The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Region has established a new awards program aimed at increasing recognition and awareness of landscape architecture in the region.
Officially launched by IFLA Asia-Pacific President Damian Tang in March of this year, the IFLA Asia-Pac LA Awards were open to members of national landscape architecture institutes in the Asia-Pacific region that hold IFLA membership.
The new program aims to provide an international platform to showcase and promote the work and achievements of landscape architects in the Asia-Pacific and to embrace local and regional diversity.
“The awards aim to create continuous awareness and recognition of landscape architecture together with like-minded partners and other professions that have played a key role in shaping our cities and environment towards a better future,” said Tang.
The highest honour in the program is the IFLA Asia-Pac LA Luminary Award, which will recognize individuals who have inspired and made a significant contribution in protecting, championing, advocating, enhancing and/or sustaining living environments and communities.
The jury for the 2017 program is made up of IFLA’s five regional presidents, presidents and directors from eleven of the fourteen IFLA Asia-Pacific national member associations, and two special guests.
IFLA regional presidents:
- Mr Tunji Adejumo, president of IFLA, Africa Region
- Ms Raquel Penalosa, president of IFLA, Americas Region
- Mr Damian Tang, president of IFLA, Asia Pacific Region
- Mr Tony Williams, president of IFLA, Europe Region
- Mr Mohammad Motalebi, president of IFLA, Middle East Region
Asia Pacific national associations representatives:
- Mr Tak Wong, president of Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA)
- Mr Rohit Marol, president of Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA)
- Assoc prof LAr Dr Osman Mohd Tahir, president of Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM)
- Dr Minomo Toshitaro, president of Japan Landscape Architect Union (JLAU)
- Prof Youngmin Kim, director of International Affairs of Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture (KILA)
- Mr Shannon Bray, president of New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA)
- Mr Eric Estonido, president of Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA)
- Mr Ronnie Tan, president of Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA)
- Ms Radha de Silva, president of Sri Lanka Institute of Landscape Architects (SLILA)
- Dr Kuang-Yu Wang, president of Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects (TILA)
- Dr Vipakorn Thumwimol, president of Thai Association of Landscape Architects (TALA)
- Mr William Lau, ambassador for South East Asia, International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)
- Mr Tai Lee Siang, chair of World Green Building Council
The award categories are divided into two groups: Built and Unbuilt. In the Built group categories include: Cultural and Urban Landscape; Residential; Parks and Open Space; Nature Conservation; Skyrise Greenery; Infrastructure; Communities; Lighting and Night Experience. There is just one category in the Unbuilt group: Analysis and Master Planning.
The awards ceremony will be held at the IFLA APR Congress in Bangkok, Thailand from 2–5 Nov 2017.
Landscape Australia is the Australian media partner for the IFLA ASIA-PAC LA Awards.