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AILA's 50 Years and the 2016 SA Landscape Architecture Awards

AILA's 50 Years and the 2016 SA Landscape Architecture Awards

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), and to mark this milestone, the Institute launched a new awards program to better represent the range of areas in which landscape architects show leadership and make a positive contribution.

This year we received 27 entrants across eight categories. Combined with the 2015 entrants, the awards have highlighted 58 key projects from South Australian practices, which is evidence of the strength and capacity of the local market.

It provides an excellent body of local work that demonstrates the high quality of design within South Australia and provides an insight into the contemporary issues and design directions landscape architects are challenged with.

AILA SA and its members are working towards a more liveable, resilient and prosperous South Australia where design has a central role in determining its low carbon future. The awards program does not only celebrate the input of landscape architects, it also demonstrates the importance of collaboration.

The entries demonstrate the critical role effective partnerships play in enabling greater outcomes. Partnerships between open and engaged government, informed and committed community, inspired and ambitious clients, and collaborative talented design teams have underpinned the achievements recognised in the awards.

The program demonstrates the many ways design can bring a greater sense of equity and humanity to our parks, streets and public spaces. Whether it is through cultural attachment, social engagement, economic drivers or the most basic physical connections, people must be the focus of design. Design can be an incredibly powerful tool to empower people, and good design projects can create places that foster stronger and more resilient communities.

AILA SA continues to highlight the importance of green or living infrastructure in determining the quality of life within South Australia. The award entrants reflect the diversity of ideas and opportunities for green infrastructure across inner city, outer suburbs and regional South Australia.

They demonstrate the variety of roles landscapes can play as the foundation for more liveable cities and the increasingly important role landscapes can play in adapting our communities against the challenges faced by a changing climate.

Thank you to our committed jury for their time and deliberations, Keith Davis (Chair), Graeme Hopkins, Hilary Hamnett and Jo Russell-Clarke. Thank you to our state manager, Sally Bolton, our talented awards committee and our SAILA Fresh Team for organising another fantastic night. A final thank you to all our national and local partners who continue strengthen our profession through their support.

Ben Willsmore, AILA SA President

Landscape Architecture Awards 2016, South Australia


Civic Landscape Award of Excellence


Flinders University & Hub Plaza Oxigen in association with Woods Bagot Flinders University

Civic Landscape Landscape Architecture Award

Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk Tract Consultants in collaboration with Grieve Gillett Andersen Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Rundle Mall HASSELL Adelaide City Council – City Design and Transport

Ergo Apartments Public Realm Tract Consultants Adelaide City Council and Hindmarsh Developments


Parks and Open Space Award of Excellence


Henley Square City of Charles Sturt and TCL/Troppo City of Charles Sturt

Parks and Open Space Landscape Architecture Award

Glenelg Foreshore Playspace WAX Design City of Holdfast

Oaklands Recreation Plaza City of Marion/ Outerspace Landscape Architects / Convic City of Marion


Infrastructure Award of Excellence


Keyneton Wind Farm Landscape Character and Visual Assessment Wax Design / BGLA Pacific Hydro


Tourism Award of Excellence


Adelaide Airport Landside TCL with Woodhead Architects, Mark Stoner & Waterforms Australia Adelaide Airport Limited

Tourism Landscape Architecture Award

Adelaide Zoo Nature’s Playground WAX Design Zoos SA


Urban Design Award of Excellence


Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Bridge TCL with TZG Architects, Aurecon & Karl Telfer South Australian Government – Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)

Urban Design Landscape Architecture Award

Unley Central Precinct Plan TCL with City of Unley City of Unley


Research, Policy and Communications Award of Excellence


The Adelaide Design Manual Design + Strategy, Adelaide City Council Adelaide City Council


Communities Award of Excellence


River & Coastal Communities Urban Design Framework and Master Plans Outerspace Landscape Architects + Masterplan + Ian Robertson Design District Council of Grant

Communities Landscape Architecture Award

Resthaven Paradise DesignWELL Landscape Architects Resthaven Incorporated

DECD Preschool Outdoor Learning Areas JPE Design Studio Department for Education and Child Development

View the awards night gallery here.


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