A+B congratulate Professor David Jones and Associate Professor Richard Tucker on their significant contribution to the research project that was recently awarded the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Award of Excellence in Research, Policy and Communications. The category awarded projects for published works in research and/or practice that extend the knowledge base and advocacy of landscape architecture. 

Re-casting Terra Nullius Blindness: Empowering Indigenous Protocols and Knowledge in Australian University Built Environment Education was produced by Deakin University in conjunction with Griffith University, University of Canberra, The University of Western Australia, and Central Queensland University. It explores the current status and focus of Australian Architecture programs with respect to Indigenous Knowledge and the extent to which these tertiary programs currently address reconciliation and respect to Indigenous Australians in relation to their professional institutions and accreditation policies.

 The research, recommendations and publications of this project provide clear and achievable directions and guidance for tertiary institutions to include and engage with Australian Indigenous peoples’ rights, values and culture, and to respect Indigenous knowledge systems in curricula, research and professional activity.

Where adopted, this guidance for institutions and teachers will also undoubtedly steer the ethos and future practice of both international and domestic students across all environmental design and planning professions. Its significance therefore cannot be overstated. This work promulgates the ethos of “caring for Country” and must be recognized as a critical tool for environmental design and planning professionals embarking on their careers. 

 – AILA Jury Citation.

Deakin University Professor David Jones

Professor David Jones with the AILA Award of Excellence in Research, Policy and Communication


The AILA Landscape Architecture Awards program provides a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Australia. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of landscape architect’s work, and demonstrates to industry, business, government and the wider community the positive impact the profession has on Australian lives through the planning and design of the built and natural environments.

The 2019 AILA award program recognised 32 winners over 14 categories, with 13 projects receiving Awards of Excellence. After first impressing in the state based chapter awards, the submission progressed to the National Landscape awards which culminated in an awards ceremony the formed part of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture held on 10 – 13 October in Melbourne. 



National Landscape Architecture 2019 Awards


Indigenous Knowledge in the Built Environment

Jones et al 2018, Indigenous Knowledge & BE Guide.pdf

Recasting Terra Nullius Blindness

Re-casting Terra Nullius Blindness: Empowering Indigenous Protocols and Knowledges in Australian University Built Environment Education {Final Report}