News from the NSW Executive - 13 September 2018

Things are looking busy for AILA as we leave winter behind and head towards the end of the year. I’m looking forward to catching up with you all at many of the upcoming AILA CPD Events including:

  • Friday 14 Sep AILA Fresh Studio Tours –

Shared learnings as you take a walk in the shoes of some renowned Sydney LA practices. A rare opportunity to hear about the challenges, pitfalls and rewards relating to some of their recent projects. Enjoy a drink or two and network with your peers. Register here.

  • 11-14 Oct AILA Festival, Gold Coast, A taster from Day 1 Pushing Boundaries presentation –

Key insights from Richard Weller, Chair of Landscape Architecture at The University of Pennsylvania who has written 4 books and 90 academic papers on the theory and practice of Landscape Architecture. His most recent research concerns global flashpoints between biodiversity and urban growth. It’s sure to be an uplifting conversation amongst many at this year’s Festival. Register here.

  • Wednesday 7 Nov – ‘After Dark Walk & Talk’ SAVE THE DATE

Engage with inspirational lighting projects on this ‘After Dark Walk’ from Sydney Town Hall to Darling Harbour. Connect with the conversation around lighting design techniques and learn about new technologies relevant to installations.

  • Friday 16 Nov – ‘Cool Street’ Workshop – Newcastle SAVE THE DATE

Hear the latest research around the benefits of increasing green infrastructure through tree canopy. Join an interactive workshop discussion and share your thoughts around the challenges and solutions for installing new trees in harsh urban environments.

  • Thursday 29 Nov – RAP Launch & GANSW Sydney Ochre Grid WorkshopSAVE THE DATE

Join the NSW Executive Committee to launch the AILA Reconciliation Action Plan providing opportunities for our members to expand their cultural awareness and create an inclusive and diverse profession. We encourage all AILA members to engage with these initiatives.

The Government Architect NSW (GANSW) Sydney Ochre Grid is a dynamic platform to strengthen Aboriginal identity and the Connection to Country. GANSW aims to connect with Aboriginal community groups to understand the mapping projects already undertaken in the city boundaries and broaden the scope with geographical digitised mapping.

An integral part of this planning and design process is identifying and representing indigenous values. There is potential to extend the project state-wide if this initial work delivers on its planned beneficial outcomes and is ultimately a success.

This workshop in collaboration with our colleagues at PIA & AIA will bring together senior practitioners in the industry for new perspectives to enhance the work already undertaken.


Industry CPD Activities:

  • Planning Connects Webinars by the Department of Planning & Environment

Don’t miss “The Role of Good Design in the Planning Process” on Wed 26 September with Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (places are limited).

Assisting you to better understand the role of the Government Architect and join the discussion around how good design can be integrated in the planning and assessment process. Register here now, eligible for 1 informal CPD point.

I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone at these events and at the Gold Coast Conference now only 4 weeks away.

Mark Tyrrell

President