McGregor Coxall has been recognized at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) NSW Awards, receiving an award in the ‘Landscape Planning’ category for Paul Keating Park while Graduate Landscape Architect Amie Mason claimed the ‘Future Leader (Graduate)’ category at Wednesday night’s online ceremony.

A total of 32 awards were presented across 16 categories, determined by the AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards jury comprised of Joshua French (jury chair), Annacaterina Piras, Andrew Turnbull, Shahreen Alford, Belinda Graham, James Grant, and Joshua Brown.

Paul Keating Park Masterplan, recipient of the 2021 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning, “delivers a strategic response to Bankstown CBD’s rapid growth over the next 20 years, offering a revitalized green space that unites existing and proposed public amenity and infrastructure,” according to the jury citation.

“Intuitive thinking has created positive environmental outcomes making the town center more accessible, attractive, habitable, and comfortable while addressing the current challenges of the site setting. It is a successful urban regeneration strategy that integrates environmental functionality, community engagement, and commercial prosperity.”

Dajon Veldman, Associate Director and Urbanism Discipline Lead at McGregor Coxall, said: “The collaborative effort with the teams at City of Canterbury Bankstown and JOC Consulting helped realize this shared vision for the community. We’re excited to see the transformation of the heart of Bankstown’s CBD over the coming years.”

McGregor Coxall’s next generation of design was on display, seeing Jeremy Chivas (Graduate Urban Designer) awarded runner-up for the NSW Future Leader Award – Student. Amie Mason (Graduate Landscape Architect) was awarded the NSW Future Leader Award – Graduate category in the final presentation of the night.

“It is an honor to receive the Future Leaders Award and be recognized for my achievement and potential within the profession so far,” said Amie. “I am excited and proud to be a part of the next generation of landscape architects in Australia redefining the way we live and interact within urban environments and shaping the health and resilience of our communities.”

The jury citation reads: “Amie’s vision, aspirations, and personal story motivates her wish to understand and integrate herself into other cultural visions and methodology of working to learn more. Her capacity to understand and appreciate others’ realities and cultural backgrounds and importing these understandings into her everyday practice will continue to help her work as a contemporary practitioner.

“With the shift in working and thinking in 2020, Amie fully understood that a shift of paradigm is necessary, and underpinned with her approach, is fundamental to create resilient and sustainable contemporary landscapes.”

You can see all AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards 2021 entries here.

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