Congratulations to the two winners of 2017 AILA Victoria Future Leaders Award from The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victoria.
Nathan Collins and Georgia Chisholm were announced as joint winners at the 2017 AILA Victoria Awards in July. ASPECT Studios sponsored the Future Leaders Award for Nathan Collins, while TCL sponsored the Award for Georgia Chisholm.
The annual award shines a light on graduates already making a substantial contribution to the profession early in their careers. Specifically, it recognises achievement in design, planning, communications and research, based on innovative, creative and practical solutions to challenges in landscape architecture.
Having worked in local government and started his own practice, Nabru Design, Nathan Collins today works with Tract as an urban designer. He’s also a passionate advocate for the profession, helping raise awareness of its value to our cities and connecting graduates with industry leaders. He was Chair of AILA Fresh for three years and a member of AILA’s National Education Committee, while also joining allied networks such as the PIA Young Planners Group. Nathan recently accepted a sessional teaching role at RMIT where he graduated in 2013.
Georgia Chisolm also impressed the jury with her outstanding skill set, a clear and confident submission document and her ongoing eloquent advocacy for landscape architecture that delivers tangible, meaningful outcomes. She graduated from RMIT in 2016.
While it’s unusual to for two candidates to be awarded in one year, AILA Victoria Manager Felicity McGahan, is unsurprised. “Due to the high calibre of state winners, this award is likely to become a National Award in the near future. It’s one of the ways AILA Victoria supports the profession and helps identify future leaders,” she says.
“ASPECT Studios is proud to sponsor this award. We are passionate about supporting the future generation of the profession and look forward to continuing to support AILA in the future,” says Kirsten Bauer, Director of ASPECT Studios.
About the Award
The AILA Victoria Future Leaders Award recognises achievement in design, planning, communications and research, based on innovative, creative and practical solutions to challenges in landscape architecture. Submissions shall comprise work undertaken as part of formal studies in an AILA approved landscape architecture course, or activities undertaken while enrolled in an approved course.
Applicants are nominated by the program coordinator of an AILA accredited course. They must be a graduate member of AILA, having graduated from an AILA accredited landscape architecture course, no more than four years prior. No entry fee is required. Not awarded in every state, the Future Leaders Award has existed under different names for over 20 years. Judging is done by the AILA Victoria Awards jury of that year, with winners announced at Awards Presentation in July.