21 December 2017
AILA Responds to Cabinet Reshuffle and Inquiry into Australian Government's Role in the Development of Cities
On Wednesday 20 December, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a Federal Cabinet re-shuffle. AILA has taken the opportunity to respond to this news and also discuss the recent submission into the inquiry into the Australian Government's role in the development of cities.
Read the full story here.
24 November 2017
Yurlendj-nganjin (‘everyone’s knowledge’/’our intelligence’)
On Monday 20 November, Deakin University hosted the Yurlendj-nganjin (‘everyone’s knowledge’/’our intelligence’) event at their campus, with an aim to provide Indigenous knowledge and its relation to Australian Built Environment. AILA discusses how this event is useful towards the current development of a Reconciliation Action Plan, in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia and several Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Advisors.
For the full story see here.
24 November 2017
Membership Registration Review
AILA’s National Membership Committee (NMC) is calling for member feedback on proposed changes to Membership Categorisation and the Registration process. We want members to be involved in this process to ensure that our member categories and registration process is reflective of a modern membership organisation that gives us the platform for growth.
Read the full story here.
20 November 2017
AILA Committee Positions Available
AILA is currently seeking expressions of interest from members to sit on the following committees to commence from 2018 for a 2 year period: National Advocacy Committee and National Practice Committee.
9 November 2017
Foreground: Year one in review
Foreground was launched in October 2016 with an ambitious brief to build a national conversation about cities, places and the people who make them as AILA looks to grow the profile of the Landscape Architect profession. One year into operation, we take a look at the stats and reflect on the growth and reach of Foreground.
24 October 2017
Vote for your Park - Winner announcement
As part of a competition initiative run by AILA in collaboration with the ACT Government the public were asked to vote for their favourite park after the official opening of the three newly developed natural play spaces. The results are in and we have winner. This initiative supports the development of natural play spaces and the work that landscape architects do to re-image our public spaces.
17 October 2017
KIDSCAPE Media Release
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has successfully run another Kidscape event as part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, Kidscape focuses on bringing kids to the fore-front of the conversation about urban living, greener and sustainable cities, and how kids view and use their public space.
16 October 2017
2017 National Awards - List of Award for Excellence Winners
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards for 2017, a celebration of the leading projects shaping green, open and public spaces across Australia.
Industry and Government Collaborate to Design Streets of the Future
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA) and the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) today announced its collaboration to build the street of the future in Sydney’s CBD. Read more.
Call for Creative Director/s for 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.
AILA is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director/s for the 2018 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Read more.
WE-EF Takes On Principal Corporate Partnership of Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture
Exterior lighting specialists WE-EF will become principal partner of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) as of July 1 this year. Read more
Australia Affordable Housing Conference: Tackling Australia’s Housing Affordability Crisis
"Rethinking Housing through Partnerships, People, Places and Policies" - this conference brings together all key stakeholders to engage at a global level, mobilize partners to redefine the role of housing in today’s new urban agenda. Read more.
Energy Discounts Do Expire - Has Yours?
Did you know that some energy retailers can switch you to a higher rate or lower discount when your contract expires? Read more.
Calling for Members - Indigenous Working Group
AILA is establishing a Connection to Country committee and is looking for members to participate. The aim of the committee is to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia and develop an AILA Connection to Country Strategy. Read more.
Women in Landscape Architecture
There are 11 Wikipedia inclusions in the Australian “List of landscape architects” through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Only one listing is female (Edna Walling). Read more.
Over 150,000 visitors through Parks Changing Australia exhibition in the first 4 months
As part of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not In My Backyard AILA collaborated with the National Museum of Australia to create the Parks Changing Australia exhibition which showcases how contemporary parks are re-shaping Australian cities. Read more.
Foreground Kicking Goals in the First 3 Months
In the first 3 months since it’s launch, Foreground has quickly become established as a leading voice on the role of design in the public domain and open space of the city. Read more.
Recall of Deck Chairs used at 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture
AILA has learnt that Ikea is conducting a recall of its MYSINGSÖ chairs, as this product has a manufacturing fault which may cause injury. The recall resulted from customers reporting injuries including falls and finger entrapment, caused by incorrect re-assembly of the chair after removing the fabric seat cover. Read more.
Lappset Australia sets up own team in NSW and ACT
Lappset Australia is very excited to announce the appointment of Michelle Herbut to the newly created role of Senior Business Development Manager for NSW/ACT. Read more.
2016 continues the CS-005 Playground Committee’s dedicated work on the full suite of playground standards in Australia. Read more.
Australia's First Landscape Architecture Colouring Book
An exciting initiative as part of the Parks Changing Australia exhibition at the National Museum was the creation of a children’s colouring book featuring landscape architecture projects to be given to the 4000 students that come through the exhibition over the next 6 months. Read more.
The New Landscape Declaration
On June 10-11, 2016, over 700 landscape architects with a shared concern for the future were assembled by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern, we crafted a new vision for landscape architecture for the 21st century. This is our call to action. Read more.
Complimentary Membership with Green Roofs Australasia for AILA Members
Due to the proactive initiative by AILA in February 2016, the Green City Alliance was established and GRA is firmly committed to work collaboratively with all associations in order to mitigate the impacts of climate variability. With this intention as the primary motivation, GRA is offering complimentary full membership to all registered AILA members in the hope that GRA may share what we have compiled over the past ten years. Read more.
AILA Tree of Knowledge - Ready for the first test drive
The Tree of Knowledge (ToK) is a living knowledge bank intended to support landscape architects in their professional practice. It has been developed in response to the need to provide more online CPD for our members, and also be a one-stop-shop for members who are searching for information, relevant websites, references, practice notes, videos and the like. Read more.
AILA's New Digital Platform - Foreground
As you all know, AILA has had a significant investment in Landscape Architecture Australia for over 20 years, and has had a strong and very collaborative publishing agreement with Architecture Media, to publish the magazine over recent years.This contract is due to conclude in November 2016, and in accordance with our desire to put our efforts and support into a new digital media platform, the existing contract with Architecture Media is not being renewed. AILA has honoured all terms of the contract, including the final issue of Landscape Architecture Australia. Read more.
Lappset Australia Restructering in NSW and ACT
Lappset Australia are delighted with the support landscape architects have shown to the team at Lappset over the years. We value this support immensely and remain committed to ensuring that our current and future clients have access to the service, experience and knowledge they need to make decisions regarding play equipment. Read more.
Festival Wrap from Creative Director, Richard Weller
Thank you to those who attended the Festival. Marking the 50thanniversary of landscape architecture in Australia, it was an historic occasion and we were all part of it. It makes you wonder what landscape architects will be thinking and saying in 2066 when they celebrate the centenary! Read more.
2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not in my Backyard engages with over 3,000 Participants
With over 600 delegates in attendance at the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture:
Not In My Backyard Conference which wrapped up in Canberra over the weekend, the broader Festival engaged with over 3,000 participants across thirty fringe events ranging from KIDSCAPE playground in Haig Park, anthropoScene global short film competition. Read more.
Parks Changing Australian Cities in the Virgin Australia Lounges Across the Country
As part of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in collaboration with Virgin Australia and supported by Austral Bricks & Masonry, Wood Solutions, Lawn Solutions and the Green Building Council of Australia delivered 5 different exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane called Parks Changing Australian Cities. Read more.
Parks Changing Australia at the National Museum of Australia
As part of the2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in collaboration with the National Museum of Australia and supported by Austral Bricks & Masonry, Wood Solutions, Lawn Solutions and the Green Building Council of Australia delivered Parks Changing Australia. Read more.
KIDSCAPE was created to encourage children to think about cities, design and the environment. KIDSCAPE was a public event undertaken by The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) as part of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. The event was created in collaboration with the ACT Government, the National Capital Authority and In The City Canberra to encourage kids to speak out about their future city. Read more.
2016 Salary Benchmarking Survey and Fee Survey
Continuing on from 2015, its our annual Salary Benchmarking Survey – and this year we include a small section for those involved in setting fees. AILA seeks to collect information from landscape architectural practices as to how fees are set, which will then be shared COMPLETELY ANONYMOUSLY with members (the Institute is in no position to advise what constitutes an appropriate fee, and also acknowledges that such a practice is not permissible under Australian law). Read more.
Fast Track Membership at the Festival
Are you a landscape architect with more than 8 years’ experience but not yet registered with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects? Fast track your registration and leave the 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture:
NOT in my Backyard as a Registered Landscape Architect! Read more.
What do you expect from a graduate? Second Survey
The second survey is now open - you are invited to contribute your perspective about what Landscape Architecture students should know to become successful graduates and enter the global profession of landscape architects. By participating in this project you are helping to shape the future of learning and teaching outcomes in Landscape Architecture – and we do need your help! Read more.
Time to review how we honour and award Fellows at AILA
Its time! Its been many years since our organisation has taken a good long look our Fellowship program. Its time to review how we award and value Fellows at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ('AILA'), in the interests of refinement and rejuvenation, and making sure we are delivering a program that is valued by our members. Read more.
Call for Nominations for the AILA Board
Are you interested in taking a role in leading AILA nationally? The term of the current elected National Council (Board) will conclude at the AILA AGM in October 2016. All positions are open and we are calling for nominations from eligible members interested in joining the AILA Board of Directors and contributing to its strategic direction. Read more.
What do you expect from a graduate?
You are invited to contribute your perspective about what Landscape Architecture students should know to become successful graduates and enter the global profession of landscape architects. Read more.
AILA has a New Constitution
The Extraordinary General Meeting held in Sydney on Friday night marked a milestone in AILA’s history. There was overwhelming support shown for the newly drafted constitution, and this was voted in by a Special Resolution. Read more.
National Practice & CPD Committee Seeking New Members
The National Practice Committee ('NPC') is seeking a new member. If you are passionate about practicing, have knowledge to contribute, want to connect with other key members and contribute to making AILA a better organisation, we would REALLY like to hear from you. Read more.
Call for 2017 Festival of Landscape Architecture Creative Director
Set to be the biggest Festival yet, the 2017 Festival will be hosted in Sydney in October/November 2017. Make your mark on the profession and submit an expression of interest to be the next Creative Director. Read more.
Notice of AILA Extraordinary General Meeting
This General Meeting is being held in order to seek membership endorsement for the replacement of AILA’s current constitution with a newly drafted constitution. Read more.
AILA Responding to Government's Smart Cities Plan
The Federal Government produced The Smart Cities Plan earlier this year, and is now seeking feedback. Read more.
National CPD Committee Seeking New Members
The National Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee have been up and running for over 2 years now, and hence we are calling for expressions of interest from any member who wishes to contribute to this Committee. Read more.
Research Focusing on Emerging Digital Technologies in Landscape Architectural Practice
A study is being undertaken through a PhD research project at University of Melbourne, called ‘Transitional strategies for Landscape Architecture practices in the digital realm’. Read more.
Wood Solutions Online Survey
Online survey to win a $500 Visa gift card or one of five $100 Visa gift cards. Read more.
Help us put a spotlight on the profession
Thank you for your support of The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the profession of landscape architecture. We have continued to build on our achievements and without your support we would not be where we are today! Read more.
The Goods Line receives 202020 Vision Green Design Award
“It was a spectacular night for all at the Good Design Awards 2016 which were held at the Overseas Passenger terminal with a view across to the Opera House - resplendently lit in its Vivid opening night finery. Read more.
Request from Regional Working Group
In late 2014, a Survey of Regional Landscape Architects was completed. There were three key findings which emerged from the survey results; Read more.
Expression of Interest - Green Cities Projects
Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (Hort Innovation) is seeking EOI from suitability qualified and experienced organisations to provide strategic research and development services and associated co-investment for the following projects, as part of the Green Cities Strategic Co-Investment Fund. Read more.
Changes to the National Construction Code - New Angles on Timber Cladding
Now designers can specify diagonally and vertically aligned timber cladding with the same deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) simplicity as traditional horizontal applications. While horizontal timber cladding, in the form of weatherboards, has long been a feature of the Australian built environment, recent trends have led to architects and designers increasingly specifying vertical and diagonal installation. Read more.
Message from the President regarding Landscape Architecture Australia
In the latest issue of Landscape Architecture Australia you may have received a letter from Architecture Media regarding the future of the publication. Please see the following additional background information for your interest. Read more.
New Parks for Communities in Need: My Park Rules Announces Winner
What started as a simple initiative to build a new park for an Australian school, has concluded with the announcement of two transformative projects - one in urban Sydney that will see an entire precinct benefit, and the other, an alternative school campus in the heart of Australia, where disengaged youth, including young parents, have the opportunity to return to school and finish their studies in a supportive and welcoming environment. Read more.
Announcing an exhibition on Landscape Architecture at the National Museum of Australia
We are bursting with excitement to announce that AILA has secured a special exhibition celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture in Australia at the National Museum of Australian (NMA) later this year. Read more.
Tribute to Veteran Landscape Architect Allen Correy 1931-2016
Veteran landscape architect Allan Correy (1931-2016) passed away this week amidst family at Nambucca Heads. Born in Sydney, he studied horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and the Sydney Technical College, where he fell in love with this Garden, before venturing to King’s College at Durham for an undergraduate.. Read more.
GANA Meeting - Update from SA Chapter Manager
On Thursday 28 April Sally Bolton – AILA SA Chapter Manager had the opportunity to speak briefly at the Government Architects Network of Australia (GANA) meeting held in Adelaide, ahead of the AIA 2016 Annual Conference - How Soon is Now. Representatives from Government Architect Offices from around Australia were in attendance. Read more.
Green Cities Projects - Expressions of Interest Close 30 May
Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (Hort Innovation) is seeking EOIfrom suitability qualified and experienced organisations to provide strategic research and development services and associated co-investment for the followingprojects, as part of the Green Cities Strategic Co-Investment Fund. Read more.
National Advocacy Committee releases 4 DRAFT position statements for your review
The National Advocacy Committee (NAC) is developing a range of position statements to communicate our position on key issues relating to our profession and the environment. Five have been published and can be viewed here. We are now seeking your views on another four. Read more.
Bumper LAA Issue – Seeking submissions by May 24
Landscape Architecture Australia is marking AILA’s 50th anniversary by publishing a special issue of the magazine that celebrates 50 projects, people and events across five categories. The categories are Future Leaders, Esteemed Fellows, Significant Projects pre-2000, Significant Projects post-2000 and Courageous Moments.Read more.
Lawn Solutions Australia - Growing Success with Breeding Program
New grasses under trial in different parts of the world will soon make their way to the Australian market. It has been the motto that Lawn Solutions Australia has worked to for some time; ‘While we have the best grasses for today, we’re working on the best grasses for the future.’ Read more.
Receive your 30 CPD points in one hit– get involved in NART
AILA is looking for more members to ‘put your hand up’ to be part of an accreditation team. The NART (’National Accreditation Review Team’) is considered a ‘register’ of members, rather than a national committee or group. It is from this NART, that visiting teams are formed which will make accreditation visits to Universities that are seeking accreditation for their program of landscape architecture. Read more.
Architecture, Building Design and Copyright Publication
As part of their day-to-day work, architects, building designers and industry participants create and use a wide variety of copyright materials. New technologies and opportunities for work overseas make it more important than ever for architects and building designers to know how to protect their copyright. Read more.
National Honours Committee Meets for the First Time
Recognition & awarding of members -both within our organisation and outside our profession
The National Honours Committee (NHC) has been established after a wide callout to members, and we are pleased to announce the Committee membership is: Read more
SER Australasia - Launch of national Standards
SER Australasia is pleased to announce the launch of the National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia. These Standards have been designed to encourage all restoration and rehabilitation projects in Australia to reach their highest potential. They were launched last month - apparently it's a world first! Read more.
National Search for New Conservatory Design
A national competition has been launched for the design of The Ian Potter National Conservatory for the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The Conservatory will be a showcase for tropical Australian native flora, expanding the Garden’s capability to conserve and display the world’s most comprehensive collection of living Australian native plants, and a must see exhibition in the Gardens. Read more.
My Park Rules – National Jury meets
On Thursday last week the fantastic national My Parks Rules jury met and reviewed the 8 submissions from around the country. The jury included Lucy Turnbull, Sacha Coles, Mary Jeavons, Tonia Gray, Kylie Legge, Josh Byrne. Read more.
Help AILA Grow the Tree of Knowledge
We are currently compiling a comprehensive directory of links, articles, tips and tricks to help landscape architects in their day-to-day practice: our Tree of Knowledge. Read more
2016 National Architecture Conference
Adelaide, 28th - 30th April - Introducing special rates for AILA members. Read more.
International Cities, Town Centres Conference 2016
When we plan our places of tomorrow our challenge as city and place leaders is to not only understand what makes our places tick— and keep them energised— but to also look at future opportunities and challenges. Read more.
PIA Congress 2016
AILA has negotiated discounted rates for AILA members, who are now eligible for the Planning Institute of Australia member rates for the 2016 Planning Congress, held in Brisbane from 11-13 May, 2016. Read more.
Mount Ainslie Design Competition Announced
The Mount Ainslie summit is one of Canberra’s most iconic locations, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. Read more.
National President's Message - 29 February 2016
The Guardian Australia reported last week that Adelaide is pulling ahead of Sydney and Melbourne as Australia’s greenest city (“Australia’s greenest city: Adelaide pulls ahead of Sydney and Melbourne”, Friday 12 February). Read more.
Draft Standards Open for Comment and Ballot
You can view the draft and any incoming comments here after entering your Standards Hub login details. Read more.
National Honours Committee is being Established
Are you interested in how AILA recognises and awards members? Both within our organisation and outside our profession? Read more.
QUT Receives AILA Accreditation
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have been granted accreditation for the five years. This is a super result, and a significant one, because it is the first review that AILA has conducted under its newly reformed accreditation process. Read more.
National President Message - 2 February 2016
Holidays, for most of us anyway, are now probably a distant memory. If you’ll indulge me though, I’d like to share my experiences from my recent sojourn… Our recent family drive, the annual trip to Sydney and the Central Coast of New South Wales (to places with quaint names such as Woy Woy, Patonga, Pearl Beach and Budgewoi) from Adelaide, is a comforting reminder of the diversities of the Australian landscape. Read more.
New Draft Australian Standard AS1428.4.2
New Draft Australian Standard AS1428.4.2 presents severe challenges for the design of the public domain. Inform yourself now and comment or assist us before the 15th of February deadline. Read more.
Indigenous Landscape Architects Network
An international indigenous landscape architects network is being established. While there are only very few trained and practising at present, the network will help to build momentum and assist with mutual practice issues. Read more.
Lawn Solutions Australia Project Case Study - Riverside Green Playground Brisbane - 29 January 2016
The Southbank redevelopment project has seen ongoing activity since the devastating floods of early 2011. This was one of these jobs where timing became an imperative towards the end, with the turf establishment period given barely three weeks before mass-scale entertainment was planned for the site. Read more.
Inaugural Urban Timber Project Winner Announced - 11 January 2016
Nicholas Camerer, from Fremantle, WA, has today been announced as the winner of the inaugural intergrain Urban Timber Project. Read more.
National Presidents Message - 16 December 2015
In my role at the City of Adelaide I have been fortunate in recent days to hear directly from our Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, who attended the talks with South Australian Premier Jay Wetherill, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, about the hard work, tenacity, and exemplary efforts by many across Australia and the world to ensure a positive outcome from the Paris COP21 talks for the planet. Read more.
National Presidents Message - 7 December 2015
As I have noted in previous newsletters, cities are (still) back, baby. I was fortunate to attend the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Great Cities last week, coinciding with the first meeting of the new National Council in Sydney. Read more.
My Park Rules - Calling for Landscape Architects to Design the State Finalists
My Park Rules is a key initiative for AILA in building the profile of the profession and in stage 2, we need your help to take this to the next level. Read more.
A Helping Hand with Turf
Providing solutions for Landscape Architects has come a long way in a short time for AILA Corporate Partner, Lawn Solutions Australia. Read more.
Launching the National Landscape Architecture Awards
AILA's new awards program celebrates the depth of practice and contribution of the profession to society, and comes about after extensive research and multiple consultation rounds. Read more.
National Presidents Message - 23 November 2015
It has been a very tough week in Europe and further afield. The events in France continue to occupy our thoughts, and as a society we clearly abhor the violent and senseless loss of life. We stand with the people of France in solidarity. Read more.
National Practice Committee - Key Practice Requirements
On behalf of all AILA Members, the National Practice Committee has prepared a ‘Key Practice Requirements’ table. Read more.
World Leading Architect Amanda Levete Chooses Auswest Timbers for Melbourne's MPavilion
Stirling Prize winning architect Amanda Levete, the woman behind some of London’s highly anticipated and futuristic projects, has chosen Auswest Timbers for the flooring of her forest canopy concept for this year’s MPavilion in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Read more.
50th Anniversary of Education in Landscape Architecture at QIT/QUT
Have you studied in an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate course in Landscape Architecture at QIT/QUT or lectured, tutored, advised, or been involved with any of these courses? Read more.
The National Regional Working Group - Survey Results and Subsequent Actions
The National Regional Working Group (NRWG) was formed in March this year. The working group consists of up to eight AILA members, representing States/Territories, who work in regional Australia. Read more.
ADC Healthy Cities Summit 2015
Nine out of ten Australians, and more than half the world's people, now live in cities. People are attracted to the diversity and rich opportunities cities offer, in work, lifestyle, and entertainment. Read more.
2016 Living Cities Summit Announced
The inaugural Living Cities Summit will seek to explore, interrogate and advance the principles behind a living city, with international ARUP Fellow and Global Director, Chris Luebkeman (USA). Read more.
Street Furniture Australia's Selfie Contest Winners
Between lightbulb moments and deep thinking sessions, some 500 delegates of AILA’s 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture recharged at Street Furniture Australia’s pop-up This Public Life Park. Read more.
AILA New National Council
AILA is delighted to welcome seven new members to its Board, bringing with it a reenergised vision to empower landscape architects to lead the debate on living cities. Read more.
Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life Wrap Up
The diverse eleven-day program included a Conference, Research Summit, an Australasian Student Competition and the 2015 AILA Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards, along with numerous public lectures, tours, exhibitions, installations and screenings. Read more.
AILA's Charter for Australian Landscape Architects - Draft out for Comment
With AILA’s current strategy focusing on enhancing the profile of landscape architecture, it is timely to reassess the principles and their role in AILA policy and operations. Read more.
Landscape Architecture - A Profession of 'Place'
It is understood that if you organise a ‘gaggle’ of designers or planners to solve a mutual task, the number of alternative outcomes would be directly proportional to the number of participants - that is, if it was initially agreed amongst the ‘gaggle’ that there were no restrictions on alternative options. Read more.
Tag #LappsetAUBike for your chance to win a bike
To celebrate the launch of Lappset Australia's Twitter account, Lappset Australia is asking Festival delegates to tell us about your Festival experience for your chance to win your very own bike. Read more.
Families who Love their Park
We're looking for families across Australia (any urban area) that have children between five to 13 years old, that love their local parks or spending time outdoors - and would like to see more spaces to do so. Read more.
My Park Rules
Launching today, My Park Rules, a national competition driven by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) in collaboration with the 202020 Vision, will encourage school groups, parents and communities to submit their under-loved park for a transformation and a greener future. Read more.
PIA Announces Winners of Australia Award for Urban Design
Australia’s peak body for the planning industry tonight announced the winners of the 2015 Australia Award for Urban Design, with Western Australian projects and programs taking two of five main awards. Read more.
AILA's Draft Constitution - for your Review
The Constitutional Working Group ("CRWG"), supported by National Council, has been working over the last 12 months to review the AILA Constitution and bring it into full compliance with the Corporations Act. Read more.
AILA's Senior Practitioner Advice Service is now Open for your Enquiries
AILA is really pleased to offer our members a free solid professional support program. The Senior Practitioner Advice service provides expert practice ‘non legal’ advice to assist you in the running of your business. Read more.
AGM Notice to Members
The 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 16 October 2015 as part of the Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life at Deakin Edge - Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne. Read more.
AILA's Incoming National Council Announced
With the online ballot closing on 27 August, AILA received a strong response from Registered members who cast their votes for the 2015 National Council elections. Read more.
Funding Grants for Women in Construction and Engineering Sector
In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors. Read more.
Christchurch City Council - Request for Proposal
RFP for the Provision of a Spatial Plan for the Botanic Gardens Future Development Investigations and Consultations leading to the development of a Spatial Plan. Read more.
Kevin Taylor Legacy Website Launch
TCL are please to share with you the newly created section of our website and the home of the Kevin Taylor Legacy. Read more.
2015 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards Winners Announced
Winners of the sixth annual Intergrain Timber Vision Awards were announced at the Annual Awards Breakfast in Melbourne on 20 August, revealing a new vision for Australia’s building and landscaping industry. Read more.
AILA National Council 2015 Elections
As a new innovation for national council elections, AILA Registered members have the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidates online. Read more.
National Advocacy Committee Call for Comment on Position Statements
The National Advocacy Committee (NAC) strives to clarify and articulate AILA’s advocacy voice to assist it to achieve its vision and mission. Read more.
Introducing Jon Hazelwood: HASSELL Principal
On the face of it, a pop-up playground in Sydney, a one-kilometre long shopping mall in Seoul and a High Street in decline in Croydon, London don’t have much in common, Read more.
AILA's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
The AILA Strategy Steering Committee is pleased to launch AILA’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Read more.
AILA Work Experience Directory
A new gateway has been launched on our website to open the door to the next generation of Landscape Architects and support them in their journey from study to practice. Read more.
AILA's 2015 Salary Survey
Please take 5 minutes to fill in a very short survey about your salary and any additional benefits you may be receiving.This is hugely useful tool for all those in the profession, as it gives us the ability to take a snapshot of the salary levels around the country, and plot these against experience, geographic location, education and other interesting factors. Read more.
The New AILA Awards Program
We are very excited to share the proposed new awards program. The proposed new awards program addresses issues with the current program,and is designed to increase entries and expand the public understanding of the profession. Read more.
New CPD Policy and Guidelines
The National Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee is delighted to share with you the newly endorsed AILA CPD policy. Read more.
Australian Landscape Architects ABS Statistics
The National Public Sector Working Group (NPSWG) has retrieved some valuable data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which gives us valuable insights into the profession. Read more.
Green Infrastructure Research Project
A doctorate research project from UNSW is being conducted by Parisa Pakzad. This project aims to develop a new model for assessing the sustainability performance of green infrastructure. Read more.
AILA Participation on Technical Committee
Standards Australia has invited the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects to participate in the work of CS-037 Garden Soils and Potting Mixes. Read more.
Torrens Primary School Redesign Launch
Last week University of Canberra students and AILA CEO Shahana McKenzie led the reveal of landscape designs for an exciting, functional and safe new space to replace a currently underdeveloped courtyard at Torrens Primary School, in Canberra. Read more.
PLAY[ground] by HASSELL
HASSELL teamed up with not for profit organisation Archikidz on a playful project to make kids seen and heard in the city in June 2015. Read more.
Torrens Primary School Yard Redesign
To drive the creation of exciting, safe and functional outdoor spaces, AILA has teamed up with University of Canberra and Torrens Primary School to redesign and build the school’s under-developed courtyard. Read more.
Grant Funding Available to Local Councils - National Stronger Regions Fund
Mark Frisby AILA National President and Shahana Mckenzie CEO had a successful meeting with the Deputy Prime Ministers office last week. One item discussed was the National Stronger Regions Fund that is currently accepting 2nd round applications for funding. Read more.
Australasian Student Competition: This Public Space
This Public Space (TPS) calls on students across Australia and New Zealand to work in teams to develop innovative design and programming strategies that make public spaces more inclusive. Read more.
AILA Member Profile - Emma Appleton
For the next installment in our AILA member profiles, we have interviewed the Director of Victorian Design Review Panel of Victorian Government, Emma Appleton. Read more.
Release of Tender Update for LGP Contract for Professional Services
Local Government Procurement Pty Ltd (LGP) invites tenders for Standing Offers to supply: Professional Consulting Services. Read more.
IFLA Provides Full Support to Croatia
Landscape Architecture is a renowned and very well respected discipline recognized around the world as being essential to the creation of sustainable and resilient cities, towns and rural environments. Read more.
National Nomination Information Sheet
The 2 year term of the current elected National Council (Board) will conclude at the AILA AGM in October 2015. Read more.
AILA Member Profile – Simon Bradley
To showcase what it means to be part of the AILA community, we’ve interviewed a selection of AILA members on what they love most about the Landscape Architecture profession, their personal inspiration and why they’ll be renewing their AILA membership in 2016. Read more.
Landscape Architecture - a profession of the future
Landscape architecture has a very bright future in Australia. Landscape architecture is a growing profession that is integral to the planning, design and management of our cities and natural assets. Read more.
Call for 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture Creative Director
AILA is seeking expressions of interest from individuals, practices, schools of landscape architecture, or collaborative teams to take on the role of Creative Director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. Read more.
2015 AILA Membership Renewals
Thank you to members for their support of AILA and the profession of landscape architecture. We have had a fantastic year at AILA and without your support we would not be where we are today. Read more.
AILA FRESH SATCHEL SKETCH COMP
The SATCHEL SKETCH COMP invites students and graduates of landscape architecture to submit a digital sketch which incorporates the theme of this year’s Festival, This Public Life. Read more.
AILA Draft Strategic Plan
The draft AILA strategic plan to 2020 is now ready and we want your feedback! In 2014, National Council resolved to develop a clearly articulated strategic plan to communicate what AILA's future will be. Read more.
ASBEC Task Groups - Call for Interest
The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) is the peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia. Read more.
ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO Registrations Open
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has opened registration for its 2015 Annual Meeting & EXPO, to be held November 6-9 in Chicago. Read more.
AILA CEO Shahana McKenzie Sleeps Out for Vinnies 2015
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) are proud to be supporting the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Read more.
IGRC 2015 Post - Congress Review
The 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul has recently concluded, and with outstanding success. Read more.
Fairwork Ombudsman - Templates Available
Fair Work works with employees, employers and the community to educate and encourage compliance with Australia's workplace laws. Read more.
‘Top 3’ asks landscape architects 3 questions to help provide an insight into the profession. FRESH committee members Brittany Johnston and Stacey Edwards asked UTS Landscape Architecture Course Co-ordinator, Simon Kilban. Read more.
2015 Research & Student Summit - Call for Papers
For the 2015 Research Summit, we welcome contributions from students, researchers, practitioners and academics (including interdisciplinary submissions). Read more.
What the 2015/16 Budget Means for Landscape Architects
As we prepare for the bombardment of media analysis, winners and losers lists and political back and fourth, this is AILA's assessment of what the 2015/16 Budget really means for landscape architects. Read more.
Feedback on the Constitution - Final Call
The Constitution Review Working Group has prepared an Options Paper and that discusses issues and canvasses options for the AILA Constitution. We have received some great feedback – do you have any more? Read more.
Seeking Members to Assist AILA with University Accreditation Visits
AILA is establishing a National Accreditation Review Team (NART). The NART is considered a ‘register’ of members, rather than a national committee or group. It is from this NART, that visiting teams are formed which will make accreditation visits to Universities that are seeking accreditation for their program of landscape architecture. Read more.
AILA Partnership with SERA - New Standards for Ecological Restoration
AILA is working with the Society for Ecological Restoration (SERA) and 15 other Australian environmental NGO’s to create national standards and principles to guide ecological restoration. Read more.
Intergrain Timber Vision Awards Entries Open
The Intergrain Timber Vision Awards return in 2015 to recognise the inspiring use of timber in design. Entries are open to architects, building designers, builders, landscape architects, interior designers, young architects and other design professionals to showcase their visionary use of timber in residential and commercial design projects. Read more.
Standards Australia Draft for Comment
Australian Standards are proposing a range of revisions to the suite of Playground standards. AILA has a member on the Standards Committee CS-005, Fiona Robbe and we are seeking feedback from members to contribute to the evolution of these standards. Read more.
Senior Practitioner Service
AILA is rolling out a solid professional support program to our members in 2015 - a Senior Practitioner advice service that provides expert practice 'non legal' advice to assist you in the running or your business. Read more.
Christie Stewart Recipient of 2015 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award
Going where few landscape architects have gone before has landed Christie Stewart from the University of Western Australia the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award. Read more.
Profiling Landscape Architects – New National Campaign
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects is investing in a campaign to put the spotlight on creating fantastic spaces in schools, playgrounds, parks and anywhere between buildings to deliver better health, social, economic and environmental outcomes. Read more.
Acumen - AILA Member Trial Group
The AILA National Practice Committee is currently undertaking research to identify how AILA can support its practitioners best through the supply of knowledge and practice based notes and templates. Read more.
AILA's Refreshed DRAFT Accreditation Policy and Procedures
Earlier in 2014, AILA established a National Accreditation Framework Working Group (NAF WG), which has been working over the past ten months to review and revise AILA's procedures and standards for accreditation of first-professional degree programs. During this time, the accreditation of programs has been on-hold. Read more.
AILA is Establishing a National Education Committee
National Council recently endorsed the formation of a National Education Committee, and we are now seeking expressions of interest from members who wish to participate. The NEC will comprise of practitioners, academics and students of landscape architecture and will report directly to AILA National Council. Read more.
AILA Participates in World Wood Day
World Wood Day is a cultural event celebrated annually on March 21st to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness of the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. Read more.
Green Infrastructure as Important as Engineering Infrastructure in City Design: Conrad Gargett's Katharina Nieberler Walker
Katharina Nieberler Walker, associate at Conrad Gargett, was the lead landscape architect for the newly opened Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Read more.
Remembering Peter Boyle
Our friend and colleague, Peter Boyle, one of the founding directors of Verge, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday the 8th of March. Verge would like to thank everyone who has contacted us with their kind thoughts at this difficult time and we extend our sympathies to his partner, family, friends and colleagues. Read more.
Options Paper - Constitution Review Working Group
The Constitution Review Working Group has prepared an Options Paper and that discusses issues and canvasses options for the AILA Constitution. Read more.
Prominent Landscape Architect Honoured
Beth Wilson, Director, Wilson Architects, and the landscape architect responsible for some of Brisbane’s best-loved and most memorable landscapes, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Architect’s Queensland Chapter. Read more.
World Landscape Architecture Month
Help us join in the celebration by participating in the “Designed by a Landscape Architect” campaign. Read more.
#AreYouReady membership drive
The results are in! Welcome to AILA's 163 new members. Read more.
Update on the development of Principles and Standards for Ecological Restoration
The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) leads a network of environmental NGOs with a shared interest in biodiversity conservation. Read more.
ASLA Business Survey: Landscape Architectural Firms Gained Ground in 2014
Many landscape architectural firms viewed 2014 as an improvement from the previous year, but they still reported quarterly dips in billable hours and inquiries for new work in the fourth quarter, according to the American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA) latest Business Quarterly survey. Read more.
AILA Is Establishing a Regional Working Group
Recently National Council endorsed the proposal to establish a Regional Working Group, with the aim of reviewing current policy regarding AILA practice support. Read more.
Call for Entry - Australian Timber Design Awards 2015
The 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards are opening for entries on the 9 February. The awards are a national competition to promote and encourage outstanding timber design in the built environment professions. Read More.
Asia Pacific Design Library call for 2015 installation proposals
The APDL has just launched a Call for Proposals to design an installation for their Design Lounge at the State Library of Queensland. They are seeking proposals for an installation that explores the future of one of their areas of collection; better living, communication, design thinking, fashion or public places. Read more.
Susan Campbell Awarded OAM
Inaugural Australian Institute of Landscape Architects member, Susan Campbell for service to conservation and the environment. Read more.
IFLA Statement on President Obama State of the Union Address
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) voices its advocacy of the recent statements made by President Barack Obama and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in support of the landscape architecture profession. Read more.
Prof Ken Maher Appointed ASBEC President
Congratulations to AILA Fellow, Professor Ken Maher, who has been appointed the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s new President. Ken Maher of HASSELL is also a Professor with UNSW Built Environment and a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. Read more.
Wes Fleming Awarded OAM
Congratulations to supporter of AILA, Wes Fleming who was recognised on the Australia Day Honour List, by being awarded an OAM. Read more.
Overwhelming Response to AILA’s National Survey of Public Sector Landscape Architects Survey
AILA received an incredible 223 responses to the inaugural national survey of landscape architects actively working across all levels of the Australian government and public sector. Read more.
Five Architects Selected for Stage Two of the Design Competition to Transform the Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Sydney Modern Project will significantly expand the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ contribution to the culture, social life and economy of Sydney, Australia’s leading global city. Read more.
2015 Business Clean Up Day
Business Clean Up Day is an opportunity for organisations to become actively involved in a cleaning up their local environment. It's also a fantastic way to engage with staff, customers and the local community. Read more.
ASLA 2015 Call for the Professional and Student Awards
The American Society of Landscape Architects is excited to announce the 2015 Call for Entries is officially open for the professional and student awards, the premier awards program for the profession. Read more.
Design With Landscape new version and iBook available
50 years of case studies with illustrated processing in the Version 4 edition of the original book Design With Landscape - A Landscape Architectural World View by Bruce Mackenzie AM FAILA. Read more.
50th Year Steering Committee Update
The committee was formed in July of this year to facilitate a program of national events and initiatives to celebrate the upcoming momentous occasion of the 50th Anniversary of AILA, in 2016. Read more.
IFLA Book 2010-2014
The IFLA Book has been prepared by IFLA’s Immediate Past President, Desiree Martinez, and contains a collection of articles written by the previous IFLA ExCo and members who have actively contributed to the development of projects during 2010 - 2014, including the World Congresses. Read more.
Call for Celebration Creative - AILA's 50th Anniversary
AILA is seeking expressions of interest from individuals, practices, schools of landscape architecture, or collaborative teams to take on the role of Celebration Creative for the year’s activities, adding an overall thematic continuity to the anniversary approach. Read more.
Forecast Festival by AILA FRESH National
Representatives from AILA FRESH and University Landscape Architecture student groups from WA, SA, VIC, NSW and QLD were lucky enough to receive a sponsored invitation to the inaugural Forecast Festival of Landscape Architecture. Read more.
New AILA Practice Profiles
We are delighted to launch a new system for members to create and manage their practice profiles. AILA members working at practices can now create their own dynamic profile. Read more.
Residents Call for Improved Neighbourhood Design
Passionate residents around Australia have rallied together throughout November in an effort to encourage local councils to improve the design of neighbourhoods and civic spaces. Read more.
All Sectors Have a Part to Play in Building Australia’s Resilience
Industry, academia, the community and all spheres of government have an important part to play in increasing the resilience of Australia’s built environment. Read more.
British Council Launches Creative Innovation Initiative Across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the UK
A brand new programme from the British Council will give cultural innovators the chance to collaborate with peers across the world, hone their professional skills and see their ideas realised with special project funding. Read more.
Vale Prof Richard Clough AM FAILA (1921-2014)
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Richard (Dick) Clough passed away in his home on 4 December. Read more.
Call for Entries: 2015 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
The Awards recognise the efforts of private individuals and organisations that have successfully restored or conserved structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. Read more.
AILA Membership Campaign: #AreYouReady?
The campaign aims to entice new members and re-engage past members, plus celebrate the revitalisation of the organisation. Read more.
The Matter of Landscape: Sustainable Design Strategies for RMIT City Campus
Funded by the RMIT Sustainability Committee ‘The Matter of Landscape: Sustainable Design Strategies for RMIT City Campus’ led by Karolina Bartkowicz, Judy Rogers and Professor SueAnne Ware, links university operations, research, teaching and learning with community and industry engagement. Read more.
Fellows and Honorary Fellows appointed in 2014
AILA would like to congratulate members who were elected as Fellows, and welcome newly appointed Honorary Fellows in 2014. Read more.
Downtown Q Competition winners revealed
ASPECT Studios and McGregor Coxall have triumphed in the Downtown Q design competition. ASPECT Studios took out out first prize together with Colin Stewart Architecture and Stewart Hollenstein with their scheme, Rivertown: Queanbeyan 2025. Read more.
Victorian Landscape Architecture Award winners announced
AILA Victoria celebrated the 17th Annual State Awards on Friday 21 November with nearly 200 members, partners and guests in attendance. A heartfelt congratulation goes out to all of the 17 winner including the City of Melbourne who took out the Victoria Medal. Read more.
Place Makers and Designers wanted for Queens Street, St Marys
Penrith Council wants to hear from a Place Maker/Creative Designer or Landscape Architect interested in forming a team of specialists to deliver a new identity for the main street of St Marys. EOIs 15 January 2015. Read more.
Immigration Place Launches Design Competition
Immigration Place will be a commemorative place for all Australians to meet, celebrate and reflect on our immigrant heritage and collective achievements. Expressions of interest are currently sought from design teams. Teams must include a landscape architect who is a member of AILA. EOIs close Friday 12 December. Read more.
Doctoral Fellowship in Landscape Architecture: University of Florida
The University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) is now accepting applications for fellowship funding for PhD applicants commencing study in Fall, 2015. Read more.
Public Art Commissions: We Want You
If you are bold, innovative, full of imagination and life and work professionally within the areas of public art and design, then City of Darebin wants you. Read more.
Call for South Australian Design Review Panel Members
The South Australian Design Review Program is seeking new members for its Design Review Panel. South Australia’s Design Review Program is going from strength to strength with changes to the planning system in 2012 bringing design to the forefront. Read more.
Eco advocates call for a 20 per cent increase in urban green space by 2020
A coalition of urban designers, landscape architects and other organisations are calling for a 20 per cent increase in urban green space by 2020. Read more.
Abstract submissions close 14 Nov 2014 for International Cities and Mainstreet Conference 2015
This is your chance to profile your project, share and hear from others about how to transition our places into success stories.The organisers want to hear from you about your project achievements and challenges and how it's changed your place, town or city. Read more.
Update from AILA's National Public Sector Working Group
The purpose of this group is to represent the views and interest of Registered Landscape Architects working in the public sector. Initially, the group has been formed for twelve months with the specific objectives. Read more.
TCL launches ‘creative in residence’ program in memory of Kevin Taylor
Australia’s most highly acclaimed landscape architecture firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), has launched a new grant program for creative professionals in memory of founding director, Kevin Taylor (1953-2011). Read more.
New two-year Graduate Scholarship
The School of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University awards a new Graduate Scholarship for the purpose of supporting research in the area of transitional urban community-initiated spaces in Christchurch. Read more.
ASPECT Studios Joins International Professionals at the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress
ASPECT Studios Director Sacha Coles presented one of the keynote speeches at the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress held in Sydney. Read more.
Update from AILA's National Practice Committee
The National Practice Committee was formed this year to provide AILA members with the 'Nuts and Bolts' help in running a practice. Read more.
Built Environment Sector Calls for Distributed Generation Commissioner
Australia's peak body of organisations committed to a sustainable built environment has called on federal, state and local governments to work together to maintain the Renewable Energy Target. Read more.
Australia’s TCL Leads World in Landscape Architecture
Australian landscape architecture firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) has scooped one of the world’s most prestigious landscape architecture awards. Read more.