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HASSELL Chairman Professor Ken Maher has been awarded the prestigious Australian Award in Landscape Architecture by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
The announcement was made at the AILA National Awards ceremony, held in Sydney on 24 September. The award acknowledges Mahers outstanding lifetime contribution to the sensible, sensitive and sustainable design of urban places, spaces and buildings, and commitment to education and community understanding.
Maher was awarded the Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2009 and is the first individual to receive both accolades. His commitment, leadership and academic contributions to the profession were also honoured with an AILA Fellowship in early September.
Maher has a strong interest in multi-dsciplinary thinking in the design of cities, creating sustainable and enduring architecture and promoting greater densification of urban spaces. He was a founding board member of the Green Building Council of Australia, has held positions with the Australian Institute of Architects, and was a Chair of the NSW Board of Architectural Education. He also speaks frequently at conferences and public forums and has held key roles within several organisations and committees.
Maher’s award-winning projects include the Epping to Chatswood Rail Line, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the Olympic Park Rail Station, North Sydney Olympic Pool and the new ANZ Centre in Melbourne’s Docklands.
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