WE-EF LIGHTING Landscape Architecture After Dark


WE-EF LIGHTING's Landscape Architecture After Dark is an inaugural national competition held in 2018 to recognise and showcase the very best of landscape architectural lighting design, enabling registered landscape architects to submit their project designs to win national recognition and incredible prizes from WE-EF.


Selected by People’s Choice and an expert jury, the winning entrant will receive an all-expenses paid trip to WE-EF LIGHTING Design and Manufacturing Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, in February 2019, courtesy of WE-EF LIGHTING.


Linda Corkery FAILA, National President - AILA 

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


Peter McLean LFIES, FIE, Founder of Lighting Art + Science

Peter's nearly 40 years of experience is an invaluable resource. He has lectured in Lighting at University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and City University, Hong Kong. Throughout his career Peter has been involved in a wide spectrum of projects from public domain lighting, museums and heritage buildings to high end commercial and luxury hospitality. Peter has a particular interest in the urban environment and public domain lighting that creates night environments that are visually interesting, stimulating and comfortable to experience and has designed the external lighting ranging from many major urban developments to small imitate spaces. Peter has worked with many artists on the lighting and integration of lighting on major public domain artworks and fountains. Peter has been a judge of the Australian and New Zealand lighting awards for the Illuminating Engineering Society since 2012.


Nathalie Ward FAILA, Director, Lat27 


Nathalie is a Director of Lat27 a creative practice that delivers solutions grounded in the realities of place, time and people and the practical application of innovative thought. She is passionate about the role that design can play in creating sustainable and meaningful places that inspire the people who use them and demonstrate a longer-term view. Her experience working in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Australia over the last 25+ years has given her a deep understanding of culture and context that enhances the projects she is involved in. Nathalie is a panel member of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel and Brisbane City Council’s Independent Design Advisory Panel. Nathalie was awarded a Fellowship from AILA for her contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession in September 2017.


Daniel Firns AILA, Design Director, UDLA 

Daniel has over 17 years’ experience as a practicing Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with a strong concept design and ideas focus.He works with a sustainable approach to design that seeks to address the social, economic and environmental imperative of a place. He has developed his interest in design process through both his professional work experience and in his selected competition entries. His extensive career has led to experience into a wide-ranging variety of projects across differing scales and functions. This has given him experience at all stages of project lifecycles and provided problem solving skills in some of Australia’s most complex landscape and urban designs. His work at UDLA allows him to play a pivotal role in the design culture and overall direction of the studio.

Key Dates

15 May 2018 Entries open

23 July 2018 Entries close at midnight

30 July 2018 People’s Choice voting opens

31 August 2018 People’s Choice voting closes at midnight

7 September 2018 4 Regional Finalists announced

12 October 2018 National Winner announced


Monash University, Caulfield. Landscape architect: TCL.
Lighting design: Electrolight. Luminaires: WE-EF.


Entry Process



All prizes are courtesy of AILA Principal Corporate Partner WE-EF LIGHTING.

Regional finalists (the 4 regions are WA/NT/SA, QLD, NSW/ACT and VIC/TAS) will be selected by People's Choice Voting, then a jury of experts will select three Regional Finalists and one overall National Winner. 

Regional Finalists
will receive a full Festival Pass to the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, plus travel and accommodation as required. Regional Finalists may opt to postpone travel until the following year (2019) or nominate a substitute attendee from the same landscape architecture practice. 

The National Winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to WE-EF LIGHTING Design and Manufacturing Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, in February 2019. If unable to attend, the National Winner is able to postpone travel until the following year or nominate a substitute attendee from the same landscape architecture practice. 



The Judging Criteria for the Competition falls under six objectives:

1. Demonstrate that a professional lighting design was undertaken for this project – please provide details of the lighting design practice, engineering practice or the lighting manufacturer/supplier, tasked with the lighting design.

2. Provide a short overview (1-2 sentences) of the lighting design concept. What was the main design objective for the lighting scheme?

3. Demonstrate how lighting complements the design of the space by day – enhancing, changing visibility, hiding, revealing (2-3 sentences).

4. Showcase how lighting enhances the use and experience of the space after dark (2-3 sentences).

5. Highlight lighting creativity, problem-solving and thinking-outside-the-box. What is unique or innovative about the use of lighting on the project? What unique challenges have been successfully overcome? (1-2 sentences).

6. How did you take Dark Sky considerations (prevention of lighting pollution) into account for this project? (1-2 sentences).


This FREE competition is open to all AILA Registered Landscape Architects, AILA Registered Landscape Architect Applicants and AILA Registered Graduate Landscape Architects.


1. Enter:  

Nominate a project featuring exceptional lighting design that you have designed and

completed in the last 5 years (completed after 01/07/2013)

– this must be a built project. It’s free to submit!…"


Step A. Complete the submission form

Step B: Send us a dropbox link, containing:

  • 5 photos of the project (2 daytime photos and 3 after dark photos – clearly showing the space from the same perspective)
  • A word document, with a maximum of 500 words about the project, addressing the judging criteria.
  • The project Lighting Design document

That’s it! You’ll receive confirmation of your entry and in due course, your project will be featured on the competition website at www.aila.org.au/weefafterdark, ready for People’s Choice voting to open on 30 July 2018.

Note:You can enter multiple projects into this competition. Simply complete a separate entry for each project.

2. Share
After submissions have closed, you’ll receive a unique entry webpage to promote your project to encourage your networks to vote. The top 5 entries per region with the most public votes will progress to the next round – the National Jury Judging.

3. Win: 
See above for details of winner selection and prizes.


Submissions close 23 July 2018 at midnight. Enter now.

Koombana Bay Foreshore by WE-EF LIGHTING Australia/NZ

About Us

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

AILA is the growing national advocacy body representing just under 4,000 active and engaged landscape architects, promoting the importance of the profession today and for the future. Committed to designing and creating a better Australia, landscape architects shape the world around us. They conceive, reimagine and transform the outside world from streetscapes to parks and playgrounds, transport solutions to tourism strategies, new suburbs and even cities.


WE-EF LIGHTING is a global manufacturer of high-performance exterior luminaires renowned for outstanding engineering design and innovative optical systems. Established in 1950 in Germany, WE-EF is recognised worldwide as a leading exterior lighting specialist that provides professional lighting solutions for various applications, ranging from urban spaces to architectural projects.

WE-EF became Principal Corporate Partner of AILA as of July 1 2017. In this capacity, WE-EF is a major supporter of opportunities for landscape architects in Australia.



Terms and Conditions

Entrants must read and accept the Terms and Conditions prior to submitting.

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