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    Place making veteran honoured with AILA Fellowship

    Nathan Johnson

    Queensland’s Walter Smith, landscape architect and Director of Place Design Group, has been given the highest honour in the landscape architecture industry – a Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

    Smith was honoured at a gala dinner on Friday 29 May for his commitment and contribution to the landscape industry throughout his career, which first took off in 1992 when he started his own firm Walter Smith & Associates.

    Since joining Place Design Group in 2002, Smith has worked on many landscape and urban design projects in his home town of Townsville including the award winning developments of The Strand and Jezzine Barracks.

    Robert Kent, Project Manager Major Projects at Townsville City Council has seen first-hand the work of Smith, and acknowledges that his creativity and insistent attitude has led to the success of his place making projects in regional centres such as his own.

    “Wal is to be congratulated on his contribution to the landscape architecture industry in Australia,” notes Kent.

    “The fellowship is testament to Wal’s creativity, tenacity, passion and desire for excellence in well-planned, functional, integrated, and interesting public places. His creative flare and professionalism continue to contribute to world class place making in regional centres.”

    On receiving the fellowship, Smith says he is honoured and also lucky to have worked with great clients and in a great location.

    “It is an honour to be recognised by my peers and has come about due to the great faith that my clients have placed in me and some of the wonderful sites I have been fortunate enough to work on throughout my career,” says Smith.


    Images:
    1.2.3. Jezzine Barracks by Place Design Group
    4.5. The Townsville Strand by Place Design Group
    Source: Place Design Group

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