Peta-Maree Ashford - AILA Vice President & 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 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, 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 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 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 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
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.