How are practices responding to key issues and changing contexts of the profession through their research, projects and everyday operations? And what do they see the next several years looking like—the opportunities for projects, practice approaches and advocacy?
Landscape Practice Futures is an online symposium hosted by AILA, RMIT and the University of Melbourne. The event surveys a diversity of landscape practices, asking each to describe their design ethos and model of operation, as well as how they are responding to key issues and contexts of the profession in Australia:
- Gender Equity
- Climate Emergency
- Disruption and crisis, both local and global, including COVID-19-related impacts to the economy and working arrangements and cyclical/increasingly frequent crises, such as bushfires.
Part of RMIT/Melbourne Uni’s annual LA Professional Practice curriculum, the symposium will be held via Zoom and opened to AILA members this year, given the relevance of this discussion to both graduates and established practitioners alike.
The Symposium will cover three themes and will be moderated by Claire Martin (AILA Fellow, AILA National Board, Associate Director of Oculus) and Kyle Bush (Lecturer, RMIT and Co-Chair of the AILA Victoria Education Committee).
1. Working Big (6-7pm)
– large-scale practices and the method of operation, design thinking, research, challenges and the opportunities working big presents – Mark Haycox (HASSELL), Matthew Mackay and Anne-Marie Pisani (ASPECT), Paul Appleton (Nelson Byrd Woltz)
2. Emergent practices (7-8pm)
– what does the new start up look like, what makes them different, what is the operation and design ethos, what are the challenges and opportunities in light of changing society, climate and values – Simone Bliss (SBLA), Steve Mintern (OFFICE), Stuart Beekmeyer
3. Value proposition (8-9pm)
– in what other areas are landscape architects present, what is the changing role and influences on current and future thinking, what is the bigger picture for LA – Emily Wong (Landscape Architecture Australia magazine), Adrian Gray (Brimbank City Council), Jillian Wallis (University of Melbourne)
Please feel free to join for all three sessions or for one or two.