Karl Langer Winner Interview
Presenting Taneile Nixon - Winner of the 2016 Karl Langer Award!
After her outstanding win, AILA Queensland spoke to her about what it means to be the recipient of the 2016 Karl Langer Award. Read the interview here.
President's Message - 20 February 2017
In this update:
1. What’s Up With the Conference?
2. Buildings That Breathe joint event
3. Happy 50th QUT Landscape Architecture!
Last week we ran our well attended Parks Forum on Fear in Public Spaces. Thank-you to AECOM for hosting us, and to our three terrific speakers. The event was recorded and will be uploaded to the AILA website. This will be a great way for our members outside Brisbane to access quality CPD content. We will keep you posted once it’s live, and we look forward to your feedback.
1. What’s Up With the Conference?
I’ve recently had a few members ask about the landscape conference that’s being held in May. This is an independent event with no connection to AILA: our Festival of Landscape Architecture will be held again this year in October, building on the success of the previous 3 years. There will be National Awards function, two days of conference, and a host of side events, all running 12-15 October in Sydney.
One of the cornerstones of AILA’s Strategic Plan is “raising the profile of the profession” and we think it’s just great that people are so interested in talking about landscape architecture!
2. Buildings That Breathe
Our next local CPD event is Buildings That Breathe, jointly delivered by AILA with Brisbane City Council and the Australian Institute of Architects. AILA Fellow Katharina Neibler-Walker will present case studies, including Conrad Gargett’s award-winning work at the Lady Cilento Hospital.
Se below for more details and booking information.
3. Happy 50th QUT Landscape Architecture!
This year marks 50 years since the establishment of the landscape architecture course at QUT. An evening of celebration is taking place on Friday 3 March, and I hope many of you will come along to celebrate this fantastic milestone. See you there!
Amalie Wright - President
President's Message - 6 February 2017
In this update:
1. Parks Forum: Fear in Public Spaces
Thanks to everyone who attended our CPD and networking events last week: we've had positive feedback. The Queensland Executive also held its first meeting for the year, and we enjoyed a really informative presentation by Clint and John from ACO, one of our terrific Corporate Partners. Our next event is sure to be popular, so read more below and make sure you book your ticket soon!
1. Parks Forum: Fear in Public Spaces
The Parks Forum has become a popular annual event for us, and this year's topic is sure to result in some robust discussion. When I was in Canberra for last year's Festival of Landscape Architecture it was impossible to miss the heavily defended street frontages of all federal government buildings. Since then there have also been proposals to restrict access to the lawns covering Parliament House. Register here.
For me, the greatest thing about the public realm in our cities and towns is that it is truly democratic space: everyone has the right to use, enjoy and experience the public realm.
This year's Parks Forum explores what happens when we start to fear the public realm.
Our first speaker, Assoc. Professor Winnifred Louis, from the University of Queensland will explore The Psychology of Fear. What are some of the natural and artificial cues that can make people more fearful in parks? What processes can make people more comfortable? Relevant cues include signals of threats and of resources for security, but also signals of who we are as park users, and of which activities and social standards are expected to occur or apply for park users.
Next, will be an examination of how we can apply this in practice, led by Shaun Walsh, AILA National Board Member. Speaking from the perspective of a landscape architect, Shaun will examine the practical application of the IED and Hostile Mitigation Place Guidelines to public spaces, including modeling up a theoretical scenario.
See below for more details. I hope you agree this is a important topic for landscape architects to consider, and I look forward to seeing you at an AILA event soon.
President's Message - 23 January 2017
In this update:
1. January/February Events
3. 2017 Festival of Landscape Architecture – Date Claimer
Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing break and are getting back into the swing of things without too much angst!
As always, AILA’s dance card for the year ahead is already filling up. Here are a few things underway at the moment:
1. January / February Events
The Small Business Network is hosting an evening networking event on 1st February at Darling & Co.
There will be a lunchtime CPD event on 2nd February at Brickworks covering certification in play equipment.
We will hold a breakfast CPD event on 16th February exploring Fear in Public Spaces. This event is being recorded for uploading to the website so it can accessed by members outside Brisbane.
Watch out in your weekly newsletters for more info on each of these events.
AILA and our members are involved in ongoing advocacy efforts. At the moment a working group is finalising a response to the Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan. Advocating to Government is one of AILA’s four strategic goals, and last year we provided a response to all major policies and drafts released for public comment.
The Cultural Centre Draft Conservation Management Plan has just been released for public comment and this will be discussed at our next Exec Meeting on Monday night, so we can make sure the right team is in place to draft this response. If you’d like to be involved please get in touch.
3. 2017 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture – Date Claimer
Make sure to mark your diaries for this year’s Festival of Landscape Architecture, which will be held in Sydney 12-15 October. The Festival includes the 2-day National Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards, student and public programs, tours and more – if the last 3 years are anything to go by it will be a huge success.
It’s great that the profile of landscape architecture is so high at the moment – Architecture Media also recently announced a landscape conference. We hope you’ll join your profession and your Institute in October to strengthen the influence and voice of landscape architects across Australia.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2017.
President's Message - 6 December 2016
In this update:
1. Year in Review
2. Christmas Parties!
3. 2017 Happenings
1. Year in Review
What a great year it's been for AILA - we certainly turned 50 in style! Prior to the Festival of Landscape Architecture I attended meetings with the incoming Board and my fellow State Presidents. We were briefed on the organisation's progress by CEO Shahana McKenzie. Amongst this year's highlights:
- AILA's membership is currently around 2,900, up from 1,200 in 2014, with an impressive 99% retention rate;
- we now offer practice support including a legal support line, senior practitioner's hotline and reduced rate accessed to Australian Standards;
- over 300 entries were received for the new Awards program, with 156 judged at the National level and 40 projects awarded;
- we released 9 endorsed Position Statements;
- the Festival was sold out, along with extremely successful side events;
- a new Constitution was adopted by the members, triggering elections for a new Board;
- successful university accreditation visits were conducted across the country; and
- the Living Cities event was held in Canberra, with State-based events either following thereafter or planned for the new year.
In Queensland we've also experienced membership growth, run over a dozen successful events, hosted the innovative livestreamed awards event, and welcomed our new State Manager.
2. Christmas Parties
Is it any wonder we are looking forward to these! AILA SUN, GOLD and NQ are already out of the blocks, with Brisbane following up this Thursday. There are still a few tickets available if you haven't booked yet. The Karl Langer Award for this year will also be presented, so as always, this looks like a night not to miss!
3. 2017 Happenings
Events calendars for next year are well advanced and we look forward to releasing details of the first events soon. We are also locking in dates for the Awards program. Planning for responses to several policies and projects of concern to our members is well advanced, and we will update you on progress.
AILA has made enormous progress this year - no wonder we’re all exhausted! I wish all our wonderful Queensland members a happy festive season, and look forward to continuing the conversation in 2017.
Amalie Wright - AILA Queensland President
President's Message - 22 November 2016
In this update:
1. Our new Fellows & Registered Landscape Architects
2. QUT News
3. Planning for the Year Ahead
4. Christmas Party
1. Fellows & Registered Landscape Architects
We recently gathered for the annual dinner honouring Queensland’s newest Members and Fellows of AILA. This year 12 men and women were successfully registered, and 2 honoured as Fellows. We were fortunate to be joined by representatives from both our State and National Corporate Partners, without whose ongoing support we just would not be able to deliver as many benefits to all our members. Photos from the evening are up on our Facebook page.
2. QUT News
This week brings the end-of-year Landscape Exhibition and Awards Presentations at QUT – always a great opportunity to see the work of our future colleagues! Later in the week a small group of final year students will present to the Karl Langer panel, and we wish them all the best. Please also take a moment to contribute to the planning for next year's QUT50 celebrations by visiting the web page curated by George Williams and adding your thoughts and reflections.
3. Planning for the Year Ahead
Our final Exec meeting for the year will be held next week, and we’ll be critically reviewing both our strategic plan and our calendar so we hit the ground running.
4. Christmas Party
Finally, I hope as many of you as possible are able to attend one the 4 Christmas parties taking place across Queensland over the next few weeks. They are always a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and celebrate the achievements of the year.
AILA has made enormous progress this year, building membership, celebrating 50 years of the organisation, ushering in a new Constitution, rolling out a new awards program and achieving unprecedented success in profiling and advocacy. No wonder we’re all exhausted!
Amalie Wright - AILA Queensland President
President's Message - 7 November 2016
In this update:
1. Our new State Executive members
2. Festival & National Awards wrap-up
3. Parks Changing Australia Exhibition
4. Upcoming Events of Note
5. Introducing Foreground
1. State Executive Update
I’m honoured to have been endorsed as State President, taking over from Shaun Walsh who has commenced his term on the Board. Shaun was instrumental in the reform process leading to the new AILA Constitution, and I know he’ll be a valued contributor to the new Board.
We are fortunate to have four new members joining the Queensland Executive: Ian Don, Amanda Larsson, Andrew Neighbour and John Wright. We’ll be introducing them to you in more detail over the coming months, and it’s a real testament to the energy in the profession that established and emerging leaders such as these are keen to be involved.
2. Festival & Awards Wrap-Up
It was fantastic to meet up with so many Queensland friends and colleagues in Canberra. I never imagined I’d sit in a room full of landscape architects tooting along on a party blower whilst ‘Happy Birthday dear AILA’ was gustily played on a piano!
A huge congratulations to all Queensland winners at the National Awards. In this first year under the new awards scheme we acquitted ourselves very well, with Queensland landscape architects receiving recognition in many categories.
3. Parks Changing Australia
Queensland is also well represented in Parks Changing Australia, a new exhibition just opened at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, with concurrent state-focussed exhibitions in Virgin lounges around the country. It’s great to see our profession being profiled so publicly, so get along and see it if you have the chance.
4. Upcoming Events
This Thursday brings our annual New Members and Fellows dinner. This is always a fun night, and a great opportunity to bring together our newest members and those with a long history of contribution.
Next Thursday is the inaugural meeting of the Small Business Network. This is a great member-driven initiative to support professionals in small practice. Further details below.
Finally, I hope you’ve had the opportunity to read some of the great content on Foreground, AILA’s new online platform, which was officially launched at the Festival. I’m honoured to be a member of Foreground’s Editorial Board, and whilst more information is coming soon to tell you how you can be involved, feel free to talk to me about any ideas of thoughts on topics Foreground should be covering.
Amalie Wright - AILA Queensland President
President's Message - 26 October 2016
This will be my last message as State President in order for me to commence duties as a Board member at the National level. Subject to National Board endorsement at its meeting this weekend, I can advise that we have taken the opportunity for a renewal of the State Executive, with 4 casual appointments being made to boost the ranks. Thankyou for your support over the last 15 months – the experience of State President will fundamentally inform my position on the National Board of Directors.
The Festival of Landscape Architecture and AGM commences this week in Canberra and look forward to hearing new ideas and talking to peers as part of the celebration of our 50 years. Good luck to members with submissions in the National Awards!
I am also pleased to announce the launch of the AILA Queensland Small Business Network on the 17th November. This new group, set up as a committee under the State Executive, will function as a peer network for small practitioners to communicate, share ideas and problems and participate in more structured learning suited to small business. The launch, as well as a social occasion, will workshop the goals and objectives of the network to inform the terms of reference moving forward. I invite all interested AILA members to participate in this new initiative.
Qld State President
President's Message - 11 October 2016
I am looking forward to attending Canberra later this month for the State Presidents meeting, onboarding session for new AILA Board Members, attending the Annual General Meeting for AILA, as well as the various tours and speakers for the Festival of Landscape Architecture in AILA’s 50th birthday. The collaborations and discussions that happen at these meetings and forums ensure a passionate and cohesive membership and aligned direction for our organisation.
If you are fortunate enough to use Virgin Lounges at Brisbane Airport check out the Parks Changing Australian Cities exhibition showcases ten of the best parks in Queensland that have transformed our cities. The exhibition will be hosted in the Virgin Australia Lounges from 17 October 2016 to 13 January 2017 and is a key program as part of AILA’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
AILA Queensland is exploring opportunities to support the newly created QUT Landscape Centenary Fund. The QUT Landscape Architecture program celebrates its 50 year in 2017 and the creation of this enduring fund will provide ongoing scholarships for students. More information on this exciting initiative will follow after the QUT launch on the 22 November.
Upcoming events to look forward to:
Wednesday 19 October - ADAC for Landscape... Let's Get Ready!
Thursday 10 November - New Members and Fellows dinner
Thursday 17 November - Q fresh - portfolio part 2, Brisbane
Thursday 17 November - Practitioners Network Group - new event! More details available soon.
President's Message - 28 September 2016
Firstly I want to acknowledge that I have fortunately been successful in securing a position on the AILA National Council/Board of Directors and will be vacating the State Presidents role at the AILA AGM in October. Thank you for your support, as per my election statement I am committed to helping to implement the new constitution and governance structure, started when I was previously on National Council from 2013 to 2015. The last period as State President has been invaluable in providing me with additional perspectives in the challenges and opportunities at the state chapter level.
Fortunately, current National Councillors Amalie Wright and David Hatherly have volunteered to step back into the State Executive once they stand down from their current roles of National Councillors. Subject to National Council endorsement, Amalie Wright has kindly volunteered to step in as State President, and this will see great stability and continuance in leadership for the state (thanks Amalie and David!)
It is a very exciting time for AILA and I hope to see you at the Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra in October, New Fellow and Registered Landscape Architects Dinner in Brisbane in November, and the Karl Langer Awards and upcoming Christmas parties in December. Details for all these events will be available soon on the AILA website.
Also a congratulations to the QUT ReGenerate Studio#2 of Landscape Architecture held at the New Farm Powerhouse recently. Thank you to everyone who supported this initiative.
A reminder if you haven’t already to renew your membership. We have become an energetic, enthusiastic organisation for landscape architects and your membership is valuable! Look out for your renewal notice in your email.
Lastly, the Milton Community Garden Association are in the process of designing the gardens at Gregory Park, Milton and are after a volunteer Landscape Architect to assist in design. If interested contact AILA Qld State Manager, Georgina to pass on details
President's Message - 13 September 2016
We have a lot of activity coming up in the final part of the year – make sure you get involved! It’s not too late to register for the Explore event tomorrow, when the design team from Lat27 responsible for the award winning Brisbane Ferry Terminals will take attendees on a behind the scenes walking tour of some of the terminals. On the 19 September, step out of the office for lunch to learn more about Water Sensitive Urban Design at this event we have Alan Hoban, Bligh Tanner and Jack Mullaly, Ideanthro teaming up with Austral Masonry and ACO Polycrete to bring you a CPD event on the good, the bad and stormy. This event is free for AILA members. These events are always a great way to catch up with colleagues and learn something new, I look forward to seeing you at one.
A message from iGuzzini
IGuzzini Light First – Turbot Street Underpass
President's Message - 29 August 2016
Thank you to everyone across the state who participated in the 50th birthday celebrations for AILA last Thursday. The documentary that chronicles the formation of AILA is a remarkable legacy item for the history of our organisation and I implore all landscape architects to watch this 14 minute film.
We were very fortunate in Brisbane to have Malcolm Bunzli and George Williams in attendance, who were two of the initial subscribers to the AILA constitution, and who feature in the film. Malcolm was the first qualified and practising Landscape Architect in Queensland, and member number 3 of AILA. Also a special recognition to Dr Catherin Bull who also feature prominently in the film sharing her experiences in the formation of AILA and the maturation of the landscape architecture profession.
As well as looking to the past, we also announced two new Fellows: with Andrea Kriss (nee Ryan) and Andrew Green now elevated to the highest level of membership. This was awarded in recognition of their sustained commitment to the profession and to AILA in their respective industries. Congratulations Andrea and Andrew and we look forward to celebrating this announcement with other Fellows, as well as recognising new Registered Landscape Architects at a function later this year.
In terms of the here and now I am also looking forward to the Techncial CPD event on WSUD on 19 September and Explore CPD event on the 14 September to look at Lat 27’s award winning Brisbane River Ferry terminal projects.
I am also hoping to see many of you in Canberra at the Festival of Landscape Architcture to ensure the 50th birthday celebrations continue!
AILA Qld President
President's Message - 15 August 2016
Happy 50th Birthday Australian Institute of Landscape Architects!
The 25th August 2016 marks the 50th birthday of the creation of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Our recently replaced constitution noted that Malcolm Bunzli and George Williams of Queensland were 2 of the original 9 subscribers to the original AILA Constitution. Malcolm was the National President from 1973 to 1975 and George Williams was the National President from 1979 to 1981. Thank you to Malcolm and Bruce, and also to all other founding members from Queensland who assisted with the formation of the AILA – what a fine legacy you have established for us!
Hopefully you can help celebrate this remarkable occasion at the Birthday party here in Brisbane. We will also be holding smaller satellite celebrations on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Townsville. Email email@example.com for details of these regional events.
This week we also have our next Salon event where Clint Wood, Director of Place Design Group will share insights into the changing built environment in China, new trends in consumer behaviour and how these are evolving design thinking on the urban and natural environments. Don’t miss out on this event at Place Design Group with , register here.
President's Message - 2 August 2016
It is very exciting that at the recent Extraordinary General Meeting the new AILA Constitution was passed by members. It is a new direction for our organisation, and hopefully will set a productive direction for the next 50 years, on our 50th birthday! A key difference will the appointment of only 5 Landscape Architect Directors, who will not be geographically based. It will be very important for Queensland members to consider who will best represent their interests on the National Council in the upcoming election. On a good point, State Chapters are now recognised in the AILA Constitution (not previously the case), which will achieve quality participation of Queensland n the governance of our organisation.
I look forward to seeing you at the 50th Birthday Party of the AILA at the Brickworks on the 25th August, with satellite functions in Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Townsville. The evening will be about social connections and celebration rather than too much formalities. We are planning to have a presentation of significant landscapes achieved by members as a backdrop to the function! Satellite events will be held in Townsville, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Details of these events to be released soon!
I also welcome the formulation of a new working group working as a sub-committee to the State Executive – Stuart Bull and Tobias Volbert have put their hands up (thank you!) to convene the Practitioners Network Group which will focus on events and networking for practical issues and small practitioners! Their first event will be announced soon!
The next Salon Event for practices is planned for Place Design Group at Gold Coast on the 18th August. I am sure this event will be as successful as the first event in Brisbane at Urbis.
Stay tuned for the upcoming CPD program for the balance of the year including an Explore Event for Award Winners, Technical Event based on Stormwater, and a Develop event based on business management.
Also thanks to Katharina Niebler-Walker for putting he hand up to represent AILA QLD at the Brisbane City Council review of Queens Street Mall tenancies – thankyou!
President's Message - 18 July 2016
Thanks to everyone who attended the the AILA QLD ACM on Monday 11 July. Please click here to access the State Chapter Presidents Report presented at the meeting. A massive thank you to all those contributing effectively to our profession through representation on committees or undertaking specific tasks! Thank you! It has been a good year of rolling our structure reform in accordance with the National Council, but we have a lot of work still to do!
It was a good farewell occasion to our former long standing State Manager Katie Roberson, but at the same time a great way to welcome our new State Manager Georgina Scriha. Georgina has already overseen her first CPD event last week and met many members. She will be spending time touching base with committee chairs and as many members as possible in coming weeks. Please make Georgina feel welcome in her new role! Georgina can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep the 25th August free in your diary – we are arranging a social occasion to celebrate 50 years of AILA!
President's Message - 5 July 2016
Firstly I enjoyed the AILA QLD Salon Event last week and Urbis Office in Brisbane City. It was great to see their offices, and hear about their projects. This is a new type of event that is being rolled out nationally, and I welcome other practices to open their doors to share their experiences in Salon Events. Thankyou Urbis for hosting first one in Queensland!
The Qld AILA Annual Chapter Meeting is at 5:30pm on Monday 11th July at the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre. It is a non –election year, and the State Executive will report to members on our performance against the AILA Queensland Operational Plan. It has been another very successful year!
The Qld ACM will also include a presentation on the proposed new Constitution which has been released for members review. Shaun Walsh the Qld State President has been working at the National level on the Constitutional Review for the last 3 years. Key points are:
- It is a fundamental reform of the Constitution to ensure it is aligned with Corporate Best Practice of efficient and effective organisations
- Directors will be reduced from 10 to 5, and will not be state based. There is the ability to appoint 2 no-executive directors with external expertise
- State Chapters are now formally recognised in the Constitution (not currently)
- Transparency and accountability to members is greatly increased, particularly processes for dissatisfied members to have issues considered by the Board of Directors
The Constitution forms the fundamental building block of a successful organisation and your detailed consideration of the new provisions as an AILA member is very important.
We will also farewell our current AILA State Manager Katie Roberson at the ACM! Farewell Katie and we wish you every success because you deserve it!
An Extraordinary General Meeting for Members has been called for 6:00pm Friday July 22nd, 2016 in Sydney for members to vote on the new Constitution. Members are also able to appoint proxies if they are unable to vote for the meeting. If successful we will see an election process for a new Board of Directors, planned in time for the Festival of Landscape Architect in Canberra in October
Brisbane City Council is currently in the initial stages of a public space and tenancy design review of the Queen Street Mall. Council has requested AILA nominate a representative for peer review during the design process. If you are interested please email Katie Roberson by Friday 8th with your supporting CV and the State Executive will review and appoint most appropriate representative.
President's Message - 20 June 2016
It is with melancholy that I advise that Katie Roberson has resigned from her position as State Manager. Katie has been an incredible force in AILA Queensland for the past 7 years and every AILA member I have met has remarked on her enthusiasm and commitment to AILA. Katie we will miss you – but you have many Landscape Architect friends across Queensland!
The Queensland Chapter AGM is to be held at 5:30pm on 11 Julyat the Roma Street Parklands Amphitheatre: It is a non voting year so the meeting will focus on accomplishments, opportunities and challenges from 2015/16.!
- We will also be using this occasion to formally farewell Katie and wish her well in her future endeavours
- We will also provide an update on the Constitutional Review Process which is about to be distributed to all members for review following adoption as a draft by National Council.
Please join us for the AGM!
Also we have receive further positive feedback about the digital broadcast of the AILA Queensland Awards – we had at least 8 remote sites tuning into the broadcast from across Queensland and they really appreciated the opportunity to join in remotely, and felt part of the award process! Renee Jezard from Vee Design in Townsville made the following comment about the live webcast, You guys did an excellent job. We had a great time. We had a few giggles in places too. Really enjoyed the popup radio station.
The media has also picked up the awards here in Brisbane and regionally in both print and radio outlets.
We have had favourable response to the proposal to commence a Practicioners Group in Queensland – thanks to those who have put their hand up to lead this group. Stay tuned for details!
Tomorrow night see’s the first of the Salon events with Urbis kindly opening their office, today is the last chance to register, please see below for further details.
President's Message - 6 June 2016
AILA Qld Awards
A very large congratulations must go to all those awards recipients at the 2016 AILA Qld Landscape Architecture Awards . The calibre of the work was extremely good and many thanks to those on the Queensland Executive and the Awards Jury who put so much time and effort into the event.
Our sell out awards ceremony as a cocktail function with professional MC was very well received with many participants noting that it allowed a lot more networking but also quality review of the entries. In additional we had many participants though the website on our live digital broadcast. Queensland was the first state to roll out the awards categories, and also the first to undertake a live digital broadcast so those members who can’t attend, or are in regional areas can participate. I am very proud of the innovative way this was all brought together. All award winners are now automatically entered into the 2016 National Awards!
Queensland Heritage Council
The Queensland Heritage Council are calling for nominations, the AILA Queensland Executive would be pleased to support a nomination. It is part of our advocacy strategy to ensure landscape architects are represented on government panels. If you would like to nominate for the Queensland Heritage Council please submit your CV and statement in support of your nomination to AILA Qld by 15th June, email to email@example.com . AILA Qld will choose one candidate for support
We would like to hear from interested members about establishing an informal Practitioners Network in Queensland. The idea would be an informal network of AILA involved in the practical and construction aspects of landscape architecture to meet to discuss, exchange information and perhaps inspect sites and hear form technical suppliers, but in a very social sense in informal venues. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org . and we will arrange a kick off social venue and meeting. The first meeting we might simply get everyone to introduce themselves and their background in 2 minutes in a relaxed venue to get interaction started
President's Message - 23 May 2016
I am looking forward to the awards on Friday 3 June I understand the jury has awarded 14 awards from the 42 entries which is definitely representative of the quality of the work. Well done to all entries!
Members and their clients can attend in one of 2 ways – either in person at the Awards Ceremony at the Brickworks Design Studio, or by logging into the live site on the evening to follow the broadcast. The live site allows members to host their own function in their own studios and events spaces, as well as allow regional members virtual attendance. This the first time we have tried this type of presentation, and hopefully the quality and level of digital interaction with live sites will grow in the future.
The state executive are also planning the “Living Cities” summit as a key advocacy project with attendance from key leaders from local, state and federal government to discuss the role of landscape architecture in creating living cities. These forums will also be rolled out in other cities.
The Australia’s Best Playground finalists have now been confirmed with the winner being announced on Monday 30 May. Good luck to all entries submitted by consultants and voted by the public. This is another great profile raising activity by AILA to assist the general public understanding of the role of landscape architects.
President's Message - 27 April 2016
Firstly congratulations to Natalie Ward for her successful nomination to the Qld Government Urban Design and Places Panel. Natalie’s nomination was endorsed by AILA QLD, and is a key example of recent advocacy work by AILA to ensure landscape architects are represented at the design leadership levels in government.
Recently in Queensland we convened an Advocacy Sub-Committee and a Membership Working Group to support the State Executive. The Advocacy Sub Committee has recently been very active in introducing the role of landscape architects to Mayors in larger local governments in Queensland, and as a consequence has successfully secured commitment to meetings in the near future to further discuss the role of landscape architecture in achieving quality public space outcomes for our cities. The Advocacy Sub Committee will also be responsible for co-ordinating responses to draft plans and strategies prepared by Government on behalf of AILA in a professional and co-ordinated matter and assist in the profile of our profession to policy makers. If you see a state government or local government plan or strategy that you think AILA should responding to, let Katie our State Manager know so we can co-ordinate.
The Membership Working Group is going on a road show, inviting themselves to practices to present and discuss “Modern AILA” and outline to members and non-member landscape architects, the key aspects of the new organisation, using the website as a portal. AILA has been through an incredible transformation over the last 3 years, and this presentation is intended to showcase contemporary attributes of the organisation for full awareness. The session is only for 30 minutes, and can fit into morning tea, lunchtime or after work to minimise disruption. If you would like the Membership Working Group to visit your practice, let Katie or I know and we will schedule it in!
President's Message - 12 April 2016
A reminder that entries into the AILA QLD State Awards close this Thursday 14 April. The new format and categories for the awards are designed to provide profile for our profession and our excellent work.
In addition there are a number of QLD entries already in Australia’s Best Playground Competition!
View them and vote by clicking here
The State Executive has also been busy establishing and refreshing our supporting subcommittee structure. Terms of References have been prepared for the active Regional Landscapes Group. The new Advocacy Sub-Committee has been formulated and have proactive during and post the local government election process. Recently a Membership Working Group has been established, with the intent to roll our membership presentations to practices across Queensland.
Upcoming CPD includes a presentation on the West End Green Space Strategy on 26 April, prepared as a community exercise by a number of our members as well as the Segmental Retaining Walls on the 28th April.
Finally the interview process for Registered Landscape Architects this week, and panel members are looking forward to growing our membership!
Watch this space on further information on how you can celebrate the AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Awards no matter where you are based in QLD.........
President's Message - 14 March 2016
Firstly, congratulations to Dr Catherin Bull for appointment to the Chairperson of the South Bank Corporation, announced by the Deputy Premier in early March. Having an urban planner and landscape architect in the key leadership position for prominent is a remarkable outcome for the design professions in Queensland. Well done Catherin and I am sure all Landscape Architects in the state wish you every success.
Secondly, congratulations to Tobias Volbert, our latest Registered Landscape Architect in Queensland through the senior registration process. Welcome aboard Tobias.
I am looking forward the AILA Fresh Speed Networking event this Thursday evening. This evening provides for a structured networking session for younger professional to meet and learn from more experienced professional
Entries are now open the 2016 Qld Landscape Architecture Awards, as previously mentioned we are rolling out the revised format and categories. Shannon Satherley, AILA Qld Vice President is the Jury Chair, and I am also pleased to mention that our interstate representative is Mark Frisby from Victoria, immediate past National President of AILA. Please click here to see a complete list of the 2016 jury. Nominations close on the 14th April, and we are in the processes of arranging revised format for the Awards Ceremony including broadcast of the ceremony of a live site, so people from across Queensland can participate in their local areas with their own functions. More on this later including suggestions for fun local events.
We are also delighted to announce a new State Supporting Partner iGuzzini lighting with particular concentration on the Qld Awards, please see more about this exciting partnership below. We are delighted to have these new sponsors on board to support the activities and profile of landscape architects.
President's Message - 1 March 2016
March sees the commencement of the CPD program in earnest, with CPD events across the state including:
- Beautiful Parks, Brisbane, 2 March
- Timber Specification, Sunshine Coast, 3 March
- Design and Governance, Gold Coast, 15 March
- AILA Fresh, Speed Networking, 17 March
Make sure you participate – late booking may be available!
We will be arranging for the audio recording and presentations of the Beautiful Parks event to be posted to the AILA Website as a first for QLD CPD and benefiting regional members.
The state executive has also been preparing budget submissions for the 2016/17 financial year. We are budgeting for additional administration resources to support our regional members and groups in Queensland. Recent analysis of membership data shows that over 20% of our members are regionally based (outside of Brisbane)!
Get on board with the new Award process with submissions closing on Thursday 14 April 2016. The awards programs including categories have been revamped and Queensland is the first off the rank to implement. We will hopefully se greater focus on our clients, specific project categories as well as media coverage arising from the Award Program.
Finally the State Executive is seeking participation on two sub committees to support State Executive and National Council activities. The areas we seek the most contribution is Advocacy Committee and Membership Committee. If you are interested please contact the Queensland State Manager.
The Regional Landscapes Group will also continue its valuable work, which is contributing valuable information at the national and state level
President's Message - 1 February 2016
Welcome to 2016! I am pleased to announce that Queensland will implement the new AILA Awards program over the next few months. As well as capitalizing on the new Awards categories to maximize exposure of landscape architecture for our clients and to the general public, it will allow winning entries to be considered for the AILA 50 National Awards later this year. The first entry from every practice is free to help energise the new Awards process. The State Executive are in the process of selecting the jury at the moment.
2 March will see our first DISCUSS event for the year with a theme of beautiful parks, including a presentation on the plans for Howard Smith Wharves Parklands in Brisbane, as well as a presentation on the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Park and the relatively new Songdo Central Park in Seoul, Korea. This CPD presentation will be captured digitally and be available online for all our members as part of our commitment to regional members and on-line CPD capture. Stay tuned for details
AILA Gold have two exciting events coming up, the first Knox Park- Murwillumbah - On site with Ian Bentley, February 18 - 7:30am - (QLD time) and Design & Governance in QLD - Joint PIA & AILA Event
Gold Coast, please see website or follow links in the newsletter to register.
In the near future the QLD Executive will be seeking members to join 2 sub-committees being the Qld Advocacy Committee and the Qld Membership Committee. These committees will complement the exceptionally good work already being accomplished by the Regional Landscapes Working Group.
President's Message - 16 December 2015
Firstly Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I wish you a festive and safe season with family and friends and look forward to seeing you in 2016.
The AILA QLD Brisbane Christmas Party was a great occasion and congratulations to the all the nominees for the Karl Langer Award. The work from nominated QUT students was exemplary. A special congratulations to Emily Colling the 2015 Karl Langer Award winner.
As I mentioned at the AILA Brisbane Christmas Party – thank you to all Landscape Architects for your work in 2015. In the struggle of client briefs and budgets it is sometime difficult to remind ourselves that our profession is managing the world’s landscape and solving contemporary problems like no other profession can. Keep up the passion!
Also special thank you to our State Manager Katie Roberson, and all the AILA National Office staff for their fantastic support work in 2015 for our members. They do a great job! Thank you!
The year 2016 and 2017 are going to be significant years for AILA QLD – with 2016 being 50 years anniversary for AILA, and 2017 being 50 years of landscape architecture at QUT. The 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra will be a great celebration of our profession.
In additional the State Executive has recently released its Operational Plan for 2016, with key focus areas including:
- digital capture of CPD programs for easy distribution to all members
- roll out of the refreshed Awards Program
- better focus on advocacy
- better co-ordination with regional groups
- seeking increased income to be able to offer additional support to regional members
The refreshed Awards program is critical to the profile of the Landscape Architecture profession, with new categories better aligned to our clients and media profile. In order to encourage submissions under the new platform, the first entry from every practice will be free of charge. I look forward to your participation in the 2016 Awards program and we will work hard to capitalise on profile opportunities aligned with the new categories.
President's Message - 23 November 2015
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming AILA Christmas parties I aim to attend the Brisbane and SunCoast functions! Get your tickets now!
The consultation period on the draft Constitution closes soon and as most members are aware I have been involved in the Constitutional Review Working Group in recent years. The proposed platform provides a contemporary way for AILA to go forth in managing the affairs of the company and its members. Please ensure you avail yourself of the proposed significant changes including: removal of geographic distribution of Board Members; reduction of member appointed Board members from 10 to 5; opportunity to appoint independent up to 2 Board members; and flexibility in determination of membership categories to allow a broader membership base. The draft constitution is also much clearer in processes, including voting and ability for members to raise issues and obligations for Board response to matters raised.
Hopefully this evening the QLD AILA Executive will be endorsing our Operational Plan for the next 2 years and I look forward to distributing it to QLD members. This operational plan responds to the AILA National 2020 Strategy, with specific actions responding to the priority themes of Membership, Profile, Advocacy and Sustainability. Our Executive will use this plan to focus and prioritise our activities to ensure delivery of specified outcomes.
Last Tuesday evening I attended the QUT Landscape Architecture exhibition, including presentation of student awards. This presentation also coincided with the AILA Accreditation visit to QUT. The quality of the students work and the organisation of presentation ceremony were excellent and AILA Qld looks forward to a continuing quality relationship with QUT, and to collaborate on the presentation next year. Well done QUT!
The week before I attended the AILA Landscape Technical talk on Barangaroo. This series sponsored by AILA National Partner Austral Bricks and Austral Masonry was exceptionally good, with the Landscape Architect Maria Rigoli, Landscape Architect at JPW documenting the project from planning through to completion stages. It is a compelling recreation of a Sydney Harbour foreshore headlands and remarkable in its landscape scope. Definitely on the visit list next time in Sydney!
This week I am flying to Korea accompanying my partner on business. As well as eating kim chee a highlight of my visit will be to visit the innovative Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration. This project demolished a freeway and daylighted the original waterways and activated the public space. A great lesson for Queensland in this project! Our AILA website is now able to readily host online presentations as part of our commitment for online CPD it is my intention to compile a presentation for posting – hopefully as a catalyst for regular use and distribution of CPD material in freash ways using our available technology.
President's Message - 26 October 2015
The week before last saw many Queenslanders attend the Festival of Landscape Architecture “This Public Life” in Melbourne and the program of core and fringe festival events was engaging. I found the work presented by Norwegian Landscape Architect Jenny B. Osuldsen of Snøhetta to be inspirational, as well as the words of New Zealand Christchurch Academic Jacky Bowring on how to approach sadness and melancholy in landscapes particularly compelling.
Congratulations to New National President Daniel Bennett. Daniel is a passionate advocate for AILA and has my confidence that he will continue the reform process for our profession from the platform of his existing work on the Board over the last two years!
The simultaneous meeting of State Presidents and Managers across Australia was great for co-operation building – I know what the Presidents and Managers look like rather than speaking on the phone! It was particularly good for me personally to catch up with Victorian State President Emma Appleton – Emma introduced me to Landscape Architecture when we shared an office in Nambour for the local Council in the mid 1990’s. I was the town planner who sat in the corner looking over at the interesting work of the LA’s thinking I want to do what they are doing!
Tonight our State Executive is hosting the AILA CEO to assist in realigning the State Chapter to meet the AILA National Strategy, with a particular focus on the priority areas of Advocacy and Profile building. For this we will prepare a State Operational Plan that will articulate our strategies and actions over the next 2 years as a State Chapter.
Landscape Architecture events coming up:
Q Fresh: ON Site Construction Series 29 October 2015 @ 4 pm - Register now
$10 for member students Register now at www.aila.org.au
Qfresh will be holding a BBQ to explore the completed Riverside Green Playground in the South Bank Parklands, Brisbane.They will discuss the design and construction process, the lessons learnt, test out the play equipment and enjoy a sausage sizzle and refreshment.
QLD Landscape Technical: 5:30 to 7:30pm: 5th November, Austral Brickworks, 27 James Street, Fortitude Valley
FREE for members: Register now at www.aila.org.au
Barangaroo: Maria Rigoli, Landscape Architect at JPW will provide an overview of how she led her team across the eminent project, Barangaroo in Sydney. Barangaroo is said to be Sydney’s last CBD waterfront development, and will reshape Sydney’s headland into a residential, commercial and recreational precinct with over 75,000 native plants, unique tidal pools and walking and cycling tracks open to the general public.
QUT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE END OF YEAR EXHIBITION & STUDENT AWARDS CEREMONY Tuesday, 17 November 2015 from 5pm to 8pm QUT - Gardens Point D Block - Level 1 and 2 Invitation Only
President's Message - 12 October 2015
I am looking forward to attending “This Public Life” Festival of Landscape Architecture in Melbourne later this week, and hopefully mixing with plenty of landscape architects from Queensland! I am not looking forward to the cooler weather though as we have had stunning weather around Brisbane lately and I am definitely a subtroppo climate person!
As part of the Festival I will be meeting with the recently elected other state presidents and it will be a great opportunity for networking and figuring out how we can all work together for the benefit of our profession.
Also in my final acts as Company Secretary to the National Council, we will be conducting an on-boarding induction process for new National Council members, as well as conducting the Annual General Meeting that all members are encouraged to attend. In addition I will be hosting an information session on the draft Constitution that has been released for members comments. This session will be recorded and uploaded for all members to access via the website. With the permission of the incoming National Council I intend to continue with my involvement on the Constitutional Working Group, but as a state representative.
The last 2 years on National Council have been challenging but immensely rewarding as we reinvigorate AILA. I am looking forward to being free after the Annual General Meeting to devote time to just the State Presidents role (time for a bit of regional parochialism at last!) I am very encouraged by the calibre of the incoming National Council, with 2 excellent members from Queensland being Amalie Wright and David Hatherly
Also a big thanks to members who have recently worked on reviewing and making submissions recently on new public policies and design proposals! This is hard work to review the material, develop the submissions, and undertake consultation with interested members, but it is essential to the profile of our profession that we remain “at the table” as a key industry group that should be consulted on such matters!
President's Message - 28 September 2015
Hello QLD AILA members.
There are some great professional activities this monthand I encourage you to get involved. This evening in Brisbane the State Executive is hosting the AILA CEO for a joint workshop on advocacy and profile. We are looking forward to embarking on a co-ordinated action plan! At 6.30pm onThursday evening 1 October QUT are hosting Francesca Veniee of Topotek at D301. What a great opportunity to gain a global perspective on contemporary design. At 4pm on Friday 2 October, our national partners Lappset and Sureplay are hosting AILA Fresh and all members to a site tour of recently installed Parkour equipment at Brisbane Grammar School. Complimentary drinks and nibbles follow at the Normanby Hotel!
Explore event of the new Orion Lagoon at Springfield in Ipswichis being held on Thursday afternoon 8 October. Tickets are still available for the "This Public Life" Festival of Landscape Architecture in Melbourne from 15-18 October.
I am also very pleased to announce that the new draft AILA Constitution is being released to members for review this week. This has been nearly 18months of work by the working group (which I am very proud to be a member of!) and proposes fundamental changes to the governance of our organisation to ensure it is consistent with the Corporation Act, and AILA be managed in a more contemporary manner aligned with best corporate practice. This draft will certainly receive a lot of feedback, with workshop planned at the Festival of Landscape Architecture to explain the proposal. This workshop will be filmed and be available to all members on the website. Hopefully the start of regular digital capture of CPD and meetings for efficientdistribution to members not able to make sessions.
It is intended that the new National Council will review feedback early next year, with an Extraordinary General Meeting planned for March 2016 for endorsement by members. The constitutional review is a fundamental part of the exciting new direction of AILA, and your participation as an AILA member is vital!
Happiness to all.
AILA QLD President
President's Message - 14 September 2015
Firstly congratulations to Amalie Wright and David Hatherly on being elected to the National Council- it will be great having two appointments from Queensland! The incoming National Council are all of a very high calibre and wonderful to see it will be proceeding in such great hands. Amalie and David will be sorely missed in the Queensland Chapter Executive!
On Friday I joined Richard Kirk, AIA State President, Chris Warnock, Engineer Australia State President and Nicole Webb, PIA Representative for the judging of the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards. It was a very interesting day visiting and judging a series of projects across the Gold Coast and a lot of really good design discussions focussed on Queensland.
AILA has recently launched a work experience directory which provides high school students with the opportunity to search for work experience within landscape architecture firms. The directory allows students, career advisors and parents to search by location or practice name and provides them with contact details for all of the practices offering opportunities. If your practice currently offers work experience opportunities for high school students or would be interested in doing so please click here for more information. If you have any questions please contact the national office on 02 6248 9970 or email@example.com’.
On Friday 18 September I have been invited by Brisbane City Council to judge the best Brisbane “Parking Day” Installation. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where teams of creative people transform on-street car parking spots into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy for the day.
On the 28 September the QLD Chapter Executive will be hosting the AILA CEO for a workshop meeting focusing on profile and advocacy. We are anticipating some good initiatives to be generated from this session!
Come along to the Explore Event on Thursday 8 October : Join the design team in a walk around the FANTASTIC Robelle Domain Parklands: Orion Lagoon. Bring your hat and be prepared to be tempted to dip your toes in!!!
President's Message - 31 August 2015
The New Fellows and Members dinner was held on Thursday 20 August in Brisbane. It is a great occasion to welcome new Registered Landscape Architects and Fellows, and the meeting of the “new” with the “experienced” is a great meeting of the minds and ideas. Congratulations to all!
I am looking forward to the AILA QLD Learn Session on “Fundamentals of Contract Administration” held by Graeme Fletcher on the 17th September. Quality contract administration on our projects is critical to quality outcomes and deserves high focus in our CPD program to ensure our “design dreams” are realised on the ground.
It is great that Eureka hosted AILA Fresh Construction Series at the playground project under construction at South Bank Parklands on 17 August. Thanks to AILA Fresh for arranging and Eureka for hosting, it is beneficial for students to see real construction projects underway. I can assure you that the quality concrete formwork in this project is worthwhile looking at alone.
Thanks also to those who participated in the AILA QLD Legacy project workshop. There were some great ideas realised, which will help inform a budget bid for 2016. Keep an eye out for additional workshops and draft ideas, as all ideas are welcome!
We are looking forward to the AILA CEO Shahana McKenzie being in town on the 28 September where the AILA QLD Executive will jointly participate in a session to improve our Profile and Advocacy work, in alignment with National AILA 2020 Strategy. This will be a great opportunity for our new state executive to focus our activities over the next 2 years of our term!
President's Message - 4 August 2015
The process for the election of our new National Council has commenced – this time we are able to undertake this process electronically as a result of the investment by National Council in a web based content management system (it is not “just” a website. I have already voted and I can assure that it is easy to use.
We are very lucky to have 2 candidates based in Queensland who will make great National Councillors if elected – Amalie Wright and David Hatherly. But please read all the biographies on nominations on the website and vote for the candidates who you think will best represent AILA interests. The most important thing is to vote!
National Council has recently endorsed a new draft Awards Program and Categories for members feedback. The realignment of the Awards Program is all about how we can align recognition of our best work with increasing our profile to the media and clients. I am very supportive of the draft program, and welcome your views and thoughts to help refine. National Council hope to have the Award Program implemented in time for the Festival of Landscape Architecture in October.
Our new State Chapter Executive had a great meeting last week which used as an induction to ensure we are aware of our roles and responsibilities, as well as being aligned with National Council Strategies. We also started to formulate our priorities as a State Chapter Executive, which will be aligned with the National Council focus on profile and advocacy
And don’t forget – upcoming CPD and other events:
20 August - New Members and Fellows Dinner
17 August - QFresh Construction Tour
17 September - National Seminar Series
President's Message - 20 July 2015
Greetings from holidays in Surfers Paradise. I can’t think of any other surf beach location in the world that has a light rail system to get you around and we have used it everyday to get from Broadbeach to Southport and back again, and not used the car once. It is a remarkable transformative project for the Gold Coast and congratulations to all the landscape architects involved in its delivery – I know it’s been around for a bit but this is the first time I have used it.
I was fortunate enough to attend the recent National Council meeting in Darwin and managed to squeeze in technical tour of the Darwin Waterfront park and got some great learnings in in how to manage crocodiles and box jellyfish in outdoor swimming pools in our tropics! There is a lot of great information in the management of tropical landscapes that can be shared between QLD, NT and WA.
The “Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Public Life” in Melbourne in October is shaping up to be a very exciting program and I can recommend the trip south to attend. The inaugural festival in Brisbane last year really set the benchmark for the new AILA conference format as a festival and this second year event looks to be even better.
At a local level would like to invite you to a QLD AILA Legacy Project brainstorming session on the 18th August at QUT. Due to the exceptionally good management of AILA QLD over recent decades we have the opportunity to reinvest in landscape architecture, which also coincides with 50 years of landscape architecture. All members welcome to attend and contribute.
Shaun Walsh - President Message. 7 July 2015
I look forward to being the AILA QLD State President over the next 2 years. Just so you aware I am still Company Secretary to the AILA National Council, but will be stepping down in October after 2 very interesting years of transforming AILA. It will be great to continue this work at the state level. I intend to keep working on the National Constitutional Review Working Group, and there will be lot more on this in the coming year. As stated at the recent Chapter Committee meeting my priorities are:
- an improved and efficient CPD Event program, with particularly emphasis on a more cost efficient model, as well as capturing it in digital format so it can be used online with our regional members. This is consistent with National Council priorities
- capturing opportunities to having landscape architecture representation on panels and an efficient constructive submissions by our members on design matters seeking public review
- working toward a vastly improved profile associated with the next AILA QLD award process time. The expected rejig of categories at the National and State level will mean award that are attuned to general public and media interest. We need to organise our media sources to capture this information and promote it to a new level
Look forward to meeting you and talking further!
PLACE+ Beerwah Site Visit, 13 November 2014
Over 40 LA’s came to Beerwah to find out about the award winning place making project recently completed by the Sunshine Coast Council. The council deeply engaged with this community to get their town back on its feet, creating a council and community action plan first, rather than the normal starting point of a masterplan. Within this holistic approach the community felt great ownership, evident in the artistic design outcomes of local stories about yabbies, tobacco, eagle, pineapple crates, the CWA and timber getting. A completely locally native plant palette was selected from the local RE systems, to bring the bush into the town. Steam punk art by Russell Anderson and local artist Hew Chee Fong contribute to a rich visual experience celebrated by the rustic timber Town Green structures linking Australia Zoo to the rejuvenated town centre of Beerwah.
Gold Coast G:Link: Light Rail Lessons Learnt presented by Gerard McCormick and Rachel Rae
Place Design Group kindly hosted the Gold Coast G:Link Light Rail Lessons Learnt presentation on Wednesday 12 November 2014 facilitated by AILA Gold. We were excited to see many of the local Landscape Architects and allied professionals attend.
Thanks to Gerard and Rachel for sharing their experience in such an important project for the City of Gold Coast. Hearing them speak about the tender, design and implementation process, framed around challenges, successes and lessons learnt really opened up a good discussion between all those that attended.
We look forward to meeting up again at the Christmas party on the 10th of December at the Helm Bar in Surfers.
A 2015 Calendar shall be out soon and we hope that our local community grows and develops with lots of exciting events coming up.