Directors Message - 19 December 2016

INAGURAL BOARD MEETING

The AILA National Board of Directors met in Sydney this week. The five-member board, with a breadth of experience in the public and private sectors plus academia, is well placed to raise the profile of the profession, broaden our involvement in planning and execution, and contribute to both government and the community at large. I for one am looking forward to capitalising on the recent successful pivotal and mandatory incorporation of the Green Grid in the current and future Sydney District Plans. This initiative, which provides strategic direction for green infrastructure, ensures a leading role for our profession. I have begun discussions with the Office of the Government Architect in Brisbane to facilitate a similar process.

It is an exciting time and I feel truly honoured to be a part of this terrific team.

AILA, with Shahana at the helm, has grown in both reach and stature over the last three years. Having attended my first board meeting, I am blown away by the quantum and quality of initiatives and diligent work that happens both publicly and behind the scenes. AILA is now the accepted industry port of call for media, government and the community.

With a robust and professional office backing us up, the board looks forward to leading and driving the organisation into a new phase, while consolidating and building upon the achievements of the past.

AILA 2050 is the strategic framework we wish to scope and flesh out in the coming years. Your input is vital as we together broaden membership involvement and shape both the institute and the crucial role of landscape into the future.

FOREGROUND

Foreground, our recently launched multi-media digital platform has had over 10,000 web views in the past month and with them a sizeable Facebook following. Likewise the newborn twitter page has so far generated almost 20,000 impressions. Foreground is a great vehicle to hear about and express views on the current issues that shape and impact the built environment nationally and internationally. The material covered speaks to a diverse audience and places landscape architecture firmly within the realms of policy, urban design, city planning and the environment.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN LANDSCAPE

AILA has recently launched a website that engages with the future generations of landscape architects, answering many commonly asked questions about the profession and providing inspiration in an easily accessible format. “So you think you can landscape” is a forum that enables career advisors and interested students to engage with the rewarding and demanding nature, scope and practice of our profession.

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017 FESTIVAL OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: THE THIRD CITY

The 2017 Festival Creative Directorate is currently planning next year’s festival, The Third City. This promises to be an extraordinary event and the conference themes will be shared early next year.

Save the dates: Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October 2017

Venue: Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay.

BEST WISHES FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

As the year comes to a close, I trust that everyone will have a well-deserved break as we look forward to making our way into 2017 with renewed vigour and excitement.

Barbara Schaffer AILA Director

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

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