The School of Architecture and Built Environment is pleased to announce that Professor David Jones in partnership with the Landscape Architecture practices of Tharangalk Art, Glenn Romanis and Basalt are the recipients of the 2020 AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture, Victoria)Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage’ and a ‘Regional Achievement Award’.   Both awards were for the North Gardens Sculpture Park Landscape Masterplan, a design and applied research project that was completed for the City of Ballarat.

The North Gardens Sculpture Park Landscape Masterplan project was commended for its significant and in-depth analysis of the Wadawurrung cultural values and knowledge of this landscape on the edge of Lake Wendouree. The project demonstrated how strategies for landscape change can be generated by, and with, traditional custodians and grounded in a deep understanding of Country

The Masterplan provides an informed and compelling framework for the future of Lake Wendouree, demonstrating leadership in new processes of engagement, embedded in deep listening. The City of Ballarat, the Wadawurrung people and the project team were commended for the project’s rich understanding of, and contributions to, place.

The chair of the jury, in AILA Victoria’s media release, has stated:

The project team for North Gardens Sculpture Park … collaborated with Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung people, to design a framework for the ongoing restoration of Lake Wendouree landscape. The team has demonstrated how cultural knowledge can enrich the ways in which Australians understand and manage local landscapes, setting a benchmark that will inform the practice of landscape architecture for years to come.

Congratulations to the project team: Mandy Nicholson of Tharangalk Art (who is also a PhD student at Deakin), Glenn Romanis, Isobel Paton of BASALT: Art, Landscape, Sculpture, and David Jones, Professor in Landscape Architecture at Deakin University.

Image source: D Jones.