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Media Release: AILA Announces New President
20 October 2020

Victorian-based Landscape Architect Claire Martin has been elected as President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), with Peta-Maree Ashford and Chris Tidswell re-elected to the respective positions of Vice-President and Company Secretary.

The newly appointed board of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) last night met to elect new officials following their recent Annual General Meeting at which the new board was confirmed.

Following constitution changes in 2019 AILA’s National Board is now elected via split elections. This year three positions were open for election. Following a competitive election Claire Martin (Vic), Katharina Niebler-Walker (Qld) and Jasmine Ong (Vic) were elected. They joined Peta- Maree Ashford (WA) and Chris Tidswell (NSW) whose positions will be up for re-election in 2021. Outgoing President Shaun Walsh retired after three terms on the board.

President Claire Martin said “I am honoured to have been re-elected to the board by AILA members, alongside incumbent Katharina Nieberler-Walker and new Director Jasmine Ong, and to have the support of my fellow Directors for the role of President. The three things that I would like to define my presidency, and our term as a board, are: collaboration, communication, and representation to ensure strong corporate governance and the prioritisation and implementation of AILA’s renewed strategic plan.”

Vice President Peta-Maree Ashford was pleased to continue in her role for another term saying, “After one term on the AILA National board there is still so much to contribute, to have the opportunity to continue to serve our members in the role of Vice President remains an privilege and an honour. We believe the majority of returning executive roles will continue to provide the stability and continuity AILA needs in a year of global disruption and dynamic change.”

Chris Tidswell who will continue in the role of Company Secretary likewise was pleased to see a mixture of continuity and change, “I am thankful for the support of the AILA Members and the chance to continue to serve as an AILA National Board Director and Company Secretary. AILA has had a remarkable 2020 - continuing to prosper through hard work, many volunteer hours, passionate members and hardworking AILA staff. We all look forward to the challenges and success ahead.”

The board will shortly be meeting to finalise revisions to the AILA Strategic Plan and will set a meeting schedule for 2020-21 to continue to ensure good governance and organisational improvements.

The board is very keen to pursue a distributed leadership model to inform AILA policy and strategic direction. Claire Martin said “Climate change and biodiversity loss are the twin global challenges of our time, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of the relationship between climate, people, and nature. I firmly believe in strength in numbers. By working across Australia, regionally and globally with our executives, committees and membership we will increase our capacity to implement change, raising the profile of landscape architects across all sectors.”

The board will continue to meet remotely while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

Ben Stockwin, CEO
0427 931 148

Commitment to Green Infrastructure investment top of agenda ahead of QLD state election
19 October 2020 

The Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) says that commitments to the improvement of Green Infrastructure in our communities must remain a priority for Queenslanders at the upcoming state election.Read the full media release on the QLD Advocacy page.

For more information please contact
Melanie West
QLD Chapter Manager, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Mobile: 0417 666 622 

06 October 2020
Announcement: WE-EF to focus on local chapter support

Dear members,
For some years WE-EF Lighting has been AILA's Principal Corporate Partner and we would like to thank them for all their support during that time.
Their efforts and support have resulted in a mutually beneficial relationship and I am delighted that our connection with WE-EF Lighting will remain, albeit in a different format.
The relationship has excelled when driven by State Chapters and the local WE-EF Sales Partners.  WE-EF Lighting will now focus their attention on more localised support of AILA through our Chapters and as a result they will no longer by our Principal Corporate Partner on a national level. 
WE-EF are committed to invest in the support of AILA on a local level to build further on those relationships that have already been formed through the partnership. We encourage our Chapters to partner with the local WE-EF Sales Partners for localised activities to continue the support and development of the profession.  Most of you will already be in contact with the WE-EF Sales Partners however, please find below the contact details of each Sales Partner in each state. 
We would also encourage our members to contact your local WE-EF Lighting Sales Partner for any exterior lighting advice you may need.
Once again we would like to thank WE-EF Lighting for their support in the past and for their continued investment into the future.

Buckford Illumination Group – VIC/SA
Unit 3/473 Williamstown Rd
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Anthony Strangis (VIC)       
0427 111 708
Garry Talbot  (SA)
0448 064 412
Raylinc Lighting – QLD / NT
9 Colebard St West, 
Acacia Ridge, QLD 4110
Matt Memory
0412 790 138
Mark Hoppe
0413 753 162
Integral Lighting - ACT
10/27 Yallourn St, 
Fyshwick ACT 2609
Gail Law
0499 797 006
Stramac – North Sydney
10 Union St 
Wickham NSW 2293
Brett Convery
0497 497 819
Sothern Lighting - TAS
34 Federal Street, 
North Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Landon Bannister
0427 447 166
H.I Lighting – WA
111 Broadway
Bassendean, WA 6054
Steve Sadowski
0407 382 082
Sydney and surrounding areas
Andy Spivey
0477 775 164
Ina Parakhina
0448 362 333
WE-EF Australia/New Zealand
Andy Spivey
0477 775 164
Ina Parakhina
0448 362 333

18 September 2020
ABC Radio Melbourne: Restaurant owners say COVID-safe outdoor dining plan won't work in Victoria | Featuring Claire Martin, FAILA
Duration: 1hr
Broadcast: Fri 18 Sep 2020, 11:00am

Sitting outside at restaurants and cafes 1.5m away from the next table, eating, drinking and people watching. Is this what a COVID-safe hospitality industry looks like? It works well in Europe, but Victorian restaurant owners aren't convinced that outdoor dining is possible for all restaurants. Are metropolitan suburbs and regional towns equipped for alfresco dining, or will we need to redesign streets, car parks and high rise buildings? Listen to the podcast here .

07 July 2020
Landscape architects call for the protection of cultural heritage

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of Australia, and as the world’s oldest continuing cultures.  Read more .

23 July 2020

Call out for Ambassadors - Parents in Landscape Architecture Network
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) invites members to nominate their interest as an ambassador for the Parents in Landscape Architecture Network (PLAN) to help develop content and support activities in their relevant chapter.  The online Network was established at the start of 2020 to provide support to parents and expecting parents to help balance their career.  The network aims to connect individuals to openly discuss challenge and rewards family life can have on a career in landscape architecture.  To express your interest in becoming a local ambassador please contact PLAN Coordinator Debbie Laporte.

03 June 2020

Landscape Architects play critical role in enhancement of wellbeing in COVID-19 recovery 
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) says that public realm projects will play a critical role in the enhancement of community wellbeing as state governments announce stimulus packages to fast-track economic recovery from COVID-19. 

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15 May 2020

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects supports the government’s call for a community-led approach to bushfire recovery
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of a $650 million relief package for regions affected by this year’s devastating bushfires. $448.5 million of this funding will be allocated directly to communities, to support local projects and recovery plans.
17 February 2020

AILA Announces New CEO- Ben Stockwin

I am pleased to announce that AILA has appointed a new CEO, Ben Stockwin.

15 January 2020

Supporting Parents: new network

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched a new online network to support parents and expecting parents to balance their career.  

7 January 2020

Unprecedented Fires across Australia

 Like everyone, I have been saddened and disturbed by the amount of destruction and devastation our communities, landscapes and wildlife has experience due to the ongoing fires burning across Australia. 

16 December 2019

Advocacy Update December 2019

 Earlier this year AILA committed to providing two detailed updates a year on the advocacy work that has been undertaken across the country.

28 November 2019

Be a Landscape Architect

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has launched a new campaign to profile a career in landscape architecture.

14 November 2019

Gender Equity Next Steps Report
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has released a report which outlines how it will respond the gender inequities in the profession.

6 November 2019

Deeper collaboration for design excellence
In the face of a changing climate and growing population that are both putting pressure on our built environment, three of Australia’s peak bodies have signalled their intent to pursue a deeper collaboration that will strengthen their collective advocacy with the aim of helping to deliver more resilient, liveable cities.

31 October 2019

Australian Urban Design Awards 2019 - Winners Revealed
The top projects in the 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards have been revealed. From 52 shortlisted entries, five have been awarded and five commended, including an education/community precinct in Melbourne, a building height standards review in Hobart, a level crossing removal project in Melbourne and a mixed-use precinct on the site of heritage-listed wharves in Brisbane.

11 October 2019

AILA calls on Government to accelerate its work to protect our native species and their habitats
The International Festival of Landscape Architecture will pause its program this weekend for a die-in activation, with an estimated 500 people expected to participate in standing against the impacts of urban development on biodiversity in Australia.

11 October 2019

2019 National Landscape Architecture award winners revealed
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the 2019 National Landscape Architecture Awards.

24 September 2019

IFLA World Council Meeting Report
AILA was represented at the recent International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Council Meeting and Congress by Tim Arnold, AILA’s CEO. Click below to read his full report on what is happening at the global level of the profession.

Stakeholder Release
17 September 2019

AILA Welcomes IFLA’s Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declaration

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has welcomed the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ (IFLA) Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declaration which was made at the IFLA World Congress in Oslo, Norway this week.

Stakeholder Release
16 September 2019


Global Climate Strike 
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is supporting the Global Climate Strike on 20 September 2019.  AILA has endorsed the This is Not Business as Usual movement and will be providing time for staff to attend peaceful public events.
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9 September 2019

Gender Equity Working Group Update
The Gender Equity Working Group has been developing a program of action to improve gender equity in landscape architecture. Our work is based on the recommendations by Parlour and Monash University XYX Lab which followed on from the AILA Census Report, and focuses on the themes of supporting part-time work, tackling long hours cultures, supporting career progression, addressing the gender pay gap and supporting small practices.
Read More.

Stakeholder Release
6 September 2019

Full Speaker Program Announced: The Square and the Park
The final speakers and topics have been announced for the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.
The two-day conference component of the Festival opens at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on 11 October and includes international and domestic keynotes covering the theme, The Square and the Park.
Read More.

Stakeholder Release 
26 August 2019

Landscape Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency.
The declaration comes in response to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report which stated humanity has just 12 years to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Read More.

Stakeholder Release

26 July 2019

Festival of Landscape Architecture Perth October 2020.
Call for Creative Directors
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has today announced that the 2020 International Festival of Landscape of Architecture will be held in Perth, Western Australia from 15 to 18 October 2020.

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19 June 2019
Stakeholder Release

Winner announced - Remaking Lost Connections Ideas Competiton

The winner of the Remaking Lost Connections Ideas Competition has been announced by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, at a public forum at Regatta Point.

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12 June 2019
Stakeholder Release

A year in review

With the end of the financial year fast approaching it is a great time to reflect on what AILA has been up to in the last 12. This isn't a full List as it would be almost impossible to capture all the initiatives that AILA is undertaking, particularly those that happen at the state chapter level.

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25 May 2019
AILA reforms governance and amends Constitution

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has passed a series of changes to the Constitution following a General Meeting in Sydney on 24 May. 
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18 May 2019
AILA launches new website

AILA has released a renewed website as part of the ongoing review and improvement of communications to members and industry. The changes come after AILA listened to the feedback of members by trying to simplify the design of the website and improve navigation. 

7 May 2019
AILA responds to UN report warning of one million species at risk of extinction

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the UN. 

One million of the world’s species are now under threat of extinction, according to the biggest-ever review of the state of nature on earth. 
Read more.

2 May 2019
Notice of General Meeting

Future Street Position Statement Release
On 2 May 2019, in accordance with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Ltd Constitution, written notice is given to Full Members, that a General Meeting will be held on 24 May 2019. 

DATE:                   Friday 24 May 2019
TIME:                    6pm AEST
VENUE:                The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Balls Head Drive, Waverton 
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18 December 2018

The Square and the Park: 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture Thematic and Creative Directors announced

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has today announced that Jillian Walliss (University of Melbourne), Kirsten Bauer (ASPECT Studios) and Cassandra Chilton (Rush Wright Associates) have been appointed as the Creative Directorate for the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

Hosted in Melbourne, the 2019 Festival interrogates the two dominant and often contentious landscape typologies of the Square and the Park.
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AILA announces New Board

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects is pleased to announce the Directors who will form a new Board following the AGM on 12 October 2018:

  • Peta-Maree Ashford
  • Claire Martin
  • Katharina Nieberler-Walker
  • Chris Tidswell
  • Shaun Walsh

AILA thanks all the candidates who nominated for a position on the Board. AILA was fortunate to have eleven people interested in the five available positions.

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15 May 2018
AILA Launches WE-EF LIGHTING’s Landscape Architecture After Dark Competition

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the launch of the inaugural WE-EF LIGHTING Landscape Architecture After Dark national competition.

The competition is designed to recognise and celebrate the very best of Australian landscape lighting and calls for entries from AILA registered landscape architects, applicants and graduates. Finalists will be selected by a People’s Choice voting system, followed by an official regional and national winner selection by expert jury.

Jury members will include Linda Corkery FAILA and AILA National President; Nathalie Ward FAILA and Director Lat27; Daniel Firns AILA and Design Director, UDLA; and Peter McLean, Senior Lighting Designer and Founder of Lighting, Art + Science.

All regional winners (regions are NSW/ACT, QLD, VIC/TAS, and SA/WA/NT) will receive a full Festival pass to the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, including travel and accommodation, and the overall national winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to WE- EF LIGHTING Design and Manufacturing Centre (Bangkok, Thailand) in February 2019.

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Wednesday 9 May 2018
Future Street : example to the rest of the world

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand (SCCANZ) and Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has today released the Future Street position statement and video summary calling on government at all levels to embrace our streets as important public spaces using the principles of the installation that was part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

Future Street was a public activation, demonstrating the design concepts and technology for our future public spaces. Transforming a prominent Sydney street and reclaiming it for the people of the city, Future Street sparked ideas about how these spaces could be different and what that means for the community.

Click here to watch the Future Street come to life and the impact it had on those who visited.
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