The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Western 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.

The Award were held on 31 July 2020 in our first face-to-face event in months at The Old Pickle Factory, the event was also live streamed and can be viewed on the AILA National YouTube Channel.

All of the winners can be viewed at the AILA WA Winners Gallery

Key Dates

Awards Entries
Entries Open:    Tuesday 18 February 2020
Entries Close:    Tuesday 7 April 2020 (extended from 31 March 2020)

Awards Events
Chapter Awards Night:  Friday 31 July 2020
National Awards Night: Thursday 15 October 2020

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

Emerging Achiever Award

Emerging Achiever is awarded to an AILA Member Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student who is showing promise to the profession of landscape architecture through the excellence in their design work, involvement in AILA Fresh and their generosity in professional exchange with their fellow students and AILA members.

Future Leader Award

Future Leader is awarded to an AILA Graduate Member landscape architect who is in the early stage of their career (within five years of graduating) who is showing promise to the profession of landscape architecture through the excellence in their design work, leadership within AILA Fresh and their generosity in professional exchange within their practice and externally with AILA members.

The criteria for the Emerging Achiever and Future Leader categories are:

Using the three Core Qualities of Thinking, Leadership and Results judges will be assessing the entries based on who has best demonstrated contribution to the profession of Landscape Architecture and consistent with the intent of the Award.
Submissions will include a 1000 word (maximum) document for the chosen Award Category and should contain:

- demonstrating value to the profession and application of Landscape Architecture principles.
- demonstrating their merit consistent with the intent of the Award.
- one Page personal biography including achievements, highlights and volunteer community and/or professional experiences.
- a letter of recommendation from a third party e.g. direct employer, manager or client, educator.
- three pages maximum of A4/A3 evidence demonstrating any claims made in the submission e.g. drawings, photos, and other award.

Submission requirements

Each submission for Emerging Achiever and Future Leader entry is to be supplied via DropBox to [email protected] by 11.59pm WST, Tuesday 31 March and include:
- Completed Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Award Submission Form
- PDF document (maximum of five pages) outlining the outstanding work undertaken by the individual and how it addresses the Australian Landscape Principles.
- A statement from the Nominator about the Student/Graduate.
- Optional: Any other information that may assist the jury in their decision.
- Optional: Up to eight images as JPEG files including both Hi Resolution and Low Resolution

Note: there are currently no National Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Awards, this may change with the introduction of People Recognition Awards in the future.
No entry fee is required Emerging Achiever and Future Leader Awards submissions.


If you require further information about the AILA WA Landscape Architecture Awards program, please contact:
Carmen Williams
AILA WA Manager
[email protected]
0499 112 752

State Jury

Nathan Greenhill AILA  - JURY CHAIR

A Landscape Architect with a passion for planning and design of recreation and tourism experiences in natural areas ensuring people can connect with and appreciate WA’s unique landscapes. Coordinator of the Recreation, Planning and Design Unit in Western Australia’s Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and AILA WA President 2015-2017. 

Brett Wood-Gush

Brett is uniquely qualified, holding degrees in Architecture, Town Planning and a Masters of Urban Design. He has over 25 years local and international experience in government and private practice.

Brett’s collaboration with Landscape Architects spans from the award winning 6 Star Green Star rated masterplan community of Alkimos to the nationally recognised Scarborough Foreshore. His is a chair of the Development WA Design Review Panel and sits on a number of design advocacy committees.

He is Precinct Design Director on projects with DevelopmentWA and Metronet.

Sabrina Hahn

Sabrina Hahn is a whole lot of Hort with Heart – a master gardener, horticultural expert, radio presenter and writer. She has passion for the creation of sustainable environments that make cities more livable. Her aim is to educate listeners in the importance of creating biodiversity in their own backyards. She believes that the diminishing green spaces in urban areas play a vital role in returning biodiversity into cities and offering people a space for physical and mental well-being.

Peter Woodward FAILA

Peter has a broad professional experience with over 30 years in private practice, taking numerous projects from initial sketches to construction. In addition to core work within the urban design, recreation and multi residential sectors, he has undertaken numerous heritage- based projects which have been approached with a sensitive sense of place design, focussing upon the public realm. He was honoured by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects with a Fellowship in 2016.

Peter sat on the Rottnest Heritage Advisory Committee between 2005-2010 and was an active member of the Heritage Council’s Register Committee from 2012 -2019. Peter sits on the board of the Fremantle Biennale and also curated the 2019 architectural component -UNIT.  Peter is a Director at Woodward Design.

Daniel Firns AILA

Daniel provides design leadership for the UDLA studio and is known as a collegiate and generous collaborator - equally comfortable working alongside other design professionals and laypeople alike. Daniel is focused on determining the best and simplest outcomes for each project on a place by place basis - bringing no stylistic agendas to the table and instead relying on a robust and expansive ideas driven design process that is grounded in strong fundamentals.

Kate FitzGerald RAIA
Kate FitzGerald founded Whispering Smith Architects in 2011, with the intention of delivering high-quality urban infill housing in Perth. To further this aim, Kate also took on the role of Developer in 2014, building one of Perth’s first carbon-neutral triplex developments in Scarborough, which include the State AIA Award winning small project, House A. Kate is a prolific public speaker and writer, and has utilised these platforms to become a positive and passionate advocate for better housing in Perth. 

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

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 31 March 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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