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen in Denmark and with the former Department of Environment and Conservation in Perth, Western Australia. For the past eight years, Sara has undertaken sessional teaching roles at the University of Western Australia (UWA) teaching undergraduate design studios and history and theory units as well as research methods within the Masters of Urban Design program at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC). Sara holds a Bachelor degree (honours) in Landscape Architecture from UWA and is currently undertaking a PhD with the support of an Australian Post Graduate Award where her research takes on an explorative inquiry into Perth’s peri-urban landscape with aims to explore its embedded cultural, social and natural values in order to speculate on how these might influence and shape a rapidly growing metropolis. Sara is an active leader in landscape architecture working to advocate to government and to raise the profile of landscape architecture in Australia as well as working to encourage and promote the next generation of landscape architects through the student and graduate AILA Fresh networks. Sara is a past President of the WA Chapter (2013-2015) and has been a Director of the AILA National Board and Company Secretary since October 2015.


Barbara Schaffer AILA

Barbara Schaffer has been Principal Landscape Architect in the NSW Office of the Government Architect since 2006. With over 20 years of professional experience Barbara has a strong track record in in strategic planning, design and the delivery of complex high profile public places within the private and public realm. Barbara’s key passion and focus has been around projects that implement progressive technologies to shape future technologies and instigate change. She is interested in projects and ideas which set a vision and direction for a sustainable future and has led and contributed to projects across diverse realms including the delivery of the Parklands at Sydney Olympic Park, the West Circular Quay Public Domain Revitalization, the ACF Restoring the Waters Project and the landmark Sydney Green Grid – a metropolitan wide green infrastructure project. Barbara’s projects have received numerous awards including the AILA Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Landscape Architect, the AILA Award for Environmental Planning and most recently the 2016 National Award for Research, Policy and Communication


Shaun Walsh AILA

Shaun has a professional background in Town Planning, Environmental Management and Landscape Architecture with various roles in local, state and federal government and well as a design manager in a private practice. He studied Landscape Architecture as a post graduate at a later age and has established his landscape architecture career at a management level. He is the manager of City Parklands P/L in Brisbane which is a commercial entity that manages South Bank and Roma Street Parklands and its 12 million visitors a year on behalf of the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government. Shaun is very interested in bedding down the new corporate governance structure introduced by AILA’s new Constitution. He is also interested in organisational sustainability, in particular implementing measures to ensure ongoing financial prosperity of the organisation. On a personal level Shaun is a keen gardener, having established a large estate garden in the Sunshine Coast hinterland over 16 years, with previous smaller gardens being open to the public. He is also a committed volunteer of Landcare and organiser of “Great Noosa Trail Walk” which raises profile of the local landscape and fundraises for local community groups.

Contact the AILA National Council via the National Office.