The AILA 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.


Key Dates

Awards Entries
Entries Open:                  10 February 2021
Entries Close:                  24 March 2021
Entries Revealed:           20 May 2021 - CLICK HERE to view the 2021 QLD entries

Awards Announcements
QLD Chapter Awards:    17 June 2021 - Bookings are NOW OPEN  (face-to-face or an online event)
National Awards:
            14 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:


    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. The Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture may be awarded in Queensland's key regions of Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs, Central Queensland and North Queensland. Awards will be considered by the jury based on entries captured as part of the AILA Awards program – there is no separate entry process or fee.  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. 

    State Jury

    Lauren Newton AILA, Jury Chair

    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.

    Debra Bela - News Corp

    Debra Bela is the Real Estate Magazine editor has been a News Corp journalist in Australia for two decades, specialising in the property market, careers, and the arts in Queensland. She loves the energy of an auction day crowd and is fascinated by Australia's love affair with property and homes in general.

    Jim Carless AILA

    Jim studied Landscape Architecture and Environmental Horticulture, is a Certified Practising Project Director and member of the Australian Institute of Project Management. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the design, management and construction of developments across a range of public realm and private sectors. Jim has spent more than 10 years in local government, previously working in Cairns and now at Mackay Regional Council, as well as private practice consultancies Siteplan Cairns and overseas, spending almost five years with Atkins’ the Middle East and India business.

    Sophie Fossey AILA

    Sophie is the Principal of the Sunshine Coast based Landscape Architecture firm Bare Roots Design Studio. Having worked in a variety of practices in South East Queensland and NSW, Sophie has gained extensive design experience on a wide array of project types. This has afforded her the opportunity to be involved from feasibility right through to construction. Sophie has a particular passion for salutogenic theories and wellbeing based design with the client's end of use front of mind. 

    Michael Lavery AIA

    Dr Lavery is an architect with a 30+ year career focussed on the public realm, with the work located in Brisbane and throughout regional Queensland.  As a director of m3architecture his projects have won named national architecture awards and national urban design awards.  Michael has been Chair of the AIA Queensland Awards Programme (2016) and Chair of the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards (2020), he is a member of several industry advisory boards and is the current President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Chapter.

    Julia McCann

    Julia is a young landscape architect with a zeal for advocacy and an appetite for change. Her interests lie in large scale ecological planning, cultural influence, and political philosophy. Julia values holistic systems thinking which pursues civil and environmental justice with humility and authenticity. Julia is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Karl Langer Award.

    Paul Morris AILA

    With over 15 years’ experience as the creative design lead for Tract’s Brisbane Office, applying his knowledge, design excellence and critical design thinking to a variety of project types. Paul’s commitment and approach to Landscape Architecture and Urban Design is founded on extracting a project’s greatest potential, creating synergies between functional, dynamic, and interesting places, which deliver solutions between environmentally and socially focused outcomes and increased community health and well-being. His contributions and leadership to projects extends across numerous scales from strategic thinking, master planning, detailed design, delivery and community engagement interfaces.

    We regret to announce that Candy Rosmarin AILA has had to step down from her role as Jury Chair. We sincerely thank Candy for her contribution to the jury so far. 

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