The Rodney O Beames Award is an initiative of AILA South
Australia and HASSELL
Ltd directed at the promotion and development of the excellence of art
in landscape architecture.
The South Australian Group of the Australian Institute of
Landscape Architects (AILA SA) and HASSELL Ltd are the sponsors of the
annual Rodney Owen Beames Memorial Award that recognises the commitment and
interests of Rodney Beames, a landscape architect who promoted the practices of
landscape architecture and, in particular, art in the landscape.
This Award is for excellence in Landscape Architecture and
is demonstrated in the Final Project of landscape architecture students at the
University of Adelaide. The Award applies to design and/or theory and is
specifically directed towards the debate and practice of art in contemporary
landscape architecture in Australia.
The prize includes:
- $1,100 (GST incl) consisting of $500 from AILA SA and
$500 from HASSELL;
- a student or graduate membership to AILA for one year, or
next year's membership if the recipient is already a member;
- a certificate from the President of AILA (SA)
The University of Adelaide Department of Architecture,
Landscape Architecture and Urban Design will nominate a short list of up to
three students to be considered for the Rodney Beames Award.
The judging process shall involve a verbal and visual
presentation to the Award Panel at ArtsSA at a date in November to be notified.
This will be a 10 minute presentation and 10 minute questions. The judging
panel is composed of representations from AILA, HASSELL and Arts SA.
Presentations should concisely address the judging criteria
in a format that the candidate feels best expresses their response to those
Terms of the Award
The Rodney Owen Beames Memorial Award will be judged
annually by the South Australian Group of the Australian Institute of Landscape
Architects (AILA SA) and HASSELL. The prize is awarded to a final project
student in either the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture or Master of Landscape
Architecture programme at the University of Adelaide.
The Award is an AILA SA initiative directed towards the
debate of the place of art in contemporary landscape architecture within
Australia. The Award is to be presented to a successful candidate in
recognition of their studies in this sector as part of their education in the
above programmes at the University of Adelaide.
The Award will be judged annually, unless there are
extraordinary circumstances. It is intended that the Award will be assessed
during November each year with specific assessment dates to be finalised by the
The assessment panel should comprise three members:
1. One member, the President or
President's nominee, who should be Chair of the assessing panel. The Chair will
be a corporate member of AILA, excluding University of Adelaide staff members.
2. One member who is conversant
with the public art realm.
3. One Registered Landscape
Architect from HASSELL.
4. A representative of the academic
staff of the University of Adelaide may attend as an observer
assessment panel will be briefed with all relevant material relating to the
assessment of the Award prior to the meeting with students. Criteria for
assessment should be based on the guidelines.
Chair will notify the AILA SA Executive of the decision of the assessment
assessment panel will form a decision as quickly as possible.
and part-time Final Year students who are permanent residents of Australia, who
are enrolled in either LARCH 5032 Landscape Architecture Project or LARCH 7020
Landscape Architecture Project (M) courses of the Bachelor of Landscape
Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture respectively of the
University of Adelaide are eligible for the Award.
SA will administer the Award and be responsible for arrangements for student
membership to AILA and the preparation and presentation of a certificate.
selection process shall involve a student presentation at a venue to be
professionally presented final project topic summary and statement should be
presented by each candidate. This should include, but not be limited to:
Philosophy: Personal philosophy of the candidate regarding the contribution of
contemporary landscape architecture as art of the environment.
Project Explanation/Summary: Contextual explanation of the project, its terms
of reference and site considerations.
Design Statement: Design philosophy statement explaining the nature and theory
of the design in relation to its creative qualities.
of selection of candidates
will review the material presented as outlined in 8.1. Assessment will be based
on this review and not, to every extent possible, based on panel members' prior
knowledge of the candidate and their work.
criteria for assessment emphasises:
1. merit of the design philosophy contained in the
successful demonstration of the development of contemporary landscape
architecture using art and science as a component of the design.
rigour and excellence of design resolution in the project, and its articulation
in the presentation.
The assessment panel will meet before the presentation to
clarify a common understanding of the assessment criteria, the assessment
programme and procedures and the assessment rating process. The panel will
assess the candidates with regard to all the assessment criteria. The panel may
discuss the candidate's presentation on its conclusion. However, discussion or
joint assessment, based on comparative judgements between candidates, should
not occur until all candidates have completed their presentations.
Presentation of the Award
Each year, AILA SA will publicly present the Award to the
recipient elect at either a formal ceremony or at the bi-annual AILA SA Awards
night, and the University will formally recognise the Award at its annual