The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has appointed Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) as  the official creative director for the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture - The Expanding Field: Charting the Future of Practice.

The 2018 Festival will be held at the newly redeveloped Gold Coast Arts Centre from 11- 14 October 2018. and will largely take place outside, in what will be AILA's first al fresco festival. 

The four-day festival will include presentations from leading international and domestic landscape architects, a full program of Fringe events, public talks, activations, industry tours and more, with all details to be announced in the coming months.

Led by directors Kate Cullity and Perry Lethlean, TCL's festival theme, 'The Expanding Field', will explore connections and overlaps in practice around landscape, both within and beyond the profession. 

"Our discipline is evolving, forming creative relationships with new allied fields, continually adapting to a time of rapid change. We see a case therefore to no longer look inward, but to push out to the edges and un-define the defined," says a statement from TCL.

"We will hear from landscape architects, urban designers, anthropologists, authors, scientists, artists and others about themes and topics that surround us, and by expanding our gaze, we hope to illuminate possible pathways forward that enable landscape architecture to grow its relevance and ability to confront and significantly contribute to the challenges of the coming century," says AILA.