The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced its line-up of local and international speakers for the upcoming 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture ‘Not In My Backyard’ in Canberra.

Creative Director, Richard Weller along with the seven curators, have lined up over 30 new speakers to lead the conversation at the Festival, which takes place in Canberra from 27 October till 30 October 2016.

The 2015 edition of the Festival drew one of the largest gatherings of landscape architects ever in Australia; this year’s event is expected to be even bigger, with a larger international presence.

Speaker line-up for the Festival

Clive Hamilton (Canberra): An author, public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics, Clive will be the Keynote Speaker for the event.

Liam Young (UK): Urbanist, designer and futurist, founder of the futures think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today.

Dr Nina-Marie Lister (Canada): Associate Professor of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University.

Ellen Neises (USA): Teaches landscape design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Mossop (USA): Founding principal of Spackman Mossop + Michaels landscape architects.

Prof. Richard Hobbs (Perth): Leads the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group at the University of Western Australia.

Prof. Brendan Gleeson (Melbourne): Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Jeff Malpas (Hobart): Distinguished Professor, author and editor of more than 20 books.

Nicky McNamara (Alice Springs): Landscape architect working with Indigenous communities at the Centre for Appropriate Technology.

Bradley Cantrell (USA): Landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation.

Wolfgang Kessling (Germany): Physicist and climate engineer and a Principal of Transsolar.

Craig Burton (Sydney): The Director of CAB Consulting, Craig works as an architect, landscape architect, horticultural consultant, fine arts historian, heritage consultant and environmental studies specialist.

Dr Naomi Stead (Brisbane): Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland.

Steve Calhoun (Melbourne): Founding Director of Tract Consultants, and one of the leading practitioners of landscape architecture and urban design in Australia.

Kirsten Bauer (Melbourne): Director of ASPECT Studios globally.

Jessica Christiansen-Franks (Melbourne): CEO of CoDesign Studio and Project Director for The Neighbourhood Project.

Craig Allchin (Sydney): Director of Six Degrees Urban and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at UTS.

Adrian McGregor (Sydney): Landscape architect and urbanist, and founder and CEO of McGregor Coxall.

Prof. Margaret Sommerville (Sydney): Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Research, UWS.

Jock Gilbert (Melbourne): Coordinates the Lower Pool Design Studio stream in the Landscape Architecture program at RMIT.

Jason Ho (Melbourne): Founding Director of Urban Informality Lab, Melbourne.

Additionally, the seven Festival curators, Dr Helen Armstrong AM, Josh Zeunert, Dr Julian Bolleter, Professor Paul Carter, Mark Raggatt, Dr Jillian Walliss, and Dr SueAnne Ware will also be speaking during the event at the National Gallery of Australia.

Key highlights of the Festival include a conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards and a host of public and industry tours, exhibitions, IFLA Asia-Pacific Congress, city activations, screenings, short film competition and talks. The 2016 Festival celebrates 50 years of landscape architecture in Australia.

Early bird discounted tickets are available up until June 30th on the AILA website.

Image: The 2016 Festival celebrates 50 years of landscape architecture in Australia.