Marion Blackwell, Fellow of Australian Institute of Landscape Architects received the Member of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment, particularly through the Australian Native Plants Society, and to the profession of landscape architecture. The Order of Australia honour is given to those Australians recognised for their achievements and service of their fellow citizens.
Founder and Principal, Blackwell and Associates Landscape Architects, since mid 1960s.
Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Major landscape projects undertaken include:
- Murdoch University Campus.
- North West Shelf Gas Project.
- Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Carnarvon.
- Cable Beach Intercontinental Resort.
- Voyager Estate Winery.
- Greening of Jigalong (a remote desert Indigenous centre).
- King’s Park Restaurant.
- Harold Boas Gardens Perth, in 1976; the gardens were placed on the WA State Register of Heritage Places in 2007.
Recently there have been calls for papers for 2011 events and awards below is a summary.
Call for Nominations for 2011 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.
Winners include Peter Walker and Prof. Bernard Lassus.
Nominations should be submitted by 10 November 2010.
For further details on how to nominate go to IFLA Online
Calls for Papers for IFLA 2011 World Congress Scales of Nature – Zurich, Switzerland 27-29 June 2011
A call for paper abstracts has been issued for papers that address the congress theme and topics. More information can be found at IFLA 2011 Registration for the Congress has also opened with limited number of attendees – they currently have an early bird offer of 488 Swiss Francs (CHF) ($485USD) – you can register at IFLA 2011.
Call for Papers for AILA 2011 National Conference Transform – Brisbane Australia 11-13 August 2011
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference which is held every two years is being held in Brisbane in August 2011 with the conference theme of Tranform and is currently calling for papers that relate to the conference theme and session topics. Abstracts are due on 1 November 2010. For further details to the AILA 2011 National Conference Call for Papers
AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has recently announced the results of the 2010 Salary Survey with 530 respondents. This year the AILA survey has changed from past years with respondents gave their total salary package including superannuation (9% of salary as compulsory retirement savings). AILA also changed the ‘experience in years’ for the junior positions and removed the Managers/Directors category. Therefore it is hard to analyse the results in comparison to past years as managers could have between 5-15 years experience and are now included across the range of average salaries given.
Table of Average Salary across Australia
minus 9% super
Table produced by World Landscape Architect from AILA data.
Salary Average from across Australia shown salaries may differ from state to state.
When using this data, these results are guides only.
The AILA has no salary scales nor can it recommend or set any salary scales.
The setting of salaries remains with the individual employee and employer.
It is illegal in Australia to have professional fee or salary scales set by the professional institute, such as the AILA. So we do not set any professional salary scales! This survey is one set of figures that provide a rough averaged out indication or reflection of trends. It is one set of data to be used with other sources for any salary negotiations.
Standard government employer/employee regulations apply – see the applicable govenment website.
Susan Szenasy posted on Metropolis an article titled “United We Stand” in which she recalls some government officials giving encouragement at a recent NeoCon East annual trade show that there is “a new day for government design”. Szeasy goes on to talk about the importance to design of the recent $5.5 billion allocation to General Services Administration and the Department of Defense’s $7.4 billion reconfiguration funding.
However the point I found most interesting in Szenasy’s article was the GSA signing of a new accord with AIA, ASLA, IIDA; in which they have pledged to collaborate to achieve design excellence. I find this encouraging that professional associations have come together.
Currently, there is change occurring not just in the short-term with the Global Financial Crisis, but it seems more and more that sustainability, the environment, and climate change is becoming more important to the world. I feel that we need to move forward with new ideas and be armed with new tools especially in the area of urban design where cities are shrinking in the USA, new eco-towns are being built in the UK and new mega-cities are being designed and constructed in China, India, and Africa. Now is the best time to seek out other disciplines for collaboration not just for the networking and possible work opportunities but for the greater good of the profession. As Landscape Architects I know we often seek collaboration with other disciplines whether they are internal or external of our companies, however I think that as we head towards a new decade we should make more of a commitment to further collaborate with other professions to improve your knowledge and their knowledge so that together we can create a better future.