AILA Announces 2022 ACT Award Winners


The ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has announced the list of winners of the 2022 Landscape Architecture Awards in full, celebrating projects with a focus on urban greening and community engagement.

13 project submissions were submitted, with exciting submissions covering all categories such as civic landscape, urban design, landscaping and community contribution.

Across the submissions, the ACT Jury was impressed to see the focus on renewing and renovating many Canberra-based parks and landscapes. They emphasized the community and civic nature of landscape architects across the state.

The awards are held every two years, with 13 projects submitted and ten of them celebrated for their outstanding and positive contributions to the landscape architecture industry in the Australian Capital Territory.

Entries included the creation of pollinator-friendly habitats, the reinvention of a traditional cemetery, and the revitalization of an urban space, designed for social connection.

AILA ACT Awards 2022 jury chair Julian Raxworthy said Canberra has landscape architecture in its DNA, with the profession being founded in the state. Raxworthy says the city’s urban form has been shaped by landscape architects over the past 100 years.

“With such a rich history in landscape architecture, it’s no surprise that the winning projects for this year’s Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ ACT Chapter Awards have involved modifying, upgrading or adding new layers to existing landscape architecture projects in Canberra,” he says. .

The City Renewal Authority’s popular Canberra City Park Promenade (pictured top) received the Landscape Architecture Award, recognizing the revitalization of space and a unique approach to creating different layers of use.

“The City Park Walk upgrades are particularly wonderful in the way they provide visitors with a variety of spaces and places in which to congregate and congregate, from a large formal expanse of grass dotted with seating to more intimate spaces incorporating raised garden beds and diverse planting, this wonder that welcomes relief from an otherwise harsh urban environment affected by heat islands,” says Raxworthy.

Place Laboratory and PCL’s Southern Memorial Park (pictured above) also received an award for excellence in reimagining a traditional cemetery through unique landscape interventions and an emphasis on sustainability principles.

“The project demonstrates great depth of thought in terms of the layout of the internment quarters, with particular attention to a landscaped setting designed to provide space for reflection and mourning,” Raxworthy said.

The complete list of winners can be consulted here.


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