Directors Message - 26 October 2020

Claire Martin, AILA National President

Hi to all AILA Members 

Over the last week the board has received messages of support from landscape architects and allied organisations and professionals across all sectors, in Australia and overseas.

The staggered term and the re-election of two directors has enabled board continuity with a process of onboarding underway for AILA’s newest elected Director Jasmine Ong. As a new board we will continue to provide strong corporate governance with an emphasis on a distributed leadership model focusing on collaboration, communication, and representation. 

Our 2020/21 term is well underway - outlined below is how we engaged as a board:
  • We are meeting to finalise any outstanding items from the last board term.
  • We have scheduled a Strategic Planning Meeting with AILA CEO Ben Stockwin to review AILA’s Strategic Plan to finalise AILA’s Vision and Mission schedule to be released 1 January 2021 with an updated AILA operational plan to ensure alignment.
  • COVID-19 and the onboarding of our new CEO over the last dix months necessitated a more dynamic meeting schedule but we are pleased to say that as we start to enter the next phase of the recovery that we are returning to regular, quarterly board meetings (March/June/September/December) with rotating AILA Chapter catch-ups.
  • We have broadened our post-board meeting Chapter President Catch Ups to include all Directors. 
  • We will continue to hold Extraordinary Single-Issue Meetings and Informal Discussion Forums as required;
  • And are reviewing current Director representation in AILA’s committees and working groups.

To stay across what the board are working on there is a link below to recent Director’s messages
News from AILA's National Board 
Or you can Connect or Follow us on LinkedIn: 
  • Claire Martin 
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 
  • International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia-Pacific Region 

To see how AILA is profiling the profession more broadly you can also check out LA in the Media a fortnightly digest of landscape architecture and landscape architects in the media. Submissions are encouraged from AILA members who have been featured in the press, radio, television, online publications, and blogs. 

I firmly believe there is strength in numbers so help AILA raise the profile of landscape architects by sharing on social media what you are working on, whether speculative or built work, policies, articles, research, or student projects - tagging #landscapearchitecture,

We look forward to working with you, representing you, and profiling you over 2020/21.

Claire Martin
AILA National President