2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture:
Not in My Backyard
Canberra is one of the very few, fully planned cities in the world. The 2016 Festival in Canberra will connect the public with landscape architects across 20 events developed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and Festival Creative Director, Richard Weller. The four-day program will include a Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards and a host of public and industry tours, exhibitions, city activations, screenings and talks. Read more.
Date: Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 October 2016
Location: Canberra ACT, Australia
Festival Creative Director: Richard Weller
Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and former Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC).
He has received a consistent stream of international design competition awards at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design. Throughout his career he has worked simultaneously as an academic and a consultant specializing in the formative stages of projects ranging from gardens to plazas, memorials, museums, suburbs and waterfronts. His research projects have involved scenario planning for cities, megaregions and nations and his current work concerns the application of United Nations biodiversity targets.
He has published four books, over 90 single-authored papers and is the Creative Director of the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture LA+.
A devoted teacher he was honored with an Australian National Teaching Award in 2012 for“forsustained commitment to inspiring and enabling students to engage creatively and critically with complex design problems”.
His leadership activities pertain to maintaining landscape architecture at Penn as the pre-eminent laboratory of landscape architectural design innovation in the world and building the discipline’s capacity through his role on the Board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in Washington.
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Region
In 2014, AILA won the rights to host the 2016 IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress. The Congress, or International Conference, will be the main event of the 2016 Festival program. The IFLA sub-group represents 14 member organizations of landscape architects from across the diverse Asia-Pacific region: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
IFLA is the body representing landscape architects worldwide. Its purpose is to coordinate the activities of member associations when dealing with global issues, and to ensure that the profession of landscape architecture continues to prosper as it continues to effect the design and management of our environment.
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
AILA is the growing national advocacy body representing 2,500 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.