The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Australia. 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.

The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program has two stages: the first is a Chapter program and the second is the National program. In 2021, QLD, WA, SA, NSW, VIC & TAS will be presenting an Awards program, with the winners at Chapter level proceeding to the National Awards.

Entries for the International Category, can be made directly through the Awards portal.   All other national entries need to be entered at a state chapter level and win locally before progressing to the National Awards. 


If you have any questions, please contact your local Chapter office  for State Awards or email for the National Awards. 

Key Dates

2021 Awards Entries (all Chapters)
Entries Open:                     
10 February 2021
Entries Close:                     24 March 2021

2021 Awards Events
Chapter presentations:   
June - July 2021
National Awards:              
October 2021

Entry Process

Entry into the AILA 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 or Member (financial) and principal of the practice (who is an owner or formal licensee of the copyright in the work being entered). To be eligible for entry, projects (where applicable) must have at least reached practical completion and be in all other respects complete to the point of enabling proper assessment by the Jury, no later than 31 December 2020.  Entries will be considered in the Chapter in which the project is located, regardless of the business address of the entrant.  Any project located outside Australia will only be eligible for an award in the International category.

To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee of $325+GST (per entry).  Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required. Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on 24 March 2021.

Your entry into the awards is completed by our online platform, Awards Force.  Entrants are able to start their entry as in progress before submitting.  To assist in your preparation of your submission, please read the following important documents:


National Jury

Peta-Maree Ashford - AILA Director & National Jury Chair

Peta-Maree is a Director, Owner and Principal Landscape Architect of Emerge Associates, a private practice in WA. Peta-Maree has spearheaded the successful design and implementation of numerous urban, regional and greenfield projects.
Her passion, innovation and attention to detail, combined with her understanding of the technical aspects and practicalities of landscape construction, attest to her expertise. For the past five years, Peta-Maree has judged the state and national Parks and Leisure Australia Awards and was Jury Chair for the AILA National Awards in 2019. She was previously shortlisted for the Inaugural UDIA WA Women in Leadership Award and acknowledged with an AILA Fellowship in 2017. Peta-Maree is one of five leaders of the AILA National Board in the role of Vice President. She is also an active participant on three national and two state AILA committees. Peta-Maree is a passionate industry leader, valuing our next generation of landscape architecture students and graduates by engaging with AILA fresh and the UWA mentor program over a three year period. 

Barrie Barton

Barrie Barton is a lawyer by qualification, an entrepreneur by nature and an urbanist by profession. He has spent his adult life thinking about the relationship between the places where we live and the type of people we become. Barton’s consultancy Right Angle Studio is engaged on property around the world including social housing in London, uplifting Johannesburg slums, city-crowning precincts in Bangkok and a host of projects across Australia. In 2019 he was named one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Visionary Men for his contribution to city life.

Dennis Eiszele

Dennis Eiszele, Director Design and Place Strategy, is responsible for the design and sustainability aspects of the City Renewal Authority’s work. He has held senior executive and leadership positions with national and international practices for more than 25 years. His extensive resume includes roles that initiated forward planning and urban design within large international infrastructure-based companies. His previous roles include National Sector Leader Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at SMEC, Technical Director, Cities & Places (Asia Pacific) and Global Lead Urban Design at Jacobs. Dennis has a deep understanding of cities, public realm, urban renewal and transit-oriented development and brings these skills to his role at the City Renewal Authority.

Tessa Leggo
Tessa is the owner of FRED St, a Brisbane based Landscape Architectural firm with extensive experience in landscape and urban design for commercial, infrastructure, parks and open spaces. Her interest lies in creating places that work for the people that use them.  Tessa weaves the functional imperatives into landscapes that fulfill subjective objectives of placemaking, unique character and amenity, with significant experience integrating creative urban design and community outcomes within complex engineering designs.  Tessa also sits on the Qld Chapter State Executive.

Jen Lynch 

Jen Lynch is an Industry Fellow in the landscape architecture program at RMIT where her research and teaching explore landscape-driven forms of housing development. Prior to joining RMIT, Jen practiced for six years at TCL where her work focused on research and master planning. She prepared TCL’s award-winning Point Nepean National Park master plan and was part of the practice's creative director team for the 2018 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture. She is actively involved in AILA and serves as a member of the Victorian chapter's executive committee.

Taryn Milroy

Taryn is a proud Yindjibarndi person who currently lives and works on Whadjuk country in Walyalup (Fremantle). He loves to camp and surf, while frequently travelling north to spend time with family in the Pilbara town of Roebourne. Taryn studied at the University of Western Australia, completing a double major in Landscape Architecture and Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage. In 2019, he joined UDLA’s multidisciplinary team—where through design processes he constantly seeks to embed a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural and environmental aspects. 

Mark Saint Põl-blk-wht

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Management and Horticulture across Africa, the UK and Australia. He has served as a juror for the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award in 2019 and 2020 and he believes that resilient cities thrive when urban and infrastructure projects are spatially designed to work with natural systems across scales. Based in Sydney, he leads the Square One team in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Milan to design cities as part of nature.

Awards Categories


Projects in this category are constructed landscape projects in and surrounding institutional spaces including educational, health or aged care facilities. Projects in this category demonstrate how the design contributes to the usability and operation of the facility and the wellbeing of the user.



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 around them.  Projects will demonstrate how the landscape architecture has contributed to the overall outcomes. 



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.



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 contribute 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.



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.



Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate how the design, construction management and built outcome of the landscape, contributes to the wellbeing of the urban setting through the improvement of social interaction, economic activity, liveability, accessibility and safety.  Projects will have a specific focus on how landscape architecture has contributed to the urban design outcome. 



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: As a pro bono service (or significantly reduced fee) to the community OR 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.



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.



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. Enter the International Awards here.


Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture
This is a cross category award given in recognition of landscape architecture that has made a significant difference to improving the healthy communities and/or built and natural environments of regional Australia. Chapter Executives in collaboration with the Chapter Jury will determine the eligible key regions for their Chapter program. The Regional Achievement Award progresses through to the National Awards and is assessed against other regional achievement awards. This award can be given in combination with an Award of Excellence or a Landscape Architecture Award – in this case it would be elevated to the National Awards to both the regional and category the project was awarded in. More than one Regional Achievement Award may be given in any region Chapter and National Juries may choose not to award a Regional Achievement Award. 
View the 2020 National Landscape Architecture Award Winners and entrant galleries here

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