Winners announced: 2019 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has awarded five Awards of Excellence, eleven Landscape Architecture Awards and four Regional Achievement Awards in the 2019 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Awards, announced Thursday 20 June in Brisbane.

AILA Queensland chapter president David Uhlmann said this year’s awards demonstrated the forward thinking, innovative and diverse approaches of the Queensland landscape architecture profession.

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“The winning projects highlight the positive impact that carefully planned and well executed landscape architecture can have on our community, wellbeing and the environment,” said Uhlmann.

Among the winners were the City of Gold Coast’s Arundel Wetlands and Form Landscape Architects’ Forest Green Park on the Gold Coast, which both received Awards of Excellence for their contribution to enhancing experiences of nature for their local residential communities.

“The Arundel Wetlands project is an exemplary model for the collaboration of landscape architecture, local governance and private development, to create a natural wetland from what once was illegal landfill,” Uhlmann said.

“Forest Green Park also demonstrates a case of seamlessly nature-based play, setting a new standard for suburban residential community parks.

“In both instances, developers and consultants have worked together to create sensual, community focused spaces that embrace surrounding nature and wildlife.”

Awards of Excellence were also given out to Eden Lane in Woolloongabba by RPS Group that has transformed a former exit shaft for a tunnel boring machine into a verdant space for inhabitation, the Oxley Creek Masterplan by Lat27 and Oxley Creek Transformation for its restoration and reimagining of a Brisbane creek corridor, and James Cook University’s Verandah Walk in Townsville by Wilson Architects for creating an environment that enhances and reflects the institution’s educational mission.

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“The team at Wilson Architects have delivered a multipurpose initiative that enhances the brand of place, wayfinding, gathering opportunities, safety and immersion in the natural beauty of the campus,” Uhlmann said.

“Cities and towns thrive when the environment is welcoming and senses are ignited through innovative placemaking techniques. It’s very inspiring to see the calibre of work being delivered across Queensland by landscape architects who are leading the way in creating liveable spaces.”

The 2019 AILA VIC awards jury comprised Alayna Renata – manager, Design and Approvals, Department of Environment and Science, QLD Government (jury chair); Simon Mahr – registered landscape architect, Landplan Landscape Architecture; Lauren Newton, senior associate landscape architect/urban designer – Wolter Consulting Group; Catherine Brouwer, – principal, Catherine Brouwer Landscape Architects; Joshua Hinwood – section lead, Cities and Places, Northern Region, Jacobs; Jared Thorp – graduate of landscape architecture, Hassell; and Ingrid Richards – director, Richards and Spence.

Projects receiving Awards of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards will proceed to the National Awards with winners announced at the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture to be held in Melbourne in October.



Civic Landscape

Landscape Architecture Award

West Village Common – RPS Group



Cultural Heritage

Landscape Architecture Awards

All Hallows School – Wilson Architects
900 Ann Street & Holy Trinity Church – Lat27


Gardens

Landscape Architecture Awards

Riverlight, Hamilton Reach – Lat27



Infrastructure

Award of Excellence

Arundel Wetlands – City of Gold Coast

Regional Achievement Award

Toowoomba Regional Council Entry Statements – FRED St



Land Management

Award of Excellence

Oxley Creek Transformation – Lat27 & Oxley Creek Transformation

Landscape Architecture Awards

Muller Street – AS Design



Landscape Planning

Landscape Architecture Award

Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Plan – Tract Consultants & Logan City Council




Play Spaces

Award of Excellence

Forest Green Park – Form Landscape Architects

Landscape Architecture Award

Bunya Andventure Playground – SLR Consulting Australia



Parks and Open Space

Landscape Architecture Award

Everleigh Park – Form Landscape Architects


Research Policy and Communications

Landscape Architecture Awards

Collaboration toward Cities that Thrive: Communicating the role of Healing Gardens – Conrad Gargett (author)



Small Projects

Award of Excellence

Eden Lane – RPS Group



Tourism

Landscape Architecture Awards

The Ville – 360 Degrees Landscape Architects

Regional Achievement Award

Waltzing Matilda Centre – RPS Group

Yeppoon Foreshore & Town Centre Revitalisation – Place Design Group

Broadbeach Entry Sign – City Place Making & City of Gold Coast


Urban Design

Award of Excellence

James Cook University Verandah Walk – Wilson Architects

Landscape Architecture Award

Baringa Town Square – Place Design Group

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