Category 1: 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.
Category 2: 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.
Category 3: 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.
Category 4: 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 contracture to a future sustainability.
Category 5: 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.
Category 6: 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.
Category 7: 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.
Category 8: URBAN DESIGN
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.
Category 9: 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.
Category 10: 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.
Category 11: COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION
Projects in this category included constructed projects or strategies delivered either:
a) As a pro bono service (or significantly reduced fee) to the community
b) Projects that 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.
Category 12: 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.
Category 13: 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.
Category 14: 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.