2019 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Awards

The AILA Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Queensland. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of landscape architect’s work, and demonstrates to industry, business, government and the wider community the positive impact the profession has on Australian lives through the planning and design of the built and natural environments. 

This year 62 submissions were received across 13 categories. The Winners of the 2019 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Awards are now available for viewing. Click here to find out who received an award. 

Key Dates
Entries Open:  Thursday 28 February 2019
Entries Close:  Thursday 4 April 2019
Awards Launch:  Wednesday 17 April 2019
Awards Night:  Thursday 20 June 2019 - Register Now http://bit.ly/2YTeVyQ


Projects in this category are constructed urban landscape projects that are public in nature and capture and contribute to the culture and amenity of the urban environment.

Category 2: PARKS and OPEN SPACE

Projects in this category are constructed public parks and open space, or strategic open space projects that balance the demand for recreation, culture and the environment.

Category 3: PLAY SPACES

Projects in this category are constructed play spaces or strategies which promote the notion of active play and embraces the temporal elements of the active play space.


Projects in this category are constructed landscape infrastructure projects, landscape strategies or works associated with civil infrastructure that demonstrates the successful integration of landscape values and which contracture to a future sustainability.


Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies that demonstrate the restoration, conservation, enhancement, maintenance, or adaptive reuse of culturally significant sites.


Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies for the restoration, conservation or management of significant landscapes that demonstrate a tangible physical outcome. The project may recognise and reconcile the natural and cultural values of communities and the landscape in which they are placed.

Category 7: TOURISM

Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate excellence in landscape design and demonstrate a tangible contribution to tourism, either nationally or in the local region that significantly enhances the profile of the area.

Category 8: URBAN DESIGN

Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate how the design, construction management and built outcome contributes to the wellbeing of the urban setting through the improvement of social interaction, economic activity, liveability, accessibility and safety.


Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects and include strategic design and guiding policy documents and visual assessments for urban development, residential and planned communities, local community and rural or regional planning.


Projects in this category include published works in research and or practice that extend the knowledge base and advocacy of landscape architecture.


Projects in this category included constructed projects or strategies delivered either:
a) As a pro bono service (or significantly reduced fee) to the community
b) Projects that have positively impacted a disadvantaged individual or group of users who wouldn’t normally have access to design expertise.

Entrants should be able to clearly demonstrate the benefit provided by the project to the communities, cultural groups and/or neighbourhoods in which they are located in or serve (e.g. through client letters of support explicitly referring to benefits gained). Projects will demonstrate sound principles or values of landscape architecture, and must be sufficiently focused around the role of the landscape architect as opposed to contributing to a wider community development.

Category 12: SMALL PROJECTS 

Projects in this category include those considered to be 'small' in terms of size or budget. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by size or budget restrictions, but have achieved a level of invention and creativity beyond these constraints.

Category 13: GARDENS

Projects in this category include constructed private and public gardens that contribute to the role and understanding of the garden in contemporary society and culture.


Projects in this category include constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate a contribution to landscape architecture internationally.

Please note the International Awards are part of the National Awards program and are not judged at the state level. 

Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture

This is a cross category award that recognises achievement in landscape architecture in Queensland’s key regions. The Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture may be awarded in the regions of Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs, Central Queensland and North Queensland. This award will be judged against the core criteria framework of the AILA Qld Landscape Architecture Awards (as outlined in the Entry Guide) and the significant difference they make to improving the healthy communities and built and natural environments of the region.

Awards will be considered by the jury based on entries captured as part of the AILA Qld Landscape Architecture Awards program – there is no separate entry process or fee. The project does not need to win the entry category to be eligible for this award. The Regional Landscape Architecture Award is a Chapter Award and not a national category and therefore the winner of this Award will not move forward to the AILA National Awards. The Jury may choose to give no award in a region.

QLD Award Jury
Alayna Renata (Jury Chair), Manager, Design and Approvals, Department of Environment and Science, QLD Government

Having worked in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning, leadership and management roles, Dr Renata is an experienced Registered Landscape Architect of AILA and NZILA. She has worked for global multidisciplinary consultancies, private sector offices, D&C companies and State Government. She has been a Director of a multi-national business, held numerous leadership positions and is on a number of expert panels. Dr Renata is also a leader in Indigenous engagement and design, having presented at a series of international conferences and worked with communities across Australia and NZ.

Simon Mahr, Registered Landscape Architect,  Landplan Landscape Architecture 

Simon is a registered landscape architect who lives and works in a small piece of paradise in Far North Queensland called Cairns. He has spent the last 20 years working throughout North Queensland on projects big and small, for both private and public clients.
He cut his teeth as a designer in local government before spending ten years leading a team for a multidisciplinary development consultancy. He has recently embraced the new challenge of establishing his own small design practice, Landplan Landscape Architecture.

Simon’s experience includes working in remote communities throughout Cape York and the Torres Strait and has worked extensively on projects from streetscape, open space planning and urban design to project managing large commercial landscape projects for the private sector such as parklands, and residential estates.

He is an advocate for the nature play movement and has had recent success in the implementation of a number these play spaces in local schools and the public realm.
Lauren Newton, Senior Associate Landscape Architect/Urban Designer, Wolter Consulting Group

As a passionate and experienced Landscape Architect, Lauren focuses on collaborating with clients and the consultant team to deliver holistic design solutions. Inspired by creating spaces that consider the broader environment, Lauren strives to deliver strategic design solutions that influence the overall community lifestyle. Lauren’s project experience has seen her collaborate with clients from both the public and private sectors, focusing on master planned residential communities, multi-dwelling residential developments, urban spaces, resorts and public realm projects. It’s this experience that drives Lauren’s desire to bring a client’s vision to life and allows her to deliver unique outcomes to all projects no matter the scope or complexity. 
Catherine Brouwer, Principal,  Catherine Brouwer Landscape Architects 

Catherine is a landscape planner and registered landscape architect. Her practice Catherine Brouwer Landscape Architects encompasses landscape design and documentation, assessments and analysis of landscape character and cultural values for strategic landscape planning and management and landscape heritage.

Catherine is a member of ICOMOS, was six years on the Queensland Heritage Council, has taught at QUT & Univ. of Qld., held positions on AILA and Gold Coast Urban Design awards judging panels, and presented landscape character and heritage related papers at Australian and international conferences.
 Joshua Hinwood,  Section Lead – Cities and Places – Northern Region, Jacobs 

During his 20 career Josh has led the visioning, design and delivery of high profile, large scale and award winning public realm projects.
He has significant experience in the development of master plans, urban and landscape design frameworks for city, waterfront and greenfield environments across Australia and internationally.

His work focuses on integrating transport, health and climate change resilience infrastructure into cities to create legacy public realm and precinct enhancements.
Jared Thorp, Graduate of Landscape Architecture, HASSELL

Jared is a graduate of QUT’s Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture) and has practiced professionally for three years with HASSELL. He is the 2018 recipient of the Karl Langer Award, the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship and the Landscape Architecture Australia Queensland Award respectively. Jared is interested in the relationship between (quasi) altruism as a social phenomenon and the zoological landscape as the infrastructure through which this altruism can occur. 
Ingrid Richards, Director, Richards and Spence

Ingrid Richards co-founded Richards and Spence Architects with Adrian Spence in 2008 with the aim of creating vibrant public spaces from private commissions. She is a University of Queensland graduate of Architecture and has practiced in her home town of Brisbane for almost twenty years. Richards and Spence has been instrumental in the development of the James Street Precinct in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley including the Calile Hotel. Ingrid was one of 21 speakers selected to demonstrate the breadth and capacity of Australian architecture at The 2018 Architecture Symposium.
Entry Process

Entry into the AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Awards program is limited to a person, or a team where the landscape architectural component is under the substantive control or direction of a person, who is a Registered Landscape Architect (financial) and principal of the practice (who is an owner or formal licensee of the copyright in the work being entered). To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee of $313.95+GST (per entry). Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required.

Before you get started on submitting your Online Entry, please read the following important documents:


QLD Award Partners
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