Winners announced: 2017 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards

An immersive grassland reserve in Tarneit, a rejuvenated creek on the outskirts of Geelong and a memorial interchange in Ballarat were among thirteen projects to receive awards at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards, announced Friday 21 July in Melbourne.

Remembrance Drive Interchange by Oculus in collaboration with VicRoads and Paul Thompson.

Remembrance Drive Interchange by Oculus in collaboration with VicRoads and Paul Thompson.

Image: John Gollings

Thirty-six entries were submitted across eleven award categories. The jury noted strong competition in the categories of play spaces, infrastructure and urban design, with overlap between the civic landscape and urban design categories.

Jock Marshall Nature Reserve Walk by Urban Initiatives.

Jock Marshall Nature Reserve Walk by Urban Initiatives.

Image: Vantage Drones

Jury chair Adam Nitschke said, “participants are to be commended for the impressive quality of projects, which, drawn together, highlight the breadth of influence that landscape architecture exerts across our built and natural environment. This collection of projects makes a significant contribution to the future health, liveability and resilience of our cities, suburbs and regional centers.”

The Journey Interactive Map by Tract Consultants.

The Journey Interactive Map by Tract Consultants.

Image: Tract Consultants

“Sound engagement with communities and across complex stakeholder networks continues to be a foundation of what we do well. Clearly a strength of the profession, engagement brings landscape architecture to the people, raising its profile and relevance, and bringing authenticity and ownership to the design of our public spaces,” said Nitschke.

The jury comprised Adam Nitschke (jury chair, Parks Victoria), Shelley Penn (Shelley Penn Architect), Bronwen Hamilton (Office of the Victorian Government Architect), Jerry de Gryse (Inspiring Place), Felix Hemingway (Brimbank City Council) and Cassandra Chilton (Rush\Wright Associates).

The winners of Awards of Excellence or Landscape Architecture Awards will be considered for AILA national landscape architecture awards, to be announced in Sydney in October.

Parks and Open Space

Award of Excellence

Wooten Road Reserve Interpretation Space – GLAS Urban

Play Spaces

Landscape Architecture Awards

Valley Reserve SPARC – Playce

Rosebud Foreshore Playspace – Hassell


Award of Excellence

Remembrance Drive Interchange – Oculus in collaboration with VicRoads and Paul Thompson

Landscape Architecture Award

Jock Marshall Nature Reserve Walk – Urban Initiatives

Land Management

Award of Excellence

Armstrong Creek Rejuvenation (with Waralily) – GbLA

Urban Design

Award of Excellence

Hawthorn Arts Centre Civic Space – Site Office

Landscape Planning

Landscape Architecture Award

University Square Master Plan – City of Melbourne, City Design Studio

Research, Policy and Communication

Award of Excellence

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change Through DesignJoshua Zeunert

Community Contribution

Landscape Architecture Award

The Journey Interactive Map – Tract Consultants

Small Projects

Landscape Architecture Award

Marnebek Sensory Courtyard – Jeavons Landscape Architects


Award of Excellence

NGV Grollo Equiset Garden – Oculus in collaboration with Robyn Barlow

Landscape Architecture Award

Towers Road Residence – TCL

Future Leaders

Georgia Chisolm, Nathan Collins

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