New board announced for AILA

Friday, 30 October, 2015

Australia’s peak professional body for landscape architects, AILA, has welcomed seven new members to its board, bringing with it a re-energised vision to empower landscape architects to lead the debate on livable cities. The board, endorsed at the annual general meeting during the Festival of Landscape Architecture, is a strong, determined and creative leadership team committed to continuing the great work achieved over the last few years.

National award-winning Adelaide City Council Landscape Architect and Design and Transport Manager Daniel Bennett, the new National President for AILA, is committed to driving a strong public strategic agenda for the membership. AILA has had an explosion of growth over the last two years, including doubling membership from 1200 to over 2500, while driving a strong agenda on advocacy and raising the profile of the profession.

“I am confident that the talented board we have will empower and excite us, and the profession, to put the spotlight on landscape architects. We’re growing our influence and voice to position landscape architects at the forefront of developing the policies that shape our towns, cities and regions,” said Bennett.

“Determined to improve our environment and the health, economic and social fabric of our communities, landscape architects are critical to planning and designing Australia’s future. They conceive, reimagine and transform the outside world from streetscapes to parks and playgrounds, transport solutions to tourism strategies, new suburbs and even cities.”

Bennett has over 18 years practising as a landscape architect working across Australia, the United Kingdom and China. His experience has been wide and diverse at practices including HASSELL and Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW), resulting in numerous national and state awards for many projects including the design for the Sydney Light Rail, City of Salisbury Landscape Plan, Gallipoli Underpass Coast to Coast Light Rail and Sydney Olympic Park. He is passionate about living cities and the economic benefits that applied design thinking provides in shaping Australia. Daniel leads three diverse teams within the City of Adelaide including design projects, design strategy and transport strategy, employing 12 landscape architects across a diverse range of areas.

The AILA board is a diverse mix of talented landscapes architects practising across private, public and academia sectors. The board includes:

  • President — Daniel Bennett, City of Adelaide (SA)
  • Vice President — Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture, HASSELL (NSW)
  • Vice President — Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive, National Capital Authority (ACT)
  • Secretary — Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, University of Western Australia (WA)
  • Treasurer — Ashley Sheldrick, Director, GbLA Landscape Architects (VIC)
  • Amalie Wright, Director, Landscapology (Qld)
  • David Hatherly, Director and Owner, Vee Design (Qld)
  • James Grant, Principal, JMD design (NSW)
  • Jerry de Gryse, Director, Inspiring Place (Tas)
  • Suzanne Moulis, Chief Executive, Moulis Legal (ACT)
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