The New Australian Gardens at the National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia and its surrounding sculpture garden were completed in 1982 and are located in the arts and civic campus of Australia’s National Capital, Canberra. Designed by Edwards Madigan Torzillo and Briggs in the late 20th century ‘brutalist’ architectural style, the Gallery building is characterised by angular masses and raw concrete surfaces. The gallery is surrounded by a seminal Sculpture Garden planted with Australian native plants designed by the landscape architectural office of Harry Howard and Associates. Both are protected by extensive Conservation Management Plans that recognise the heritage significance of the precinct.

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Calls for 2011 Landscape Conference Papers & Award Nominations

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 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

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

Rouse Hill Landscape Restoration, Sydney

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.


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

Salary Package
minus 9% super
0-3 years $         53,600 $             48,776
3-5 years $         62,900 $             57,239
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.


GroupGSA expands into Landscape Architecture with John Holland merger

GroupGSA, a multi-discipline practice in Sydney, Australia with projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and the USA has expanded its services with the merger of GroupGSA and John Holland. John Holland Landscape Architects will now be apart of Group GSA and John Holland (Registered Landscape Architect) will now lead the Landscape Architecture section as Principal with his experience in open space planning, urban design, residential planning and infrastructure projects throughout the UK, Australia and Asia.


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Will there be a shortage of landscape architects after the Crisis is over?

Over the past two years with the Global Financial Crisis hit nearly every nation across the globe and as a result landscape architects where laid off in large numbers. This was hardest felt in the USA due to lack of work and collapse of the home building market.

Governments from USA, UK, Canada, Australia, China and many other countries kick-started their economies with Financial Stimulus packages which has given some firms more work but has created just enough work to sustain the staff they had kept on.

At World Landscape Architect, however I have noticed in recent weeks that results for tenders and competitions seems to appear on the web more and more frequently.

Will there be a shortage of landscape architect with economies picking up and more work coming into companies? Well if we go back to late 1990’s to mid 2000’s there were many reports of shortages of experience staff at landscape architecture firms in UK, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, North East Africa and some parts of Asia which was driving up salaries and as a recent article by Mark Smulian at Planning Resource raised the issue that CABE has fears that a shortage will occur again….

Like planning, landscape architecture has never really recovered from the 1990s recession. People left the profession or chose not to enter it, leaving a gap in experience. CABE fears a repeat in this recession and say a minimum of 550 new entrants a year are needed on landscape courses.
[SOURCE: Planning Resource]

Will there be a shortage remains to be seen but the outlook looks good for landscape architects currently unemployed with more work and projects appearing daily and the growth in sustainable design and trend of developments and cities incorporating ratings systems such as LEED ND and Sustainable Sites. Also there is a large amount of work that will be generated with the explosion on new cities in Asia and North Africa and the renewal of many towns and cities throughout the UK and USA. Therefore, if your unemployed there is hope yet and if your employed help push your local Universities and Professional Institutions to keep promoting the profession even more so during the current times of stagnant or slight growth to encourage more students to go into the profession and encourage those thinking of leaving to rethink their long term careers.

By Damian Holmes

SIDENOTE: The article by Mark Smulian at Planning Resource titled ‘Greening our cities is a great article that looks at the role of landscape architects, our strengths and weaknesses.

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How video is changing Landscape Architecture

Over recent years video and digital animation have become another design tool for landscape architects and education and professional institutions.

For landscape architects digital animation and 3D rendering has become cheaper and cheaper to produce with tools such as Sketchup, 3Dmax, rhino, and maya allowing design firms to give clients another perspective and sense of place. Some of the amazing videos that are now produced are using a mixture of pure animation, still renders and imagery are stunning to watch. With the recent advances with VRL and 3D its a matter of time that the only limit will be the imagination of designers.

Recently education and professional institutions have started promoting their events and courses with the advent of cheap digital video cameras and the ability to publish cheaply with sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, Viddler, Metacafe, Youku. Recently professional institutions such as ASLA, AILA, Landscape Institute have used Youtube and self published video to increase the profile of landscape architects.

Below are some examples of how video is being used in landscape architecture. I would love to hear and see how you and your organisation are using video in landscape architecture. Drop me an email at

[SOURCE: VimeoTAICHUNG GATEWAY PROJECT by Stan Allen Architect from darina zlateva + takuma ono]

[SOURCE: Youku]

[SOURCE: Youtube – Australian Institute of Landscape Architects]

[SOURCE: Youtube – Landscape Institute]

[SOURCE: Youtube – American Society of Landscape Architects]

[SOURCE: Youtube – University of Gloucestershire]

[SOURCE: Youtube – University of Michigan]

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