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The Victorian chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announced the winners of the 2011 AILA Victorian awards at a ceremony held in Melbourne on 11 November.
The AILA Victoria Medal for Landscape Architecture was presented to the National Arboretum Canberra, a project by Taylor Cullity Lethlean in collaboration with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. The jury said the masterplan, commissioned as part of the bushfire recovery program following the 2003 bushfires, “lays the foundations for a highly significant and diverse arboretum collection whilst successfully addressing the topographical and aesthetic characteristics and constraints of the site”.
The AILA National Award for Leadership in Public Infrastructure, Design and Delivery was presented to VicRoads.
ASPECT Studios was the recipient of the AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award, Design for their work at 717 Bourke Street, a project that responds to its urban context and neighbouring buildings with “a ‘topographical carpet’, spreading outwards from building edges, blurring the interface between public and private, active and passive, building and landscape”.
Jeavons Landscape Architects was awarded with the AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Urban Design for the Clifton Hill Railway Project Landscape – described by the jury as a “beautifully executed landscape, which demonstrates the integral role that a landscape architect has in delivering a multi-dimensional project varying in scale, programs, stakeholders, and contexts”.
Two projects were presented with AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award, Design (Urban Design) awards: Simon Ellis Landscape Architect for the Monash University Museum of Art, Ian Potter Sculpture Court, and Outlines Landscape Architecture for the Dandenong Education Precinct.
Tract Consultants were awarded the AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award, Residential Design for their work at Medhurst in the Yarra Valley.
Three projects received Planning awards: Living Links Masterplan Corridor Identification and Analysis by Urbis; Ensessakotteh: Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre, a collaboration between Taylor Cullity Lethlean, David Hancocks and Peter Stroud; and Bells Beach Coastal Management Plan and Masterplan by Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture.
The Research and Communication award was presented to Zoë Metherell and the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology for research project, ‘A comparative study of Melbourne’s freeway planting designs – implications for biodiversity conservation’. The Future Leader Award, Graduate was presented to Mathew Leigh Fithall for his project Vicscape, Victorian Landscape Architectural Atlas.