2014 National Award for Research & Communication
Making Landscape Architecture in Australia
Dr Andrew John Saniga, The University of Melbourne
Despite the fact that the profession of landscape architecture has only a relatively short history in Australia, it has, until now, never been properly recorded. Many of today’s younger landscape architects are totally unaware of the genesis of the profession in this country. Thus, Andrew Saniga’s book is more than timely.
The book is the outcome of a large amount of research. It provides a compelling narrative of the individuals, movements and projects that shaped the discipline within an Australian context over the last century. It explores the values and psyche of several generations of landscape architects and their battles for professional territory, passion for environmental stewardship and advocacy for the natural and built environments. It also signals the maturity of the profession and leaves a legacy that will contribute to the development and discourse of landscape architecture.
The jury congratulates Dr Saniga and encourages others in the profession to continue adding to this body of knowledge.
For more coverage, read Christopher Vernon’s review from Landscape Architecture Australia 138, May 2013.