About the AILA Landscape Architecture Awards Program

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

For questions please contact your local Chapter for State Awards programs, and [email protected] for the National Awards program.   

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$380 + GST
2024 entries open 6 February
Entries close at 11:59pm AEDT, 13 March 2024

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Stage 2: National Awards

Winners of the Chapter awards programs will be proceeding to the National Awards program.

International entrants are announced in the national program.

Water for Life Award - SA State Based Award

Proudly supported by SA Water!

We are delighted to confirm the second year of our State based Water for Life Award in partnership with SA Water. Entries now open - select as a category in the Awards entry Platform!

With urban greening critical to creating liveable, healthy and thriving communities, this award recognises innovative, effective and efficient use of water to create green spaces.

The Award is a partnership between SA Water and AILA SA, and will celebrate South Australian expertise that champions the role of water in creating liveable towns and cities.

The 2024 Water for Life Award is free to enter (using Code - WFL2024 at checkout) for all AILA members, for projects which meet the Awards Criteria and Submission Requirements.

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AILA 2023 SA Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Space | AILA 2023 SA Healthy Parks Healthy People Award | Kensington Wama / Kensington Gardens Reserve | ASPECT Studios, Southfront, The City of Burnside | Kaurna Meyunna Yerta | Photo: Dan Schultz

Awards Information

Enter the Awards

Entrants must complete an online entry form and pay the entry fee.  For full entry requirements view the Entry Guide.  Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Awards. 

Key awards dates

Don’t miss an important upcoming Awards date. View all the Chapter and National important events: entries opening, entry deadlines, and Awards presentations.

SA Awards Jury

The Landscape Architecture Awards jury serves an important role in determining Awards in recognition of exceptional Landscape Architecture practice. The jury awards practices and members in confirmation of talent, commitment, and design excellence.

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Awards Categories

16 National Awards categories across varying disciplines are awarded Landscape Architecture Awards and Awards of Excellence in recognition of outstanding work in these areas. The National Awards program includes a category of International.

Awards Guides & Policies

To assist in your preparation of your submission, please read important Landscape Architecture Awards program documents.

Past Landscape Architecture Awards

Reflect on historical Awards programs, listing all National and Chapter winners.

New State Award as part of 2023 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Awards Program  

Water for Life Award proudly supported by SA Water 

We are delighted to announce a new State Award will be part of this year’s Awards program. Entries open on 7 February 2023! With urban greening critical to creating liveable, healthy and thriving communities, this award recognises innovative, effective and efficient use of water to create green spaces. The inaugural Water for Life award is a partnership between SA Water and AILA SA, and will celebrate South Australian expertise that champions the role of water in creating liveable towns and cities. The 2023 Water for Life awards is free to enter for all AILA members, for projects which meet the Water for Life Award Criteria and Submission Requirements.

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Enter the new 2023 SA Landscape Architecture Award: Water for Life Award

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AILA 2023 SA Award of Excellence for Land Management | AILA 2023 SA Healthy Parks Healthy People Award | South Parklands Wetland | T.C.L | Kaurna Country | Photo: Jackie Gu

2024 SA Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award Winning Projects 

This Award is proudly supported by Wellbeing SA and the Department for Environment and Water – Green Adelaide 

This state based award is an initiative of Healthy Parks Healthy People 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. Criteria Document Coming Soon.

ShadeSmart Award: New AILA SA Landscape Architecture Award

We are delighted to announce a new State Award will be part of this year’s Awards program. AILA’s partnership with the Cancer Council NSW & Cancer Institute NSW to advance the ShadeSmart Program is an important opportunity for Landscape Architects to lead quality planning and design for Shade and UV skin cancer prevention in Australia through the delivery of sustainable public spaces and healthy communities.

 

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2023 AILA SA ShadeSmart Award | NSW Urban Tree Canopy - targets and controls | Gallagher Studio with Studio Zanardo | On Country (All traditional owners in NSW) | Photo: Gallagher Studio

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2023 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Small Projects | AILA 2023 SA Award of Excellence for Small Projects | Fire Circle | T.C.L | Kaurna Country | Photo: Jackie Gu

View the 2023 Awards

Take a moment to reflect and appreciate last years winners and entrants of the SA Landscape Architecture Awards.

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2022 AILA SA Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage | Wangayarta | Co-designed by Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC), the Kaurna Community and Oxigen | Kaurna | Photo: Haidarr Jones

Awards Categories

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2020 AILA SA Award of Excellence for Health and Education Landscape | 2020 Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award Winner | Paringa Park Primary School | Peter Semple Landscape Architects | Kaurna | Photo: Jason Tyndall

Health and Education Landscape

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.

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2022 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape | 2022 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape | Mollison Park | RPS | Turrbal and Yuggera people | Photo: Scott Burrows

Civic Landscape

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 around them. Projects will demonstrate how the landscape architecture has contributed to the overall outcomes.

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2021 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Space | 2021 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Space | Bina Parkland | Ecoscape | Whadjuk Nyoongar | Photo: Michael Macaulay

Parks and Open Space

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.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Play Spaces | 2020 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Award for Play Spaces | Para Wirra Nature Playspace | TCL | Kaurna Nation | Photo: Emily Taylor

Play Spaces

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.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Infrastructure | 2020 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape | Aerodrome Road Intersection | Hassell | Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi | Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

Infrastructure

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.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Cultural Heritage | 2020 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage | UWA Cultural Heritage Mapping | UDLA | Whadjuk Nyoongar | Photo: Jason Thomas

Cultural Heritage

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

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2022 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Land Management | University of Newcastle - Delprat Garden | University of Newcastle, School of Architecture & Built Environment | Awabakal Country | Photo: Miranda Cunningham

Land Management

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.

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2022 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | 2022 AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism | Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Design | Thomson Hay Landscape Architects | Wergaia Peoples (Boorong clan) | Photo: Anne Morley

Tourism

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.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design | 2020 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Urban Design | The Rocks Laneway | UDLA | Yamatji | Photo: Josh Monagan

Urban Design

Projects in this category are constructed or strategic projects that demonstrate how the design, construction management and built outcome of the landscape, contributes to the wellbeing of the urban setting through the improvement of social interaction, economic activity, liveability, accessibility and safety. Projects will have a specific focus on how landscape architecture has contributed to the urban design outcome.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning | 2020 AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award for Infrastructure | Maribyrnong Waterfront IWM | REALMstudios | Kulin Nation | Photo: REALMstudios

Landscape Planning

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.

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Research, Policy and Communications | 2020 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award for Research, Policy and Communications | Sunshine Coast Design Strategy and Book | Sunshine Coast Council | Jinibara and Kabi Kabi people | Photo: Andrew Maccoll

Research, Policy and Communications

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

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Community Contribution | 2020 AILA WA Award of Excellence for Community Contribution | Saint Joseph’s Nature Play Master Plan | Ecoscape Australia Pty Ltd | Miriwoong | Photo: Nicole Croudace

Community Contribution

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).

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2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Small Projects | System Garden Rainforest Walk | SBLA Studio | Wurundjeri | Photo: Wade Trevean

Small Projects

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.

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2020 National Landscape Architecture Award for Gardens | 2020 QLD Award of Excellence for Gardens | Domic | James Birrell Design Lab | Kabi Kabi | Photo: Scott Burrows

Gardens

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.

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2020 AILA National Award of Excellence for International | Feng River Park | GVL Gossamer | Sha'anxi Province, China | Photo: GVL Gossamer

International

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.

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2022 AILA National Award of Excellence for Tourism | 2022 AILA Victoria Award of Excellence for Tourism | 2022 AILA National Regional Achievement Award | Grampians Peaks Trail (Gariwerd) | McGregor Coxall, Noxon Giffen | Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation & Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation | Photo: Shannon McGrath

Regional Achievement

This is a cross category award given in recognition of landscape architecture that has made a significant difference to improving the healthy communities and/or built and natural environments of regional Australia. Chapter Executives in collaboration with the Chapter Jury will determine the eligible key regions for their Chapter program.

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2016 National Award of Excellence for Civic | 2015 QLD Award of Excellence for Civic | Lady Cilento Children's Hospital | Landscape Architect: Conrad Gargett | Turrbal | Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

Climate Positive Design

This is a cross category Award given in recognition of landscape architecture projects that have shown significant contribution to climate positive design. Entrants may opt in to this award and provide additional documentation on how their project has shown a strong effort toward climate mitigation, climate adaptation while also contribution to social, environmental and or economic benefits. Refer to the entry guide (page 4) for additional documentation required to submit for this award.

2024 AILA SA Future Leaders Student and Graduate Awards

These two awards recognise achievement in design, planning, communications and research that is based upon the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions to landscape architectural challenges. Know a student or graduate member that you’d like to nominate? Check out all the details required via the Entry Form.

Additional Award Categories

SA 2024 ShadeSmart Award

Projects in this category will be acknowledged for their contribution to  best practice Shade & UV planning, design, and innovative practice.  The award winners design will reinforce the pivotal role that LA’s play in the design of public spaces and advocating for sustainable and healthy communities and demonstrate leadership in sustainable and climate responsive practice at a time of national and international focus.

The judges will be looking at the following criteria :

• Demonstrated best practice in policy and planning for shade and UV effectiveness,
• Innovative design that delivers structured and natural shade outcomes to support healthy 
living, human wellbeing, and climate responsive solutions,
• Contribution by Landscape Architects to ‘ShadeSmart’ research, education and/or 
community engagement

Enter the AILA SA Awards and opt into the ShadeSmart Category. The ShadeSmart Award is a SA Award only that can be given in conjunction of one of the 15 main award category. 

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AILA 2023 SA Award of Excellence for Land Management | AILA 2023 SA Healthy Parks Healthy People Award | South Parklands Wetland | T.C.L | Kaurna Country | Photo: Jackie Gu

2024 Healthy Parks Healthy People SA Award

We are delighted to confirm the Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) SA Award will run again in 2024, 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 2023 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Awards program – there is no separate entry process or fee.  More info coming soon.

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AILA 2023 SA Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Space | AILA 2023 SA Healthy Parks Healthy People Award | Kensington Wama / Kensington Gardens Reserve | ASPECT Studios, Southfront, The City of Burnside | Kaurna Meyunna Yerta | Photo: Dan Schultz

2024 Water for Life Award

State Award as part of 2024 AILA SA Landscape Architecture Awards Program 

With urban greening critical to creating liveable, healthy and thriving communities, this award recognises innovative, effective and efficient use of water to create green spaces.

The Award is a partnership between SA Water and AILA SA, and will celebrate South Australian expertise that champions the role of water in creating liveable towns and cities.

The 2024 Water for Life Award is free to enter for all AILA members, for projects which meet the Awards Criteria and Submission Requirements.

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2024 SA Awards Jury

Announced soon.

Carina Green

Jury Chair

Carina brings a diverse knowledgebase and a passion for innovation and design leadership. Working in large multi-disciplinary teams she has been able to hone her skills in effective design communication. She is committed to creating thriving spaces, placing emphasis on creating designs that respond sensitively to the environment, and exceed community and cultural needs. With more than 15 years’ experience in both private and the public sector, Carina currently leads a team of landscape architects and designers at the City of Adelaide and has had the unique opportunity to work on transformational projects that not only push boundaries within a challenging political environment, but deliver and implement innovative, quality, and inclusive design outcomes. She is an advocate for fostering open communication, facilitating collaboration and strengthening connections and bringing a holistic and adaptive approach to design. As an active registered member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, holding a position on the AILA SA Executive Committee, she continues to be inspired through mentoring others, and supporting and encouraging professional development. 

Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers is a registered landscape architect with over nine years experience in both local government and private practice. She has worked on a variety of public space projects within Adelaide including streetscapes, open spaces and playspaces. Stephanie is passionate about the integration of green infrastructure within the urban environment and is an advocate for the provision and preservation of quality green spaces. Stephanie has served as an Executive Member of the SA chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) for the last 5 years. 

Samantha Godakumbura 

Samantha Godakumbura is a graduate landscape architect at Tract Consultants. Moving from regional Victoria to Adelaide, she completed a Bachelor of Architectural Design followed by a Master of Landscape Architecture and graduated in 2021. Over the past few years, Sam has worked on local, interstate and international projects - ranging from boutique residential design to large scale infrastructure projects. In her spare time, Sam enjoys being outside cycling, skating, or wandering around Adelaide’s green spaces.  

Josephine Evans

Josephine is an Architect and Co-Director of design practice JPE Design Studio. Specialising in a co-design process across multiple disciplines, the Adelaide based studio fosters an integrated approach to architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and urban design. JPE’s projects are diverse in scale from urban furniture and public realm to commercial developments, master plans and renewal projects. Josephine‘s work has spanned public, education and commercial projects in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. An advocate for the arts, culture and creative industries, Josephine has led the creative exchange at JPE with local artists and collaborations with local and global design practices. She has served as a councillor with the Institute of Architects since 2019, establishing the SA Creative Industries Think Tank, a platform to reveal and champion SA’s creative ecosystem. 

Tim Conybeare

Tim has over twenty years’ experience as an urban designer and landscape architect and has built a strong reputation across South Australia for his work in leading teams to deliver strategic and enduring visions for urban and natural environments. He has successfully delivered a number of renowned projects and is an expert in working on complex sites, using creative design processes to develop and instill high levels of client confidence. Tim is an experienced collaborator and regularly draws upon allied professionals, artists and social planners to ensure the best outcome for any project. As an Australian practice leader with ASPECT Studios, he champions working with First Nations People, adopting a design approach that seeks a deep connection with the landscape. Since 2011, Tim has held a position on the Design Review Panel with the Office of Design and Architecture, South Australia.   

Corey Turner

I am the director of Aboriginal Urban Design and Southern Cultural Immersion; both are 100% Aboriginal owned and operated businesses. Within Aboriginal Urban Design we organise and facilitate a co-design process between Aboriginal community members and other key stakeholders for major infrastructure projects. We successfully engage local Aboriginal community members and Elders to create a vision for their future through interpretive urban design. We work closely with elders around their stories, heritage and culture, allowing their narrative to be told through built form. Some major projects like including the Main South Road Duplication, Ovingham Level Crossing Removal and Mike Turtur Bikeway Upgrade. Southern Cutltural Immersion is the business arm that manages the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre at Warriparinga and offering a breadth of experiences to the wider Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community. We conduct tours, education programs and training. Today we have delivering Cultural Awareness Training to over 700 participants in the Adelaide region, with key clients including Greening Adelaide, City of Burnside, Origin, AGL, Department of Environment and Water (DEW), Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Flinders University. 
 

Travis Wright

Travis guides delivery of Oxigen’s urban landscape, civic, cultural, regional, and major infrastructure projects, coordinating multidisciplinary teams to prioritise strong environmental and social equitable outcomes. This interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative approach has delivered major projects for government and the private sector that focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship. Travis' technical skills as a landscape architect is complemented by a commitment to climate action, social inclusion and biodiversity. This commitment has reinforced Oxigen’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading specialised landscape architecture practices.
 

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 2023. 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.

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 important documents

For questions please contact your local Chapter for State Awards programs, and [email protected] for the National Awards program.

Enter the Awards

$380 + GST
2024 entries open 6 February
Entries close at 11:59pm AEDT, 13 March 2024

ENTER THE AWARDS

Entry fee

To enter the Awards you must complete an online entry and pay the entry fee. Should your entry win at Chapter level, it will automatically progress to the National Award and no further fee is required.

Chapter

Fee per entry

NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA & International

$380 + GST

Key dates

Small Chapters ACT, NT, TAS run awards programs once every two years. These programs may be held in collaboration with other States.

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