AILA 2010 National Awards Announced

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has announced the winners of the 2010 National Awards.

The top honor of Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture was awarded to

James Mather Delaney Design Pty Ltd in partnership with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and City of Sydney for Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington, Sydney

AILA 2010 National Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence

DESIGN
Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Darlington Public Domain Stage Two, University of Sydney

LAND MANAGEMENT
AECOM
Rouse Hill Landscape Restoration, Sydney

URBAN DESIGN
Oculus Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
Rouse Hill Town Centre, Sydney

National Landscape Awards

Several other projects in each category where also awarded and can be seen at the AILA National Awards website.

[SOURCE: AILA]
[IMAGE SOURCE: AILA]

AILA announces results of 2010 Salary Survey

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

2010
2009
Experience
Salary Package
minus 9% super
0-3 years $         53,600 $             48,776
N/A
3-5 years $         62,900 $             57,239
N/A
5-7 years $         71,300 $             64,883
$         65,600
7-10 years $         83,300 $             75,803
$         76,400
10-15 years $        112,700 $           102,557
$         99,900
15+ years $        126,200 $           114,842
$       109,300
Managers/ Director N/A N/A
$       134,680
Table produced by World Landscape Architect from AILA data.
Salary Average from across Australia shown salaries may differ from state to state.

Also as AILA states on the Salary Survey webpage

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.

SOURCE: AILA

Calls for Collaboration between professions

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.

By Damian Holmes

Read the full article that inspired this post at the [SOURCE: Metropolis – United We Stand]

Landscape architecture, once the “parsley on the pig”, must be all things to all people

Ray Edgar of  theage.com.au has written a feature article about landscape architecture. Edgar interviews some landscape architects in Victoria, Australia for the feature and they have some key insights into the role of landscape architecture in society. Here are some of the key statements and encourage you to read the full article.

“Landscape architecture used to be the ‘parsley on the pig’, the token decorative garnish around the building,” says RMIT research leader Dr Sue Anne Ware.

“Landscape architecture is sociology and what interests us is how people use space, feel a sense of ownership over that space, and appropriate it in a socially responsible manner,” said Chris Sawyer of Site Office.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: The Age – New Park Life]

AILA releases 2009 Salary Survey Results

Are you working or looking at a landscape architecture position in Australia? You should look at the 2009 Salary Survey results released by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) today. The results are not conclusive but give a good indication of what salary you could or should be earning.

SOURCE: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

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