David Uhlmann, AILA Queensland President
We hope all our Queensland members are doing well as we continue to come out of the COVID pandemic. The Executive Committee have continued to meet regularly and there is plenty happening both through AILA and the profession, especially online, with our audiences broadening and being able to engage further with our regional members and those in other states.
We are now only one month away from the State elections and it’s great to see our members out advocating the key issues to their local candidates. Remember that we’ve put out some resources for members you can access here
if you haven’t yet! The more members who get involved, the stronger the AILA voice is.
For the remainder of the year, we look forward to continuing our advocacy with the new Government and allied professionals and look forward to coming together with our members towards the end of the year.
As always if you have anything you’d like to raise with the AILA Queensland Chapter, please get in touch.
AILA Queensland President
David Roberts, AILA QLD Executive Committee
Welcome to the AILA QLD e-news.
I trust you are keeping busy in the current environment and finding enough good quality work to keep you and your teams busy. The end of the year is coming up fast and so is the QLD State Election. Without going on too much about politics, it is currently a great time to get in front of your State Members & candidates and have your say to make a difference.
The QLD Advocacy Group has recently produced an election campaign and we have called on the State Government as well as potential candidates to address several issues that have been at the forefront lately. Some of these are more financial stimulus packages to respond to COVID-19; more investment in green infrastructure and importantly; creation of a QBCC ‘Project Management Licence limited to Landscape Architectural Services’. Let’s not hold our breath for the last one.
Nothing great was ever achieved alone and it takes a collective effort to make a significant difference. Take the time to get in touch with your State Member & candidates and draw their attention to the issues in our industry. If you need any assistance or guidance in this, do not hesitate to contact the QLD AILA office.
On another note, the QLD Advocacy Group is currently in the process of drafting a submission for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. This organisation has significant reach across the State of Queensland and our contribution to how these projects are completed is important.
If you have any issues you would like to raise, send them through as we would love to hear from you. Roadway and linear infrastructure take up a large portion of our urban fabric and engaging with TMR on a regular basis helps to improve the quality of outcomes across the State.
Lastly, I would like to say do not forget to spend quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. We remember our colleagues in Victoria and the mammoth effort they are currently going through with lockdown. We encourage them to persist and we hope to see them emerge soon and get back to a semi-normal life as soon as possible.
Alex Woodward, AILA QLD Executive Committee Member
Welcome to the AILA QLD e-news for September.
I hope you are all managing well during the current circumstance that our community find ourselves.
We are made wise not solely by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. – George Bernard Shaw.
I came across this quote in passing and have taken this opportunity to stop and ponder the future and the future of landscape architecture. During the pandemic, many of us have had time to stop and review our profession’s changing role in the world as we move into the “new normal”. As we all wait for Covid vaccines and the resolution of this global pandemic my thoughts go to our relationships with nature, there is no cure or quick fix for our environment. The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) are beginning to focus their thoughts into this area and the post Covid world and are seeking feedback from practicing landscape architects.
Whilst everyone flocks to areas of nature, the mountains, beachside towns, there is no vaccine to cure our environment; we need everyone’s cooperation. As landscape architects we have the knowledge to work symbiotically, harnessing these relationships to improve our environments and provide respite for our communities. I’m confident that it will be landscape architects that play the leading role in formulating and creating solutions for a brighter future.
Reflecting on the contribution of those, past present and future and my own small contribution. It has made me consider that not all spaces need to be “activated” or create buzz. We already live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with advertising, light, colour and screens. Should we not be aiming to provide spaces allowing people to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. It is these spaces, most often unprogrammed, open space and national parks that are flourishing with activity like never seen before. I contemplated this whilst stuck in a four-hour traffic jam to the sunshine coast, as apparently all the inhabitants of Brisbane had the same idea. To me it validates this ideal, that people living in such urbanisation need the space and time to be grounded to embrace nature and its natural systems.
As state elections fast approach, the strength of the Landscape Architecture profession is once again being highlighted as our society continues to utilise and relish our public open space and national parks for relief, to maintain an active lifestyle, sport, for recreation and more. It is during this time, we ask all AILA members to join us in bringing Landscape Architecture to the top of the agenda, advocating for more, green open space, active transport and green corridors. Keep an eye out for our letter to local members, ministers and the premier.
During this period, our Chapter is even more committed to keeping in contact with its members and providing an engaging program and support. Knowledge is key to ensuring that people are learning, growing and engaged in their professional careers. We encourage you all to invest in knowledge sharing and development. There is no shortage of opportunities to learn and engage in our landscape community in the coming months. We encourage you join in on our AILA online events, as it’s a great way to stay connected and more importantly keep up to date with current industry trends and topics. You can check out our Calendar of events here.
AILA QLD Executive Committee Member
Cass Gaisford, AILA QLD Executive Committee Member
Welcome to the September QLD e- news.
I hope everyone is looking after their physical and mental wellbeing during this time. It feels a bit like we are sitting in a holding pattern, which can be very challenging on both a personal and professional capacity.
All of us have been affected in some way by the pandemic, and it’s been interesting to watch how our lifestyles have changed and adapted to a different way of day to day living. This period has also provided us with an opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate what is important to us, and potentially has given us time to think about where we can start being more active in making some positive changes around us.
Last month our household took up the challenge of plastic free July. It certainly was an eye opening experience on just how challenging it was with the limited plastic free options available, but I must say it was very rewarding carrying the shopping into the house, completely plastic free.
The value of open space has really been put in the in the lime light over the past 6 months, particularly the value of unprogrammed and free space, allowing people, from all different ages, abilities and backgrounds, to choose how they wish to recreate. Whether for play, sport, exercise, contemplation or to connect with their communities. With many parks and recreation trails bustling with people, the need to give more green/ public space over for outdoor recreation has never been more evident.
With the upcoming elections, it’s really now a timely opportunity for us as Landscape Architects, both within our profession and as public citizens, to start making some positive changes by advocating for more (connected) green open space for both people and critters. And to set design expectations, that showcase best practice in sustainability, innovation and urban ecology.
There are some significant public projects coming up across the state, and we have an opportunity to have a voice in getting the best public space initiatives onto everybody’s agenda. So, keep those elected members emails handy and start writing.
A big thanks to those of you who are already involved in advocating for great public open spaces and green infrastructure on our behalf.
Like many of you, I am looking forward to catching up face to face in the near future. In the meantime however, AILA have organised some really great online events coming up in the coming months, so definitely keep a lookout in your inboxes and save the dates.
AILA QLD Executive Committee Member
Lisa Mercer, AILA Qld Executive Committee & AILA Gold Committee member
Welcome to QLDs e-News,
I have been inspired by observing current events in my local community and workplace to reflect on what drives us internally to practice landscape architecture. There are seemingly daily challenges and systemic issues we deal with regularly as a profession and yet we persevere. We often doggedly pursue issues and project aspects to produce what we believe will be quality outcomes for our client, community and importantly the broader environment. Sometimes they are very small, seemingly trivial components. On occasion, in the scheme of things perhaps they are. I would argue though, that’s it’s the combined effect of these things that can make a world of difference in the end.
Our strength as a discipline often lies in the diversity of skills we bring to the table, our ability to negotiate outcomes, work through options to deliver a solution to a problem or challenge, and one of the most important in my opinion, is our empathy for place and valuing the legacy we leave.
So this diversity of skills we bring is often based on past experience overlaid with a community-centred mindfulness. With this in mind, I would like to encourage all our members to keenly engage with the activities and events promoted by AILA. Many enthusiastic, passionate practitioners and others work tirelessly behind the scenes to develop these programs for you and the benefits for you, and what you can bring to others can be profound.
If these times are showing us nothing else, drawing closer together as a community builds strength individually and as a group.
As I continue to practice professionally, I also reflect that ‘practice’ doesn’t just mean as a landscape architect. It is also an ‘action or doing’ word not a noun in this context. We are in the ‘practice’ of life too. So what makes us better in this practice of life? Is it guided, targeted professional study in an area of interest, working in a community garden, playing sport, giving a voice to audio books for the elderly, volunteering in a community organisation, mentoring young students or professionals, physically exercising, spending time with family, having a picnic in a park, reading, playing with your dog or taking a pottery course?…for me, pursuing work / life balance plays an important role in being observant, keen and inspired in all I do.
Our mental and physical health particularly in times of financial and professional challenge needs to be prioritised, and there is no time like the present!
So let’s ‘practice’!
AILA Qld Executive Committee and AILA Gold Committee member
David Uhlmann, AILA Queensland President
The AILA QLD Annual Chapter Meeting was held online last Thursday with the Executive, sub-committees, members and partners coming together to celebrate our new RLA's, Fellows and discuss the chapter activity over the last twelve months. We also gave an update on the letter sent to the Minister regarding QBCC licencing.
Congratulations to all our new RLA's and our new Fellows - Paul Druery and Damian Thompson.
Read the minutes from the Annual Chapter Meeting
and the full Chapter Report (PDF 294kb)
. Thank you to everyone who attended.
QBCC Licencing update:
A co-signed letter was sent by AILA QLD and AILDM to the Minister of the Department of Housing and Public Works on 13 July, requesting an urgent meeting around the issues. Please see the letter here
AILA Queensland President
AILA QLD New Fellow Announcements
Damian has received a fellowship for his significant commitment to the profession and in recognition of his enormous contributions and passion for delivering place-specific and ecologically beneficial outcomes with engaged and empowered communities.
Damian has led one of Queensland’s largest and most successful landscape architectural practices for the past 10 years, garnering multiple awards in landscape, urban and open space design. He is considered one of the State’s leading landscape architects, as a designer, practice manager and active contributor to community discourse regarding urban and landscape design.
As a life-long waterway devotee Damian is one of the founding members of the Flood of Ideas project and has contributed nationally to debates and forums testing the fragile balance between marginal landscapes and the shape of contemporary cities.
Damian has and continues to support AILA as a judge on numerous awards panels and contributes to the growth of talent in our industry through his long association in lecturing, tutoring and mentoring students at Queensland University of Technology.
Paul has received a fellowship for his significant commitment to the profession and in recognition of his achievements in developing and promoting the practice and business management capabilities of our profession.
Throughout his career, Paul has shaped many of Australia’s notable practices including EDAW and AECOM and, during the last 10 years as a founder and co-owner of Lat27 he has developed and managed the successful implementation of the business and professional practices within this award winning landscape architecture studio.
The depth of his work experience includes major residential communities, tourist resorts, town centres, defense facilities, open space and parkland projects and private residences. He is both, a respected collaborator and dedicated mentor to young practitioners.
Paul is respected as one of the profession’s practice leaders and this has been recognised through his appointment as a Panel Member on AILA’s Senior Practitioner Advisory Panel. He also regularly mentors young landscape architects as a contributor to the AILA Registration program.
Jamie Franklin, Vice President AILA QLD and AILA SUN Chair
This year’s AILA QLD awards were yet again a wonderful celebration of the strength of the Landscape Architecture profession with 17 award winners, including over half of those awarded to regional projects. As the chair of AILA SUN it was fantastic to see five awards go to Sunshine Coast region and the broad display of quality projects across the whole of Queensland. Well done to everyone who contributed to all projects submitted, and special congrats to the Sunshine Coast contingent.
Right now is an incredibly important time for Landscape Architects to promote the importance of green open space, active transport and access to the great outdoors as we start to step out and begin social recovery. As life transcends into the ‘new normal’ don’t stop advocating for all things that matter to you and the profession’s values. Last week, Carl Safstrom, Abi Leybourne and myself from AILA SUN spoke to these types of issues with The Design Series team who are profiling the key professions that inspire all forms of design. The Design Series is an initiative on the Sunshine Coast to bring the art, architecture, digital, engineering, environment, landscape and planning professions together to jointly examine the dimensions of design, its traditions, its people and its inspirations. These come together through short films, talks, exhibitions to generate ideas and discussion. Keep an eye out for the ‘Future Coast’ live event on 3rd September
where Tim Ross meets Ben Johnston, one not to be missed! http://mccmetropolitan.com.au/the-design-series/
Yours in ‘advocacy for great design’
Vice President AILA QLD and AILA SUN Chair