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


2021 SA Winners

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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.


Additional Award Information

SA Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture Award
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. 

2021 AILA SA Future Leaders Student Award

This award recognises achievement in design, planning, communications and research that is based upon the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions to landscape architectural challenges. Submissions shall comprise work undertaken as part of formal studies in an AILA approved Landscape Architectural course or activities and initiatives undertaken while enrolled in an approved course. The applicant is to be nominated by the program coordinator of the AILA accredited course. The student must be a student member of AILA.

2021 AILA SA Future Leaders Graduate Landscape Architect Award
This award recognises achievement in design, planning, communications and research that is based upon the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions to landscape architectural challenges. The submission is to be nominated by an employer. The entrant must be a graduate member of the AILA and must have graduated from an AILA accredited landscape architectural course no more than four years previously.

Click here for Future Leader Criteria and Submission Requirements  

2021 Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award
We are delighted to confirm the Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) SA Award will run again in 2021, as an initiative of HPHP SA and AILA SA that recognises a built landscape architecture project that best demonstrates the Six Key Principles for Quality Open Space as detailed in the document, “Creating Greener Places for Healthy and Sustainable Communities” .  Projects will be eligible for consideration based on the entries captured as part of the 2021 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Awards program – there is no separate entry process or fee. 

Please contact your local Chapter Manager for further details.  

State Jury

Janelle Arbon - FAILA (Jury Chair)

Janelle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, AILA SA Chapter Co-Vice President and PhD Candidate currently working at the City of Onkaparinga. With over 15 years’ experience in the field she has extensive experience as a landscape architect, urban designer and project manager on a broad spectrum of projects across Australia and Internationally in private practice and public sectors.  Janelle has led, designed and delivered a range of significant and complex landscape, urban design, architecture, planning, environmental and infrastructure projects. These include notable South Australian projects recognised by AILA awards, such as the Tidlangga Playspace and Pocket Orchard, Pelzer Park/ Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub and the M2 Building and the Plasso development.  Her previous roles have allowed Janelle to work on multi-disciplinary projects interacting and collaborating with the community, designers and contractors, promoting design-led thinking to achieve a positive socially sustainable outcome.

Nick Pearson - AILA 

Nick Pearson is the Co-Vice President of AILA SA and a Senior Associate with ASPECT Studios in Adelaide. He is an award winning Landscape Architect with seventeen years practice in Australia. He has experience working nationally across a broad range of complex public domain projects. Through his collaborative approach Nick strength is aligning the urban design process with the often complex engineering and architecture processes. Nick brings with him a high level of technical understanding and attention to detail that will ensure the project aspirations of the client are successfully realised in the final design. He specialises in leading landscape architecture teams on large complex multidisciplinary projects including the Adelaide Airport Terminal Expansion and recently completing the delivery of the Optus stadium precinct including the Chevron Parklands and the 6 star Crown Towers development in Perth, in his previous role at Hassell.

Tara Graham-Cochrane - AILA 

Tara Graham-Cochrane is the Director of DesignWELL Landscape Architects, S.A. 
Environmental Design Consultant for Dementia Training Australia and President of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia.
Tara is an internationally award-winning Landscape Architect who specialises in the design of healing and therapeutic landscapes for the healthcare, aged care, disability and education sectors. Tara is a strong believer that physical environments can be designed to reduce stress, improve health and to support people's wellbeing.   

Greg Grabasch - FAILA

Greg Grabasch is a Landscape Architect / Design Facilitator and practices throughout urban and regional Australia. Greg completed his Landscape Architecture degree at RMIT as a mature age student with preceding time spent as a Sapper within the Australian Defence Force followed by managing a design construction business in North Queensland. Greg's focus in the past 20 years has moved from bomb disposal to supporting community development initiatives within public and Aboriginal organisational realms. Recently moving from UDLA as founding member (2006-2019) he has established a small design facilitation practice, Brave and Curious where he continues to learn from an ongoing philosophy: 
‘The wellbeing of people, including more-than-humans is reliant on how participants are connected with place and empowered to have a say in changing their particular condition into a preferred one.’ 
Greg’s childhood was spent in the towns of the Mallee region of southwest New South Wales. His collaborative design approach 
has its foundation here, with a focus on developing support and capacity around community, people, animals, plants and place. 

Chloe Organ - AILA

Chloe is a Registered Landscape Architect who has been recognised as AILA SA’s Future Leader 2020. She is also currently a Co-Leader for SAILA Fresh. She began her career at Jensen PLUS in 2017 and has since worked on a vast range of projects for interstate, regional and local clients. Chloe brings to Jensen PLUS her passion for best outcomes for both the community and environment with a strong focus on the importance of the profession to achieve this.
Chloe’s enthusiasm and dedication to landscape architecture allows for her continual positive impact within the profession. She has been involved in many projects from a strategic level through to concept and detailed documentation creating a strong understanding of project evolution. Her skill set includes project management, freehand drawing, CAD, graphic representation and report generation.
Chloe enjoys developing her plant knowledge and exploring new landscapes and techniques to influence her design concepts.

Andrew Wallace - University of South Australia

Andrew Wallace is Program Director of Interior Architecture and Creative Industries at the University of South Australia. He has practiced as a designer in Adelaide, Sydney and London since 1984 and has been responsible for the design and delivery of projects ranging in scale from small consumer products to developing design strategies public infrastructure and fit outs for major institutions, corporates, and retail brands nationally.
In his capacity as an academic Andrews teaching and research interests are in the relationship between private and public spaces in mainstreet precincts and urban regeneration particularly in the West End of Adelaide. Andrew is the president of the Adelaide West End association where for the last 12 years he has successfully advocated for new initiatives for the improvement of this part of the City of Adelaide. He is a founding committee member and current chair of the Adelaide Business Collective (ABC) and has been a recipient of the Mainstreet SA Outstanding Contribution to a Mainstreet Award and is a regular commentator in the media on West End issues.

John Byleveld - Renewal SA 

John Byleveld is the Design Manager with Renewal SA, the leading development agency for South Australia and was formerly Strategic Design Manager for the Office for Design + Architecture SA. John was the founder and host of the award winning radio show ‘The PLAN’ on Radio Adelaide and has interviewed over 1000 architects and designers from around the world. John was the recipient of the AIA National Award for the Advancement of Architecture for his dedication and support for the profession.John teaches Urban Design in the Masters of Architecture program at Adelaide University and is currently a SA Chapter Councillor for the Australia Institute of Architects and is Chair of the Heritage Committee. John has worked on a range of architecture, landscape and urban design projects for Government and private practices alike and is a proud and passionate advocate for South Australian Architecture.

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