Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has revealed the winners of the 2021 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards.

AILA has recognised seven Awards of Excellence and 21 Landscape Architecture Awards across 14 categories, highlighting projects that connected with the outdoors, featured play through discovery, enacted outstanding community engagement, and delivered sustainable place-based design solutions for future generations.

Accommodating entrants based all around Queensland and Australia, the Awards were announced in a simultaneous online production and in person cocktail event on 17 June. AILA Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards Jury Chair Lauren Newton said the jury applauded Queensland’s landscape architects for their commitment to generating opportunities and connections across the state.

“In true Queenslander spirit, we are embracing the difficulties we face together by re-connecting with our neighbours, discovering places in our own backyard and remaining optimistic for a better tomorrow,” said Ms Newton. “Inspired by creating places that consider the broader environment, Queensland landscape architects are striving to deliver strategic design solutions that influence the overall community lifestyle.”

AILA Queensland received a record number of 81 submissions from an impressive high calibre of landscape architects showcasing exceptional design throughout the state and industry. This year the spotlight was on the state’s regional cities and towns with 11 regional projects taking out awards and an additional five Regional Achievement Awards received.

Queensland President David Uhlmann said the awards recipients demonstrated a commitment to communities in their response to the needs of an increasingly growing population, creating natural and built form environments which prioritised the community’s health. “This year’s winners have set inspiring examples, putting the surrounding community at the forefront of the planning and execution, to create inclusive and liveable spaces that encourage and support human interaction even during the toughest of times,” said Mr Uhlmann.

AILA Queensland Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Award winners will gain automatic entry into National AILA Awards, to be held later this year followed by the International Landscape Architecture Festival.

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