Spotlight on urban and community projects at the WA Landscape Architecture Awards

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Urban greening and community engagement projects stood out among the winners of the Western Australia Landscape Architecture Awards announced by AILA WA for 2022.

Winners were selected from 29 project proposals, with exciting submissions spanning categories including cultural heritage, civic landscapes, health and education, and tourism. The jury was impressed with the emphasis on true collaboration and integrated results, describing the 2022 awards as a testament to the tremendous growth of the landscape architecture industry and its continued commitment to the community.

The 19 projects recognized for their outstanding and positive contributions to Western Australia’s landscape architecture industry included well-designed spaces with thoughtful engagement from First Nations councillors, revitalized places for families of all cultures to visit, play, reflect and learn, and deeply impressive projects to design and produce.

Observing that the winning projects reflected a truly diverse and dedicated group of landscape architects in WA, Jury Chair Shea Hatch said: “It is evident that we have an exceptionally high caliber of landscape architects in Western Australia. This year’s entries were compelling, sophisticated and idea-driven. we saw projects that considered landscape and country in unique and delightful ways.

The WA Medal, awarded for a project considered the most outstanding of all entries, was awarded to the Victoria Park Urban Forest Programme, a project coordinated by the City of Victoria Park and Vic Park Urban Foresters. Victoria Park’s Urban Forest Program is an example of a community-initiated and driven approach to planning, design and management.

“Where the positive intentions of major infrastructure projects have always been diluted with bureaucracy and bureaucracy, the city’s approach has shown a new way of developing planning and policy; a strong example for all LGAs and landscape architects to consider,” said Hatch.

“This is a well thought out, executed and truly engaging project that addresses an important urban design issue with a community mindset.”

2022 AILA WA Landscape Architecture Award Winners

Category | Winner

Civic landscape | Karrinyup Mall West Bridge, See Design Studio

cultural heritage | Moort-ak Waddiny / Wellington Square, City of Perth

cultural heritage | Curtin University Indigenous Learning Circle (Yarning Circle), UDLA

Health and Education Landscape (Award of Excellence) | Karla Katitjin – Bushfire Center of Excellence, Josh Byrne & Associates

Health and education landscape | Exchange – Curtin University Innovation Precinct, REALMstudios

Health and education landscape | Curtin University Indigenous Learning Circle (Yarning Circle), UDLA

Infrastructure (Award of Excellence) | Victoria City Park Urban Forest Program, Victoria City Park

Infrastructure | Wharf Street Basin – Next Generation Community Park, City of Canning with Josh Byrne and Associates

Landscaping | Roe Street Improvement, City of Perth

Parks and Green Spaces (Award of Excellence) | Moort-ak Waddiny / Wellington Square, City of Perth

Parks and green spaces | Archerfield Park, Bushmead, PLAN E

Parks and green spaces | Hotham Park, Emerge Associates

Play spaces | Hotham Park, Emerge Associates

Play spaces | Koolangka Koolangka Waabiny, City of Perth with Playce

Play spaces | The Cubby, See Design Studio

Tourism | Whitfords Nodes Staircase, Emerge Associates

Urban Design (Excellence Award) | Wharf Street Basin – Next Generation Community Park, City of Canning with Josh Byrne and Associates

Regional Excellence Award | Hotham Park, Emerge Associates

AILA WA Medal | Victoria City Park Urban Forest Program, Victoria City Park

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