QLD News 2021
QLD News and Media

Tessa Leggo, AILA QLD Vice-President 


Welcome AILA Qld, to Spring!

We’ve been busy watching some of the flowering natives putting on quite spectacular show over the last month, lovely little Hovea’s, Hardenbergia’s and Pultenaea’s sprinkled in our public parks and lovingly nurtured in our own gardens.  Some plant swapping has happened and a lot of conversations instigated about biodiversity, continuous pollen supply and the importance of the ‘middle’ layer.  So often we create landscapes that are dominated by the tree and groundcover layer, whether that be to allow surveillance or as a design intent. 

It’s such a pleasure to see some high-profile landscapes have a greater diversity of planting species and form.  They seem to punch above their weight in terms of visual relief from the hardscapes and I can’t wait to see how they perform in creating microclimates this coming summer, which is sure to be a cooker (refer Sixth Assessment Report, IPCC). So get out there, plant a native flowering species, feed a bee, suck some carbon and make yourself happy – all at once!

Tessa Leggo,
AILA QLD Vice-President


Vale Janet Conrad AM, FAILA 


 


Janet Conrad AM BA, M App Sc, D QIT (LandArch) FAILA Landscape Architect

Those of us who were fortunate enough to be part of the very early days of the profession in Queensland, will remember Janet for her engaging, friendly personality and particularly her participation in the AILA meetings in the RAIA offices in Coronation Drive, where we learned so much from those early visionary landscape practitioners Karl Langer, Harry Oakman and others.  Janet was always relied upon to use her organisational abilities to further the professional and social activities of the Institute, which ensured that as a group we were melded closely together for mutual benefit.  This concern and contact with other members continued throughout her career.
Janet graduated from Somerville House in 1954, but her first passion was teaching high school maths, French and English. However upon meeting architect Bill Conrad she found that landscape was the right path for her to follow.  Janet had previously completed the BA degree at University of Queensland in 1958, then the QIT Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture in 1974, followed by a Master of Applied Science at QUT in 1992.  In 1998 Janet was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Landscape Architecture, education and international affairs.
Janet a mother of three, was extremely passionate about her family, ably managing a new career and working with her husband’s company Conrad and Gargett.  Throughout her life she was elevated to many leading positions including: Fellow of the AILA, Principal of the Landscape Section of Conrad & Gargett and a part-time lecturer and Chair of the QUT faculty advisory committee in Landscape Architecture.
Janet always had a wide knowledge of horticulture and landscape design, as demonstrated in their own home garden at Fig Tree Pocket. This expertise was polished at QIT ensuring that her continuing involvement with the Conrad and Gargett architectural projects always had strong and comprehensive landscape qualities.  The majority of her professional expertise was applied to schools, hospitals, other similar large scale developments.  

Words by Lawrie Smith AM, FAILA landscape architect
_______

Janet Conrad, an early pioneer of landscape architecture in Queensland will be well remembered for her professional achievements in landscape architecture and her commitment to further women in business. It is her significant role in developing and promoting the role of landscape architecture at Conrad Gargett that was pivotal in promoting the practice of landscape architecture, and the contribution of landscape architecture to the built environment on many significant projects, notably the Master Plan for the Catholic University at Banyo, along with schools and hospitals throughout Queensland.
Janet’s pursuit to develop and enrich the practice of landscape architecture was based on the fundamental principle of creating great outdoor spaces for both the enjoyment and comfort of people. This principle was clearly established during her 1993 Master Thesis of Applied Science - Prospect / Refuge Theory: An Experimental Approach. The connection to nature and the integration of outside and inside so valued in subtropical Queensland was critical in her work and stands the value of time. Acknowledged as an early trail blazer in landscape architecture and leading women in business Janet was awarded an AM in 1996.
Janet is survived by her husband Bill Conrad and three sons – Richard, Bruce and Michael. She will be missed but not forgotten.

Words by Katharina Nieberler-Walker FAILA
Director AILA| Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture at Conrad Gargett (2004-2020)


Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood, AILA GOLD Co-Chairs 


Hi AILA Gold Members,

We hope all our members, supporters and aligned professional groups are well as restrictions continue to ease and we again enjoy the opportunity to meet face to face or should we say mask to mask.

Regarding local destinations, our AILA GOLD committee are excited to advise of the recent completion and public opening of The Spit Seaway Promenade and Moondarewa Precincts.  Visit the Gold Coast Waterway Authority website for more information or better yet; visit these fantastic recreational spaces in person once the restrictions fully lift. 

Stay tuned for the upcoming Project Tours across the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales throughout the remainder of the year. 

Feel free to get involved and nominate a project that you would like to see on the Park Tour Event Program. Better yet, share your professional growth and learnings from a project that have personally worked on.  We would love to hear from you!

If you have anything else you wish to raise with the AILA GOLD, please get in touch.

Regards,
Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood
AILA GOLD Co-Chairs 


2021-23 AILA QLD Executive Committee

AILA QLD is delighted to welcome the newly appointed members of its State Chapter Executive from 2021 - 2023. Serving a two-year term, the new Executive members bring to the table a diverse range of experience and connections to well represent and advocate on behalf of our chapter members and the profession. The new Executive are: David Uhlmann (President moving to Vice-President), Tessa Leggo (Vice-President moving to President), Esperanza Kelly (Secretary), Cass Gaisford, Lisa Mercer, Glen Power and David Roberts. Thank you again to Jamie Franklin (previous Vice-President) and Alex Woodward who have stepped down from the Executive. Read more here. 

Message from David Uhlmann, QLD President (transitioning to Vice-President)
Our new AILA Queensland State Executive is now in place for the next two years.  Having completed two terms as State Chapter President it is my turn to handover the President reins to Tessa Leggo, who I know will do a fantastic job, starting in September.  Thank you to the incoming State Executive for endorsing me to continue in the Vice President role, with a focus on a continuation of AILA Queensland’s government advocacy around licencing and registration and to continue to promote green infrastructure funding for State Government and Local Council projects.  I look forward to continuing to advocate for Landscape Architecture and the vital role of Landscape Architects, and to elevate the importance of Design with our decision makers in government.

Message from Tessa Leggo, QLD Vice-President (transitioning to President)
Hi everyone! It is my absolute pleasure and honour to become our next State Chapter President.  Come September, I’ll be swapping from the Vice-President’s role to the President’s role – somehow having to fill some big shoes left by David Uhlmann.  Let me be the first to thank David for the amazing job that he has done over the last few years!  Without his unwavering tenacity with our licensing issues, I’m sure we wouldn’t have gained as much traction & audience with government.  And it is wonderful to know that he’ll be continuing with this advocacy.  I hope to continue David’s work to promote AILA and the role of landscape architecture within our society.  I’m delighted to be able to take on a leadership role, making sure AILA is delivering on our strategic pillars and supporting our profession.  Personally, I think this is a truly exciting time for Landscape Architects in Queensland.   With the news of Brisbane Olympics 2032, we’ll see interest and investment in public facilities and tourism offerings across the state.  Also, a little closer to home, continued lockdowns are still highlighting the need for quality open space.  Our voices are getting louder and I’m proud to be one of them.


Andrew Prowse and Tim Connor, North Queensland Group

North Queensland members congratulate our new Executive members and hope to catch up with them soon. Our North Queensland Committee Co-Chairs remain Tim Connor from Townsville and Andrew Prowse from Cairns. Later in the year we will be holding get-togethers in both cities. 

The north was well represented in this year's AILA Queensland Awards. Projects included Master Planning of Townsville's Botanic Gardens, Little Roos' playground at Whitfield Primary and the Munro Martin Parklands in Cairns. Regional Queensland was generally well represented this year with the Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach, the Gladstone East Shores Auckland Point and Caloundra Main Street amongst others receiving awards.

Our thoughts are with all our members in South East Queensland currently in lockdown. 

Stay safe and take care everyone.

Andrew Prowse and Tim Connor
North Queensland Regional Group Co-Chairs


AILA News 28 July

BRISBANE AWARDED THE 2032 OLYMPICS:

It's official, Brisbane is hosting the 2032 Olympics! AILA QLD President, David Uhlmann and Secretary, Tessa Leggo attended the Premier's Breakfast last Wednesday morning at the Gabba, ahead of the announcement. Hearing live from Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adrian Schrinner from Tokyo ahead of their final presentation to the IOC. The event included key Queensland government officials and Industry representatives to showcase the social and economic opportunities provided by the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

AILA will be advocating for design to be front and centre as the state plans for the Olympics and the legacy following the games and will look to set up a working group of members. See the bid video and read more about the announcement here.

ANNUAL CHAPTER MEETING:

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Brickworks on July 22.The 2021 Regional Achievement Award winners gave great insight into their award winning projects and their importance to the regions. The 2021-23 AILA Queensland Executive were endorsed by the membership at the meeting and once approved by the AILA Board, the new positions will be communicated to members. Thank-you to our 2019-2021 Executive Members Jamie Franklin and Alex Woodward, who have stepped down from the Committee, for their commitment to the Chapter. Read the ACM minutes  and Chapter Report here. Thank you to our event partners Brickworks and Eureka Landscapes.


Melanie West, Queensland Chapter Manager

Hello to all our Queensland Members,

The AILA Queensland Annual Chapter Meeting is happening this Thursday 22 July at 7am and we look forward to seeing members either in person or online. We will welcome the new Chapter Executive and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jamie Franklin and Alex Woodward, who are stepping away from the Executive, along with the remaining Queensland Executive (who will be staying on) for their commitment to AILA in Queensland over the past two years.

I’m pleased to report that there has been some great profiling and advocacy work happening in Queensland, particularly from our awards program and other industry initiatives with allied professions. We have been in touch with State Members of Parliament who have had winning projects in their electorate and have been setting up meetings to discuss the projects further with them and the design teams. The Awards eMagazine has just been released and is a great showcase of all the award winning projects, entries and the profession. We look forward to this being shared far and wide to the industry.

Last week, David and I attended the launch of the Connected by Association (Australian Construction Networking) initiative, which was officially opened by QLD Minister for Innovation Hon Stirling Hinchcliffe and Councilor Jared Cassidy. You can read more about it here.
 
Thank you to all our members who support AILA in Queensland and I look forward to working with the new Queensland Executive Committee to continue to strength the profession across the state. 

Take care,

Melanie West
Queensland Chapter Manager

Suzie Rawlinson, Regional Landscapes Group Chair

Hello AILA Queensland members, 

I am writing this from the custodial land of the oldest living civilisation in the world. Brisbane is a contested space, so I pay my respects to both the Jagera people and the Turrbul people and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

As an institute who champions quality design of the landscape, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship, NAIDOC Week is a time for celebration, learning and reflection. The NAIDOC 2021 theme ‘Heal Country!’ calls upon all of us to work towards greater protection for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. I would like to acknowledge the work being done to help us navigate this important journey of healing.

The Queensland Regional Landscapes Group have recently developed a draft Guidance Note for Peer Reviews  to assist Landscape Architects who have been asked to review the work of peers. This document has been endorsed by the Queensland Executive as a resource for our Queensland members and we are currently waiting for it to be reviewed at a national level to be included as a practice note.

In other institute news, we look forward to the upcoming Annual Chapter Meeting (ACM) and endorsing the new 2021 – 23 Executive Committee. Nominations have been received from five current Executive members and two new nominations. Thank you to Cass Gaisford, Esperanza Kelly, Tessa Leggo, Lisa Mercer, Glen Power, David Roberts and David Uhlmann for nominating to dedicate your time and energy to this important role. A big thank you to Jamie Franklin and Alex Woodward, who are stepping down from the executive this year. For those of you who know them, I am sure you will agree that their contribution over the years has been productive and valuable. 

The 2021 AILA QLD Annual Chapter Meeting and Awards showcase will be held at Brickworks Design Studio and online from 7am – 9am on Thursday 22 July
. You can register for this event here. 


Taneile Nixon, AILA QFRESH Chair

Hello AILA Queensland, 

Let’s first start with a huge congratulations to all our nominees and winners for the 2021 AILA QLD Awards! It was another year of record breaking entries and they did not disappoint. On the night there was a stunning array of projects displayed to us which were created by some of our very talented colleagues! A special mention to those who took home the Awards of Excellence; Fish Lane Town Square by RPS; Lucent by Form; Hillbrook Anglican School by Vee; Southport Spit Masterplan by Aspect Studios; Munro Martin Parklands by LA3 Design; and, The Magic Forest of Bradbury Park by Form.

The awards night itself was a ‘pinch ourselves’ moment given that we were all able to celebrate in the same room (whilst most of our other states and territory celebrations had to be virtual again this year) and we certainly didn’t take it for granted. The industry was out in force under the twinkling lights of The Grove Rooftop and it was wonderful to see so much mingling and laughs shared around the room. A huge thankyou to everyone who attended and made the night such a success!

If you did miss the night you can watch the 2021 AILA QLD Awards via AILA’s YouTube Channel, plus you can read/watch more about the award winning projects on the Awards Platform. I hope to see you all again soon at the next event, 

Taneile Nixon 
AILA QFRESH Chair


David Uhlmann, AILA Qld President

Hello QLD members,

The QLD Awards are ramping up, with the announcement of the 2021 QLD Landscape Architecture Awards winners next Thursday 17th June. Registrations for the face-to-face event are closing soon with limited tickets left, so book now. If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to join us online.

The People’s Choice Award voting is now closed, and around 500 lucky voters are now in the running to win a two-night package for two people thanks to Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort .The winner will be announced on Friday 18 June.

I joined ABC Radio last Friday to talk about the People’s Choice Award, in conjunction with this year’s QLD Awards. Listen to the interview here.

Chapter Executive nominations are closing 5pm 14th June. It is a great opportunity to advocate for what you are passionate about as a Landscape Architect and to help shape the future for the profession in QLD. Nominate now.

As always if you have anything you’d like to raise with the AILA Queensland Chapter, please get in touch.

Regards,
David Uhlmann
AILA Queensland President
 



The Australian Urban Design Awards (AUDA) have opened for nominations and will remain open until Tuesday, 20 July.

The AUDA serve to recognise contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality and to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country to strive for best practice in all projects. The awards are made up of four categories which are listed below.

Award categories

  • Built projects – city and regional scale
    This category recognises completed built projects that are at a town, suburb, city or region scale.
  • Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale
    This category recognises completed built projects at a site, local, or neighbourhood scale.
  • Leadership, advocacy and research – city and regional scale
    This category recognises proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a national, state/territory, regional or city scale.
  • Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale
    This category recognises proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a site, local or neighbourhood scale.

To find out more about the AUDA including how you can submit your nomination/s, click here to go to the dedicated AUDA website.


Tessa Leggo, AILA Qld Chapter Secretary 

Awards season is upon us!! 

If you were able to catch the launch last Thursday, you’d have noticed that Landscape Architecture is killing it!  A record number of entries and an extremely diverse field, you guys must have been super busy.  Instead of seeing a downturn from potential inactivity last year, we’ve seen quite the opposite.

It’s extremely exciting to see the quality of landscape being delivered and the depth of thought going into the betterment of our world and communities.

One new thing this year that I want to make sure you take advantage of, we have a People’s Choice Award for the first time.  Supported by the Courier Mails’ Home magazine, this is exposure we’ve never had access to before.  We need you to vote and share – to everyone in your social circles.  This is a huge opportunity to raise the profile of Landscape Architecture and we do ourselves a disservice if we don’t acknowledge the importance of our work, not just to the immediate surroundings, but how these projects shape environments and attitudes.

So give yourselves a pat on the back for being a part of the best profession ever, and I’ll see you on the 17th of June for the Awards Announcements.

Tomorrow marks the start of National Reconciliation Week and there are events happening online and locally that you can get involved, check them out here. We also encourage members to support the Uluru Statement with constitutional recognition and a Voice to Parliament. Find out more here. At a local level, in AILA QLD there have been discussions around deep reflection, cultural safety and how to build communication and relationships with our First Nations people.

And last, but not least, our Chapter Executive Nominations are open to join the AILA QLD Executive Committee from 2021 – 2023. We’d love to have more members on the committee, so check out all the information here and fill out your nomination. Please feel free to get in touch with any of the current executive to chat more about what’s involved!

 

Regards,
Tessa Leggo
AILA Qld Chapter Secretary 


Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood, AILA GOLD Co-Chairs

Hi AILA Gold Members,

We hope all our members, supporters and aligned professional groups continue to see exciting opportunities in the industry as we move into late Autumn 2021. 

With regard to local events, our AILA GOLD committee are excited to have kicked off our first Project Tour for the year with the Pizzey Park Tour last Friday afternoon.  The Committee was enthused by the great turnout and being able to see our members face to face. 

Thank you to our speakers on the day; Place Design Group’s Clint Wood & Andrew Comer who discussed the Masterplan, Vision and Process.  Thank you also to our sponsors Eureka Landscapes.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Project Tours across the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales throughout the remainder of the year. 

Feel free to get involved and nominate a project that you would like to see on the Park Tour Event Program.  Better yet, share your professional growth and learnings from a project that have personally worked on.  We would love to hear from you!

If you have anything else you wish to raise with the AILA GOLD, please get in touch.

Regards,
Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood
AILA GOLD Co-Chairs


Ode to Delwynn - By John Mongard

In memory: Remembering Delwynn Poulton (1935-2021)
 
In your island
surrounded by the brick veneers
stood a gate of bamboo
a slap to the suburbs
a glimpse of other shimmering light
and potential.

Inside was warmth.
Timber and Scandinavia.
and the ‘70’s, firming around
the scent of filtered coffee.

Your vivacious energy,
laughter and disrespect 
for convention
 sat firmly in the comfy lounge.

We took heart,
that homes
and gardens
could be thus:
crafted and individual.

fast forward twenty-five fast years:
I am surrounded by bamboo
and Scandinavian influences…

Our garden is a forest outpost
in a street of Greek concrete dreams
Whynot Street: indeed.
I think I can see Delwynn
poking through the greenery.
She talked to some of my neighbours actually:
when cataloguing
the vernaculars
and particulars
of gardens where dreams 
often led down unusual paths.

Inside the garden
she believed was a kernel
a hard and essential thing
which, when planted
unfolded into the tree
of landscape architecture

It was her energy
that carried.
We heard.
Others taught about words,
contracts, and other such matters.
Delwynn cared about the collaboration:
the making of things with craft 
and passion.
We listened.
She built trust and warmth
with builders and landscapers.
long term friendships.

I regret that now
I can’t tell her 
that all these things flowed on,
that even as I reach the other end 
of my design career
that these ideas are embedded
in our own paths and rivers.

In the halls of QUT 
her voice carried.
Students would be removed
for talking,
two strikes and you were out.
god help you then!

for those who cared about design,
there was no end
to how much time she would have,
and many sought counselling
in her office.

She shone with first year students,
giving direction
to confused minds.
Design studios were hectic affairs:
the particular things
that Delwyn valued most
had to carry.
She was tough on that.

Her office felt like a home.
her students sometimes
like her family.
a kind of mother for design.

Teaching is such a craft
and the best teachers
of my own past
were those who made
the dream possible:
painted the picture
of places we could make
planted the seed for the courage
to go your own way

I quietly thank Delwynn
for all that. And more.
Much more.

VALE DELWYNN.
Go your own way!

By John Mongard, AILA Member

Andrew Prowse & Tim Connor, AILA FNQ regional Co-Chairs

Hi AILA QLD Members, 
 
Tim here from  the AILA FNQ Regional Committee. Andrew Prowse and I continue to chair the AILA FNQ Regional Committee for our third year.
 
Winter is fast approaching which means North Queensland is the place to be with our upcoming mild winter. The industry across north Queensland has had a very hectic start to the year.
 
The AILA QLD awards announcement are approaching and the teams up here are very excited. Anecdotally I’m informed there are a number of strong entries from Regional and North Queensland this year.
 
The past 12 months have been rather interesting but with the shift in capacity in technology it has meant that our regional members have been enjoying some great online content that in the past we would have had to travel to see. That said I think we are all ready to head down and catch up with our AILA members in SEQ. 
 
My email and phone is open to Members in North Queensland that have any questions or quires related to AILA – I’m sure Andrew would extend the same courtesy. Contact [email protected] for our details. 
 
Many Thanks from FNQ, 
Tim Connor and Andrew Prowse - AILA FNQ regional Co-Chairs

Suzie Rawlinson, AILA Regional Landscapes Group Committee Chair

 

Hello Queensland Members,

I write this note from Brisbane, a city in lockdown again. While the kids are excited (because the school holidays have come early) this challenges our members again to work remotely while balancing family commitments. I do hope we emerge from this short lockdown healthy and safe and our members are able to enjoy a hard earned Easter break as planned.

It was great to see so many entries submitted in the AILA Awards, a total of 81 entries in Queensland, including 32 regional entries. The most hotly contested categories will be Health and Education Landscape, Play Spaces, Parks and Open Space, Small Projects and Urban Design. Keep an eye out for the Entry Reveal on Thursday 20 May when we will learn about all of the projects which have been submitted. I hope you can join us for the awards announcement (either online or in person) on Thursday 17 June to celebrate the winners.

Welcome to our new Jury Chair, Lauren Newton of Vee Design, who replaces Candy Rosmarin who unfortunately has had to step down from the role. Thank you to Candy for your contribution to the Jury so far.
Alan Chenoweth and I enjoyed delivering our LATITUDE workshop, the Masterclass for Landscape and Visual Assessment recently. We are looking forward to an online round table chat with participants that will allow us some additional time for further questions and discussion around the challenges and future landscape and visual assessment. 

Suzie Rawlinson,
AILA Regional Landscapes Group Committee Chair


Taneile Nixon, AILA Qfresh Chair

 

Hello Queensland,
 
I hope you have all been enjoying the cooler autumn weather roll in this week! 
 
The QFresh committee has kicked off the year with a spring in our step. Without dwelling too much on last year and the isolation it spread throughout our student community - This year we are more motivated than ever to deliver some much needed connection between our students, graduates and professionals, as well as distribute more educational content through our events + social media channels.
 
We feel as though the proof is already in the pudding for us – this year we have shared on our socials our “Back to Uni Started Pack” ; we have polled our community and shared some really interesting statistics  around Women in Landscape Architecture for IWD; and we have our first social event planned for this Friday where Landscape Architects take on Lawn Bowls at the Windsor Bowls Club!
 
We have a collection of ideas for future events this year including, hand drawing workshops, studio crawls, planting design tutorials, design charettes, trivia nights and much more. If you have any burning ideas or think you might be an expert in any of these areas with an interest in helping lead a workshop, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.  

To keep an eye on what Qfresh is up to and to find out more about our Lawn Bowls Event this week, please follow us on Instagram @qfresh_aila  and Facebook @AILAFRESHQLD
 
We hope to see you soon!

Regards,
Taneile Nixon 
AILA Qfresh Chair




Register now for this event

This future-focused panel discussion and networking event is presented by UQ School of Architecture and AILA and supported by event partner, Place Design Group.
The panelists will join us either in person or online, bringing expertise from across practice and research to explore international connections and projects, with a focus on the Asia Pacific.

This event is a satellite program of Living in the City, an exhibition commissioned by DFAT and Austrade to showcase the work of Australian-based and bi-lateral practices in Australia and China.

Panelists include:

Claire Martin, National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Mark Burgess, Managing Director, China at Place Design Group
Stephen Buckle from ASPECT Studios
Panel Chair: Dr Chris Boulton from the CityGreen Lab
Light refreshments will be provided.

Thank you to our event partner, Place Design Group, for supporting this event. Co hosted by UQ School of Architecture.

Register now


Melanie West, AILA Queensland Chapter Manager

Hello to all our Qld Members,

It was great to get out and see AILA and PLA members at the Parks Forum event last week at Southbank Parklands. It was typical hot, humid February weather and Shaun Walsh led a very insightful tour around the parklands. As restrictions continue to ease it is nice to have some face to face events again, yet retaining a good online presence for our regional members and those who prefer that format. Recently, we welcomed three new Registered Landscape Architects in Queensland – Rebecca McDonald, Kate Phillips, and Debbie Turner. Congratulations and thank you to all our interview panellists and mentors for continuing to support the registration process.

With updates to the Strategic plan at a National level, there are a number of key focus areas and activities at the Chapter level being supported by the AILA Qld Executive, sub-committees and stakeholders, including:  

  • 2021 Awards program: We look forward to seeing some great award entries to showcase the profession in Queensland – remember entries close on March 24! You can Enter here.
  • ‘Be a Landscape Architect’ high school engagement program
  • Advocating to local and state government around important local issues 
  • Recommencing practice visits from the AILA Qld Executive and Chapter Manager. If you would like us to come out to your practice, please let me know.
  • Quality online and local CPD events
  • Collaborating more with allied professions, partners and stakeholders to increase the value of AILA and the profession

Nominations will open in May for the 2021 -2023 AILA Qld Chapter Executive (announced at the ACM in July). If you are interested in finding out more about what’s involved please get in contact or talk to a current Executive member. Thank you to all our wonderful members who help out in different capacities to support the Chapter. We are always looking for members to get involved more in the chapter; whether it’s joining a committee, becoming a career ambassador, joining the RLA interview panel or mentoring, sharing your expertise with other members or sharing information that you think would benefit other members. So please get in touch!

Regards,
Melanie West
AILA Queensland Chapter Manager


David Roberts, Advocacy Chair

Hello, I hope you are busy and well into the New Year.  

Landscape Architects are constantly being challenged to accept mediocre results. Whether it is being dominated by Engineering works, tree removals due to ‘inconvenience’ or Local Authorities fast tracking development for the sake of the economy, we are constantly being challenged in many areas.  

Some huge infrastructure changes are underway in the South East corner.

As Landscape Architects our profession has an important and crucial role to protect, enhance and build sustainable communities for future generations.  Engineering and built form are dominating the landscape, and, in some areas, the ‘landscape’ is struggling to keep up. 

Let’s not accept a ‘whatever’ attitude but encourage our Clients, Consultant Teams, and State and Local Authorities to achieve higher landscape standards in our micro and macro developments, in our Cities and across our State. This is done through communication and participation. If you’d like to participate more, there are plenty of opportunities. Contact the AILA office.  

In the words of JFK.

“Ask not what your AILA can do for you – ask what you can do for your AILA”

Have a great week. 


Regards,
David Roberts
Advocacy Chair


Tessa Leggo, AILA QLD Secretary 

Greetings All from sunny, hot and humid Brisbane.  I’m loving the weather and so are the plants.  With great summer rain, everything is looking green and revitalised.  Over this summer our state has experienced rainfall that has brought relief to areas effected by long term drought, and flooding to others.  But it important to remember a summer of rain doesn’t change long term water patterns and ground water imbalance.  BOM has cited that rainfall deficiencies continue in southeast Queensland and more worryingly, rootzone soil moisture is still drier than average across areas in central and southern Queensland.  

So don’t let complacency sneak in.  Every drop of water is part of our world’s resources and we’re in a privileged position to potentially direct, utilise, and improve this resource.  From the smallest garden to largest infrastructure project, we can make decisions that aid increased permeability and retention of water in the landscape, which is the fundamental basis from which we can grow a vege patch, a streetscape or even a community.

If you’re lucky enough to feel the rain on your head this weekend – celebrate it.  But don’t forget its importance to your work.

Regards,
Tessa Leggo,
AILAQLD Secretary


Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood, AILA GOLD Co-Chairs 

Hi All & Happy New Year!

We hope all our members, supporters and aligned professional groups are rested, rejuvenated, and are approaching 2021 with a positive outlook.  

Our AILA GOLD committee are excited at the thought of kicking off a few of the initiatives that have been discussing through 2020 and COVID restrictions. Through this period the AILA GOLD Committee have continued to meet as regularly as possible and hope to engage with local professionals and associated industry groups through knowledge sharing events and project site visits.  We will keep you all updated with dates for these events and look forward to your participation and shared learning.

For the year ahead, we look forward to continuing our advocacy with the new Government and allied professionals so we encourage increased member involvement on the Gold Coast.  We will be aiming to strengthen our professional voice and overall presence of AILA GOLD and its members.

As always if you have anything you’d like to raise with the AILA GOLD, please get in touch.
 
Regards,
Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood
AILA GOLD Co-Chairs

Melanie West, Queensland Chapter Manager

Hello to all our Queensland Members,

The AILA Queensland Annual Chapter Meeting is happening this Thursday 22 July at 7am and we look forward to seeing members either in person or online. We will welcome the new Chapter Executive and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jamie Franklin and Alex Woodward, who are stepping away from the Executive, along with the remaining Queensland Executive (who will be staying on) for their commitment to AILA in Queensland over the past two years.

I’m pleased to report that there has been some great profiling and advocacy work happening in Queensland, particularly from our awards program and other industry initiatives with allied professions. We have been in touch with State Members of Parliament who have had winning projects in their electorate and have been setting up meetings to discuss the projects further with them and the design teams. The Awards eMagazine has just been released and is a great showcase of all the award winning projects, entries and the profession. We look forward to this being shared far and wide to the industry.

Last week, David and I attended the launch of the Connected by Association (Australian Construction Networking) initiative, which was officially opened by QLD Minister for Innovation Hon Stirling Hinchcliffe and Councilor Jared Cassidy. You can read more about it here.
 
Thank you to all our members who support AILA in Queensland and I look forward to working with the new Queensland Executive Committee to continue to strength the profession across the state. 

Take care,

Melanie West
Queensland Chapter Manager

Suzie Rawlinson, Regional Landscapes Group Chair

Hello AILA Queensland members, 

I am writing this from the custodial land of the oldest living civilisation in the world. Brisbane is a contested space, so I pay my respects to both the Jagera people and the Turrbul people and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

As an institute who champions quality design of the landscape, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship, NAIDOC Week is a time for celebration, learning and reflection. The NAIDOC 2021 theme ‘Heal Country!’ calls upon all of us to work towards greater protection for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. I would like to acknowledge the work being done to help us navigate this important journey of healing.

The Queensland Regional Landscapes Group have recently developed a draft Guidance Note for Peer Reviews  to assist Landscape Architects who have been asked to review the work of peers. This document has been endorsed by the Queensland Executive as a resource for our Queensland members and we are currently waiting for it to be reviewed at a national level to be included as a practice note.

In other institute news, we look forward to the upcoming Annual Chapter Meeting (ACM) and endorsing the new 2021 – 23 Executive Committee. Nominations have been received from five current Executive members and two new nominations. Thank you to Cass Gaisford, Esperanza Kelly, Tessa Leggo, Lisa Mercer, Glen Power, David Roberts and David Uhlmann for nominating to dedicate your time and energy to this important role. A big thank you to Jamie Franklin and Alex Woodward, who are stepping down from the executive this year. For those of you who know them, I am sure you will agree that their contribution over the years has been productive and valuable. 

The 2021 AILA QLD Annual Chapter Meeting and Awards showcase will be held at Brickworks Design Studio and online from 7am – 9am on Thursday 22 July
. You can register for this event here. 


Taneile Nixon, AILA QFRESH Chair

Hello AILA Queensland, 

Let’s first start with a huge congratulations to all our nominees and winners for the 2021 AILA QLD Awards! It was another year of record breaking entries and they did not disappoint. On the night there was a stunning array of projects displayed to us which were created by some of our very talented colleagues! A special mention to those who took home the Awards of Excellence; Fish Lane Town Square by RPS; Lucent by Form; Hillbrook Anglican School by Vee; Southport Spit Masterplan by Aspect Studios; Munro Martin Parklands by LA3 Design; and, The Magic Forest of Bradbury Park by Form.

The awards night itself was a ‘pinch ourselves’ moment given that we were all able to celebrate in the same room (whilst most of our other states and territory celebrations had to be virtual again this year) and we certainly didn’t take it for granted. The industry was out in force under the twinkling lights of The Grove Rooftop and it was wonderful to see so much mingling and laughs shared around the room. A huge thankyou to everyone who attended and made the night such a success!

If you did miss the night you can watch the 2021 AILA QLD Awards via AILA’s YouTube Channel, plus you can read/watch more about the award winning projects on the Awards Platform. I hope to see you all again soon at the next event, 

Taneile Nixon 
AILA QFRESH Chair


David Uhlmann, AILA Qld President

Hello QLD members,

The QLD Awards are ramping up, with the announcement of the 2021 QLD Landscape Architecture Awards winners next Thursday 17th June. Registrations for the face-to-face event are closing soon with limited tickets left, so book now. If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to join us online.

The People’s Choice Award voting is now closed, and around 500 lucky voters are now in the running to win a two-night package for two people thanks to Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort .The winner will be announced on Friday 18 June.

I joined ABC Radio last Friday to talk about the People’s Choice Award, in conjunction with this year’s QLD Awards. Listen to the interview here.

Chapter Executive nominations are closing 5pm 14th June. It is a great opportunity to advocate for what you are passionate about as a Landscape Architect and to help shape the future for the profession in QLD. Nominate now.

As always if you have anything you’d like to raise with the AILA Queensland Chapter, please get in touch.

Regards,
David Uhlmann
AILA Queensland President
 



The Australian Urban Design Awards (AUDA) have opened for nominations and will remain open until Tuesday, 20 July.

The AUDA serve to recognise contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality and to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country to strive for best practice in all projects. The awards are made up of four categories which are listed below.

Award categories

  • Built projects – city and regional scale
    This category recognises completed built projects that are at a town, suburb, city or region scale.
  • Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale
    This category recognises completed built projects at a site, local, or neighbourhood scale.
  • Leadership, advocacy and research – city and regional scale
    This category recognises proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a national, state/territory, regional or city scale.
  • Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale
    This category recognises proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a site, local or neighbourhood scale.

To find out more about the AUDA including how you can submit your nomination/s, click here to go to the dedicated AUDA website.


Tessa Leggo, AILA Qld Chapter Secretary 

Awards season is upon us!! 

If you were able to catch the launch last Thursday, you’d have noticed that Landscape Architecture is killing it!  A record number of entries and an extremely diverse field, you guys must have been super busy.  Instead of seeing a downturn from potential inactivity last year, we’ve seen quite the opposite.

It’s extremely exciting to see the quality of landscape being delivered and the depth of thought going into the betterment of our world and communities.

One new thing this year that I want to make sure you take advantage of, we have a People’s Choice Award for the first time.  Supported by the Courier Mails’ Home magazine, this is exposure we’ve never had access to before.  We need you to vote and share – to everyone in your social circles.  This is a huge opportunity to raise the profile of Landscape Architecture and we do ourselves a disservice if we don’t acknowledge the importance of our work, not just to the immediate surroundings, but how these projects shape environments and attitudes.

So give yourselves a pat on the back for being a part of the best profession ever, and I’ll see you on the 17th of June for the Awards Announcements.

Tomorrow marks the start of National Reconciliation Week and there are events happening online and locally that you can get involved, check them out here. We also encourage members to support the Uluru Statement with constitutional recognition and a Voice to Parliament. Find out more here. At a local level, in AILA QLD there have been discussions around deep reflection, cultural safety and how to build communication and relationships with our First Nations people.

And last, but not least, our Chapter Executive Nominations are open to join the AILA QLD Executive Committee from 2021 – 2023. We’d love to have more members on the committee, so check out all the information here and fill out your nomination. Please feel free to get in touch with any of the current executive to chat more about what’s involved!

 

Regards,
Tessa Leggo
AILA Qld Chapter Secretary 


Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood, AILA GOLD Co-Chairs

Hi AILA Gold Members,

We hope all our members, supporters and aligned professional groups continue to see exciting opportunities in the industry as we move into late Autumn 2021. 

With regard to local events, our AILA GOLD committee are excited to have kicked off our first Project Tour for the year with the Pizzey Park Tour last Friday afternoon.  The Committee was enthused by the great turnout and being able to see our members face to face. 

Thank you to our speakers on the day; Place Design Group’s Clint Wood & Andrew Comer who discussed the Masterplan, Vision and Process.  Thank you also to our sponsors Eureka Landscapes.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Project Tours across the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales throughout the remainder of the year. 

Feel free to get involved and nominate a project that you would like to see on the Park Tour Event Program.  Better yet, share your professional growth and learnings from a project that have personally worked on.  We would love to hear from you!

If you have anything else you wish to raise with the AILA GOLD, please get in touch.

Regards,
Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood
AILA GOLD Co-Chairs


Ode to Delwynn - By John Mongard

In memory: Remembering Delwynn Poulton (1935-2021)
 
In your island
surrounded by the brick veneers
stood a gate of bamboo
a slap to the suburbs
a glimpse of other shimmering light
and potential.

Inside was warmth.
Timber and Scandinavia.
and the ‘70’s, firming around
the scent of filtered coffee.

Your vivacious energy,
laughter and disrespect 
for convention
 sat firmly in the comfy lounge.

We took heart,
that homes
and gardens
could be thus:
crafted and individual.

fast forward twenty-five fast years:
I am surrounded by bamboo
and Scandinavian influences…

Our garden is a forest outpost
in a street of Greek concrete dreams
Whynot Street: indeed.
I think I can see Delwynn
poking through the greenery.
She talked to some of my neighbours actually:
when cataloguing
the vernaculars
and particulars
of gardens where dreams 
often led down unusual paths.

Inside the garden
she believed was a kernel
a hard and essential thing
which, when planted
unfolded into the tree
of landscape architecture

It was her energy
that carried.
We heard.
Others taught about words,
contracts, and other such matters.
Delwynn cared about the collaboration:
the making of things with craft 
and passion.
We listened.
She built trust and warmth
with builders and landscapers.
long term friendships.

I regret that now
I can’t tell her 
that all these things flowed on,
that even as I reach the other end 
of my design career
that these ideas are embedded
in our own paths and rivers.

In the halls of QUT 
her voice carried.
Students would be removed
for talking,
two strikes and you were out.
god help you then!

for those who cared about design,
there was no end
to how much time she would have,
and many sought counselling
in her office.

She shone with first year students,
giving direction
to confused minds.
Design studios were hectic affairs:
the particular things
that Delwyn valued most
had to carry.
She was tough on that.

Her office felt like a home.
her students sometimes
like her family.
a kind of mother for design.

Teaching is such a craft
and the best teachers
of my own past
were those who made
the dream possible:
painted the picture
of places we could make
planted the seed for the courage
to go your own way

I quietly thank Delwynn
for all that. And more.
Much more.

VALE DELWYNN.
Go your own way!

By John Mongard, AILA Member

Andrew Prowse & Tim Connor, AILA FNQ regional Co-Chairs

Hi AILA QLD Members, 
 
Tim here from  the AILA FNQ Regional Committee. Andrew Prowse and I continue to chair the AILA FNQ Regional Committee for our third year.
 
Winter is fast approaching which means North Queensland is the place to be with our upcoming mild winter. The industry across north Queensland has had a very hectic start to the year.
 
The AILA QLD awards announcement are approaching and the teams up here are very excited. Anecdotally I’m informed there are a number of strong entries from Regional and North Queensland this year.
 
The past 12 months have been rather interesting but with the shift in capacity in technology it has meant that our regional members have been enjoying some great online content that in the past we would have had to travel to see. That said I think we are all ready to head down and catch up with our AILA members in SEQ. 
 
My email and phone is open to Members in North Queensland that have any questions or quires related to AILA – I’m sure Andrew would extend the same courtesy. Contact [email protected] for our details. 
 
Many Thanks from FNQ, 
Tim Connor and Andrew Prowse - AILA FNQ regional Co-Chairs

Suzie Rawlinson, AILA Regional Landscapes Group Committee Chair

 

Hello Queensland Members,

I write this note from Brisbane, a city in lockdown again. While the kids are excited (because the school holidays have come early) this challenges our members again to work remotely while balancing family commitments. I do hope we emerge from this short lockdown healthy and safe and our members are able to enjoy a hard earned Easter break as planned.

It was great to see so many entries submitted in the AILA Awards, a total of 81 entries in Queensland, including 32 regional entries. The most hotly contested categories will be Health and Education Landscape, Play Spaces, Parks and Open Space, Small Projects and Urban Design. Keep an eye out for the Entry Reveal on Thursday 20 May when we will learn about all of the projects which have been submitted. I hope you can join us for the awards announcement (either online or in person) on Thursday 17 June to celebrate the winners.

Welcome to our new Jury Chair, Lauren Newton of Vee Design, who replaces Candy Rosmarin who unfortunately has had to step down from the role. Thank you to Candy for your contribution to the Jury so far.
Alan Chenoweth and I enjoyed delivering our LATITUDE workshop, the Masterclass for Landscape and Visual Assessment recently. We are looking forward to an online round table chat with participants that will allow us some additional time for further questions and discussion around the challenges and future landscape and visual assessment. 

Suzie Rawlinson,
AILA Regional Landscapes Group Committee Chair


Taneile Nixon, AILA Qfresh Chair

 

Hello Queensland,
 
I hope you have all been enjoying the cooler autumn weather roll in this week! 
 
The QFresh committee has kicked off the year with a spring in our step. Without dwelling too much on last year and the isolation it spread throughout our student community - This year we are more motivated than ever to deliver some much needed connection between our students, graduates and professionals, as well as distribute more educational content through our events + social media channels.
 
We feel as though the proof is already in the pudding for us – this year we have shared on our socials our “Back to Uni Started Pack” ; we have polled our community and shared some really interesting statistics  around Women in Landscape Architecture for IWD; and we have our first social event planned for this Friday where Landscape Architects take on Lawn Bowls at the Windsor Bowls Club!
 
We have a collection of ideas for future events this year including, hand drawing workshops, studio crawls, planting design tutorials, design charettes, trivia nights and much more. If you have any burning ideas or think you might be an expert in any of these areas with an interest in helping lead a workshop, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.  

To keep an eye on what Qfresh is up to and to find out more about our Lawn Bowls Event this week, please follow us on Instagram @qfresh_aila  and Facebook @AILAFRESHQLD
 
We hope to see you soon!

Regards,
Taneile Nixon 
AILA Qfresh Chair




Register now for this event

This future-focused panel discussion and networking event is presented by UQ School of Architecture and AILA and supported by event partner, Place Design Group.
The panelists will join us either in person or online, bringing expertise from across practice and research to explore international connections and projects, with a focus on the Asia Pacific.

This event is a satellite program of Living in the City, an exhibition commissioned by DFAT and Austrade to showcase the work of Australian-based and bi-lateral practices in Australia and China.

Panelists include:

Claire Martin, National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Mark Burgess, Managing Director, China at Place Design Group
Stephen Buckle from ASPECT Studios
Panel Chair: Dr Chris Boulton from the CityGreen Lab
Light refreshments will be provided.

Thank you to our event partner, Place Design Group, for supporting this event. Co hosted by UQ School of Architecture.

Register now


Melanie West, AILA Queensland Chapter Manager

Hello to all our Qld Members,

It was great to get out and see AILA and PLA members at the Parks Forum event last week at Southbank Parklands. It was typical hot, humid February weather and Shaun Walsh led a very insightful tour around the parklands. As restrictions continue to ease it is nice to have some face to face events again, yet retaining a good online presence for our regional members and those who prefer that format. Recently, we welcomed three new Registered Landscape Architects in Queensland – Rebecca McDonald, Kate Phillips, and Debbie Turner. Congratulations and thank you to all our interview panellists and mentors for continuing to support the registration process.

With updates to the Strategic plan at a National level, there are a number of key focus areas and activities at the Chapter level being supported by the AILA Qld Executive, sub-committees and stakeholders, including:  

  • 2021 Awards program: We look forward to seeing some great award entries to showcase the profession in Queensland – remember entries close on March 24! You can Enter here.
  • ‘Be a Landscape Architect’ high school engagement program
  • Advocating to local and state government around important local issues 
  • Recommencing practice visits from the AILA Qld Executive and Chapter Manager. If you would like us to come out to your practice, please let me know.
  • Quality online and local CPD events
  • Collaborating more with allied professions, partners and stakeholders to increase the value of AILA and the profession

Nominations will open in May for the 2021 -2023 AILA Qld Chapter Executive (announced at the ACM in July). If you are interested in finding out more about what’s involved please get in contact or talk to a current Executive member. Thank you to all our wonderful members who help out in different capacities to support the Chapter. We are always looking for members to get involved more in the chapter; whether it’s joining a committee, becoming a career ambassador, joining the RLA interview panel or mentoring, sharing your expertise with other members or sharing information that you think would benefit other members. So please get in touch!

Regards,
Melanie West
AILA Queensland Chapter Manager


David Roberts, Advocacy Chair

Hello, I hope you are busy and well into the New Year.  

Landscape Architects are constantly being challenged to accept mediocre results. Whether it is being dominated by Engineering works, tree removals due to ‘inconvenience’ or Local Authorities fast tracking development for the sake of the economy, we are constantly being challenged in many areas.  

Some huge infrastructure changes are underway in the South East corner.

As Landscape Architects our profession has an important and crucial role to protect, enhance and build sustainable communities for future generations.  Engineering and built form are dominating the landscape, and, in some areas, the ‘landscape’ is struggling to keep up. 

Let’s not accept a ‘whatever’ attitude but encourage our Clients, Consultant Teams, and State and Local Authorities to achieve higher landscape standards in our micro and macro developments, in our Cities and across our State. This is done through communication and participation. If you’d like to participate more, there are plenty of opportunities. Contact the AILA office.  

In the words of JFK.

“Ask not what your AILA can do for you – ask what you can do for your AILA”

Have a great week. 


Regards,
David Roberts
Advocacy Chair


Tessa Leggo, AILA QLD Secretary 

Greetings All from sunny, hot and humid Brisbane.  I’m loving the weather and so are the plants.  With great summer rain, everything is looking green and revitalised.  Over this summer our state has experienced rainfall that has brought relief to areas effected by long term drought, and flooding to others.  But it important to remember a summer of rain doesn’t change long term water patterns and ground water imbalance.  BOM has cited that rainfall deficiencies continue in southeast Queensland and more worryingly, rootzone soil moisture is still drier than average across areas in central and southern Queensland.  

So don’t let complacency sneak in.  Every drop of water is part of our world’s resources and we’re in a privileged position to potentially direct, utilise, and improve this resource.  From the smallest garden to largest infrastructure project, we can make decisions that aid increased permeability and retention of water in the landscape, which is the fundamental basis from which we can grow a vege patch, a streetscape or even a community.

If you’re lucky enough to feel the rain on your head this weekend – celebrate it.  But don’t forget its importance to your work.

Regards,
Tessa Leggo,
AILAQLD Secretary


Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood, AILA GOLD Co-Chairs 

Hi All & Happy New Year!

We hope all our members, supporters and aligned professional groups are rested, rejuvenated, and are approaching 2021 with a positive outlook.  

Our AILA GOLD committee are excited at the thought of kicking off a few of the initiatives that have been discussing through 2020 and COVID restrictions. Through this period the AILA GOLD Committee have continued to meet as regularly as possible and hope to engage with local professionals and associated industry groups through knowledge sharing events and project site visits.  We will keep you all updated with dates for these events and look forward to your participation and shared learning.

For the year ahead, we look forward to continuing our advocacy with the new Government and allied professionals so we encourage increased member involvement on the Gold Coast.  We will be aiming to strengthen our professional voice and overall presence of AILA GOLD and its members.

As always if you have anything you’d like to raise with the AILA GOLD, please get in touch.
 
Regards,
Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood
AILA GOLD Co-Chairs