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Winners announced: 2018 WA Landscape Architecture Awards

The design for a new regional town centre, an expansive riverside parkland and a vision for a new cultural and green infrastructure network for a university campus, all received gongs at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) 2018 WA Landscape Architecture Awards, announced Friday 20 July in Perth.

Hassell’s design for the Optus Stadium parklands was the recipient of two Awards of Excellence in the categories of Parks and Open Space and Play Spaces, respectively, in addition to a Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design, with Place Laboratory’s transformation of the historic Midland Rail workshops also taking out Awards of Excellence in both the Civic Landscape and Cutural Heritage categories.

In an AILA press release the jury commented on the quality of this year’s award-winning projects, noting in particular their collective demonstration of the field’s capacity to repair culturally and ecologically sensitive sites and to interpret histories, climate and relationships in meaningful and creative ways.

The 2018 AILA WA award jury comprised Walter Van Der Loo (FAILA) – manager Infrastructure Parks, Town of Cambridge (jury chair); John Carey (MLA) – Member for Perth; Kate Hislop – dean and head of School of Design at the UWA; Marion Fredriksson (FAILA) – principal at Marion Fredriksson Design Consultancy; and Robyn Renton – senior landscape architect at Josh Byrne & Associates.

The winners of Awards of Excellence or Landscape Architecture Awards will be considered for the AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards, to be announced at the AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture on the Gold Coast in October.

Civic landscape

Award of Excellence

Railway Square – Place Laboratory

Landscape Architecture Awards

Newman Town Centre – UDLA


Parks and Open Space

Award of Excellence

Optus Stadium Park – HASSELL

Play Spaces

Award of Excellence

Optus Stadium Park – HASSELL

Landscape Architecture Award

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park – Plan E


Infrastructure

Landscape Architecture Award

Mills Park – Cardno (WA) and City of Gosnells

Cultural Heritage

Award of Excellence

Railway Square – Place Laboratory

Urban Design

Landscape Architecture Award

Optus Stadium Park – HASSELL

Landscape Planning

Award of Excellence

The Living Knowledge Stream Design Guidance for Curtin University – Syrinx Environmental

Landscape Architecture Award

Urban Forest Plan (City of Fremantle) – Ecoscape

Research, Policy and Communication

Award of Excellence

Green Infrastructure: Planning a National Green Network for Australia (NGN) – Simon Kilbane

Community Contribution

Award of Excellence

“Place of Healing” - Visioning and Development Plan for Sister Kate’s Home Kids “Bush Block” – UDLA


WA Medal

Optus Stadium Park – HASSELL

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