National President's Message - 13 April 2015

World Landscape Architecture Month is already in full swing. For those active on social media you will have seen many projects uploaded featuring the Designed by a Landscape Architect promotion card tagged with #WLAM2015. 

Even a technology dinosaur like me has taken part and I encourage you to get involved. AILA FRESH and AILA corporate partner Intergrain are running a terrific campaign as part of the month where you can win a prize just by taking part. It’s a great excuse to go and visit one of your completed projects and upload a photo.Or perhaps visit one of your favourite local projects and acknowledge the great work of another landscape architect.

It’s a great challenge to ask a landscape architect to name their top 5 projects designed by a landscape architect. Of course there is no right or wrong answer but it does provide an insight to the projects which have inspired or been influential. The following are my top 5 (this week):

  • Yurulbin Point, Birchgrove (Bruce Mackenzie & Associates)
  • Cranbourne Botanic Gardens (TCL)
  • Dyeworks Park, South Yarra (Formium)
  • Barkley Hopkins Planters, Footscray (Site Office)
  • Urban Forest Strategy, Melbourne (City of Melbourne)

We all want the public to be more aware of the work of landscape architects. Individually we promote our work on our websites and marketing material but most of the public wouldn’t even know that information is out there.

World Landscape Architecture Month is a great way to promote our profession to the public, and fortunately we have plenty of projects to showcase the value of landscape architecture to the world.

Mark Frisby

AILA National President

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

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