AILA Victorian Chapter awards 2018 winners announced

Laurence DragomirAugust 10, 20180 min read

The best landscape architecture projects in Victoria have been recognised at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) 2018 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards.

The jury reviewed projects from across Melbourne and regional Victoria across 13 categories, with a total of 29 projects gaining recognition. The award winners were announced at an event hosted by AILA’s Victorian Chapter on earlier this evening.

Metropolitan local Government Councils dominated as clients of the winning projects, showing the importance of rejuvenating public spaces and setting a high standard of design. These include projects initiated by Brimbank City Council, City of Wyndham, City of Yarra, Frankston City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Hume City Council and Moonee Valley City Council.

Other notable projects taking home accolades include the Darebin Yarra Trail Link due to its excellent response to a complex location and the Point Nepean National Park Master Plan for its leading strategic thinking, community consultation and cultural focus.

AILA Victorian Chapter awards 2018 winners announced
Darebin Yarra Trail link by VicRoads. Image: Emma Cross

According to the AILA, this year saw a record number of entries, reinforcing the important role of landscape architecture in the state.

Projects given Awards of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards will proceed to the National Awards with winners announced on Thursday 11 October as part of this year’s International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

A free exhibition showcasing all award-winning projects will be on display at RMIT Design Hub from 20 August 2018.

What they say...

The rejuvenation of public and private spaces and a move towards integrated green infrastructure demonstrates the role that landscape architecture has in sustaining human health and well-being and the
liveability of Melbourne.

The awards are a great way to recognise the outstanding projects in our state and their contribution to the public and respective communities.

-  Adrian Gray, AILA Victorian Chapter President


This year, the entries demonstrated not only the maturity of the profession but also investment in high-quality strategic and landscape design-led projects. We are fortunate to recognise an array of projects that enhance public spaces, engage with the community and exemplify enduring design.

- Bronwen Hamilton Jury Chair / Office of Victorian Government Architect.

AILA Victorian Chapter awards 2018 winners announced
Williams Reserve by Hansen Partnership. Image: Andrew Lloyd

The Winners

Civic Landscape category (Sponsored by Glascott Landscape & Civil) 

Landscape Architecture Award

  • MADA West Courtyard | Glas Landscape Architects
  • Pride of Melton | Outlines Landscape Architecture Pty. Ltd.
  • Dawson Street Precinct Sunshine | Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture

Community Contribution category

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Livvi's Place Craigieburn | ASPECT Studios

Cultural Heritage category

Award of Excellence

  • Point Nepean National Park Master Plan | TCL (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) and Parks Victoria

Gardens category (Sponsored by Lawn Solutions Australia)

Award of Excellence

  • Earth Sciences Garden, Monash University | Rush Wright Associates

Landscape Architecture Award

  • MPavilion 2017 | Tract Consultants
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre | Rush Wright Associates

Infrastructure category (Sponsored by ACO Australia)

 Award of Excellence

  • Project: Darebin Yarra Trail Link | VicRoads Urban Design Team and VicRoads Structural Design Team

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Skeleton Creek Bridges | Site Office

Land Management category 

Landscape Architecture Award

  • The System Garden Masterplan | Glas Landscape Architects

Landscape Planning category (Sponsored by Austral)

Award of Excellence

  • Chain of Ponds - An Action Plan for Moonee Ponds Creek | Site Office

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Puffing Billy Master Plan | Tract Consultants

Play Spaces category  (Sponsored by Street Furniture)

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Ballam Bumps Regional Playspace | Playce Pty Ltd
  • Booran Reserve Playspace | ACLA Consultants
  •  Mirambeena Park, Warralily, Armstrong Creek | GbLA

Parks and Open Space category 

Award of Excellence

  • Project: Alpine Better Places: Porepunkah | MDG Landscape Architects

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Williams Reserve, Richmond | Hansen Partnership

Research Policy and Communications category (Sponsored by WE-EF Lighting)

Award of Excellence

  • Urban Choreography: Central Melbourne 1985–, by Kim Dovey, Rob Adams and Ronald Jones (Melbourne University Press, 2018) | Jones & Whitehead Pty Ltd, with City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Monash University - Civil Engineering Hydraulics 'Living Lab' | ASPECT Studios
  • Embracing the Asian Century, Landscape Architecture Australia | Jillian Walliss, Heike Rahmann, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Small Projects category (Sponsored by City of Melbourne)

Award of Excellence

  • Immigration Museum Activation Project | Rush Wright Associates

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Tarrawarra Abbey | ASPECT Studios
  • Valley Lake Lookout | MCGREGOR COXALL

Tourism category 
Award of Excellence

  • Project: Carnivores Trail (Predators Precinct) | Urban Initiatives

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing Master Plan | MCGREGOR COXALL

Urban Design category

Award of Excellence

  • Victoria Square, Kerang | Hansen Partnership

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Project: Geelong Laneways Precinct | Outlines Landscape Architecture Pty. Ltd.

Future Leader category


  • Timothy D’Agostino, ASPECT Studios

President’s Award

  • Anne-Marie Pisani

Lead image: VCCC  by Rush Wright Associates, taken by Michael Wright

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir is one of the co-founders of Urban Melbourne. Laurence has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in both the private and public sector specialising in architecture, urban design and planning. He also has a keen interest in the built environment, cities and Star Wars.
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