Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees in the 2020 AILA SA + NT Landscape Architecture Awards!

The SA awards announcement was livestreamed on Friday 24 July and will be available for viewing via the AILA National YouTube Account in the next week.

For more detailed information about the nominees and winners, please visit the 2020 AILA SA Winners Gallery.

The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in South Australia. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of landscape architect’s work, and demonstrates to industry, business, government and the wider community the positive impact the profession has on Australian lives through the planning and design of the built and natural environments.

Key Dates

Awards Events
Chapter Awards Night:   Friday 24 July - Registrations opening early July.
National Awards Night: Thursday 15 October 2020  (Format to be confirmed)

Chapter Awards & National Awards Announcement:   Details will be released soon on Awards Announcements events following on from COVID-19 event implications.  We are currently exploring new and creative ways to deliver the Awards Announcements virtually in 2020.  We're excited to announce the awards in an engaging and innovative way and expand our reach through this online presence. Chapter Awards & National Awards Announcement:   If you have ideas you want to share via email [email protected]

Awards Categories


Projects in this category are constructed landscape projects in and surrounding institutional spaces including educational, health or aged care facilities. Projects in this category demonstrate how the design contributes to the usability and operation of the facility and the wellbeing of the user.




Projects in this category are constructed urban landscape projects that are public in nature and capture and contribute to the culture and amenity of the urban environment.



Projects in this category are constructed public parks and open space, or strategic open space projects that balance the demand for recreation, culture and the environment.



Projects in this category are constructed play spaces or strategies which promote the notion of active play and embraces the temporal elements of the active play space.



Projects in this category are constructed landscape infrastructure projects, landscape strategies or works associated with civil infrastructure that demonstrates the successful integration of landscape values and which contribute to a future sustainability.



Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies that demonstrate the restoration, conservation, enhancement, maintenance, or adaptive reuse of culturally significant sites.



Projects in this category are constructed projects or strategies for the restoration, conservation or management of significant landscapes that demonstrate a tangible physical outcome. The project may recognise and reconcile the natural and cultural values of communities and the landscape in which they are placed.



Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate excellence in landscape design and demonstrate a tangible contribution to tourism, either nationally or in the local region that significantly enhances the profile of the area.



Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate how the design, construction management and built outcome contributes to the wellbeing of the urban setting through the improvement of social interaction, economic activity, liveability, accessibility and safety.



Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects and include strategic design and guiding policy documents and visual assessments for urban development, residential and planned communities, local community and rural or regional planning.



Projects in this category include published works in research and or practice that extend the knowledge base and advocacy of landscape architecture.



Projects in this category included constructed projects or strategies delivered either: As a pro bono service (or significantly reduced fee) to the community OR have positively impacted a disadvantaged individual or group of users who wouldn’t normally have access to design expertise.
Entrants should be able to clearly demonstrate the benefit provided by the project to the communities, cultural groups and/or neighbourhoods in which they are located in or serve (e.g. through client letters of support explicitly referring to benefits gained). Projects will demonstrate sound principles or values of landscape architecture, and must be sufficiently focused around the role of the landscape architect as opposed to contributing to a wider community development.



Projects in this category include those considered to be 'small' in terms of size or budget. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by size or budget restrictions, but have achieved a level of invention and creativity beyond these constraints.



Projects in this category include constructed private and public gardens that contribute to the role and understanding of the garden in contemporary society and culture.



Projects in this category include constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate a contribution to landscape architecture internationally.
Please note the International Awards are part of the National Awards program and are not judged at the state level. Enter the International Awards here.


Additional Award Information


2020 AILA SA Future Leaders Student Award

This award recognises achievement in design, planning, communications and research that is based
upon the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions to landscape architectural
challenges. Submissions shall comprise work undertaken as part of formal studies in an AILA approved
Landscape Architectural course or activities and initiatives undertaken while enrolled in an approved
course. The applicant is to be nominated by the program coordinator of the AILA accredited course. The
student must be a student member of AILA.

2020 AILA SA Future Leaders Graduate Landscape Architect Award
This award recognises achievement in design, planning, communications and research that is based
upon the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions to landscape architectural
challenges. The submission is to be nominated by an employer. The entrant must be a graduate member
of the AILA and must have graduated from an AILA accredited landscape architectural course no more
than four years previously.

Click here for Future Leader Criteria and Submission Requirements

2020 Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award
We are delighted to confirm the Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) SA Award will run again in 2020, as an initiative of HPHP SA and AILA SA that recognises a built landscape architecture project that best demonstrates the Six Key Principles for Quality Open Space as detailed in the document, “Creating Greener Places for Healthy and Sustainable Communities” .  Projects will be eligible for consideration based on the entries captured as part of the 2020 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Awards program – there is no separate entry process or fee. 

Please contact your local Chapter Manager for further details. 

State Jury

Daniel Bennett FAILA - AILA SA President

Daniel is a shaper of things/ideas wrangler/strategy specialist/scenario maker and question asker. He has design and strategy experience spanning 20 years of practice in private and public sectors across Australia, China, and the United Kingdom. He recently established his design practice, DJB_LA Pty Ltd, and currently leading an urban design package for Architectus on Melbourne's Airport Rail Link (Vic), a place/movement study with Arup for DPTI (SA) and an urban design and landscape strategy for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct (NSW) for Jensen PLUS. Between 2014 and 2019 he was Associate Director of Strategy and Design at the City of Adelaide included development of the award winning Adelaide Design Manual, the city’s guide to creating great public spaces and streets. He is the current State President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) South Australia, and is a past National President and Fellow of AILA.

Alex Game - AILA 

Alex graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Architecture in 2009. Alex then joined local practice Oxigen, leading several major award winning projects including Adelaide Oval, O-Bahn City Access, Kingston Foreshore (Canberra) and the recent Mt Barker Sports Hub. He has worked across North America with PFS Studio (The American Architecture Prize, Landscape Architecture + Urban Design Firm of the Year, 2016), and in 2019 Alex founded LANDSKAP Studio. Alex is a landscape architect and urban designer with broad experience spread across landscape, urban design, architecture, planning, environmental and infrastructure projects. With a passion for design and public life, Alex seeks to enhance city, community and individual wellbeing across a breadth of project scales and types.

Sophie Cleland

For 20 years Sophie has provided design and project leadership across a range of community civic and public projects. With a clear preference for articulating the human connection in architecture, Sophie is motivated by engaging with communities through architecture. She has worked at many scales on institutional, public realm, urban and regional projects and developed the skills to deliver award-winning complex projects in challenging environments.

Heath Edwards - FAILA

Heath is a passionate advocate for the design profession in South Australia, and believes that design exists in-between the realms of art and science and integrates culture, people and the environment.
With a career that spans public sector and private practice, Heath has been fortunate enough to work on an extremely broad range of projects. Heath is also active with both the Planning Institute and Institute of Landscape Architects, serving as State Co-President for AILA in 2014-2015. Recently Heath has been awarded as a Fellow of AILA for his services to the profession.

Janelle Arbon - AILA 

Janelle is a Registered Landscape Architect, AILA SA Chapter Co-Vice President and PhD Candidate currently working at the City of Onkaparinga. With over 15 years’ experience in the field she has extensive experience as a landscape architect, urban designer and project manager on a broad spectrum of projects across Australia and Internationally in private practice and public sectors.  Janelle has led, designed and delivered a range of significant and complex landscape, urban design, architecture, planning, environmental and infrastructure projects. These include notable South Australian projects recognised by AILA awards, such as the Tidlangga Playspace and Pocket Orchard, Pelzer Park/ Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub and the M2 Building and the Plasso development.  Her previous roles have allowed Janelle to work on multi-disciplinary projects interacting and collaborating with the community, designers and contractors, promoting design-led thinking to achieve a positive socially sustainable outcome.

Paul Herzich - AILA 

Award winning Aboriginal landscape architect and visual artist Paul Herzich is the only practicing Aboriginal landscape architect in Australia. He has a passion for the integration of Aboriginal cultures in the landscape and a strong focus on the health and well-being, and representation of Aboriginal people, art and culture in the public realm. Paul was the first Aboriginal student to complete a Bachelor of Design Studies in 2000 and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2002 at the University of Adelaide, SA. Paul regularly holds his own Aboriginal art exhibitions and travels across the country to publicly discuss Indigenous landscape architecture to practioners, students and the general public. Paul is based in Adelaide, which is his traditional country. He has been in the landscape industry for 30 years and the visual art industry for 15 years. Paul has considerable experience in infrastructure and public realm project delivery. Paul was an executive member of the AILA SA Chapter for 12 years and is now a member of a number of AILA National Committees, including Co-Chair of the Connection to Country Committee.

Helen Donovan 

Dr Helen Donovan is a health psychologist, a councillor at the City of Adelaide and the Executive Director of Walking SA. She focuses on creating wellbeing outcomes through all levels of intervention – from physically shaping the urban environment and optimising policy settings, through to motivating individual behaviour change. Her work has encompassed: analysing and developing policy to influence health outcomes for federal government agencies; developing, implementing and evaluating workplace health behaviour change interventions for Victoria Police; individual and group counselling within the Australian Defence Force; coordinating the roll-out of a state-wide behaviour change program for the Heart Foundation, and lecturing in behaviour change.  

National Jury

Shaun Walsh FAILA - National President

Shaun has a professional background in Town Planning, Environmental Management and Landscape Architecture with various roles in local, state and federal government and well as a design manager in a private practice. He studied Landscape Architecture as a post graduate at a later age and has established his landscape architecture career at a management level. He is the Chief Executive Officer of City Parklands P/L in Brisbane which is a commercial entity that manages South Bank and Roma Street Parklands and its 12 million visitors a year on behalf of the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government. Shaun is also a Director of Oxley Creek Transformation P/L which is overseeing $100 million open space renewal of the Oxley Creek Corridor on behalf of Brisbane City Council. On a personal level Shaun is a keen gardener, having established a large estate garden in the Sunshine Coast hinterland over 16 years, with previous smaller gardens being open to the public. He is also a committed volunteer of Landcare and organiser of “Great Noosa Trail Walk” which raises profile of the local landscape and fundraises for local community groups.

Barbara Gdowski

Barbara has been working for 30 years within the built form and land development industries as an executive manager, design practitioner, senior development manager, and client representative for both the public and private sector. A qualified architect, Barbara is currently the Manager of the State Design Review Panel, a state government initiative which aims to put quality design at the centre of all development. Barbara’s core interest is to contribute in a truly meaningful way to improving the quality of the built environment so as to reduce the pressure on the natural environment. She is devoted to design excellence and sustainability in all its forms.

Garth Paterson FAILA

Garth is an Urban Designer and Landscape Architect with over 27 years experience. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from The University of Canberra and a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. In 2011, he was recognised as a leader in his profession and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. He is a past State AILA president of the NSW chapter. Garth is also an active professional review panel member on over ten State and Local Government panels on a range of State Significant and Local Planning issues. During the past fifteen years he has led internal developer and consultant teams on many of Australia’s largest mixed use and residential developments; delivering balanced public / private outcomes in the development of the built environment.

Sarah Bendeich AILA

Sarah is a landscape architect, planner and place maker at the City of Hobart. She has a keen interest in retrofitting Hobart’s streets and public spaces to make the city more walkable, bikeable, sociable and sustainable.  Sarah was design lead for award winning projects including the Hobart Waterfront upgrade, Franklin Square renewal and Hobart Rivulet shared path, and more recently has led deeply collaborative community placemaking projects to develop shared visions for change. She has come to understand the political complexity of local government, and the creative potential within it to achieve meaningful change.

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca is the recipient of the Landscape Architecture Centenary Scholarship and winner of the 2019 AILA Karl Langer award. Her pioneering work exploring drought in Queensland has been published in Landscape Architecture Australia. She maintains a strong design philosophy to reject paradigms; embrace complexity, weird ideas, the marginalized and vulnerable to construct alternative possibilities. Highly valuing technical rigor with on-ground, inclusive work processes and outcomes, she believes the field of landscape architecture has great capacity to spark new ways of living, thinking and interaction amongst people and land.  Rebecca is incredibly excited to be on the jury panel and look forward to being inspired by the best works our profession has to offer.  

Naomi Barun AILA

Naomi oversees rapidly evolving campus environments in her role as lead of the Campus Planning and Design team at the University of Melbourne. Through her work she is able to develop a robust approach to campus design, linking the future uses and needs of the organisation, with the campus’ unique sense of place and the practicalities of construction and operation. She is passionate about creating a legacy of unique campus experiences, through her leadership and advocacy of quality design outcomes. 

Jefa Greenaway

Jefa Greenaway is a nationally recognised architect, Director of Greenaway Architects, academic at the University of Melbourne, design advocate and regular design commentator on ABC Radio Melbourne. He’s championed Indigenous led design thinking for two decades, including as co-founder of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria (IADV), and as co-author of the International Indigenous Design Charter. As a founding signatory of Architects Declare Australia, he has sought to foreground architecture’s role in to tackling the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. Jefa is a co-curator (with Tristan Wong) of the Australian exhibition at La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2020. Photo credit: Peter Casamento.

Entry Process

Entry into the AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program is limited to a person, or a team where the landscape architectural component is under the substantive control or direction of a person, who is a Registered Landscape Architect or Member (financial) and principal of the practice (who is an owner or formal licensee of the copyright in the work being entered). To be eligible for entry, projects (where applicable) must have at least reached practical completion and be in all other respects complete to the point of enabling proper assessment by the Jury, no later than 31 December 2019.  Entries will be considered in the Chapter in which the project is located, regardless of the business address of the entrant.  Any project located outside Australia will only be eligible for an award in the International category.

To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee of $320+GST (per entry).  Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required. Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on 7 April 2020.

Your entry into the awards is completed by our online platform, Awards Force.  Entrants are able to start their entry as in progress before submitting.  To assist in your preparation of your submission, please read the following important documents:



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