The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) ACT Chapter has acknowledged three Awards of Excellence at the 2018 ACT Landscape Architecture Awards.

Awards were presented to:

  • The Constitution Avenue Transformation (Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, National Capital Authority, Hill Thalis. SMEC and AECOM)
  • contour 556 (Harris Hobbs)
  • Craft Your Park community consultation process (SPACELAB)

The Award of Excellence in Civic Landscape was jointly awarded to Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, the National Capital Authority, Hill Thalis, SMEC and AECOM for the first stage of the transformation of Constitution Avenue.


Photography by John Gollings

As a central element of Walter Burley Griffin’s 1912 plan for Canberra, Constitution Avenue was envisaged as the ‘high street or Grand Boulevard of the National capital’.  Although it has taken almost a century to facilitate this vision, the result is a galvanising and distinctive public realm that not only responds to its current context but anticipates the vibrancy and mix of urban uses, according to AILA.

An Award of Excellence in the Tourism category went Harris Hobbs for contour 556, the public art installation around Lake Burley Griffin in 2016.


Photography by Sean Davey

Named in reference to the water level of Lake Burley Griffin, this biennial festival explores the ‘transformative nature of public art on the public realm’ in the context of the Canberra’s emblematic central landscape. Inaugurated in October 2016, the three-week-long festival transformed the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin with live performances and site-specific works by over 48 local and international artists. In 2018, there is an even greater number of scheduled participating artists, suggesting the festival will become an enduring national event.

SPACELAB received the final Award of Excellence of the evening in the category of Community Contribution for Craft Your Park. Craft your Park in Finn Street O’Connor was recognised for the outstanding demonstration of what can be achieved when collaboration is made pivotal to the design process.


Photography by Jem Natividad

SPACELAB conceived themselves as the ‘editors’ and the community as the ‘authors’ of a park’s design.  The design team listened to, translated and wove into the design local histories, stories and ideas that originated from groups across the community, including kindergarten children.

Several landscape architects also received AILA’s Landscape Architecture Award:

Tourism: Harris Hobbs, Jim Fogarty Design, John Patrick + Bosque Studio for the Gallery of Gardens.

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Research Policy and Communication: Tait Network and Streets for Community: Places to Be, Walk, Cycle and Drive    

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Parks and Open Space: Redbox Design Group for Moncrieff East

Photography by Max Yarra

Play Space: Moncrieff Community Recreation Park - Redbox Design Group

Photography by Max Yarra

Infrastructure: Fetherston Ridge by Tait Network

Photography by Glen Martin

Cultural Heritage: Envrio Links Design for the Manuka Oval, Tree Management Plan and 30/yr Replacement Master Plan

Image: Cox Architecture

Urban Design: ANU Reunion Pop-Up Village by OCULUS in association with Craig Tan Architects

Photography by Jamie Diaz Berrio

Community Consultation: Garema Place Pop-up Park by CONTEXT Landscape Design

Photography by Jackie Chan

Small Projects: Weston Park Shelter by Redbox Design Group in collaboration with Phillip Leeson Architects

Photography by Max Yarra