The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announced the results of its recent election, which saw more women than men being picked for the new Board.

The election also witnessed a strong interest from members to represent their profession with fourteen candidates vying for five positions on the Board.

The new Board is a diverse mix of respected landscape architects practicing across private, public and academia. The board includes:

  • Angus Bruce AILA, Head of Landscape Architecture, Hassell
  • Barbara Schaffer AILA, Principal Landscape Architect, Office of the NSW Government Architect
  • Linda Corkery FAILA, Associate Professor - Landscape Architecture, Faculty Built Environment UNSW
  • Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard AILA, Lecturer - Landscape Architecture, Faculty Built Environment UNSW
  • Shaun Walsh AILA, Manager City Parklands, South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parkland

The new Board will take effect after being endorsed at the Annual General Meeting during the International Festival of Landscape Architecture on 28 October 2016.

Outgoing National President Daniel Bennett said he was delighted with the significant progress made in such a short period of time and is confident that the new Board has the skills, experience and attitude to continue advocating for the profession and building upon the great list of achievements.

AILA’s member base has grown significantly over the last two years with the membership growing from 1,200 to over 2,800, driving a strong agenda on advocacy and raising the profile of the profession.

AILA also announced that the International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not In My Backyard has sold out and will be the largest gathering of landscape architects ever in Australia.