Victoria News & Events

Dear Members

The AILA Fresh Mentorship Program concluded last week with an intimate celebration hosted at Hassell Studio. It was a fantastic night and provided an opportunity to reflect on an extremely successful program. We reminisced on the insightful conversations and relationships hatched between eager LA’s and leading professionals. Looking around a room of buzzing students, graduates and professionals scattered in between, embodied the goals of AILA Fresh in one room. We’re so excited to see our Fresh community being embraced and continuing to grow. 
Dear Members

The AILA Fresh Mentorship Program concluded last week with an intimate celebration hosted at Hassell Studio. It was a fantastic night and provided an opportunity to reflect on an extremely successful program. We reminisced on the insightful conversations and relationships hatched between eager LA’s and leading professionals. Looking around a room of buzzing students, graduates and professionals scattered in between, embodied the goals of AILA Fresh in one room. We’re so excited to see our Fresh community being embraced and continuing to grow.
ews from AILA Victoria Chapter 29 August 2019 

Dear Members

It’s been a busy start to the new term for our recently elected executive team with many onboarding and introductory sessions being undertaken. With the recent announcement of our office bearers (Heath Gledhill – President, Ella Gauci-Seddon - Vice President and Dan Nunan – Secretary) the whole executive is looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting into the thick of things. 

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 19 February 2020

AILA Victoria is pleased to hear the announcement of the new CEO of AILA, Ben Stockwin. Ben brings a wealth of experience as a leader and certified education planner that will be a great contribution to AILA. The Chapter looks forward to working closely with him. 

The planning for the AILA State Awards for 2020 is well under way. The date has been set for Friday 12 June 2020 so please save the date in your calendar now. There are also a number of ways that members can help out with this fantastic event in lead up to and on the night. Please reach out to Chapter staff if you would like to get involved - email 

The Victorian Jury has also been selected and will be announced next week. So ahead of that, please start thinking about which projects you will want to enter in to this year's Awards program. 

The popular AILA Fresh Mentorship program is returning in 2020 and we are now calling for Mentees. If you are a current Bachelor/Masters student or a first/second year graduate, now is the time to register your interest. It is a four month program launching in March.  Click here to register your interest by this Friday 21 February.

Melbourne Design Week returns on 12-22 March with a jam packed program. There are a number of landscape events such as Forgotten Ecologies of Birrarung presented by Open House Melbourne and Melbourne Architours and From Poop to Park presented by Open House Melbourne and Melbourne Water. See the full program here. OMG, there is also a Deep Dive: Sea Urchin Snorkel. Yass! The Royal Commission into the State of Australian Cities run by Oculus is also a must go free event. 

Lastly, we have started a working group with AILA Executive and AILA members to focus on Gender Equity and to work towards delivering on the State chapter tasks from the latest report. Send me an email if you would like to be involved.

Marti Fooks, AILA VIC Executive Member

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 6 February 2020

Dear Members

2020 is well underway for the AILA VIC Executive following an unsettling start to the year. We are focusing our attention on the bushfire crisis, climate and biodiversity emergency, connection to country, gender equality and high school engagement. Having watched the bushfire devastation from afar this last month travelling overseas, it has been somewhat hopeful and heartening to see first hand the global awareness, concern and support for our precious Australian environment. 

AILA continues to work with State Chapter Executives on ideas to support our response to the bushfire crisis. Thankyou to all of the members who have been in contact to offer their ideas. We continue to progress opportunities for probono work, engage with government on the recovery effort and liaise with related professions to achieve meaningful outcomes and actions. We will have more detailed information in the coming weeks.

Also, it's time to start thinking about what projects to enter in to the 2020 AILA VIC Awards program. The online submission platform will be opening mid-February and we are enthusiastic in developing our program and to explore innovative ways to showcase your great projects to the broader community. Please note the VIC Awards Reveal Night on Thursday 14 May will be your first opportunity to hear about all projects submitted in the 14 categories.

The Chapter looks forward to announcing the AILA VIC Jury for 2020.  It would like to thank all members that nominated themselves to be one of seven Jurors. More details to come.

Applications for February 2020 Registration are now open and close COB Saturday 29 February 2020. AILA will now only have two RLA Registration Rounds each year in February and August.  Click here if you would like to learn more.

Lastly, Dan Nunan has decided to step down from his Secretarial position within the AILA VIC Executive committee due to his growing work commitments. Dan's contribution to AILA stems over many years and in differing roles. AILA is appreciative of the generous time, experience and dedication he has given to the Chapter and industry. We welcome his decision to continue his involvement as needed.  Moving forward, the VIC Executive is pleased to announce that Peta Miskovich has accepted the role of Secretary.

The AILA VIC Executive committee is looking forward to working with you all in 2020 and welcome your ideas and feedback to help shape our program to support the profession in our State.

Claire Winsor, AILA VIC Executive Member

Applications for February 2020 Registration are now open and close COB Saturday 29 February 2020.

The AILA VIC executive committee are looking forward to working with you all in 2020 and welcome your ideas and feedback to help shape our program to support the profession in our State.

Claire Winsor 
AILA VIC Executive Member

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 21 January 2020

As we enter 2020 we are faced with the devastation of the bush fires that are still burning across Australia. It is hard to comprehend the scale of the destruction, and what this will mean for our landscape long term. The Victorian State Executive will be looking for ways to help in the recovery effort in the short and long term, and to support those members who are wanting to do the same. We will share any updates on this with you as we have them. In the meantime we encourage those who can, to make financial donations to front line organisations. You can find a list of these organisations, and read the response prepared by AILA President, Shaun Walsh, here.

AILA Fresh will shortly be launching the 2020 AILA Fresh Mentorship Program, supported again by Victorian partner, Glascott Landscape and Civil. This will be the third year of the program which continues to grow, and which has been a great success in sharing knowledge and strengthening connections within the Victorian LA community. Expressions of interest for both mentors and mentees will be opening soon, If you would like to be involved, do check your inbox and social media for more information to come.

The Victorian Chapter, Executive and committees are working to develop a robust, considered and valuable program for 2020 which we look forward to sharing with you as it unfolds. As always, if you are keen to get more involved with AILA – through committees, events, or other – or if you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to get in touch with us at

Ella Gauci-Seddon, AILA Victoria Vice President



News from AILA Victoria Chapter 17 December 2019

2019 the year that has been and now almost gone!

It has been a hugely eventful year for Victoria with many events, achievements and highlights to celebrate.
A new state chapter executive was elected in mid-2019, with a record 12 nominees and the election of 8. This level of interest is unprecedented in recent years, and demonstrates the continued growth, level of engagement and commitment that our members have to the Institute and to our State. As the new executive we are passionate, committed and enthusiastic about our term. We are looking forward to developing the excellent foundation laid by previous executive teams, and to further promoting our professional profile within the broader industry.

Hosting the National Festival is no small undertaking, and we thank Kirsten Bauer, Jillian Wallis and Cassandra Chilton for their tireless efforts in creating a truly engaging, thought provoking and inspiring conference and fringe program.

We Declare! 2019 saw AILA declare a Climate and Biodiversity Lose Emergency - an important step for AILA as advocates for the environment. This position is critical to our practice and one which we all must continue to drive. We look forward to driving this forward in 2020.
Last week we celebrated our newly registered landscape architects; this year there were 38 successful candidates, an exceptional cohort. This is just one of many ways the Victorian Chapter continues to grow and improve.

And now for some thank-yous…

To all of our members, and particularly to those of you who have dedicated time and energy to organising programs and events, preparing submission, judging awards and all other activities across 2019 – thank you. Without each and every one of you these things are not possible.

To Martha and Marnie - our dedicated and extremely energetic chapter management team - who keep the chapter afloat. We would like to take this opportunity to pass on a huge thank you to you both for your tireless work and dedication on behalf of the State Executive and all of our members.

Finally – we would like to wish you all happy holidays and a safe and Happy New Year however you may choose to celebrate. We look forward to an exciting, energy filled and action packed 2020. We have a lot of exciting things in the pipel
ine that we are looking forward to sharing with you all!


Heath Gledhill
and Ella Gauci-Seddon (on behalf of the Victorian State Chapter Executive)

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 3 December 2019

Dear Members,

It’s been an eventful month for the Institute, both nationally and locally. 

AILA’s Gender Equity Working Group has released its draft Gender Equity Policy and AILA Gender Equity: Next Steps report. Addressing the systemic nature of inequity, the report approaches the issue from several directions, outlining recommended actions around part-time work, long hours culture, small business ownership, career progression, the gender pay gap, and networks and governance within the profession. Our Chapter Executive has committed to a focus on gender equity during our term and we encourage everyone to read these important documents, comment on the policy before 6 December 2019 and send through or discuss your ideas with us.

The release of these documents coincided with the first day of Parlour’s Transformations symposium, an inspiring two-day discussion highlighting work being done in Australia and globally around gender equity. With panels covering a range of topics, the atmosphere of the conference was charged and optimistic. It gives great momentum to the community and discussion evolving around these issues. 

Several cross-industry public discussions have taken place over the past two weeks, tackling complex issues from multiple angles. AILA, AIA and PIA hosted a pair of events at the MPavilion, one around Indigenous cultural inclusion and engagement, the other around housing through the lens of belonging and identity. I was able to attend the second event, which opened a series of discussions around affordability, inclusion, policy and the designer’s role, as well several interesting threads around the importance of landscape, from the domestic garden to broader public space networks. The Blue Meets Green panel discussion, which took place on the same evening, created similar cross-industry connections, with representatives from landscape architecture, government and the water industry discussing new, partnered approaches to blue-green infrastructure. 

The Cultivate Committee hosted an engaging conversation around education earlier in the month, the third event in its Long Table series. We were joined by leadership from Victoria’s three landscape architecture departments, who spoke to current and emerging issues and ideas around landscape higher education. Look out for an article by in Landscape Architecture Australia capturing the conversation, and for the fourth event in the Long Table series next year, a conversation around mental health in the design industry.

Finally, we look forward to seeing you on the 11th at AILA Victoria’s End of Year Celebration, to recognise and celebrate a successful 2019 and the work and contributions of our Chapter’s members. We will also be congratulating our new Registered Landscape Architects on the evening. The event will be held at Waterslide Bar in Southbank, tickets may be purchased here.

Jen Lynch, AILA Vic Executive

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 19 November 2019

Dear Members,
Fire has been devastating New South Wales and Queensland for well over a fortnight. We need to support our neighbours and offer what we can in assistance for those who have lost their homes and for the wildlife injured and displaced within these areas. This article published in the Guardian points to several hard-working organisations and charities that would welcome your support.
The 2019 edition of MPavilion, designed by Glen Murcutt, is now officially open. We are looking forward to some exciting events to come over the next few months. You can check out the program here. AILA is collaborating with the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia to discuss a range of issues affecting our profession. Make sure you keep your calendar free to attend the following MTalks.
Friday 22 November: Indigenous Cultural Inclusion: How are we engaging? (1-2:30pm)
Wednesday 27 November: Housing: Belonging and Identity. (6:15-7:45pm)
We also have a few other events scheduled that you will not want to miss, including this year’s annual Blue meets Green event, Crossing Borders. This edition of the event asks, “are we truly crossing operational borders and forming partnerships to support cohesive blue-green infrastructure?” The event will be hosted by our very own Rachel Smithers (Human Habitats) who will be discussing the topic of crossing borders with Chris Arabatzoudis (City West Water), Jamie Tainton (Afflux), Simon Roberts (City West Water), Warren Price (Western Water), Sarah Watkins (Melbourne Water) and Heath Gledhill (Aurecon & AILA Victoria President). The event will take place at the State Library of Victoria Conference Centre (328 Swanston Street, Melbourne) on 27 November 2019 at 5:30-8:30pm – get your tickets here.
The end of the year is fast approaching! You will not want to miss out on AILA’s infamous End of Year Party – lets celebrate the year, our collective achievements and congratulate our newly registered Landscape Architects. Join us at Waterslide Bar, MR3 on Southgate Avenue at 5:30-9:30pm. Make sure to get your tickets here before they sell out.
Peta Miskovich, AILA Vic Executive

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 8 November 2019

Dear Members
AILA Executive Victoria looks forward to sharing the upcoming release of AILA’s Gender Equity: Next Steps Report as well as throwing its support behind this core organisational issue for the good of all AILA. In the meantime, the Chapter has committed to supporting equal representation at committees, juries, and events as a step towards readdressing the gender imbalance in leadership roles. We hope this will open more opportunities and experiences for female members. 
The Chapter Executive is also considering activities and programs for 2020 that can support our gender equity position. One idea is to host a series of workshops to improve women’s and non-binary people’s career progression. Further details to come so stay tuned! We’d also like to hear from our members who may want to be involved or have their own recommendations. Please email us at
In the broader built environment community, there is a number of events with an equity focus:
Parlour and the Melbourne School of Design are putting on a two-day symposium called Transformation: Action on Equity Symposium 14 & 15 November. 
Broadside at the Wheeler Centre has a session called Taking up space: Building the City that we Deserve Sunday 10 November. 

The Chapter’s Advocacy sub-committee has also been busy preparing responses to several policy and planning documents. It has submitted feedback to the Apartment Design Guidelines Victoria and it plans to respond to the draft Melbourne Open Space Strategy by DELWP. The Chapter is currently seeking additional members to grow the Committee. Please email if you would like to find out more about the opportunity to advocate for AILA members and support our industry. I would be particularly encouraging of those who have not been involved with AILA before!  

Reminder that the Chapter’s Connection-2-Country sub-committee has compiled a useful guide for members with the aim to support the acknowledgement of and engagement with Traditional Owners through your work practices and projects.  Click here to view.

As the year winds down, the Design schools have their end of year exhibitions, which is always a great way to see new and future ideas of landscape, urban design, planning and architecture. Landscape Architecture students’ work is now on display at the Design Hub, RMIT University and the MSDx End of Year Exhibition opening night will be held on Thursday 21 November, 6pm.  
The MPavilion opens on Thursday 14 November for the 2019/20 season. The program by Glenn Murcutt covers themes of Australian Design, Connection, Unplugged and Knowledge. To add to the interesting and relevant content on offer, AILA is collaborating with AIA and PIA on two free MTalk sessions: ‘Indigenous Cultural Inclusion: How are we engaging?’ on Friday 22 November, 1pm and ‘Housing: Belonging and Identity’ on Wednesday 27 November, 6:15pm.  Be sure to check out the full program at

We are also excited to bring a great line up of presenters for our Chapter’s annual Blue Meets Green event. We partnered again with City West Water to address the issue of crossing borders and forming effective collaborations in the blue-green infrastructure space. Don’t miss this premier event on Wednesday 27 November at the State Library of Victoria.  The Chapter thanks Stormwater Victoria, Western Water and Melbourne Water for their participation.  Click here to register. 

And don’t forget AILA Victoria’s biggest social night to end the big working year and to congratulate our newest RLAs of 2019. Pre-book your ticket here for this fun night.
So lots going on and I look forward to seeing you at an AILA event this month. 
Marti Fooks, AILA Vic Executive


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 24 October 2019

The International Festival of Landscape Architecture (The Square and the Park) was a huge success and we thank all that contributed and attended this significant event. The festival started with the national awards held at the beautiful Plaza Ballroom – congratulations again to all the winners!  Click here to see photos from the Awards Night. The conference followed with reflective and engaging content that no doubt is still being discussed and debated today! We look forward to next year’s festival in Perth from 15-17 October 2020. 
There are a number of ‘must attend’ events approaching including the MTalks at MPavilion that AILA is supporting.  These include;
Indigenous Cultural Inclusion: How are we engaging? - Friday 22 November 1pm – 2.30pm 
Housing: Belonging and Identity- Wednesday 27 November 6.15pm – 7.45pm. 
Both events are free – click here to register. 
Christmas is also fast approaching and the state executives hope to see you all at the AILA End of Year Celebration at the Waterslide Bar in Southbank on the evening of Wednesday 11 December to celebrate and recognise all the achievements and hard work Victorian Landscape Architects have contributed in 2019 to creating positive impacts on Australian lives. It promises to be a great night and we look forward to congratulating our 2019 new RLAs on the night also. This event is always a sell-out so please ensure you organize your friends and colleagues. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Rachel Smithers, AILA Vic Executive.


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 26 September 2019

Dear Members,

We might be getting distracted about a little sporting event happening this week in Victoria, but I’m most excited about the International Festival of Landscape Architecture (The Square and the Park) kicking off in just two weeks!  There are still limited tickets available, so please contact the festival team if you would like to attend or click here. We would particularly like to encourage all entrants in the National Awards to attend the awards presentation on Thursday 10th October. There’s a number of Victorian entries so it would be great to see a strong representation from Victoria! For those that win, their entire team will be invited to the stage to accept the award. More information relating to the National Awards, including ticket details can be found here

If you are a Student or Graduate member, please also keep in mind the New Gen program where can register for reduced rate tickets and get involved with AILA Fresh, SLAB and SOLA activities. Apply here! 

Also, on Thursday 10th October will be the Industry Tours. Even if you are a local, these tours provide a valuable insight to key sites and industries from across Victoria. Register online so you don’t miss out! Other key events not to be missed are the Festival Opening Party on Friday 11th, Breakfast Talks on the morning of Saturday 12th, and the Festival After Party that evening. Of note, is also the Future Park Competition Public Lecture on Monday 14th. Click here to learn more.  

Amidst so much going on with the Festival, AILA member registration interviews continue to roll out throughout the year as we see record numbers of applicants from near and far. The AILA Victorian Executive has commenced working through the long list of Executive, Committee and Sub-Committee commitments. It is never too late to get involved, so please put your hand up if you would like to join one of the sub-committees or attend any of the chapter meetings! 

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 12 September 2019

Dear Members

Dear Members,

As we progress into our term as the executive team, we are committed to continue to keep you all up to date with discussions, forums and interactions that we are having with our affiliate associations such as the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). 

Recently I attended a meeting with Dr. Collette Bourke (State Chief Engineer) along with Amy Muir (AIA) and Carmel McCormack (PIA) continuing the discussion on the topic of Novation and the challenges that we as an industry are facing regarding this. The conversation was fruitful with Dr. Bourke providing some solid feedback and direction as to how we, as a collaboration of professional bodies, can continue to engage with Government agencies to reveal the challenges practices are encountering and where we can seek reform and shape the industry for a better future. Further to this, we continue to develop and strengthen our relationship with AIA and PIA through regular joint meetings and discussions, exploring where we can continue to learn and develop from each other and where we can look to collaborate on not only advocacy and reform but joint industry events and the like. It is an exciting time to be engaged in discussion with these organisations and is a commitment that the executive team is dedicated to continuing to strengthen across our term. 

In other news, the festival is fast approaching! With the full speaker line up now announced, it’s time to get your tickets! Click here to learn more. 

If you wish to touch base with Chapter staff, you are welcome to do so via

AILA Chapter Victoria


Heath Gledhill
AILA Vic President 

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 29 August 2019

Dear Members

It’s been a busy start to the new term for our recently elected executive team with many introductory sessions being undertaken. With the recent announcement of our office bearers (Heath Gledhill – President, Ella Gauci-Seddon - Vice President and Dan Nunan – Secretary) the whole executive is looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting into the thick of things. 

Outside of this, there continues to be many industry events occurring. Last week the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in support with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)and AILA held a novation forum where a panel of experts comprising a Developer, Lawyer, Architects and State Government representatives discussed the pros, cons and pitfalls of the novation process and what it means for the profession. While this is an ongoing discussion which the AIA is championing, there is a lot, that we as a profession can learn from and strengthen our position into the future by staying abreast of this discussion, safeguarding not only ourselves, but the quality and delivery of our projects. Watch this space!

AILA Fresh will be hosting the annual Vic AILA Fresh Meet tonight at The Mill Brewery, Collingwood (between 6-9pm). With so much interest, we’re not surprised the event sold out quickly. Thank you to Ecodynamics for sponsoring tonight and also Gabrielle Carrasco and the FRESH team for pulling the event together and the AILA professionals who will be joining us at this great networking event. 

And one for the calendar for October is this year’s Festival program that is fast approaching. If you haven’t secured your tickets as yet, please do so.  It promises to be a memorable event.  If you wish to touch base with Chapter staff, you are welcome to do so via

Heath Gledhill
AILA Vic President 


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 15 August 2019 

Dear Members

During this time of year, the Chapter knuckles down to plan its new state program for the next 12 months. The Chapter relies on the support and input of its AILA volunteers, partners and allied organisations to help design a program that educates and connects members and effectively advocates and profiles the profession on their behalf.  We also look to our Executive to help drive and guide this program, so it aligns with national AILA strategies.
As we patiently wait for the AILA Board’s endorsement of the new Committee line-up, we appreciate the level of enthusiasm and drive that each new Executive member has already brought to the table.  There is no doubt that AILA continues to attract industry professionals – from all levels - who are genuinely passionate about representing their peers (our membership) and positively influencing the future direction of landscape architecture.  Next week, we will long last confirm the roles of the new office bearers for Victoria. But in the meantime, we hope you will familiarize yourself with this year’s Festival program and consider booking your registration. 
If you wish to touch base with Chapter staff, you are welcome to do so via
AILA Chapter Victoria

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 2 August 2019 

Dear Members

The AILA Fresh Mentorship Program concluded last week with an intimate celebration hosted at Hassell Studio. It was a fantastic night and provided an opportunity to reflect on an extremely successful program. We reminisced on the insightful conversations and relationships hatched between eager LA’s and leading professionals. Looking around a room of buzzing students, graduates and professionals scattered in between, embodied the goals of AILA Fresh in one room. We’re so excited to see our Fresh community being embraced and continuing to grow. 
On behalf of our dedicated committee, I would also like to share some of our successes over the past twelve months: 

Fresh Meet 2018 housed twenty-five professionals and fifty student/graduate LA’s. A night of many new connections and casual conversations. Thank you to everyone involved for making this night possible.

Fresh Fridays have led us through the doors of Rush Wright, Tract Consultants and Oculus over the past twelve months. We have gained highly valuable insights into the wide range of projects, methods and spaces Victoria’s professional practice scene has to offer. We’re forever grateful to all firms for not only showing us around but showing us a good time! We value your welcoming attitudes and hope to see you again soon!

VYP x AILA Fresh Trivia Night was an evening of big laughs and banter. Nothing like some light competition to bring Planners and Landscape Architects together! Big thanks to our sponsor Aspect Personnel and all attendees – be sure to join us again this year!

We were bombarded with applications for the 2019 Mentorship Program, raising our intake to twenty mentors and mentees this year! With our program now concluded, we know that the relationships formed will far exceed our smashing closing party. Special thanks to Matt Calder and Ella Gauci-Seddon for putting their heart and soul into this program. To our sponsor, Glascott for supporting us in every way imaginable and our course our amazing Mentors and Mentees! We miss you already!

But we’re not stopping there! We also hosted the joint Common Ground event with PIA and AIA last night and a Fresh Meet is on the horizon for the 29th of August. As part of the upcoming National AILA Festival, SLAB (RMIT Student Landscape Architecture Body), SOLA (University of Melbourne Student Association of Landscape Architecture) and AILA Fresh are conducting ‘New Gen Day’. A program created and facilitated by emerging LA’s for emerging LA’s! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes, so keep your eyes peeled for exciting talks, workshops and discussions!
Signing off, 

Gaby Carrasco – AILA Fresh Co-Chair


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 19 July 2019

Winter has heralded a season of change at AILA Victoria. Last week we held the Annual Chapter Meeting in Melbourne. This was a chance to review the past Executive’s achievements and welcome the new Executive team to the table. 

On behalf of the outgoing Executive, Adrian Gray outlined the previous Executive’s key achievements and initiatives. We again congratulate and thank them for their commitment and success:

Launched a renewed Strategic Direction 2018-2022.
Overseeing a period of membership growth.
Released a report on Women’s Participation in Landscape Architecture.
A coordinated and growing CPD and event program.
Strategic advocacy that influenced policy and profile.
Launched Reconciliation Action Plan.
Stabilising the financial position of the organisation. 
Collaborative event with AIA/PIA.
Partnerships with academic institutes.
Media releases and interviews.
2019 awards.
Education committee reformed

The new Executive team has undertaken a series of discussions that will frame our strategy for the next two years. As a group, we have developed an emersion period which involves a series of meetings and workshops to determine roles and actions as we venture forward:   

Annual Chapter Meeting 
Handover from Previous State Executive 
Committee Presentations to State Executive Team 
State Executive Strategic Directions Workshop 
State Executive Future Directions Report 

Whilst all of this is happening, the events program continues to roll on. AILA Fresh, together with Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) and the Victorian Young Planners will come together for a joint gathering for young built environment professionals as part of the Common Ground Event to be held on 1st August at Brickworks. Anyone interested can register to attend via our website – limited tickets available.

And don’t forget about the AILA National Festival 10th – 13th October in Melbourne.  Have you booked your tickets yet? First release tickets are almost sold out - don't miss out on yours!

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Executive


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 5 July 2019

Dear Members

As per usual, there have been lots of great things happening in Landscape Architecture along with many exciting events coming up.

As this will be my last contribution to the newsletter, I would like to say a big thank you to the current AILA Victoria State Executive. Working alongside you all during the past two years has been a joy. I would also like to congratulate and announce our new State Executive comprising of Marti Fooks, Heath Gledhill, Jen Lynch, Ella Gauci-Seddon, Peta Miskovich, Dan Nunan, Rachel Smithers and Claire Winsor. The Chapter received a large amount of interest and this is a fantastic representation of the passion of the industry in Victoria.

ACM is this Wednesday the 10th July, at Tract Consultants Level 6/6 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006. and it will be a great night to say goodbye to the current Executive Committee, welcome in the new and wish them the best for the next two years.

Coming up from the 7th-14th is NAIDOC week with a plethora of events to get involved with including a celebration at Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct Cranbourne Gardens on 10 July.

The Landscape Architecture Festival ‘The Square and the Park’ is fast approaching and tickets are selling fast. The program and list of speakers is very exciting and I’m looking forward to being at this amazing representation of our industry. I also hope everyone is working hard on their submissions for the “Future Park Design Competition”, it will be great to see all the entries as part of the festival.


Michael Ford

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 21 June 2019

On behalf of AILA Victoria, I would like to say a big thank you to all AILA members, partners, and friends who contributed to a great night of celebration at the AILA Victoria 2019 Landscape Architecture Awards last week.  I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and look forward seeing how the Victorian State winners will fare at the national awards in October as part of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. Good luck to all winners. 

I would also like to thank members of the Victorian Jury including Mary Papaioannou (Chair), Ben Kronenberg, Jocelyn Chiew, Dan Nunan, Elliet Spring, Dr Tanja Beer and Bronwen Hamilton for their involvement in the 2019 awards.  If any AILA members would like to be involved in future Juries please contact

A full list of the AILA Victoria 2019 Award Winners can be viewed here.  

The Environment Team have put together a comprehensive submission on the North East Link Project Environmental Effect Statement. I would like to thank Bruce Echberg who put the submission together with some minor additions by others. Needless to say, AILA has major concerns when infrastructure projects simply focus on the road infrastructure only and think that the removal 26,000 trees and significant open space is best practice. The submission has proposed an alternative reference design which we hope to present at a future panel hearing.

As this is likely to be my last message as AILA Victoria President before the ACM I would like to thank the other members of the State Executive for their contribution over the last two years. I also would like to thank the Chapter staff who work tirelessly and continue to put on great events for the Victorian members. Most of the events would not be possible without the generous support of our national and state sponsors who appear to really enjoy the time they have with the Victorian membership.

A couple of highlights for me have been two recent projects which both had a focus on ‘Living’. The Living Pavilion held in early May at the University of Melbourne saw 40,000 indigenous plants create a space for celebration of the cultural knowledge that the Kulin Nation people have for these plants. AILA Victoria together with sponsor EcoDynamics were proud supporters of this initiative, playing a key role in the overall success of the event. 
The other project was the release of Living Melbourne: Our metropolitan urban forest strategy, on World Environment Day earlier this month. This has been a major collaboration by Resilient Melbourne and The Nature Conservancy that has set the scene for green infrastructure to lead the future resilience and liveability of Melbourne.

 Finally, all the events I attended were always rewarding, engaging and great fun. Being able to connect with a broad range of Victorian members has been invaluable and I hope to be able to continue doing this moving forward. 

The AILA Victoria ACM is scheduled to be held on July 10.  The Victorian Chapter has received more nominations for the State Executive than the eight positions available therefore an online vote will be required. I see this as a great positive that so many Victorian members wish to play a role in the Victorian executive. Eligible voting members can expect an online voting form soon. Please make sure you take the time to vote. The results will be tabled at the ACM in July.

Thank you all.

Adrian Gray, AILA VIC President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 6 June 2019

Whilst we set in for some Winter hibernation, there’s still plenty happening at AILA Victoria. Tickets to the 2019 Awards event close this Friday, so be sure to not miss out! As a member of the 2019 VIC and TAS Jury, we have finalised our winning list of projects, which will be announced at the Awards Presentation night next week. Do organise your tickets by tomorrow COB.

Thanks to everyone who nominated themselves for the 2019/21 VIC Executive. The response has been fantastic. The Chapter received 11 nominations, which is excellent compared to previous years. As there are only 8 Executive positions, we are going to a vote! So, if you are an AILA registered Landscape architect, Fellow or Retiree you have a chance to nominate your preferred representative for the new Executive. More details on the voting method will follow.

The Chapter looks to announce its new Executive and to graciously farewell its current Executive at the Annual Chapter Meeting to be held at Tract Consultants, Southbank on Wednesday 10th July, 6pm. All members will be invited to attend this Meeting and to enjoy some light food and drinks with their peers.

For those that remain interested in becoming involved in AILA, the Chapter’s sub-committees are a perfect way to connect and contribute to our industry. Thanks to everyone that has expressed their interest already and if you’re undecided or would like more information please, email the Chapter at You’ll be joining a great community of LAs.

May was AILA’s busiest event month yet and it included our collaboration with The Living Pavilion at Melbourne University and the announcement of Awards entries at the 2019 Awards Reveal night at Brickworks. It was also great to see so many members braving the start of Winter to hear international speaker Dirk Sijmons' presentation. Thank you to Brickworks for the use of their great space and hospitality. Thanks also to all members for their continued engagement and participation.

Lastly, all the best to a good list of senior applicants sitting their interviews this month and I hope to see you all next Friday at the Awards Presentation event!

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 23 May 2019

It has been a very big week with the fantastic evening last week for the Awards Reveal night and Festival Launch. There was a great turn out for the evening to see the reveal of a record 56 entries in this year's Awards Program across the 13 categories. Big thanks to our Jury Chair Mary Papaioannou and all jurors for taking the time to review entries for both VIC and TAS.

The presentation by Chris Sawyer of Site Office discussing the former state and national award-winning project, “Chain of Ponds.” was very inspirational and a wonderful benchmark and achievement that hopefully the current entries can emulate.

The evening concluded with the launch of this year’s LA Festival “The Square and the Park” with the Creative Directors Jillian Walliss (University of Melbourne), Kirsten Bauer (ASPECT Studios) and Cassandra Chilton (Rush Wright Associates), introducing the speakers, the program and more details on The Future Park Design Ideas Competition presented by the University of Melbourne in partnership with AILA. This great event was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with industry peers and AILA Awards partners over chat and a drink.

Big thanks to the team at the new Brickworks Design Studio for hosting and the Awards partners who participated in the evening’s proceedings @larkindustries@acoaustralia@cityofmelbourne@glascott_landscape


The Living Pavilion had a great turn out as it continued to deliver a great program with the Site Tour hosted by Ecodynamics Group for AILA Victoria. Thank you to our AILA members, partners & friends who joined us on the glorious Autumn day at University of Melbourne to learn and interact with the many indigenous plants on show. It was an excellent representation of Melbourne's lost landscape.

There’s lots of great events coming up so make sure you save the date:

  • {EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS NOW DUE} The Chapter looks forward to receiving Nomination Forms from members interested in joining the 2019/20 State Executive by close of business Friday 24 May. See attached Nomination Form in this week’s enews.

  • {FREE INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES} AILA Victoria together with Brickworks invites members and guests to their Landscape International Speaker series featuring renowned landscape architect Dirk Sijmons of H+N+S Landscape Architects, Netherlands. Wednesday 29 May 6pm. This is a FREE event however registration is essential for catering.Visit our website to secure your tickets.

  • {SECURE YOUR SPOT - FREE SALON TALK} Join us on today (23 May at 5.30pm) as we host a free Salon Talk to discuss in detail the landscape architecture projects Aurora and Highlands Sustainable Park located in Melbourne's North. Supported by Spiire and Fleetwood Urban. Click the link in the bio to secure your tickets.

  • {BUY TICKETS TODAY} The Victorian LA Awards Presentation night at MAIA, Docklands is set for Friday 14 June free. Group bookings available by emailing

  • {ANNUAL VIC CHAPTER MEETING} Scheduled for Wednesday 10 July at Tract Consultants, we invite all members to enjoy some hospitality and the chance to farewell the current and welcome the new Executive Committee for 2019/21. This Meeting will also include an update on the activities and achievements of the current Chapter Executive.

  • {2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture “The Square and The Park”} The Festival website and tickets will be available shortly.

Michael Ford, AILA VIC Executive member

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 10 April 2019

Last week the Victorian Chapter launched the findings of the Census Report 2001-2016 – Women in Landscape Architecture, released in December 2018. Dr Gill Matthewson, who was the author of the report, presented the data outcomes which was followed by a panel discussion at VIC's Gender Equity launch last Tuesday. It was a great turnout and more importantly, the beginning of more discussions within the Victorian membership as we seek to create gender equality for all in all aspects of working conditions. Thank you to all who participated and especially those who openly shared the impact that gender inequity has had on their professional experiences. It is clear that we all need to work together to promote and achieve gender equity. AILA's recent announcement to establish a national Gender Equity Working Group is a great step forward on this issue. This group will be fed member feedback and  examine recommendations that have been made as part of the census data review to develop a way forward.

I also had two important advocacy meetings recently, one with Minister Wynne, the Minister for Planning, Housing and Multicultural Affairs and the other with Don Matthews, the Local Jobs First Commissioner. As part of the ongoing collaboration between AILA/PIA/AIA the three Presidents met with Minister Wynne and discussed a variety of topics including the Apple proposal for Federation Square, Better Apartment Guidelines, Flammable Cladding, Living Melbourne and issue of Novation of large scale projects. Minister Wynne would like a further meeting on the issue of Novation and I am interested in hearing from members on this issue - email

The Local Jobs Frist Commissioner wanted to understand the role and breadth of landscape architecture practice in Victoria and was equally interested in the issue of Novation. Click here for information about the Commissioner’s platform.

On the issue of Federation Square, I am sure many of you heard that Heritage Victoria announced their refusal to permit the demolition of the Yarra Building for the Apple store. I believe that the collaboration between AILA/PIA/AIA was influential in the public debate on the Apple proposal. It will be interesting to hear how the State Government looks to accommodate a flagship Apple store in Melbourne.

On a global perspective, the United Nations General Assembly has declared that the decade of 2021-2030 as The Decade of Ecosystem Reconstruction. See letter from UIA/IFLA to the UN acknowledging this declaration. This is great news as there is a wealth of knowledge on the benefits of people living with nature and the role we have in ensuing that the liveability of our cities, are supported with green infrastructure. It is also timely as on World Environment Day, 5 June, Living Melbourne: Our metropolitan urban forest strategy will be released. This very important document which has been prepared by the Chief Resilience Officer within City of Melbourne has three goals: Natural Infrastructure, Abundant Nature and Healthy People. Melbourne will be one of the first cities to have a metropolitan approach to ecosystem reconstruction and I believe we will see a greener city evolve into this century.

I want to lastly thank our members and their workplaces for the record number of entries that have been submitted in to Victoria's Landscape Architecture Awards for 2019.  The Chapter is working closely with the VIC Jury to assist with the review process. In the meantime, book yourself in for the Awards Reveal Night on Wednesday 15 May where you will get to hear all the entries in their categories plus more. Keep reading your e-news for more details.

Adrian Gray, AILA VIC President


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 27 March 2019

It was encouraging to see a significant focus on landscape in the NGV Design Week program, with a wide-ranging exploration on how we might better reconnect with Birrarung (Yarra River).

I participated in a bike ride from the former basalt quarry at Burnley to the Stony Creek Backwash. Along the way I had the privilege of learning from three experts: Maya Ward, who undertook a 21 day pilgrimage from the river’s end to its source, Roz Rymer, who is studying the pre-settlement ecology, and Maddi Miller, an archaeologist with intimate knowledge of the water shed through the Hoddle Grid. Next time you find yourself down by the river take a moment to reflect on its layers of history and how you might reimagine our collective relationship to it.

Speaking of reimagining open space, I attended the launch of the Future Park International Design Competition on Friday night at the Melbourne School of Design. The national competition challenges professional and emerging landscape architects, urban designers, architects and planners to speculate on new park possibilities for a future Melbourne. You can read more about this exciting initiative in this week's enews.  

It was great to also catch up with colleagues across the industry at the AILA Dinner with Influencers event at Bottega. The dinner was hosted by Principal State Partner Ecodynamics. It was interesting to hear about recent supply issues in the construction chain and the pressures on growers to deliver vast quantities at short notice. One of the side conversations that came out of it was about the potential professional indemnity insurance issues facing consultants, in light of the cladding issue that our cousin architects are confronted with. We'd like to hear from members what their experience has been and perhaps it's an issue for discussion at a national level. Please email your thoughts via

AILA is hosting a swag of great events for you to get along to. Mark your diary with the following industry activities:

Please share these links with your colleagues and we look forward to catching up with as many members as possible over the next two months.

Lastly, for those submitting in the AILA VIC State Awards remember that entries close 5pm next Friday 5 April. Good luck!

Mark Skiba, AILA Vice-President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 15 March 2019

This month we have said goodbye to what seemed an endless summer and are finally moving into some cooler autumn weather. As always our schedule is as full and productive as ever and we have lots of interesting events coming up.

The AILA Awards program is now live with entries closing Friday 5 April. Not only do members have the ease of submitting entries via a new online platform, the Awards Program will be a fully paperless submission process. Check out the link for awards information and a guide for how to submit entries.

Our State Chapter is also looking forward to continuing the conversation on Gender Equity in landscape architecture. Members are invited to register for the launch event and participate in the Gender Equity discussion on Tuesday 2 April, 5:30pm. You will also hear from XYX Lab’s Dr Gill Matthewson as she takes us through the findings; and our panel of practitioners, as they provide personal insights, strategies and measures needed to create a level playing field. Click here for more details.

Let's also not forget that we have invited Graham Fletcher back to present the much anticipated and updated workshop on Contract Administration scheduled for Saturday 6 April.  AILA presents this Workshop in collaboration with AILDM and with the support from AILA partner, Fleetwood Urban. A not-to-be-missed intense workshop for landscape architects and designers. Click here for more information.

Following the hugely popular and widely entered 2019 NGV Pavilion competition, there is an exhibition of all of the first-round submissions to be held on Thursday 21 March, 5.30pm -7.45pm at RMIT, Level 3 Entry, Design Hub (Building 100). Based on the great landscape intervention of the 2018 Pavilion (Open Work and Muir Architecture) it will be fantastic to see all of the work on display. Congratulations to the short-listed entries and great to have Aspect Studios continuing the representation of Landscape Architects in the shortlist.

Looking back there have been a number of fantastic events over the past fortnight, including the RMIT Student Landscape Architecture Body (SLAB) hosted ‘Mapping: An Exhibition’, featuring a series of informative talks and a fantastic debate, bringing this design community together and exploring everything maps. International Women’s Week was a big success with lots of practices celebrating the incredible work of women in our industry. 

There was also an industry workshop with a group of AILA Vic members who came together to share their ideas, experience and challenges with infrastructure and procurement. Big thanks to Ecodynamics for taking an interest in our members' needs and solutions for better relationships and processes with suppliers. WE-EF Lighting hosted the “After-Dark Product party” with a great line up of presenters and interesting content being shared for AILA Vic members and lighting professionals.

Finally, we held our second state Executive meeting this week, which has been a great start to the year with lots of discussion around events, sub-committees and general business. A big thank you to Tract Consultants for being amazing hosts yet again.

For any member wishing to attend the next state Executive meeting, it is planned for Tuesday 21 May. Please email the Chapter office at if you are interested to attend. With Victoria's Chapter elections in July, it could be a great opportunity to learn more about AILA operations and opportunities.

Michael Ford, AILA Executive member & Chair, Education Committee

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 28 February 2019

Last week we conducted the first Victorian Chapter meeting at the Tract office in Southbank. Thanks for hosting us! We covered a large number of items in regards to National policy input, events, sub-committees and general business. Members are reminded that they are more than welcome to attend state chapter meetings. The next one will be held on Tuesday, March the 12th from 6-8pm at Tract Consultants. If you are interested in being part of a sub-committee or would like to RSVP for the next meeting, please email the Chapter at

Firstly, we would like to welcome back all the university students who are embarking on this year’s course programs. We’d like to remind everyone that there is a current membership drive to get more students involved with AILA and assist with the ongoing improvement of our profession. Please tell your colleagues and friends to email for more info.

The AILA VIC Awards entries program will be going live this week. We have been working behind the scenes on a fantastic venue for this year’s event and together with AILA National, a new user-friendly online system will be used this year to streamline the submission process. Keeping reading this enews edition for the web link. The Jury Committee has been endorsed and we have 7 fantastic individuals who will decide/judge entries for Victoria and Tasmania this year. We will announce them shortly with the opening of the 2019 Awards program.

We are continuing to provide input to the International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Melbourne;The Square and the Park. The Future Park International Design Ideas Competitionhas just been launched in conjunction with the upcoming Melbourne Design Week and is a fantastic opportunity for professionals and students to contribute their ideas towards Melbourne’s future urban realm. AILA members are welcome to attend the Competition launch on Friday 22 March at 7:00pm, Melbourne Design School, 1st Floor Atrium, University of Melbourne.

Finally, congratulations again to this year’s Mentorship Program participants who will be meeting tonight to launch the program. Thank you to AILA Victoria partner Glascott Landscape and Civil for supporting this program and our future Landscape Architects.

As we move into Autumn, enjoy the last throws of summer and get ready for the wonderful planting season ahead!

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 14 February 2019

This year is going to be a busy and engaging year for Victorian AILA members and the broader design community for a number of reasons.

Firstly, following on from the partnership between AILA/AIA/PIA in 2018, where we collaborated on promoting design issues in the lead up the State election in November 2018, a meeting is scheduled with the Minister of Planning, Hon Richard Wynne to discuss the issues raised by all organisations.

As previously reported, this October we are fortunate to have the International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Melbourne. This year's Festival themed The Square and the Park will be held at Deakin Edge, Federation Square. It will focus on a celebration and interrogation of the everyday practice of Australian landscape architecture. The Festival will offer a range of formats and debates on this theme and the first key Festival activity will be The Future Park International Design Ideas Competition to be launched during next month's Melbourne Design Week.

Presented by the University of Melbourne, in partnership with AILA, The Future Park International Design Ideas Competition will challenge landscape architects, urban designers, architects and planners to uncover new public space/s for a contemporary Melbourne. The event will launch the competition website and will feature a presentation from the co-creative directors of the Festival, Jillian Walliss, Kirsten Bauer and Cassandra Chilton who will offer a provocation for the experimental creation of public space.

AILA members will be welcomed to attend the Competition launch on Friday 22 March at 7:00pm, Melbourne Design School, 1st Floor Atrium, University of Melbourne. More details to come.

The competition also clearly aligns with the 2019 Melbourne Design Week theme,‘How Can Design Shape The Future?. AILA hopes that this event kicks off a year of great public debate involving landscape architecture as a key design profession that shapes cities. 

The Victorian AILA Executive will look to embed this exploration of public space in the many events planned for this year, including the upcoming  
The Living Pavilionscheduled for May 1 - 17 at the University of Melbourne. AILA Victoria's principal partner, Ecodynamics, will supply over 40,000 Kulin Nation plants as part of this temporary public installation.

The Living Pavilion 
is CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE festival hub, fostering a sense of community through collaborative making and celebration. Located in 2019 on the future site of the New Student Precinct at the University of Melbourne’s, Parkville Campus, The Living Pavilion will be a platform for celebrating Melbourne’s eclectic flora and fauna, as well as hosting events and performances by local Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, artists and scientists. Please visit The Living Pavilion website for more details.

The first Victorian Chapter meeting is next week on Wednesday 20 February where we hope to finalise details for our state AILA Awards, scheduled for June this year. We have asked for committee nominations for the VIC Awards Jury, so if interested, please nominate yourself ASAP via

AILA Fresh is excited to once again invite members to partake in the 2019 Mentorship program. This well-received initiative provides a valuable opportunity to connect experienced LAs, at all levels of experience, with future LAs. Registrations are essential for the limited placements so please read your e-news for more details on how to be a mentee or mentor.

Finally, WE-EF LIGHTING is kicking off the New Year with an After-Dark Product party on Thursday 28 February at STREAT in Collingwood. We have limited guest tickets for AILA members so please register to attend HERE. I hope to see you there!

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President



News from AILA Victoria Chapter 30  January 2019


I live for Summer in Australia. The scent of warm eucalyptus and salty sea air, the looping soundtrack of cicadas and meditative journeys along back roads as the hot afternoon sun slumps over seemingly limitless plains…


This year I had the opportunity to explore unfamiliar landscapes: the Murrumbidgee River at Wagga Wagga, the vineyards around Corowa and Rutherglen, and a cross-section of Brisbane - from Moreton Bay to urbane New Farm and Roma Street Parklands. Wherever you spent your break I hope you enjoyed engaging with family, friends and the great Australian landscape that we have the privilege of working with.


Over the coming months we’ll connect you to AILA National initiatives from the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan and Gender Equity Project. The census report published in October 2018 revealed that while participation of women in the profession has grown, there is an overall 10% pay gap for full-time workers that is most discernible at the senior level. The publishing of this data provides a firm base to address gender inequity and strengthen our profession as we embark on a fresh new year.


In the Christmas rush you may have missed the announcement that three highly regarded women in landscape - Jillian Walliss, Kirsten Bauer and Cassandra Chilton - are the creative directors of this year’s Festival The Square and the Park. More details about this will be released in the coming months.

Lastly, we’ll soon be calling for members to fill vacancies on sub-committees. It’s going to be a great year for landscape architecture in Victoria so get on board!


Mark Skiba, AILA Victoria Vice President


News from AILA Victoria Chapter 19 December 2018

It was great to see a full house of members at The Mill Brewery in Collingwood at last week’s AILA Christmas Party. It was a fun night with lots of socialising and more importantly, the welcoming of this year's Registered Landscape Architects. I would like to thank Glascott Landscape and Civil for hosting the event and extend a big thank you to all AILA Victoria partners - state and national - that have supported numerous, well-attended events over the past year.

From a successful RAP launch, political election statements, M Pavilion joint industry debates to annual events that include AILA Fresh, Environment, Cultivate, Blue Meets Green and our biggest Awards program yet, landscape architects in Victoria continue to actively contribute to the culture of landscape architecture.

If I reflect on what on my team at Brimbank City Council has achieved in 2018 and then extend this to all public, private and academic practice, it is clear that landscape architecture continues to be a major influence on physical and intellectual outcomes across Melbourne and Victoria. The Chapter's 2019 program promises to continue to champion quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship.

We look forward to encouraging on-going engagement and recognition of members and the sharing of knowledge, ideas and action. Our Chapter is also welcoming of industry folk looking to be more active on AILA committees in 2019. I encourage you to reach out to our Chapter office at and express your interest to learn how you can participate and contribute to our active program and initiatives.

I would also like to thank the Chapter staff, the core Executive, sub-committee chairs and all the volunteers that helped AILA Victoria deliver the above in 2018. Without the true commitment from AILA members, staff and partners, our culture would not be as great or as influential as it is today.

On behalf of the Victorian Executive and myself, I'd like to wish you a safe and prosperous festive season. I hope you all enjoy some time off over the holiday period.  The Chapter office will re-open on Tuesday 15 January. Looking forward to seeing you again early in 2019. All the best.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria Chapter President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 4 December 2018

AILA is continuing to advocate on the importance of Green Infrastructure at a state and national level. In Victoria, the annual Blue Meets Green forum was held on Thursday 22 November to continue the discussion and sharing of knowledge between various professionals on the need for integrated actions to ensure natural systems are critical functions of city infrastructure. The focus was on water and trees as key components of city places and how they support social activities while mitigating heatwaves and flooding and ensuring urban places are resilience and can support a denser city into this century. I would like to thank City West Water as the sponsor for this event and the assistance of ACO and Ecodynamics. Also thank you to Cameron Fitzgerald (City West Water), Lindsey Brown (AWA VIC), Deb Cailes (City of Melbourne), Nick Somes (Ecodynamics) and Emma Pryse (Wyndham City Council) for making up this year's speaker line-up.

I welcome the announcement in Canberra last week by the National President, Shaun Walsh, calling for the development of a National Green Infrastructure Strategy that seeks to increase the role that “nature has as an enabler of more effective systems, providing important ecosystem benefits to our city, regional and rural communities.” This continues AILA national advocacy on this matter since The Living City Alliance was established in 2016.

Another forum that explored a big perspective of Melbourne was the M TALKS at the M Pavilion on Thursday 29 November where Presidents from AILA/ AIA/PIA discussed the ‘The Missing Middle’ and pondered how can design transition large, single blocks that dominate the urban fabric to support more housing and a denser city. There was concerns about the planning process but again in thinking about a denser city, the urban landscape is crucial, whether public or private, in supporting a cooler city. This idea of a cooler city will be become a bigger discussion point soon when the Chief Resilient Officer from the City of Melbourne releases a new strategy document that seeks the development of a metropolitan wide approach to Urban Forestry. This will require all land to accommodate the vision and rely on regional partnerships like Greening The West, that recently planted a 1,000,000 trees in the west. A whole of Melbourne approach will require many partnerships that commit to allowing Melbourne to evolve into greener city. Thanks also to radio presenter and architect, Simon Knott for facilitating the M Talk.

I would like to also thank Cassandra Chilton, Principal, Rush Wright Associates, who recently resigned from the Chapter's Executive committee due to her  growing work demands. The Committee has appreciated Cassandra's ongoing, valued contribution and in particular, in her Treasury role. It is with much pleasure that we welcome Rachel Smithers, Associate Director Urbis, to the Executive and in the Treasurer role. We look forward to working with Rachel into 2019.

Finally, myself and the other state executives hope to see you all at the AILA Christmas Party at The Mill in Collingwood, next Wednesday 12 December to celebrate all the fantastic contributions in 2018 that all Victorian landscape architects have made to the way live, think and interact with the landscape. Tickets are now limited but still available HERE.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria Chapter President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 21 November 2018

Before heading off to vote at Saturday’s state election, you might find it useful to review an e-guide to be sent by the Chapter, outlining where major political parties stand on key issues facing our industry. Expect to receive the e-guide before Friday. This initiative follows another election-driven activity - AILA Victoria's Campaign Statement - undertaken by the Executive committee. The Statement has successfully captured some media attention and you can view selected coverage achieved below:

AILA Victoria is also ending a full year’s program with some not-to-be missed opportunities for members to engage and hear from peers, partners and industry. The response to this week’s Blue meets Green event (22/11), co-presented by City West Water, has been very positive and it’s not late for you to register. Come and hear five speakers discuss the importance, challenges and affects that blue/green infrastructure has in transforming the city into a resilient and liveable city.

Don’t forget also the opportunity to really let your hair down at the AILA VIC Christmas Party on Wednesday 12 December as sponsored by Glascott Landscape & Civil.

If you haven’t already, it would be worthwhile to check out and register for the free ACO Webinar on Wednesday 5 December. This CPD-certified event is to educate designers on how Geocellular systems can be adapted to solve a number of stormwater management problems. 

We need to also thank our members and partners for your patience and support during our Chapter’s restructure. We’re in the process of recruiting a Membership and Events Coordinator to support the State Manager as well as manage the membership program. You can view and share the advert here.

Lastly, the Chapter really appreciates members who have proactively renewed their membership and updated their profile on the AILA website. It definitely helps us keep in touch and you informed. If you're wanting to discuss your AILA membership, we'd be happy to hear from you -

Martha Delfas, AILA Victoria Chapter Manager 

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 8 November 2018

After more than three years with the Victorian Chapter, it is time for me to say farewell to AILA. My last day will be next Thursday 15 November.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my role at AILA Victoria and I really believe that Landscape Architects are the best group of people to work with.

Thank you so much to all the Members, my wonderful AILA team mates, partners and ‘friends of AILA’ for your time, guidance and expertise that you have always so graciously volunteered to AILA.

I am travelling overseas (New York then on to Ireland) for two months returning mid-January 2019. I really want to stay linked to landscape architecture in my next role so I will see you again.

My recent decision has given AILA the opportunity to restructure the Victorian Chapter office. As a result, I’d like to congratulate my colleague, Martha Delfas who has accepted the role of Chapter Manager. Martha will continue at three days a week and will be supported by a newly created position, Membership and Events Coordinator, which can be found at We would also invite you to share the job link within your own networks -

In the meantime, the Chapter thanks you for your patience and support during this restructure process.

As a departing gift, I would like to request your continued engagement with AILA by registering for the upcoming events planned for this month and December.

WE-EF After – Dark Walk and Talk Tour

Next Tuesday 13 November – Register here

AILA Fresh and Victorian Young Planners Trivia Night

Next Tuesday 13 November – Register here

Blue Meets Green

Thursday 22 November – Book your ticket

2018 Christmas Party

Wednesday 12 December – Book your ticket

Take care everyone and all the best.

Felicity McGahan

AILA Victoria Chapter

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 24 October 2018

A few weekends ago I took a moment between errands to soak up the morning sun from the comfort of a bench seat overlooking the State Library Lawn. The gentle hum of people chatting and playing on the grass momentarily paused as a protest march passed by on Swanston Street. As the crowd drifted off a kind-looking older gentleman tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I’d like to join the next game of (giant) chess that was setup behind me. If only I knew how!

My brief rest stop that morning encapsulated all that is great about one of Melbourne’s well-designed and democratic public spaces. However, at the other end of the ‘civic spine’ Federation Square’s civic and cultural qualities remain under a cloud as plans for an Apple store press ahead. The Heritage Council of Victoria recently recommended the Square be included on the Heritage Register. We encourage all members to review the National Trust media release to get up to speed on how this recommendation would affect future redevelopment and make a submission to the Heritage Council. If you'd like to be involved in the submission from AILA Vic please get in touch via

In other news, we have a number of people to congratulate:

  • the team at TCL and AILA for a fabulous festival on the Gold Coast. The content was expansive and engaging; I'm still mulling over it and look forward to sharing my musings in a future newsletter.
  • the practices who received national awards - 12 were won by Victorians!
  • Shaun Walsh for being elected National President and Victorian member Claire Martin for being elected to the board.

Mark Skiba, AILA Victoria Vice-President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 9 October 2018

We are very excited about seeing members and AILA partners at the 2018 International Landscape Architecture Festival, The Expanding Field: Charting the future of practice this week on the Gold Coast. It is on 11 – 14 October so there is still time to get last minute tickets if you would like to attend this amazing event. Register here

On Wednesday 26 September, AILA Victoria held its Annual Chapter meeting at Urbis in the CBD to discuss the highlights of the previous year and the year ahead. Thank you to the members who attended and thank you to Urbis for hosting. Please find the overview of the last year for AILA Victoria here.

Advocacy – Rivers of the West

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has long advocated for the importance of green infrastructure in our built environment. This was formalised in a National Policy Statement in 2012, Adapting to Climate Change – Green Infrastructure. AILA’s definition of green infrastructure differs slightly from that in the document proposing a Rivers of the West (Green Infrastructure and Caring for Country) Act but this difference is of no consequence. The underlying concept of legislating for the protection and preservation of the rivers and waterways in Melbourne’s west in terms of green infrastructure is one that AILA unequivocally supports. Read the AILA Victoria letter to Environmental Justice Australia here

There will be more to follow in the next enews about the exciting pre-election work that AILA Victoria is working on. Have a great rest of the week.

AILA Victoria Chapter

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 25 September 2018

It’s the business end of the year for AILA Victoria Executive. Whilst us Victorians are keenly swapping our winter wear for pool attire in readiness for the upcoming AILA National Festival in the Gold Coast, we have a few important matters to attend to.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday 26th September, the Victorian Executive will be holding its Annual Chapter meeting to discuss the highlights of the previous year and discuss strategy for the year ahead. All AILA members are welcome to join us from 5.30 til 7.00pm at Urbis on Collins St. Register here.

Recently we asked for feedback on AILA Victoria’s draft State Election Campaign Statementwhich focusses on the four key issues of Green Infrastructure, Healthy Communities, Cooling Cities and Active transport. Following receipt of feedback, we will now be finalising that statement for adoption by the executive in order to pursue meetings and media opportunities to spread our message.

Advocacy – Telstra Billboards

Telstra plans to roll out around 80 new payphone-billboard structures in the CBD.

The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) supports the City of Melbourne in its pursuit of halting the roll-out of Telstra billboards.

AILA applauds Council’s sustained investment in street design over many decades to improve the quality of city life. Improvements include widening footpaths, laying bluestone pavement and installing well-designed public furniture. The new Telstra billboards undo these efforts by creating physical and visual clutter, damaging pavements and imposing advertising within the public realm.

In the middle of September AILA Vic invited all members to have their say on the City of Melbourne, Participate Melbourne website on this matter. Read the submission here.

Advocacy - Submission regarding Amendment C308 - Urban design in the central city and Southbank

The AILA Victorian Chapter provides the following submission to City of Melbourne in response to Amendment C308. Our members include both landscape architects and urban designers who are experienced in the planning and design of the city at large, as well as at the detailed scale of streetscapes, building interfaces and other interstitial spaces. We value the opportunity to provide feedback on this important body of work to improve urban design outcomes in the Central City and Southbank. Read submission.

Whilst we are steadily working our way through a number of tasks, we can always use extra help from our members. If you would like to get involved in any of the sub-committees such as Advocacy, Environment, Education, Local Government, Regional or Fresh, we would love to hear from you!

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 12 September 2018

As a follow up to the joint AILA/AIA/PIA meeting on 4th July 2018 to discuss pre-election issues by each organisation, the State Executive have released a draft State Election Campaign Statement focusing on four issues: Green Infrastructure, Healthy Communities, Cooling Cities and Active transport. The executive is seeking to adopt these at this month’s executive meeting and is seeking your feedback. Once adopted, the executive we will be seeking meetings and responses from all political parties on these issues. There will also be media releases to highlight these important issues.

The collaboration between AILA/PIA/AIA is ongoing with two recent events. On Monday night at RMIT the Centre for Urban Research presented a scorecard on Melbourne as part of their research agenda for ‘Creating Liveable Cities in Australia’ while last week a meeting occurred at the Office of the Victorian Governments Architectsto discuss pre–election issues. Feedback from both events is very supportive of this collaboration in advocating on planning and design to the government. The next collaborative event will be a Pavilion gathering focusing on these pre-election issues – presenting them in a public forum and inviting discussion. More details on this will follow.

Another successful Dinner with Influences event occurred last week with Glascott Landscape & Civil who have become a great sponsor for the Victorian AILA Chapter. This event enabled further strengthening of the relationship between AILA executive, members and Glascott and we seek to support each other in terms of great landscape architecture outcomes for Melbourne.

I also attended the Institute of Foresters of Australia/Australian Forest Growers annual conference in Canberra on Monday 3 October titled, ‘Forests for Healthy Cities, Farms and People. I presented in the Forest for Healthy Cities and People session where I discussed my involvement in Greening The West and the Metropolitan Urban Forest Strategy. It was great to share this discussion with foresters, landscape architects, academics and other environment focussed professionals on the need to have a healthy functioning urban forest that’s supports liveability and well-being.

I hope that you are all tuning into Channel 10 on Sundays to watch Australia By Design as landscape architecture is discussed on television. This coming Sunday is Victoria’s turn so looking forward to see what the judges will review and choose.

Finally, a reminder that this month’s executive meeting is the ACM on Wednesday 26 September so I hope so see your there as the current State Executive provides on overview of our first year. More info here

A report from AILA Vic Cultivate Committee

On 28 August, AILA Victoria’s Cultivate Committee hosted the second event in its Long Table series, focused on gender equity.

AILA Cultivate aims to open dialogues around alternative and expanded modes of landscape architectural practice through conversations, events, workshops and collaborations with other disciplines. Each event in the Long Table series features invited guests from various professions coming together for drinks, snacks and a conversation about their practice and its relationship to the field of landscape.

The 28th August conversation highlighted the AILA Gender Equity Project, recently co-launched with Parlour and Monash’s XYX Lab. Our conversation was led by Simone Bliss (Director, SBLA), Cassandra Chilton (Principal, Rush Wright Associates, Hotham Street Ladies),Justine Clark (editor and co-founder of Parlour) and Gill Matthewson (Lecturer, Monash University, co-founder of Parlour).

The conversation ran for over two hours, covering extensive ground, including:

  • Parlour’s preliminary analysis of the AILA census and salary survey, revealing statistical similarities and differences for women practicing in architecture and landscape architecture in Australia
  • The challenges of building a critical discourse around the issue in the profession
  • The importance of Institute-led and AILA-independent initiatives around gender equity, and a diversity of forums for discussion
  • The promotion of expanded practice models, including meaningful flexible and part-time work

Cultivate hopes that the conversation begun last week is the first in a series of critical public discussions around this issue and hopes to host related follow-up events (workshops, gatherings, exhibitions, etc.) in the future.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 29 August 2018

The AILA Victoria awards had a wonderful turnout; it was a lovely night of catching up, celebrating the industry and showcasing the work of the diverse range of well deserved winners. It has been fantastic to see the continued media coverage of the awards, highlighting our industry and emphasising the amazing work that members of the Victorian chapter have delivered. It was great to see the Presidents’ Award go to Anne-Marie Pisani, as an acknowledgement of her brilliant work within the industry and her work with the ‘Connection to Country Committee’, as well as the recent success of the Reconciliation Action Plan. Considering the quality of the projects rewarded at the state awards, here’s hoping we can look forward to seeing a strong representation from Victoria at the upcoming national awards. A big thanks to the chapter staff and the awards committee for all of their hard work on the awards.

Make sure you also check out the record number of submissions at the VIC Awards Exhibition. Simply head over to the RMIT Design Hub before it ends this Friday, 31 August. The response to the entries has been fantastic, as has the media coverage for the Award winners in general. Various media articles can be viewed on the AILA VIC Facebook page.

We also want to congratulate, AILA VIC member, Claire Martin of Oculus for her recent appointment on the AILA Board.  This good news is a great result for Victoria as well as national. Our Chapter looks forward to working closely with Claire and all new members in the coming months.

Lastly, don't forget that the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture is not far away (12 & 13 October). Registration details and a full program outline can be viewed at  Hope to see you there.

Michael Ford, AILA Victoria Executive member

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 15 August 2018

Close to 300 people gathered on Friday 10 August to recognise and celebrate landscape architecture in Victoria at The Trust Melbourne.

Australian by Design host, Tim Horton, did an impressive (& challenging) job of overseeing the Awards presentation ceremony in a room full of high spirits and excitement. We thank the participating sponsors and committee members who helped present 29 award winners on the night.

Special thanks to WE-EF LIGHTING for the after-party. Members and guests embraced the opportunity to continue the celebrations, conversations and some grooving away after midnight.

Professional event photos can be viewed at AILA VIC’s Facebook page.

This year’s record number of award submissions (45 in total across 13 categories) will be proudly exhibited at the RMIT Design Hub from Tuesday 21 August to Tuesday 28 August (closed Mondays & Sundays). We encourage members to promote the Exhibition and get along to view the impressive line-up of submission boards on display on Level 3 (street level).

The Chapter’s attention is currently on securing media coverage for the Awards program. The interest in stories and interviews has been positive and has already resulted in story placements in outlets that include:

Landscape Australia

Geelong Advertiser

Mornington Peninsula News



Urban – Q & A with Adrian Gray

We are also encouraged by the long list of members and practices who have actively promoted their winning projects and Awards event experience via their social media accounts. The Chapter thanks you for the AILA tags and mentions.

As we wrap up yet another AILA Awards season, we take this opportunity to thank our members for their support and involvement, the 2018 Jury, members who assisted with the event, and sponsors, WE-EF LIGHTING, ACO, Street Furniture Australia, Austral, and Glascott Landscape and Civil.

Congratulations again to 2018 AILA VIC award winners and to Tim D’Agostino (Aspect Studios) for his Future Leader commendation. All of the Victorian award recipients will now be judged by the AILA national jury. All the best for the AILA national awards in October.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 31 July 2018

The past fortnight has seen two important AILA events with stand-out attendances.

The AILA Reconciliation Action Plan was launched on the 25th July after two years of thoughtful consultation, initiative and leadership by the AILA Connection to Country Committee. On the night a series of speakers including Anne Marie Pisani, Jill Orr-Young and Jefa Greenaway amongst others, shared personal reflections on their learnings from the process and potential of engagement, acknowledgement of and collaboration with Indigenous communities. The RAP outlines the contribution we can all make both as an Institute but importantly as individuals and I encourage all members to read it here.

AILA Freshmeet held a week earlier kicked off with speculations on the future challenges and opportunities for our practice from Jen Lynch (T.C.L), Tom Harper (Placemark) and Kate Dundas (City of Melbourne) – who managed to hold both the crowd and her gorgeous baby at the same time! This was followed by a fast, furious, enthusiastic and, at times, even riotous series of speed dating conversations between the twenty four invited landscape architects and students and young graduates. A great night – thanks to the AILA Fresh team.

Finally- one week to go until the Victorian Landscape Architecture Logies. All of the Award winners have been finalised by the jury and we are now working on showcasing all entries in the lead up to the Awards event.

Jury members are Bronwen Hamilton (Chair), Mary Papaioannou, Jocelyn Chiew, Holly Hein, Ben Kronenberg and Morag Ritchie. This year there are 45 award entries across the 13 categories.

Tickets are moving very quickly so don’t miss out. Book them here or send a list of people for group bookings to

Cassandra Chilton, AILA Vic Executive Committee, Treasurer of sorts

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 18 July 2018

As previously reported AILA, AIA and PIA are collaborating on pre-election advocacy to engage with all political parties on the design and planning issues for Melbourne. An event was held on Wednesday 4 July where each organisation presented their issues. Over 60 people attended this event.

The four main themes that AILA are advocating on are Green Infrastructure, Cooling The City, Public Real/Urban Landscape and Transport. Given that Melbourne will double in size within the lifetime of many of our current members and to ensure ongoing liveability key decisions relating to the way we reconfigure our city are required now. Landscape Architects are going to be a forefront on many of these issue in terms of increasing the capacity and functionality of the urban landscape, which is reflected by the national position papers that AILA has on these topics. Please view these at the AILA website under Advocate/National Policy Statements.

We want to present to all political parties that there is substantial evidence that supports our themes so referencing national AILA position papers and other key documents such as, Creating Liveable Cities in Australia by the Centre For Urban Design at RMIT. This report has looked at seven key indicators that support urban liveability and has set policy recommendation for governments.

AILA Victoria is excited to be part of the Living Pavilion, a collaboration between the Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub, Thrive Research Hub, The Living Stage and the University of Melbourne’s New Student Precinct. This event will be a temporal event space as part of the CLIMARTE’s ‘ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019’ festival in April/May 2019. Please click here for further information and follow on Instagram here to keep up to date.

We also want to acknowledge and applaud the collaborative efforts of AILA Victoria's Connection-to-Country Committee led by Anne-Marie Pisani. The Committee played an integral role in 
launching AILA national's inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  AILA Victoria has lined up some great speakers to discuss how the RAP influences industry practice as part of its state RAP Launch next week on Wednesday 25 July. All members are welcome to register for this event here.

Finally, myself and other state executive members are looking to attending the annual Victoria AILA Fresh Meet at The Mill Brewery in Collingwood. See you there if you have a ticket. Cheers

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 3 July 2018

Whether plans for a triple bypass ‘super highway’ give you actual palpitations or a jolt of infrastructure giddiness, the battle strategies starting to emerge for the Victorian State Government election call for landscape architects to lead the charge. From roads to rail and housing to horses, there are a multitude of issues that will shape the development of Victoria well beyond the next election cycle. AILA are joining forces with AIA and PIA to discuss the key topics for the built design sector and make a joint representation to the major parties. We’d love to you to join the conversation at the free ‘pre-election discussion’ event on Wednesday July 4. Click here to RSVP.

To keep you active during this frosty winter we have two more essential events to mark in your diary. AILA Vic iscommitted to creating an inclusive and diverse profession and providing members opportunities to expand their cultural awareness. We’re launching the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on Wednesday July 25. We hope you can join us to celebrate this achievement and learn more about how we can improve engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Click here to RSVP.

Tickets for the 2018 AILA Vic Landscape Architecture Awards are now on sale.

Forty-six entries were received across thirteen categories, as well as nominations for the Future Leader Award. The number of entries reflects the growing strength of our profession and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all in August!

Mark Skiba, AILA Victoria Vice- President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 19 June 2018

As previously mentioned, AILA/PIA/AIA presidents are now meeting monthly to maximise our collaborative efforts with regards to advocacy on planning and design issues affecting Melbourne. Collectively these organisation represent over 20,000 built environment professionals across Australia and overseas with around 6,000 based in Victoria. As a collective voice we have strength in numbers.

With the upcoming State election our aim is to release joint statements to all political parties on issues that shape out city. In order to have a discussion with the Victorian members, an event has been arranged for Wednesday 4 July from 5:30 to 8:30 at 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne where each president will present issues relating to their profession. It would be great to have members input on the night or you can contact the Victoria Chapter office via with any ideas you may have. This will be discussed at this week's State Executive meeting and we will be drawing on some National AILA policy documents to assist in bringing some initial ideas together. South Australian AILA members have done something similar for the State election held there recently so this will also provide some direction regarding content for consideration.

The Future Practitioner: Practice and Education Strategies Roundtable

At the end of May, AILA Victorian State Education Committee in partnership with University of Melbourne and RMIT co-hosted The Future Practitioner: Practice and Education Strategies Roundtable. It was a great turn out with 20 plus practitioners from private practice, local and state government, the universities and industry focused journalists. It was a fantastic and robust discussion focused on future viability of Landscape Architecture practitioners and the university programs.

The conversation is continuing and will assist with framing the work that the AILA Victorian State Education Committee is currently working on. Big thank you to everyone who participation and added to the discussion.

2018 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards Event – Tickets on Sale Now!

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards event on Friday 10 August. We are looking forward to an amazing presentation ceremony and after party at The Trust, Melbourne. Click here more information and registration details or go to the Awards article in today’s enews.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 6 June 2018

It’s an exciting time to be a landscape architect! A few weeks ago, I had the honour of presenting to over 80 people at the Melbourne Bowls Club about Designing for Risk and Challenges for Playspaces. Alongside playground experts Elizabeth Cummins, Paul Grover, Aaron Wallis and with special guest Paul Hoenigmann, we spoke about all aspects of risks in play. I spoke in particular about remembering who we design for and what it means to take risks from a designer’s and child’s point of view. A huge thank you to PlayRope as the event partner.

Last week, I was also lucky to represent AILA at the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Future Focus workshop held at the Library in the Dock in Docklands. Representatives from AILA have been present at a series of workshops across Australia to look at the future possibilities for the Green Star rating system and what it means not just for sustainable commercial buildings, but whole precincts. Landscape Architects need to drive this conversation to see that our views are represented within future major developments.

On Wednesday 30 May the Victorian State President, Adrian Gray, presented at the Green Building Council of Australia annual Green Building Day forum titled Shaping the Future where he spoke about the role of nature and ecosystems being integrated in the built environment. His presentation was guided by two key AILA advocacy documents, Living City Workshop Report (2016) and the Green Infrastructure Position Paper (2012). At this event GCCA presented a new Green Star paper titled Ecology and biodiversity in Green Star.

In more exciting news for the public spaces of Melbourne, the Victorian State Government has just announced plans to redevelop Melbourne’s arts precinct in Southbank with multiple new public spaces and buildings master planned by ARM Architecture and Taylor CullityLethlean. The government has committed $208 million over two years to kick start a philanthropic fund raising campaigns for the NGV and the ArtsCentre.

Another AILA Vic Premier Event delivered -

Graham Fletcher Lecture

On Saturday 2 June, over 50 people attended the Graham Fletcher lecture ‘ How to start your own landscape architect/design business’ at Multicultural Hub from 9 – 2.30pm. It was a very informative event with Graham going through all aspects of starting your own business with a lot of questions asked and discussions amongst the group. A huge thank you to Graham Fletcher for travelling from NSW to present and to our state partner, Fleetwood Urban for supporting this event. AILA Victoria was also delighted to partner and welcome members of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) to attend this event. We look forward to collaborating with AILDM in the future.

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 23 May 2018

AILA Victoria is very happy to advise that an impressive 47 entries have been received for The 2018 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards. This is compared to 35 in 2017 and 33 in 2016. This is fantastic news and is a great sign that landscape architects in Victoria are busy and wanting to celebrate their work.

These entries were received across all of the 14 categories.

Next up, the jury meets up to judge the entries and the Awards event where the winners are announced is on Friday 10 August. More details next week about this exciting celebration of Victorian Landscape Architecture.

Designing for Risk and Challenges for Playspace

Last Tuesday, over 80 people attended the learning session on Designing for Risk and Challenges for Playspace took place at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club. Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary, was one of the fantastic presenters and some excellent discussions were had. A huge thank you to PlayRope as the event partner. More about this from Dan in the next enewsletter.

Don’t miss out on these exciting events that are coming up

  • Wednesday 30 May Come along to the Dixon Advisory Wealth Creation SessionRegister here
  • Saturday 2 June - How to start your own Landscape Architect Business - More information - Presented by Graham Fletcher.

Also, AILA is excited to announce a partnership with the United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) and Deakin University, to provide landscape architects with an opportunity to participate in a Model UN Conference on 20 August 2018. This is a joint activity with AIA and PIA Victoria. More information here

AILA Victoria Chapter

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 9 May 2018

Hello to the Victorian chapter,

It’s coming up to winter but there are still lots of events in the near future to look forward to. Please see below for some important events and announcements:

ACO and AILA Vic CPD webinar

Last Thursday, ACO and AILA Vic held a CPD webinar and presentation. The topic, presented by ACO, was ‘An Industry Guide to Integrating Drainage into Pedestrian Friendly Areas’. Around 30 members attended this event and there was an engaging discussion and networking that followed. Thank you ACO for the informative presentation and again to Brickworks for the venue and supporting AILA.

The Future Practitioner: Practice and Education Strategies Roundtable

Where are the next generation of LAs coming from?

The University of Melbourne and RMIT in conjunction with the AILA Victoria Education committee will be running a round table discussion focused on the future viability of Landscape Architecture practitioners and AILA membership numbers, in consideration of the fact that currently 70-90% of Landscape Architecture students are international. The education committee will put forward the questions- how do we get an international cohort to invest in a future of practice in Australia? And how do we get more local students to undertake Landscape Architecture Studies? If you are interested in being part of the Round Table discussion @ UniMelb, from 12.30 to 2pm on Wednesday May 30th please contact Gini Lee ( Numbers are limited, so please get in contact ASAP.

AILA/PIA/AIA Statement of mutual support and future collaboration

Following the AILA Victoria President, Adrian Gray, and AILA Victoria chapter staff meeting with chapter and presidents of Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia a statement of mutual support has been issued. ‘There is strength in numbers. As a collective voice our organisations represent over 20,000 built environment professionals working across Australia and overseas. In Victoria alone, around 6000 professionals belong to our organisations’.

Continuing with the AILA/PIA/AIA partnership, the Victorian chapter are collectively working together on shared media releases to coincide with the upcoming State election on issues relating to city design and planning.

Some fantastic events are coming up

  • An International speaker has been announced for the Designing for Risk and Challenges for Playspace on May 15. Paul Hoenigmann, Inclusive Play UK. Paul joins an impressive line up next Tuesday night at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club. Register here
  • Come along to the Dixon Advisory Seminar on May 30 More Information
  • How to start your own Landscape Architect Business on Saturday 2 June More information Presented by Graham Fletcher.

Michael Ford, AILA Victoria Executive

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 26 April 2018

Hello from the Victorian Chapter. We are already close to the end of April and a lot has been going on and is coming up! AILA Victoria would like to introduce our 2018 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards jury.

  • Bronwen Hamilton (Jury Chair), Manager Victorian Design Review Panel at the Office of the Victorian Government Architect
  • Mary Papaioannou , Immediate Past AILA Victoria Vice – President and consultant Landscape Architect
  • Morag Ritchie, Landscape Architect, Campus Planning and Design, University of Melbourne
  • Holly Hein , Landscape Architect, Playce and lecturer, RMIT
  • Jocelyn Chiew, Registered Architect, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, Monash University and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Member
  • Ben Kronenberg , Senior Landscape Architect, Openwork Pty Ltd

Please click here to view the profiles of the jury and for all award information.

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary, and Michael Ford, AILA Victoria Executive member, attended the 2018 Green Industries Forum hosted by Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) during the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. This was an opportunity to network and to hear from one of Australia’s most celebrated sustainable landscape designers in the residential and commercial sectors, Phillip Johnson.

Last week, AILA Victoria and Urbanstone presented the amazing Yagan Square presentation that has been touring the country. The presenters were Kirsten Bauer from Aspect Studios, artist Jon Tarry and Simon Monteith from Urbanstone. A huge thank you to Brickworks studio at Richmond for hosting this event and making it possible. Over 80 people attended which is a fantastic turn out. This event will be recorded in Queensland next month and a link will be uploaded to the AILA website soon after.

AILA Victoria also held a Registration Workshop, kindly hosted by Urbis and led by Darren Atkinson, Urbis and Ashley Sheldrick, GbLA. Fifteen people who have completed their mentorship attended and were given an overview of what to expect in the interview to become a registered landscape architect.

AILA Victoria President, Adrian Gray, and AILA Victoria chapter staff had another meeting with chapter and presidents of Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia. The focus of this meeting was election issues for each institute. AILA Victoria will be asking members for some input on this soon.

Two fantastic events that are coming up are

CPD event on 3 May presented by ACO register here

Designing for Risk and Challenges for Playspace on May 15 register here

AILA Victoria Chapter

News from AILA Victoria Chapter - 11 April 2018

Greeting to all Victorian members and I hope you all are now thinking about your award submissions for 2018. We have booked a new venue in the city for early August and the jury has been decided so now please celebrate the great work being done by submitting your entries. We are also excited about the host we have for this year’s event with more details to follow in future updates. All Awards info here.


I recently had a meeting with the Victorian Presidents of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia where we discussed how we continue to collaborate in the built environment advocacy space. A key catalyst for this was the Federation Square issue and how important it was to have a collaborative voice raising issues around pubic space and built form at a Ministerial level. We will be meeting again soon to discuss how we progress this collaboration.


Another great collaborative held event recently was the Salon event titled Leafy Green conducted by the Environment Committee where landscape architects talked about recent projects and key products that are significant contributors to greening our city. There was around 50 people in attendance at the Brickworks Studio and I would like to thank our sponsors, Citygreen, Lawn Solutions and Metro Trees. Thank you to the Environment Committee for a great event that highlighted how landscape architects are leading and innovating on greening outcomes.


I have also been nominated to talk at the Green Building Day 2018 titled ‘Shaping the Future’. I have been asked to talk in a session focussing on “Fostering nature in our buildings and communities”. I plan to discuss impacts that Greening the West has had in generating nature within the public realm of the western suburbs and relate this to AILA’s national Living Cities Alliance that seeks to affect positive change in our cities and regions by seeking to become more sustainable and resilient through investment in green infrastructure.

Finally,  do check out the details in the enews regarding a free CPD event in May, presented by ACO and AILA. Click here for more information.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President


News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 27 March 2018

Victorian Chapter President, Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria members and ASPECT Studios attended PIA's International Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday 15 March at Parliament House. Under the watchful gaze of the portrait gallery of Premiers past, key speaker, writer and commentator, Clementine Ford speculated on what initiatives a city designed with more women at the helm might include with insight and humour. Thank you to ASPECT Studios for sponsoring the AILA Victoria table.

Melbourne Design Week also featured a number of thought provoking landscape-focused events including the discussion panel on Embracing The Asian Century at the Melbourne School of Design and the full day symposium facilitated by Foreground on Living with Water: Design for uncertain times. Over four panel sessions with international speakers paired with Australians, speculated on the future challenges climate change will place on our relationship with water and land through policy, design speculation and constructed outcomes. A particular highlight was Kristina Hills’ presentation highlighting the progressive work achieved by her team for the Resilient by Design: Bay Area Challenge.

Lastly, a big congratulations to Ella Gauci-Seddon, Matt Calder and Neha Juddoo for launching Victoria's AILA Fresh Mentorship Program on Monday night. This initiative has been a two year program in the making and will offer AILA student members and recent graduates the valuable opportunity to connect with four industry professionals over four months. Please sign up for the next round.

Cassandra Chilton , AILA Victoria Treasurer

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 14 March 2018

On behalf of myself and AILA Victoria's Executive team and staff, I would like to thank Fleming’s for a wonderful President’s Lunch on Friday 2 March at Fleming’s Nurseries. It was a great gathering of influential landscape architects from within AILA's growing network who were clearly inspired by the work and the surrounds of Fleming’s. I have received great feedback from those lucky enough to attend the event and I believe that some great conversations were had. The Victorian Chapter and Fleming’s look forward to continue to share knowledge, ideas and passion on how we green Melbourne into this climate change century.

I am looking forward to presenting at the Living with Water: Design for uncertain times as part of Melbourne Design Week on 20 March. – see more info below and in the enewsletter today. 

AILA Victoria is very fortunate to have a table at the International Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday 15 March at Parliament House. A big thank you to ASPECT Studios for making this possible. More about that in the next message.

We are very excited about the launch of the AILA Gender Equity Study which happened on International Women’s Day (8 March 2018). More details on the report here.

The Infrastructure Australia report was also released recently and AILA Victoria was glad to have the opportunity to contribute to the AILA National media release.

AILA Victoria welcomed five new Registered Landscape Architects at the end of February. They are Dewen Hu, Jiehui Chen, Bronwyn Mulligan, Alastair Jaffray and Shaolan Ji. Congratulations. Thank you to Austral and the Richmond Brickworks studio for hosting the interviews.

SALON event: The Green Leafy Three – Wednesday 28 March – BOOK NOW

Green leafy spaces are essential to liveable cities for many significant reasons as we know - social, our well-being and mitigating the urban heat island effect. And yet, their establishment can be challenging, especially in established cities.
AILA Victoria's Environment sub-committee has brought together a fantastic line-up of presenters and product suppliers to discuss successful projects that have achieved design intent along with excellent environmental outcomes. Take the time to hear about the challenges, constraints and the innovative products used for each project. This is a catered event and bookings are essential. AILA FRESH discounted tickets available.

Proudly sponsored by:Lawn Solutions Australia, Citygreen , Metro Trees

Living with Water: Design for uncertain times – Tuesday 20 March , Melbourne Design Week

AILA is proud to be associated again with Melbourne Design Week 15 – 25 March

Today, some cities suffer from rising sea-levels and unprecedented storms and flooding, while others endure drought and depleted aquifers. Living with Water is a full – day symposium that will examine how we can urban build resilience in such uncertain times. This event on Tuesday 20 March is led by Foreground in partnership with AILA, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne School of Design. It brings together a series of international and Australian experts, who will explore how design can help mediate the burgeoning new relationship between water, land and our communities. Read all about the event here and click here to register and receive a discount for AILA members. This event attracts 6 CPD points.

Adrian Gray , AILA Victoria President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 28 February 2018

The AILA membership has been involved in some significant projects that affect our state over the last month, including our continuing relationship with PIA, AIA and UDIA members. We have a plethora of events planned for the upcoming year and look forward to working with all of you to keep our industry thriving. See below for some important events and announcements:

Living with Water: Design for uncertain times

Today, some cities suffer from rising sea-levels and unprecedented storms and flooding, while others endure drought and depleted aquifers. Living with Water is a full – day symposium that will examine how we can urban build resilience in such uncertain times. This event on Tuesday 20 March is led by Foreground in partnership with AILA, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne School of Design. It brings together a series of international and Australian experts, who will explore how design can help mediate the burgeoning new relationship between water, land and our communities. Read all about the event here and click here to register and receive a discount for AILA members. This event attracts 6 CPD points.

Federation Square Announcement – Update

AILA, AIA and PIA are concerned about the decision and have so far had coordinated responses. This includes a letter from the three institutes to the Minister of Planning, Richard Wynne, and a statement from AILA Victoria was shared as a media release. Read the media release and letter to the Minister here. On Tuesday 13 February, AILA Victoria was a partner and the profession was represented at the ‘Apple in Federation Square Public Debate’ at Deakin Edge. For all information on the debate, including speakers, please click here. A statement from AILA and from Karres + Brands, the original landscape architects for Federation Square, which was read out in the opening comments at the debate can be read here. The recording of the debate is available on the Open House Melbourne Facebook page. Update - Last Wednesday evening, Clay Lucas of The Age reported that the Greens failed to win support for the bid to block the Apple store in Federation Square. Read the full article.

AILA Victoria looks forward to continuing the conversation and we will keep everyone up to date on activities and discussions that we participate in on this important issue.

AILA Fresh Mentorship Program Opening Night

Thank you to all AILA members who responded to the call out for expressions of interest from potential mentors. The reaction was fantastic and AILA Fresh is happy to announce the opening night for the program. The mentorship program is an opportunity for you (an up and coming landscape architect!) to connect with experienced LAs. Here at AILA Fresh we believe that building relationships with practitioners, at all levels of experience, is integral to the development of young landscape architects. Through a series of informal catch-ups you'll get to catch up, one-on-one, with a range of professionals that share your passion for landscape architecture. For more information and to apply for the Mentorship Program please click here. OPENING NIGHT – Monday 26th of March: The mentorship program will be opened with an introductory networking evening. On this night the groups of eight will be formed which will kick off the program. To participate in the program you must be available for the opening night.

Dan Nunan, AILA Victoria Secretary

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 14 February 2018

AILA Victoria has been very busy over the last few weeks with the hot issue of the Victorian Government’s decision to approve the demolition of the Yarra Building in Federation Square and replace it with an Apple store. We have actively participated in the conversation and have summarised our efforts to date below so you can quickly get up to speed!

AILA, AIA and PIA express joint concern

On 22 December 2017, a letter from the three institutes was sent to Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning expressing concern over the lack of a clear and transparent planning process with no opportunity for community consultation. 

A more detailed media release from AILA was also issued on the same day.

AILA joins the debate

On Tuesday 13 February, AILA, AIA and PIA partnered with Open House Melbourne to hold the ‘Apple in Federation Square Public Debate’. The event was booked out with over 350 people attending. Andrew Mackenzie (Foreground) moderated the robust discussion, with four speakers on either side.

A statement from AILA was read out in the opening remarks, which reiterated our position as outlined in the media release and also noted our support of the AIA’s call for public consultation to inform a comprehensive master plan.

AILA encouraged the original project landscape architects based Karres + Brands (Netherlands) to submit a statement. Their considered position was also read in full in the opening remarks and was well-received by the audience. Click here to read.

The ‘negative’ team included Ron Jones, who articulately discussed the tension between the desire to use buildings to enclose the square yet maintain openings to the river. Ron also questioned the value of a small increase in open space, scrutinised the integration of commercial architecture in/next to town squares and brought to attention what has and hasn’t been shown in the architectural renders (the square’s catenary lighting has been purposefully erased).

A common thread from both the affirmative and negative debating teams was that if the Government were to fund Fed Square as it does other public spaces, we would be having a very different debate.

The closing question from myself to Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director of the National Association Visual Arts and cultural critic, asked her to consider which public space in Melbourne would continue to best represent civic values. Her answer was not Fed Square.

A show of hands indicated the negative team had resoundingly won the debate. To view a full replay please click here.

AILA Victoria looks forward to continuing the conversation and advocating for the public interest in any outcome. We’ll keep you up to date on activities and discussions as they emerge on this critical issue.

Mark Skiba, AILA Victoria Vice - President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter – 31 January 2018

Happy New Year to you all and we hope that everyone had an enjoyable and peaceful break!

Welcome to 2018. AILA Victoria is already in the full swing of things as we wrap up January.

There is a couple of exciting activities to update everyone on since the last enews of 2017.

Federation Square Announcement – AILA’s response

AILA, AIA and PIA are concerned about the Victorian Government’s decision to approve the demolition of the Yarra Building in Federation Square to replace it with an Apple store. On 22 December 2017, a letter from the three institutes was sent to the Minister of Planning, Richard Wynne, and a statement from AILA Victoria was shared as a media release. Read the media release and letter to the Minister here. Clay Lucas of The Age also covered the response in this article. AILA Victoria is a partner and the profession will be represented in the ‘Apple in Federation Square Public Debate’ on Tuesday 13 February at 6pm. For more information on the debate please click here. AILA Victoria members please email with your name and contact/s to reserve a ticket. First in first served basis. Your ticket will be confirmed via email by COB next Wednesday 7 February.

AILA Victoria will keep all members up to date on activities that we participate in on this important issue.

MTALKS: A City for Millennials, by Millennials

On December 20 2017, AILA Fresh and PIA’sVictorian Young Planners (VYP) presented the event 'A City for Millennials, by Millennials' at the awesome Pavilion.This collaborative event kicked off with a series of provocations delivered by three influential millennial city-makers -Ricky Ray Ricardo, Danielle Jewson and Hugh Utting. This was not a traditional Q&A-style event, instead it asked the audience to participate at all stages of the discussion. After the provocations everyone was invited to present their views on the city. With over 80 people in attendance, from a diverse range of backgrounds,the conversation was vibrant, informative and engaging. Topics covered ranged from the impact of technology in our cities to the aging population, from the monetisation and politicisation of public space to designing for equality. And of course touched on the Apple/Fed Square debate! Well done AILA Fresh on another outstanding event!

New Mentorship Program by AILA Fresh

AILA Fresh are launching a new mentorship program and we’re looking for mentors! The mentorship program aims to connect young landscape architects with experienced professionals. AILA Fresh believes that building relationships with practitioners, at all levels of experience, is integral to the development of young landscape architects. Through the facilitation of informal catch-ups this program provides the opportunity for Fresh members to meet one-on-one with experienced professionals. For more information and to express your interest in becoming a mentor click on form below. Please click to view the Expression of Interest form.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter - 20 December 2017

Happy festive season to all! We hope the run up to Christmas is not too hectic and wish you all a well earned break after a busy and productive year.

AILA Victoria Christmas Party

On Tuesday 5 December, it was AILA Victoria’s Christmas Party at Pilgrim Bar on the Yarra River. What a fantastic evening it was! It was so great to see over 70 members, partners and ‘Friends of AILA’ there to celebrate AILA Victoria’s achievements for 2017 and a great opportunity for us to thank you for all your efforts and contributions throughout the year. We would like to thank Metro Trees for sponsoring this event and donating six wonderful trees as door prizes! A big thank you also to ACO, Glascott, WE-EF and ASPECT Personnel for donating the other door prizes. We also had some beautiful notebooks to give away from Austral.

AILA Victoria staff also attended the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) end of year functions. We look forward to continuing our work with allied organisations in 2018.

AILA Membership renewals

AILA Vic chapter has been working hard on 2017 AILA Victoria Membership renewals.
We are very pleased to say that the number of people who have not renewed is minimal. Once again the AILA Victoria retention rate is very high for a membership based organisation. If however, you are one of the very few left yet to renew, please get in touch with the Chapter office ( 0401 811 976 or ) or National office ( 02 6248 9970 or ) as soon as possible, to avoid suspension of your membership.

‘Commoning ‘– AILA Victoria Cultivate Committee event

Last week, on Monday 11 December, the AILA Victoria Cultivate committee hosted an event called ‘ Commoning’ at the new MPavilion. This event explored potential intersections of landscape architecture and deliberative development.

The event was a huge success with around 75 people attending. These included AILA members, RMIT faculty, students from all of the Universities and the public. Kate Dundas was an amazing MC and the panel was excellent. The MPavilion folks orchestrated sound, music, etc. perfectly. Foreground would like to run an article on this event so this will be shared with everyone once that is ready.

AILA Victoria Christmas Shutdown Period

AILA Victoria wishes you and your families a very Merry Christmas and New Year! AILA Victoria will be closed from Thursday 22nd December and reopening on Wednesday 3rd January. Thank you to our loyal partners for their support throughout 2017.

We would also love to thank our immediate past AILA Victoria Executive for their amazing work and the new AILA Victorian Executive who have made a fantastic start in their new roles.

News from Victorian Chapter 4 December 2017

Last Thursday AILA partnered with the Australian Water Association holding a very successful seminar titled ‘blue meets green’. This was very well attended with around 90 people attending to listen to representatives from AILA, AWA, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, and Stormwater Victoria highlight why and how planners, landscape architects, engineers and water retailers can pursue a blue/green infrastructure agenda for Melbourne. The event was generously sponsored by URBIS, ACO and City West Water and I wish to thank all the sponsors once again.

Building a collaborative vision and understanding of how blue/green infrastructure can help develop a city that supports water in the urban landscape for increased greening, biodiversity and storm water management sees the city as a “sponge”. This term was mentioned at a Maroondah City Council’s Water Sensitive City Group meeting last week where the Upper Stony Creek transformation project in Sunshine North was presented; This is a $13M project that aims to naturalise a 1.2km concrete section of the Stony Creek. The sponge reference is really apt in terms what blue/green infrastructure seeks to do by integrating water back into the urban landscape.

We have seen major flooding causing big misfortunes for people in Victoria again and no doubt after all the rain from the weekend, Melbourne’s waterways and Port Philip Bay will again be inundated with rubbish and pollution from the city. If ‘sponging’ the city can slow water down in the landscape to mitigate the devastating impacts of flooding, while cleaning storm water and allowing it to reinvigorate the urban landscape, all levels of government need to assist to deliver this across our cities.

AILA and Engineers Australia conducted the Living Cities Workshop in February 2016 where an alliance of over 25 organisations signed up to The Living Cities Alliance forming the following objectives:

  1. National Living Cities Fund.
  2. Living Infrastructure as an Asset Class.
  3. Local Government Green Infrastructure package.
  4. National Green Streets and ‘Grey to Green’ Pilot Program.
  5. Minimum SITES Ratings for Federally Funded Projects.

The integration of water and trees to establish an urban ecological framework that ensures the ongoing liveability of cities into the climate change century will require a partnership approach that elevates urban landscapes within the management of cities. This five point plan supports ongoing advocacy and cross disciplinary and service dialogue that seeks to establish resilient urban landscape.

To this end the Victorian Chapter of AILA will ensure that advocacy on this issue is central in discussions and submissions on new city infrastructure like Fishermans Bend Draft Framework Plan, open for submissions till 15 December 2017 and the Federal Governments Infrastructure Priority List. As mentioned in the forward of this document, “The Priority List has become the reference point for the most important infrastructure investments Australia needs over the next 15 years...a source of informed analysis on our most pressing infrastructure needs, and to determine which projects should be prioritised for state and federal funding…we have achieved something other Western nations have long sought to achieve – an objective and evidence based list of the projects that will deliver the best long-term outcomes for all infrastructure users.”

These projects will significantly change and improve (mostly) transport infrastructure across Australia but there appears to be no commitment to the important role of blue/green infrastructure as part of these major projects that will enable the creation of resilient urban landscape, as envisioned by the above alliance. This needs to change and I hope all landscape architects push for integrated blue/green outcomes with all projects.

Hope to see as many of you as possible at AILA’s end of year event on Tuesday 5 December at the Pilgrim Bar from 6pm.

Adrian Gray
AILA Victorian State President

News from Victorian Chapter 21 November 2017

Dear Membership,

Having just returned from the 2017 IFLA Asia Pacific Regional Congress in Bangkok, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some snippets of what was a fabulous opportunity to hear and meet people in our profession from around the globe. Hosted by TALA (Thai Association of Landscape Architects) and Chaired by P Landscapes (PLA) it was the first such convergence to focus on the work and practices of Landscape Architects within the Southeast Asian region.

In a region that contains more than half of the world’s “Megacities”, where better to situate a conference addressing market-driven economic pressures,climate change, unprecedented urban population shifts, food security, and dwindling reserves for accessible public open spaces than the hyper-density of Bangkok?

There was an exceptionally diverse range of research and projects presented from Thailand, Korea, India, Burma, the USA, UK and Australia that all demonstrated how Landscape architects are situated in a unique position able to bring design intelligence to a host of development issues that require an appreciation of ecological, social, technical, and economic factors.

Speakers responded to the topic of Blue Green and Culture – landscapes that unify our profession globally. Locally in Bangkok, Directors of Shma Landscapes Yossapon Boonsom and Prapan Napawongdee spoke of their work through non-profit Friends of the River trying to engage communities that will be affected by the controversial government initiative to ‘revitalise’ Bangkok city’s interface with the Chao Prahya River, advocating a more planned approach to those affected by change and a compassionate relationship with the river ‘mae nam’ (mother water) in better understanding floods.

Pok Kobkongsanti's energetic and honest account of a practice in Bangkok creating beautiful and highly considered projects in sometimes challenging contexts of developer driven condominiums, he maintained a very optimistic and sincere appreciation of the power of landscape architecture.

Dr. Dilip Da Cunha from Harvard GSD questioned the very boundaries of blue & green, an arbitrary line between wet and land, urging us reconsider the reality we live in and asks us to consider the metapractice that includes the ephemeral cycle of water. Professor Anurada Mathur’s expansion on rethinking our perception of boundaries and of states of reality, in particular water. Again a sophisticated layering of the idea of wetness and asking us to reconsider our coastlines in an ‘ocean of rain’.

Highlighting that in an era of globalization, anthropogenic climate change, social and cultural fragmentation, and staggering loss of biodiversity, the relationship between humans and landscapes blue and green (and everything in between) is elusive and rapidly changing. Professor Niall Kirkwood of Harvard GSD encouraged us to consider not just blue and green ecosystems, but in the epoch of the Anthropocene to review sites as 'brownfields' and ecologies as ‘alternate natures’.

Presenting work from a practicum he ran with students in Ulsan, Korea Niall put forward the fifthstage of Industrial Revolution as Hyundai’s car manufacturing port in Ulsan transitions to its next use as robotics and AI 3D printing technologies allow the decentralisation of car manufacturing and the repurposing of the port.

From mega projects such as those presented by Mary Bowman from Gustaphson Landscape Architects - beautiful icons with careful collaborations with engineers to deal with issues such as water treatment in large scale meaningful ways to the delicate regeneration projects such as ‘The Metro – forest Project’ presented by Tawatchai Kobkaikit of TK Studio Design demonstrate regenerative landscapes.

Kate Cullity's poetic recount of the last 30 years of landscape architecture in Australia and TCL’s role in this through deep appreciation and philosophy on beauty, care, fire, and rebirth, and her recognition of the importance to promote indigenous cultures as living cultural heritage contrasted with Yoonjin Park’s Director of PARKKIM provocative discussion on the role of the park with historic roots in European leisure in context of 'Asian landscapes'.

Professor Sun Oo the President of Myanmar Architects spoke on therich cultural heritage of Bagan an ancient city in the Mandalay region of Burma, and the need for sensitive planning that respects history while also supporting tourism. He invited all landscape architects to please be involved and assist in this masterplanning project. Landscape architecture as a profession does not yet exist in Burma and our expertise is required for such the significant site.

I felt an undercurrent of the presentations and panel discussions was the limitations we face, particularly in political and economical spheres, and the frustration in attempting to affect far-reaching change. Professor SueAnne Ware of University of Newcastle spoke of radical hope and design activism in the face of climate change and injustice, highlighting our power as Landscape Architects and citizens for political influence. She spoke of her memorial project Siev X after the refugee boat disaster that occurred in Australian waters, as an example of Landscape Architecture’s ability to influence social change and improve awareness of social injustice.

For more information on the keynote speakers, please refer:

Eleanor (Elly) Russell

AILA Victoria Treasurer

News from Victorian Chapter 8 November 2017

It was great being in Sydney for last month’s Festival and to experience the launch of Future Street. AILA national and state teams should be congratulated for a well organised Festival program. What was even more pleasing was attending the National Awards night alongside another 300 people and celebrating Victorian projects and individuals who won at a national level. The VIC Chapter would like to congratulate GLAS, Oculus, Urban Initiatives, Tract Consultants, City of Melbourne, Joshua Zeunert and TCL for their well-deserved wins. The full list of national winners can be viewed in this week’s e-news.

Another highlight was the one-day workshop where I got the opportunity to meet other State Presidents. We each had the opportunity to present an overview of State achievements from the past 12 months. I was able to highlight how Victoria led the Caring for Country policy development, the many submissions to State Government strategies, and the positive response to the Living Cities seminar held in November 2016 and reaching over 1000 members in our state.

In terms of going forward, I mentioned the need to further develop partnerships with other peak bodies with a focus on embedding long term resilient outcomes as sought by the Living City Alliance and objectives. Collaborative design is the key and with this in mind, I invite all members to attend the upcoming seminar titled Blue Meets Green which is a collaboration between AILA and the Australian Water Association. The design of integrated greening and water infrastructure needs to be done on a metropolitan level to ensure that the whole of Melbourne can achieve a consistent canopy of 30% in the coming decades. The 30% figure is the benchmark to ensure liveability and landscape architects are the key in making this happen.

I encourage members to attend the next VIC Executive meeting scheduled for Wednesday 15 November, 5:30pm. We will also be joined by new AILA CEO, Tim Arnold. Finally mark in your diary, Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 6:30pm for our end of year function at Pilgrim on the Yarra River below Federation Square. This is a ticketed event so book early.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victorian President

News from Victorian Chapter 24 October 2017

By the time you read this, the 4th Festival of Landscape Architecture - The 3rd City - will have wrapped up. For those Victorian members that made the journey north, I hope you found the program to be insightful, challenging and entertaining.

Ahead of the conference sessions, I toured a string of contemporary projects along the western edge of the CBD, from the ambitious Barangaroo Reserve to the petite Balfour Street Park. My urban ramble revealed that Sydney has been seriously investing in its public realm. But what of the forces that shaped it? The Barangaroo precinct is the result of extraordinary political interference and shady decision-making. The overall loss of public benefit compared to the original competition-winning design will haunt the city for generations. Conversely, the redevelopment of the former Carlton United Brewery into the Central Park precinct has been handled more deftly, resulting in more fine-grained streets and spaces, and the well-used and generously-sized ‘Chippendale Green’.

I reflect on the forces that shaped Melbourne’s own Carlton United Brewery redevelopment. Some parts will leave a positive legacy while others are rapidly evolving into our own metropolitan nightmare.

The fate of our cities is in our hands. To that end, I look forward to representing you, championing the skills of our profession and advocating for the public benefit in my new role as Vice President.

Mark Skiba, AILA Victorian Vice-President

News from Victorian Chapter 4 October 2017

The new Victorian State Executive had its first meeting at TCL’s office last month. This was followed by a Dinner with Influencers with national AILA sponsor, Austral Brickworks. The new Executive and key member guests were able to exchange ideas on how the partnership between AILA and Brickworks can work together to drive innovation. Our sponsors are crucial in terms of how AILA can advocate on behalf of our members while at the same time, design(ers) must drive products to align with contemporary ideas around city building. Brickworks welcomes member input and feedback so don't hesitate contacting local representatives Nick Thexton or Natalie Colussa.

Another key AILA partnership is with the University of Melbourne (UoM) and the RMIT University Hub. Last week the third in a series of public talks saw Professor Gini Lee, the Elizabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture at UoM, discuss her long involvement in engaging with Aboriginal communities in South Australia and Western Australia. Professor Lee presented her ideas around cultural flow and the relationship that Aboriginal people have with the land and their modes of habitation. She also explained how landscape architects can partner with Aboriginal communities through design that supports their cultural understanding of space. AILA is proud to support this series of public talks and I highly recommend members attend in the future.

The Victorian Chapter is also partnering with the Australian Water Association (AWA) next month to hold a joint event acknowledging the release of the Victorian Integrated Water Management Framework by DELWP. The aim will be to highlight green/blue infrastructure in ensuring liveability through this century. The DELWP will explain the new framework and AILA and AWA representatives will discuss the importance of collaboration between landscape architects and the water industry in shaping the future liveability of Melbourne. Lock yourself in for this evening event on Thursday 30 November and check out AILA VIC social media channels and e-news for more details. Hope to see you there.

Finally, next week on the Thursday before the Festival kicks off in Sydney, I will attending a National Board meeting with other State Presidents and State Chapter Managers. I will report back on this meeting and I hope to see you at the opening of the Festival on Friday 13th.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victorian President

News from Victorian Chapter 19 September 2017

As the new AILA Victoria Executive begins planning for the next two years ahead, we're excited to see the many events and activities happening around Australia that rely on the support of our valued membership. Many of our members will be preparing to head up to Sydney for the International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The 3rd City. The festival is a great chance for landscape architects to catch up and talk about current issues facing our industry. its only a few weeks away, so get your tickets!

Regular executive meetings have begun to keep the Victorian Chapter running smoothly and so it is a good time for members to consider how they would like to contribute to the various committees. In particular we would like to hear from student and graduate members to join the AILA Vic Fresh committee to keep what is already a vibrant and successful group going. There is also a space for people to contribute towards the Events/Awards committee, so if you are good at planning events, we want to hear from you!

Lastly, it is with great sadness that we would like to pass on our condolences to the friends and family of Dr Marieluise Jonas who passed away recently.Marieluise was Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at RMIT University and made a significant contribution to the profession, both in her teaching and published works. Our thoughts are with the RMIT staff and students and all that were close to her.

Dan Nunan, AILA Victorian Secretary

News from Victorian Chapter 5 September 2017

A big hello to the Victorian membership from the new Executive: Mark Skiba, Elly Russell, Michael Ford, Dan Nunan and myself. We are very excited and honoured to form the new AILA Victorian Chapter Executive Committee for the next two years. We would like to especially thank Emma Appleton, Mary Papaioannou, Pru Smith and Dean Thornton for their great work over the last two years. The new Executive looks forward to continuing the strategic positioning of Landscape Architecture within the built environment, in line with the following objectives as set out in the AILA National Strategy 2015-2020:

1. Growing membership
2. Building profile of the profession
3. Advocating to Government
4. Ensuring a sustainable AILA

The new Executive has already met to discuss and determine some key drivers to focus on and ones that will support the national strategy during our term. We look forward to the first Chapter meeting next week where we will engage with the various sub-committee Chairs about advocacy for the remainder of this year, begin planning the 2018 Events program and discuss increasing engagement with the Victorian membership. As a first step, we would like to encourage members to attend future Chapter meetings that are centrally held in the city. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 20 September, 5.30pm and more details are available through our Chapter office. Alternatively, please connect with us at any time via as the Committee is interested in members’ feedback and comments.

As the newly elected President, I look forward to ensuring that Landscape Architects continuingly contribute to and provide direction for State and Local governments, build engagement with other Design professionals and Academics and positively impact how our cities are shaped through urban landscapes. There is a big focus on the role that Green Infrastructure and Integrated Design has in making cities resilient while supporting the health and well-being of people. Landscape Architects have a key role in this endeavor and a great example of this is The Living Cities Workshop and Alliance developed in 2016. AILA and Engineers Australia partnered to push the agenda nationally and politically to affect positive change in our cities and regions and to promote sustainability.

Adrian Gray, AILA Victoria President

News from Victorian Chapter 8 August 2017

This is a huge week for AILA Victoria! We are excited to welcome a new AILA Victoria Executive and say goodbye and a massive thank you to the outgoing AILA Victoria Executive! What an action packed and productive two years it has been for Emma Appleton (President), Mary Papaioannou (Vice – President), Pru Smith (Secretary) and Dean Thornton (Treasurer).

We will announce the new AILA Victoria Executive on Wednesday August 9 at the 2017 AILA Victoria Annual Chapter Meeting. Please stay tuned for this announcement and wrap up of the event. We will also be celebrating AILA Victoria reaching the historic milestone of 1,000 members!

AILA Victoria Awards Media coverage Update

So far - 


Foreground – Recapping the 2017 AILA Awards

Green Magazine

Landscape Australia

Architecture & Design

Outdoor Design Source

The Real Estate Conversation

AILA website

Gardening Australia magazine – article coming soon!

All Award winner details have been posted on AILA Victoria Facebook (@ailavic) and Instagram (aila.victoria) pages by category.

All related articles and coverage have and will continue to be shared or posted on all AILA Vic social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@AILAVIC).

Lighting the Landscape – this Thursday – 6pm @ Flagstaff Gardens

Join us this Thursday 10 August for Lighting the Landscape – An evening with Robert Shook, Director, Schuler Shook. This is an exciting opportunity to hear Robert share his sound experience in architectural lighting design here and in the US. Drawing upon his consultancy's successes on two landmark projects in Chicago - the Millennium Park and The Riverwalk - Robert will discuss the importance of lighting in landscape and urban design. This is a great opportunity to learn and hear the benefits achieved when there is great emphasis on a well-developed integration of lighting with the overall design concept.Register here

What is Affordable Housing – AILA/ PIA/AIA members only event – Tuesday 29 August, 5.30pm @VPA

Many facets of our built environment industry influence living affordability: from the type of materials used in building; to the overall cost of rent or the purchase price of a property; or the living costs associated with travel expenses to work and the amenities associated with daily life. This joint members-only seminar will discuss these issues and includes a range of guest speakers with varying expertise from the public and private sectors including Stefan Preuss from OVGA, Sean Hogan from ISPT and Sophie Dyring from Schored Projects to provide an insight into what really goes into making communities affordable and what we could be doing better”. Read more

AILA Victoria Executive


Felicity and Martha

AILA Victoria


News from Victorian Chapter 26 July 2017

The 2017 AILA Victoria and Landscape Architecture Awards has been a huge focus for the Vic Chapter over the last few weeks. What a massive Awards it was!

The exhibition of all award entries opened on Wednesday 19 July and ran through until Sunday 23 July. The Awards celebration and announcement of winners was last Friday 21 July.

It all took place at Testing Grounds behind the Arts Centre, Melbourne which is an incredible space for creative practices encompassing art, performance and design. Testing Grounds is a public art space with foot traffic so members of the public were encouraged could have a look at all of the beautiful project submissions. The award entries were exhibited in the black box which opened up on to the rest of the site. The entries were also exhibited on large panels that hung around the site.

The Awards ceremony was extremely well attended by around 220 people! There were fire pits and dramatic lighting which added to the ‘Dark Mofo’ feel of the event. The MC for the evening was Kate Dundas of 3000acres and co-host of 3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse who did a fantastic job and kept everyone’s spirits high! AILA Victoria was also delighted to have Linda Corkery, AILA National President, attend as a guest and as a presenter.

In 2017, AILA Victoria saw 36 award entries submitted across 12 categories with 15 Awards being awarded. Awards of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards were named in the following categories - Parks and Open Space, Play Spaces, Infrastructure, Land Management, Urban Design, Landscape Planning, Research, Policy & Communications, Community Contribution, Small Projects, Gardens and Future Leaders.

Have a look at the Award Winners booklet.

Media coverage so far!

There has already been some great media coverage since the event.

Foregroundnewsletter arriving in your inbox tomorrow!

Green Magazine

Landscape Australia

Architecture & Design

Gardening Australia magazine – article coming soon!

We will update everyone on media coverage again in the next enews and also share on Facebook (@ailavic), Twitter (@AILAVIC) and Instagram (aila.victoria) !

Thank you!!

A huge thank you to the following people. Without you the Awards program would not have been such a success.

Awards Committee – especially Dan Nunan (Awards Chair), Flynn Hart and Nirvana Hrustanovic from Pollen Studio. They worked with Vic Chapter closely to put together an amazing exhibition and event. They were responsible for the collating, design, printing and installation of all of the award entries that made up the exhibition. Dan was a fantastic Chair who made sure that everything ran smoothly. Thank you to Natarsha Lamb who helped out on the night as well.

Awards Jury – Adam Nitschke (Chair), Felix Hemingway, Cassandra Chilton, Bronwen Hamilton, Shelley Penn (guest juror Architect), Jerry De Gryse (Tasmanian juror) and Cassandra Chilton.

AILA Victoria Partnersall of our valued National - WE-EF LIGHTING, Austral , Street Furniture Australia, ACO, Lawn Solutions and Intergrain. State - Fleming’s Nurseries, PlayRope, Fleetwood Urban, City of Melbourne and Glascott. Award - ASPECT Studios and Taylor Cullity Lethlean - TCL

Drew Echberg Photographerfor his stunning photos of the event. They can be viewed here

Testing GroundsArie, Trent, Joe for all of their logistical and technical help and the team that looked after the guests on the night.

Firecracker CateringCassie Lucas and her team who provided exceptional food again!

We look forward to doing it all again next year!

AILA Victoria Executive


Flick and Martha

AILA Victoria


News from Victorian Chapter 11 July 2017

Last week, Your Digital Presence: Surviving the Device Age event was held at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens. People came along to listen to Andrew McKenzie from Foreground talk about how to build a healthy and vibrant digital presence, while avoiding the pitfalls and professional risks associated with the fast-paced digital environment. Adrian Trimmer from Fleetwood Urban also spoke about the new partnership between AILA Victoria and his organisation that has just commenced. Those that attended provided great feedback that it was interesting and useful. We look forward to having more events at the Bowls club and working a lot more with Fleetwood Urban!

AILA Victoria warmly welcomes two Major Partners - Fleetwood Urban and PlayRope.

PlayRope Playground Equipment’s mission is to create more stable, efficient & informed solutions to play environments.And to kick-start the new FY, the Playrope team is offering AILA members a complementary one hour workshop for your next play project! Their expertise and extensive supplier access can help guide & build your future play concepts.

AILA VIC would like to introduce new state sponsor, Fleetwood Urban - a national open-space engineering consultancy firm with in-house manufacturing + construction capacity. Click link for more details. Roger Joyce, Director of Fleetwood Urban states that "through our strategic alliance with AILA in 2017/18, we will be delivering technical webinars, seminars, workshops, technical resources and a unique approach to structural engineering consulting that the landscape architecture discipline has not seen before."

Vic Awards and Exhibition

The 2017 Vic Landscape Architecture Awards Exhibition and Awards are next week. The exhibition starts on Wednesday 19 July and the Awards celebration is on Friday 21 July!

Just a reminder of what to expect -

It is all happening at Testing Grounds which is an incredible space for creative practices encompassing art, performance and design. This exciting venue, behind the Melbourne Arts Centre, is made up of indoor (large cubes) and outdoor spaces that can be explored on the night where all of the award entries will be exhibited. The venue is complete with fire pits, large heaters, dramatic lighting and fantastic catering by Firecracker providing a ‘Dark Mofo’ feel.

We are delighted to announce that Kate Dundas of 3000acres and co-host of 3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse is the MC for the evening.

Join us for a celebration of the entries, winners of the 2017 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards and the landscape architecture profession in Victoria! Please contact the Vic Chapter at or 0401 811 976 if you require an invoice. Book tickets here

AILA Victoria Chapter

News from Victorian Chapter 27 June 2017

This week, we wanted to tell you a bit about the 2017 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards event on Friday July 21. Tickets to the event are now available here

AILA Victoria and the AILA Victoria Awards Committee are very excited about this event as it will be truly unique! It is all happening at Testing Grounds which is an incredible space for creative practices encompassing art, performance and design.

This exciting venue, behind the Melbourne Arts Centre, is made up of indoor (large cubes) and outdoor spaces that can be explored on the night where all of the award entries will be exhibited. The venue is complete with fire pits, large heaters, dramatic lighting and fantastic catering by Firecracker providing a ‘Dark Mofo’ feel.

We are delighted to announce that Kate Dundas of 3000acres and co-host of 3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse is the MC for the evening.

Join us for a celebration of the entries, winners of the 2017 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards and the landscape architecture profession in Victoria! Please contact the Vic Chapter at or 0401 811 976 if you require an invoice. Register now

Check out these photos of the Testing Grounds

Hong Kong Business Design Week Advisory Panel

AILA was invited by Creative Victoria to participate in this panel. The Business of Design Week Advisory Panel will play an important role in shaping, guiding and informing Victoria's participation at this year's Business of Design Week (BoDW) in December, and Melbourne’s bid to be BoDW partner city in 2018. I attended a meeting on Thursday 22 June at Creative Victoria on behalf of AILA which was very interesting. Stay tuned.

Melbourne’s Backyard Ideas Competition

The Melbourne's Backyard Ideas Competition is being organised by Melbourne's Backyard, participants in the Committee for Melbourne's Future Focus Group program for 2016/2017. The competition brief, which includes the design context, judging criteria and prize is now outlined on the webpage at and submissions must be received by 16 July 2017. The competition is also being promoted through Instagram @melbournesbackyard.

Your Digital Presence: Surviving the Device Age – Thursday July 6

Finally, there is still time to register for this exciting presentation by Mat Ward from Fore-ground. This will be held at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club , Flagstaff Gardens. Come along to discover the high-level principles of how to build a healthy and vibrant digital presence, while avoiding the pitfalls and professional risks associated with the fast-paced digital environment. Register here

Felicity McGahan - AILA Victoria Membership & Engagement Manager

News from Victorian Chapter 15 June 2017

It is an extremely busy and exciting time for AILA Victoria!

The 2017 Victoria and Tasmania Landscape Architecture Awards jury day took place on Wednesday 14 June at the Multicultural Hub in Melbourne. There were 38 entries over 11 categories for Victoria and eight entries over six categories for Tasmania to be judged. We had an excellent jury - Adam Nitschke (Chair), Bronwen Hamilton, Cassandra Chilton, Felix Hemingway, Shelley Penn and Jerry de Gryse – and a very productive, interesting day!
An exhibition of all Victorian award entries will open on Monday July 17 and close on Saturday 22 July. All winners will be announced at the 2017 VictoriaAwards event (cocktail party) on Friday July 21. The exhibition and awards event will be at Testing Grounds which is behind the Arts Centre,Melbourne. Save the Date – registration opens very soon.

We have an exciting event coming up on
Thursday 6 July called Your Digital Presence: Surviving the Device Age presented by Mat Ward from Fore-ground. This will be held at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club , Flagstaff Gardens. Come along to discover the high-level principles of how to build a healthy and vibrant digital presence, while avoiding the pitfalls and professional risks associated with the fast-paced digital environment. You will learn how to effectively use social media to tell and present your ‘design stories’ when targeting peers, clients and the wider community. Read more and register! 

Felicity McGahan - AILA Victoria Membership & Engagement Manager

News from Victoria Chapter 30 May 2017

The AILA Victoria Connection to Country Committee has been newly formed and aims to explore and advocate for a new level of engagement with Indigenous cultures in Australian professional practice. A core value of this committee is to undertake a rigorous level of engagement with relevant Indigenous community representatives.

Recently AILA Victoria C2C Committee members presented a Draft Reconciliation Action Plan and other supporting documents to the AILA Board, who acknowledged the great deal of positive work invested by this Committee. This submission to the Board constituted a significant step towards the profession making a positive contribution to the reconciliation processes and has elevated the need for the development of this conversation at the National level.

Most recently, the Board has endorsed the formation of an AILA National C2C Committee, with representatives from each state and territory. The Victorian representation will be shared by Anne-Marie Pisani, Jill Orr Young and Skye Haldane for the first two year term.

Keep an eye out for notices from AILA National regarding upcoming opportunities to get involved!

1,000 Members Celebration + 2017 Annual Chapter Meeting - 21 June

AILA Victoria has now reached over 1000 members making us the largest state chapter. We will be celebrating this significant achievement at the Annual Chapter Meeting on Wednesday 21 June 2017 at Development Victoria’s new offices. The evening will feature Skye Haldane, from City of Melbourne, who will talk about her trip to Finland. Nature Play at Royal Park by City of Melbourne won the national Australia’s Best Playground competition that was partnered with Lappset. We will also be welcoming in the new State Executive and the latest group of registered landscape architects, followed by networking and drinks. Register here

2017 AILA Victoria Awards – Save the Date – July 21

The 2017 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards are now closed and will be judged in June. An exhibition of all 39 award entries will open on June 7 at Testing Grounds with the Awards event being held there on Friday 21 July. All details to follow soon.

Connection to Country Event in July

Keep your eye out for an upcoming event in July to be co-hosted by AILA Victoria’s Connection to Country and Cultivate Committees. Featuring a panel of Indigenous speakers, the session will introduce a new thread in the chapter’s ongoing discussion around engagement with Indigenous cultures.

National Reconciliation week

Also this week is National Reconciliation week and here are a number of events that you can participate in. Check out the Reconciliation Australia website.

If you are interested in joining the Victorian C2C committee or would like to find out more, please contact the AILA Victoria chapter office at

Anne-Marie Pisani, AILA, Connection to Country Committee Chair

New from Victorian Chapter 15 May 2017

As previously communicated, nominations are now open to join the next AILA Victorian Executive. Please seriously consider nominating as we rely on these volunteers to keep AILA running smoothly and ensuring it represents its members. Personally I have enjoyed my part as Treasurer on the Executive and look forward to handing over the reins to the next enthusiastic member.
Award entries have now closed for the 2017 Victorian AILA Awards. We are very pleased with the response, receiving a total of 39 entries which is an increase from 2016. Look out for future communications regarding the Awards Exhibition and Event.
The Annual Chapter Meeting will be held on 21 June. Please save the date and watch out for future information regarding time and location.

Chapter Office Changes

We are delighted to announce that Martha Delfas has joined the state chapter office in the role of Victorian Events & Development Manager.
Martha has significant experience in managing events, securing and managing sponsorships and communications. She has just moved back to Melbourne from Sydney.Martha joined the team last week and will be working 3 days a week alongside Felicity whose role is now Victorian Membership and Engagement Manager, also working 3 days a week.
Between Felicity and Martha, the chapter office is in good hands.

Position Statement, Climate, Risk and Resilience – Endorsed!

In 2016, a number of AILA Victoria members worked on a draft Policy Statement – Climate, Risk and Resilience. This was submitted to the AILA National Advocacy committee for endorsement and we are very happy to announce that this has happened! Please click here to read.

Reminder - Fitness and Play Tour with Tract – Thursday 18 May

Brought to you by Lappset, join AILA on a fascinating tour of various fitness stations and play spaces at Manor Lakes, Wyndham Vale. Simon Vive from Tract Consultants will talk about the existing and continuing designs of these spaces and Harri from Lappset will talk about product specifications and design for manufacture. Bus departs from Federation Square at 2.30pm and returns by 5.30pm for some discussion and drinks at Beer DeLuxe. Register Now


News from Victoria Chapter 1 May 2017

Nominate for AILA Victoria Executive

At the Annual General Meeting on 21 June 2017, the current AILA Victoria Executive will hand over to a new Executive to lead the chapter over the next two years. For those interested in being part of the Executive, nominations are now open! If you are:

  • passionate about the future of landscape architecture and advocating on behalf of the profession,
  • keen to engage with, and champion the different sectors where landscape architects contribute - private practice, public agency and academia
  • interested in meeting leaders of allied professions and Government,
  • keen to curate and contribute to an interesting and diverse events program for members, and
  • have particular topics which you want to raise and progress for the profession, please put yourself forward.

Why nominate for the Executive?

It is a great privilege to work with the Committees, the Chapter Office, the National AILA team, as well as fabulous sponsors. It is also a lot of fun, developing and then delivering a State Strategy, and working together to drive forward agendas that matter – in our case, the ‘Connection to Country’ strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan. It is also satisfying to have AILA submissions and influence State agendas – see Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year plan and its recognition of the importance of green infrastructure! So please tap people on the shoulder who you think may be interested in these voluntary roles. It would be great to have a broad cross-section of the profession to be represented and contributing.

In terms of time commitment, the office bearers all meet twice a month, once at the monthly meeting and once in between to ensure momentum on projects. In addition, Executive members are encouraged to attend as many events as possible, as well as meetings with key sponsors. The strategic direction of AILA’s activities is shaped and led by the Executive, but there is great support from the Chapter office. There will also be a handover period with the current Executive sitting alongside the new for a period of time to ensure continuity and knowledge transfer.

For Nomination for Victoria State Executive form please see here:

For the AILA Conduct of State Chapters Policy - sections 5.0 Election of State Chapter Executive and 8.0 Role Descriptions of State Chapter Executives , please see here:

Thank you to Kate!

I would like to formally thank Kate Western, who was our Events coordinator at the Chapter Office for the last two years. Under Flick’s leadership, Kate has run some of our most successful events, including ‘Connection to Country’, the Yarra River Keepers, the amazing Awards parties, to name a few. Kate has a great new job at the City of Boroondara and we wish her the very best in her future career.

With Kate’s departure, Flick will now be the Membership & Engagement Manager, focusing on the Executive, Chapter Committees, membership, awards (jury, entries), advocacy and industry engagement. A new role ‘Events & Development Manager’ will focus on seeking and managing sponsorship, event management and communications management. We will announce as soon as the position has been recruited! Exciting times ahead!

Emma Appleton

AILA Victoria President

News from Victoria Chapter 18 April 2017

Since the 2016 AILA Victoria Chapter Meeting, 70 new members have been welcomed which is a tremendous result and with this growth across all categories of membership our overall number is now 992. 

This continues to make Victoria the biggest chapter of  AILA which has been a long-term goal of the Executive. Congratulations to everyone who has prompted, encouraged and assisted meeting this target. With continued focus and support of membership initiatives we aim to reach a milestone of 1,000 members in the very near future and to celebrate this milestone we offer free membership to the 1,000th person to join AILA Victoria.

The renewal rate of AILA Members in Victoria is very high which is encouraging and with the continued offering of CPD and social events we’re confident of maintaining the current membership and continued growth.

We look forward to meeting the new members at future AILA events and encourage them to become involved in their Institute particularly at a State level.

In summary we report the following:

Growth of Membership and Registration

In 2016 and 2017 so far AILA Victoria has welcomed 32 Registered Landscape Architect members.
Two full days of registration interviews took place on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th May 2017 and was kindly hosted by Brickworks Design studio in Richmond.

Celebrate Fellowship

The membership grade of Fellowship is an honour that the Institute may bestow upon persons who are or who are eligible to be registered members of the Institute and is made in recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and/or the profession in Australia.

AILA Victoria has 31 Fellows. Their continued support and contribution to AILA Victoria is appreciated.
We encourage members to nominate peers for Fellowship status. Please click here for criteria and the nomination form

We encourage all members to support the ongoing drive and encourage non-members to join their professional body. Thanks again to everyone who has assisted over the past year. It’s been a team effort and the result has been outstanding.

Darren Atkinson , FAILA , Membership Committee Chair

News from Victoria Chapter 3 April 2017

AILA membership is drawn from a variety of areas including one person private practices, multi-disciplinary multi nationals, as well as local and state government departments and agencies. The PSLA is the Public Sector Landscape Architect committee was established to represent the views and interests of Registered Landscape Architects working in the Public Sector in Victoria.

2017 is set to be an exciting year with some great policies and strategies including the Plan Melbourne Refresh, Victoria’s 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy, and Resilient Melbourne to leverage off in order to develop city and community changing outcomes.

As landscape architects working in the public sector we have great opportunities to continue influence and add value to many of these projects. The PSLA is now entering a new phase, and is seeking new active members and a potential revamp of its terms of reference. If you are interested in becoming an active member of the PSLA please contact

Green Industries Forum

Felicity, AILA Victoria manager, attended a Green Industries Forum organised by Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) on Thursday 30 March as part of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in Fitzroy. This forum was an excellent chance for AILA to form closer relationships with likeminded people and industries such as Landscaping Victoria, Horticulture Innovation Australia and Encouraging Women in Horticulture. Green Advocate and Creative Director of the 202020 Vision campaign, Ben Peacock, spoke the campaign as well as why creating 20% more green spaces in our urban areas by the year 2020 is so important. AILA is already a committed supporter of the 202020 Vision.

WE-EF LIGHTING Black Book - An Idea is Like Magic

Last Thursday, over 100 landscape architects and lighting designers came together for the launch of the WE-EF LIGHTING Black Book at Transit Rooftop Bar, Fed Square. The theme - An Idea is Like Magic. The launch of the Black Book was truly a magical experience. The Black Book was unveiled and guests had a chance to discuss and have their copy signed. We will be sharing images about the event soon! Thank you to WE-EF for a fantastic event.

Cath Olive - Public Sector Committee chair

News from Victoria Chapter 20 March 2017

What a couple of weeks it has been and there is so much to look forward to in AILA Victoria!

AILA is extremely proud to be an Industry Partner of 2017 Melbourne Design Week Thursday March 16 – Sunday March 26. Melbourne Design Week is an annual design program linking creativity with business and community. Check out the whole program here

AILA Victoria supports the Victorian Government’s intention to protect the suburban backyard and looks forward to more details being released on the proposed planning changes. Read more here.

Don’t miss out on this! On behalf of WE-EF LIGHTING, AILA Victoria invites you to a truly magical experience - An Idea is like magic – WE-EF Black Book Launch @ Transit Rooftop Bar on Thursday March 30 from 6pm. Join the creative minds of the Melbourne landscape architecture and lighting design communities to celebrate the arrival of this magical book. We invite you to bring colleagues from your practice. Please RSVP ASAP to or 0401 811 976 with the names of who will be attending. Check out the invitation here

The 2017 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards have opened! The 2017 Awards opened on Wednesday 15 March and close on Monday 1 May. There are some exciting new categories including Play Spaces, Community Contribution, Small Projects and Landscape Planning. The AILA Victoria Future Leaders Award has also been reintroduced to the program. Click here for all info and how to enter.

The last executive message celebrated the successful Premier event AILA Victoria presents Thomas Woltz in Feb . Megan Backhouse from The Age has written a fantastic piece about his presentation and work at Thank you again to Fleming's and RMIT for making this event possible.

On Wed March 8 the first Celebrity Lawn Series supported by Lawn Solutions was held at MPavilion Docklands. Over 20 attendees learnt about the journey of the 2015 MPavilion from Queen Victoria Gardens to the Docklands. Presentations by Campbell Morris, MALA Studios , Adrian Lee ,Places Victoria and Steve Cole, Lawn Solutions gave insight into the design, development and challenges of the site from these three fascinating perspectives.

Melbourne Water is developing a new urban cooling program to help manage the heat and climate challenges facing the Melbourne region. As part of stakeholder engagement they help a number of focus group workshops in mid-March. AILA members were in attendance and discussed living (green) infrastructure and water sensitive urban design programs and projects (current and future) that seek to improve the liveability, water management and resilience of the city.

Felicity McGahan - AILA Victoria Chapter Manager

News from Victoria Chapter 6 March 2017

Wow...March already! We can hardly believe it.

A big hello from the AILA Fresh committee!
AILA Fresh is the committee for LA students and recent graduates. We provide opportunities for students and grads to develop and support them through their studies and in the transition from university into the profession. Our aim is to create a community within which this group can meet their peers, network with more experienced professionals, build their knowledge and skills, and be exposed to current issues relating to landscape architecture. We hope that this gives the newest members in our profession a good starting base within which they feel that they are supported and that they have somewhere to turn when they need help or have questions.

AILA Fresh is run by students and grads, for students and grads. In exciting news we have expanded our committee, which now includes: Myself - Ella Gauci-Seddon, Neha Juddo, Heather Stevenson, Shelley Black, Martin Woodbine, Thomas Black, Castiel Shepp, Griet Vanhaverbeke, Nathan Collins (previous AILA Fresh chair)

With this new committee we have lots of exciting new ideas and projects, some of which are already underway!

Last Friday we hosted the first of our new event series - Fresh Fridays! Fresh Fridays are casual after work drinks that will be held of the first Friday of every month. They will create a space for meeting new people, exchanging ideas and informal learning. The events will alternate between being held at a pub or bar, and being held at landscape architecture studios around Melbourne. This will give students and grads the opportunity to see a variety of offices and to have a chat with people in those offices in a relaxed environment. The first Fresh Friday, which was held at Loop Bar, was a great success with lots of new faces. Around 40 people came throughout the evening. It was particularly excellent to see so many new connections being made and old friends getting a chance to catch up and talk shop! We hope to see you all at Fresh Fridays over the coming months. If you would like to hold a Fresh Friday at your office we would love to hear from you.

Over the next little while keep your eye out for our logo design competition, mentorship program, more Fresh Fridays and other exciting events!

To stay connected with AILA Fresh you can:
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Follow us on Instagram - @vfresh_aila
Email us -

Women's Planning Network - 2017 International Women's Day Breakfast
The PIA International Women’s Day breakfast was held on Thursday March 2 at Parliament House. It was a fantastic event that showcased some amazing women within planning, landscape architecture and architecture. Dr Helen Holst of Launch Housing spoke about the challenges around homelessness, urging everyone in the built environment profession to do their bit to end homelessness. Helen’s speech was a powerful reminder that homelessness is an issue for all of us, and that our professions puts us in a position to make real change. The strength of all the amazing women (and men!) in the room was palpable! Congratulation Jessica Noonan - the winner of the 2017 Female Achiever of the Year (FAY) Award.

AILA Victoria Presented Thomas Woltz
On Tuesday 28 February, New York landscape architect ,Thomas Woltz presented to a 100-strong crowd at RMIT’s Storey Hall. Thank you to Fleming’s Nurseries and RMIT for being fantastic partners in this Premier event. Media interest was attracted by The Age and Foreground and this coverage will be shared very soon. Thomas’s presentation of his projects was incredibly inspiring and we were very proud to host him here in Melbourne.

Upcoming – Wednesday 8 March – Celebrity Lawn Series, MPavilion Docklands
Register now for this exciting event.
Come along and hear about the relocation of the 2015 MPavilion from Queen Victoria Gardens to the Docklands. Presenters feature Campbell Morris from MALA landscape architecture, Adrian Lee from Places Victoria and Steve Cole from Lawn Solutions. Each giving their perspective as landscape architect, client and turf supplier on this recent transformation of MPavilion Docklands.

Ella Gauci – Seddon – Victoria AILA Fresh Chair


News from Victoria Chapter - 20 February 2017

This year the call-to-action has been continuing to improve the resilience of our urban environments, so our cities can withstand and adapt better to the shocks and stresses that come with rapid urbanisation, population growth and a changing climate.

The Australian Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Resilience Task Group, where I am representing AILA, is currently planning its resilience priorities for 2017 post-release of the Resilience Fact Sheets. I have also joined forces with a number of AILA members in the development of a draft AILA Position Statement - ‘Adapting to a Changing Climate: Building Resilience’ which will be released shortly for member comment.

On the 8 February I attended the 'Creating liveable and resilient cities by working with nature' panel-session where a number of Chief Resilience Officers from the 100 Resilient Cities program discussed the key role of urban biodiversity in strengthening the resilience of cities globally. If you want to learn more about how to make our cities 'climate ready' take a look at the Australian Government's Climate Ready Cities policy information brief prepared by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). Resilience and adaptation strategies (such as WSUD and the use of green infrastructure) are something that Landscape architects play a key role in and it is important that we show leadership in this space.

The next few weeks are great for professional development. Tickets are selling fast for Thomas Woltz on Tuesday 28 February at RMIT Storey Hall. Take a look at this article sent through from his New York office to give you a preview. Click here to read. Register here now before it’s too late!

AILA has secured a table at the sold out PIA 2017 International Women's Day Breakfast on Thursday 2 March. If you would like a seat on the table there a couple of seats left. Tickets are $70 including GST. Please contact AILA VIC or 0401 811 976 if you would like to join us!

WE-EF are inviting creative minds of the Melbourne landscape architecture and lighting design communities to celebrate the arrival of the WE-EF LIGHTING Black Book. The Black Book translates WE-EF’s product ideas into visual language and is WE-EF Australia/New Zealand's latest and arguably most unexpected publication. If you would like to join the WE-EF Black Book Launch on Thursday 30 March 2017, please get in touch with AILA VIC at by 6 March 2017.

Also as part of the AILA CPD events there is the
Celebrity Lawn Series: Docklands Park on Wednesday 6 pm March 8 which will include a site visit, educational talk and refreshments at the trailblazing turf project - Docklands Park. Register here!

Pru Smith - AILA Victoria Secretary

News from Victoria Chapter - 6 February 2017

The Environment Committee of AILA Victoria is an engaged and interesting group of landscape architects, keen to contribute, from a landscape architecture perspective, to environmental issues affecting Victoria, and more broadly, Australia. We do so by preparing submissions and organising events. The committee meets on the second Wednesday morning of each month, at 8 am, at the Treasury Café, near Parliament Station in Melbourne. New members are always welcome. The breakfasts at Treasury Café are worth the early start to the day.

When drafting submissions, the committee draws on the policies of AILA and the expertise of its members. Such submissions might be in response to discussion papers and draft policies, strategies, regulations, and guidelines proposed by federal, state, municipal or statutory authorities and other organisations with a broad landscape remit. We aim to draw attention to the special role that landscape architects can have in protecting the environmental values of urban, suburban and rural landscapes. In 2016, the committee was quite busy. You can see our submissions here.

In October 2016 two members of the committee helped organise the Living Cities Event. This event was a great success, attended by over 60 people. Facilitated by Prof Rob Adams, a panel comprising Peter Seamer (CEO Victorian Planning Authority), Jill Garner (Victorian Government Architect), Sally Capp (Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council), Wes Fleming (director, Fleming’s Nurseries), Adrian Gray (manager of urban design at Brimbank Council), Tim O’Loan (Practice Lead - Design and Planning at AECOM), and Emma Appleton (AILA Victorian President), discussed green infrastructure and its implementation.

If you would like to join us, please email me at

Women at the helm of built environment professions

The Victorian Executive Officers & Presidents of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Planning Institute and Australian Institute of Architects met up to discuss our continuing combined activities that we will work together on in 2017. We took this opportunity to recognise the fact that women hold all of these positions. The February issue of Planning News has included a feature article with more information

AILA Victoria presents Thomas Woltz - Tuesday 28 February 

AILA Victoria is very excited to present Thomas Woltz, the well-known landscape architects from New York to deliver a lecture at Storey Hall on Tuesday February 28.

He will present on a number of significant public realm projects with which he has been involved in the United States and elsewhere – a great opportunity for Australian landscape architects to benchmark our own work against that of our international peers. Tickets are selling fast so register now!

Celebrity Lawn Series – Wednesday 8 March

Celebrity Lawn Series is a new CPD series which includes a site visit, educational talk and refreshments at a trailblazing turf project. This is an excellent opportunity to gain CPD points while checking out Docklands Park recent transformation designed by Melbourne landscape architecture firm MALA. Tickets can be purchased here.

Meredith Dobbie – AILA Victoria Environment committee chair


News from Victoria Chapter – 23 January 2017

A warm welcome back to everyone from AILA Victoria! We hope that you had a fun and relaxing time with family and friends.

We are off to a flying start already with the first piece of advocacy work submitted in January.

This was a response to the Draft Integrated Water Management Framework and was prepared by the AILA Victoria Environment Committee. You can view here

In December 2016, AILA Victoria also provided a response to the Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Discussion Paper prepared by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. This can be viewed here.

Contribute to AILA’s Advocacy work – Have your say

In May 2016, AILA Victoria reviewed the Draft Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations and submitted a response outlining key issues and making recommendations to the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning. See the letter here. Since then, all submissions have been considered and DELWP now invites comments on the proposed amendments by 8 March 2016.  Please contact if you would like to contribute to this piece of work.

Thomas Woltz lecture in Melbourne!

At the end of February 2017 AILA Victoria will be hosting New York based landscape architect Thomas Woltz, whose work is well known many of you. Thomas will deliver a lecture (dates to be confirmed soon) presenting a number of significant public realm projects with which he has been involved in the United States and elsewhere – a great opportunity for us as Australian landscape architects to benchmark our own work against that of our international peers. Read more about Thomas and his practice.  

Other events to look out for
Trust for Nature and Bush Heritage Australia annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Breakfast takes place on Thursday 2nd March. See here for ticketing information. 

Mary Papaioannou

AILA Victoria Vice-President

News from AILA Victoria Chapter - 19 December 2016

The Regional Committee aims to facilitate educational and professional support for regional Landscape Architects across Victoria while nurturing a strong and recognisable presence for the profession by leading AILA in providing stewardship for the natural landscape and enhancing the livability of regional and rural settlements in Victoria.

During the year an AILA National Council meeting was held in Geelong 17 March 2016 at the Deakin University waterfront campus. Following the meeting regional members joined the National Council for a drink and discussion.

In July Felix Hemingway participated in an AILA assessment of the Deakin University Masters of Landscape Architecture course. Deakin is the only university committed by its constitution to keep a strong regional context. Ongoing work has been committed by Regional AILA members and of course Melbourne based members.

In 2017 two larger events are being planned by the regional group. The main event is a seminar in Wodonga looking at Landscape Architecture in the regions. There are all sorts of interesting components to this seminar and it will be very participative. Keep an eye out for it. This event is understandably gaining interest from New South Wales and Canberra Landscape Architects.

The other event in planning involves “hands on” sessions in Dry Stone Walling with internationally qualified Dry Stone Wallers. This will be a chance to get dirty, learn new skills and gain insight into this ancient craft. 

AILA Victoria Christmas Party

Last Monday evening (12th December) was AILA Victoria’s Christmas Party at Pilgrim Bar, along the Yarra River and near Federation Square. What a fantastic evening it was! It was so great to see so many of you there to celebrate AILA Victoria’s achievements for 2016 and a great opportunity for us to thank you for all your efforts and contributions throughout the year. We hope you all had a brilliant evening and enjoyed a drink or two along the river! We would also love to thank Hardie Deck for being a proud partner of the Christmas party.


AILA Victoria provided a submission in response to the Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Discussion Paper prepared by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. This was prepared by members of the AILA Vic Environment and Public Sector committees and it can be viewed here.

AILA Victoria Christmas Shutdown Period

AILA Victoria wishes you and your families a very Merry Christmas and New Year! AILA Victoria will be closed from Thursday 22nd December and reopening on Monday 9th January. Thank you to our loyal partners Fleming's Nursery, WE-EF Lighting and City of Melbourne for their support throughout 2016. We would also love to thank our Victorian executive who have guided and supported the chapter office throughout the year.

Felix Hemingway
AILA Victoria Regional Committee chair

News from AILA Victoria Chapter - 5 December 2016

Happy festive season to all our members and sponsors. I hope the run up to Christmas is not too hectic and all look forward to the end

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