Image: AILA Victoria.
  • Key themes emerged among the winners
  • Cultural Heritage had a large number of entrants
  • This year's cohort of winners came from a very diverse set of projects

The 2022 Landscape Architecture Awards for Victoria have been announced, with 60 entries submitted, and 34 awards allocated.

Among the field of winners, commonalities seemed to arise:

“Across the projects, we did see a couple of key themes start to emerge. We saw a vast number of entries in the Cultural Heritage category, which is a reflection on the sorts of values that we are starting to see embedded in landscape architecture,” said AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards Jury Chair, Lisa Howard.

“We are seeing cultural values alongside social values, environmental values, and sustainability values. For the Jury, it was not just about acknowledging the knowledge that has been transferred to landscape architects, and passed through to us from Traditional Owners, but also about how that knowledge is then brought forth into a project, and how that knowledge is embedded into an outcome, so that the end user is also getting to experience this incredible understanding of country.”

The projects receiving awards were also incredibly diverse, with an innovative space for the creative community, a four-decade-long volunteering effort, a healing garden at the Heide Museum, and a new green open space in Melbourne’s CBD just some examples of those recognised this year.

AILA Victoria has highlighted the Avalon Corridor Strategy Values Assessment as a project that is ambitious and forward thinking. It considers a vast tract of culturally significant lands and waterways under pressure from urban development to help shape decision making for the Avalon corridor.

“The project is commendable for going beyond consultation, to engage the Wadawurrung as a key collaborator and co-author of the project, which has both built capability and ensured voices are heard. It is innovative in framing Wadawurrung values and living cultural heritage into in a format aligned with Government Legislation. It acts as a strong precedent for the empowerment of Traditional Owner groups to participate in and inform planning processes.”

“Across the entries, we saw a vast range of project types, from small, beautiful projects with biodiversity as key drivers, to massive landscape planning projects, as well as infrastructure projects. This is a real testament to all of us in the profession that we can work across a diverse range of scales.” said Ms Howard.

The full list of winners

Category Winners
Civic Landscape Pentridge Piazza, ASPECT Studios
Civic Landscape Hampshire Road Civic Green, Brimbank City Council
Community Contribution (Award of Excellence) Yaluk Langa Design Framework – Heide Museum of Modern Art, Urban Initiatives
Community Contribution Collingwood Yards, SBLA Studio
Community Contribution Hovells Creek Linear Park/Kevin Hoffman Walk, David Martin
Cultural Heritage (Award of Excellence Avalon Corridor Strategy Cultural Values Assessment, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, City of Greater Geelong, Wyndham City Council & Unearthed Heritage Australia Pty Ltd
Cultural Heritage Wesley Place, OCULUS
Gardens (Award of Excellence) The Healing Garden at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Openwork Pty Ltd
Gardens Cliff House, BWLA
Gardens Fitzroy Bridge House, Robyn Barlow Design
Health and Education Landscape (Award of Excellence) Bendigo Kangan Tafe Redevelopment, SBLA Studio
Health and Education Landscape Woowookarung Dementia Friendly Forest and Sensory Trail, Thomson Hay Landscape Architects
Health and Education Landscape Monash University – Southern Precinct Landscape, ASPECT Studios
Infrastructure (Award of Excellence) Bell to Moreland, Tract
Infrastructure Toorak Road Level Crossing Removal, ASPECT Studios
Land Management (Award of Excellence) Lake Tyers (Bung Yarnda) Camping and Access Strategy, Parks Victoria
Landscape Planning (Award of Excellence) Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park Access and Infrastructure Plan, Hassell Studio
Play Spaces Arcadia Dragon Park, Outlines Landscape Architecture
Play Spaces Jells Park, Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture
Parks and Open Space New Quay Central Park, ASPECT Studios with SAALA (Formally Stutterheim Anderson Landscape Architects)
Research, Policy and Communications The Big Asian Book of Landscape Architecture, Jillian Walliss and Heike Rahmann
Research, Policy and Communications City of Melbourne’s Green Factor tool, City of Melbourne
Research, Policy and Communications Green Our City Action Plan: Strategic justification for regulatory requirements for sustainability, Arup, Oculus,  HillDPA and Junglefy for City of Melbourne
Small Projects Monash College Forest Biomes, GLAS Landscape Architects
Tourism (Award of Excellence) Grampians Peaks Trail (Gariwerd), McGregor Coxall with Noxon Giffen
Tourism Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Design, Thomson Hay Landscape Architects
Tourism Maits Rest, Outlines Landscape Architecture
Urban Design Morris Moor, Tract
Urban Design South Melbourne Life Saving Club, Site Office
Regional Awards Grampians Peaks Trail (Gariwerd)
Regional Awards Lake Tyers (Bung Yarnda) Camping and Access Strategy
Future Leaders (Graduate) Molly Rose-Coulter
Future Leaders (Student) Georgina de Beaujeu

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