QLD News 2021

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!

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!

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. 

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.

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.
Michael Mitchell & Clint Wood

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