2014 National Landscape Architecture Award: Research & Communication

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Making Landscape Architecture in Australia by Dr Andrew John Saniga, The University of Melbourne.

Making Landscape Architecture in Australia by Dr Andrew John Saniga, The University of Melbourne.

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The artwork by Greg Clark, <i>Escarpment Wall</i>, built in Corten steel with the Rockpool Waterway that pulses to stimulate the natural cycles of water in the Australian landscape, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne Annex, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson.

The artwork by Greg Clark, Escarpment Wall, built in Corten steel with the Rockpool Waterway that pulses to stimulate the natural cycles of water in the Australian landscape, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne Annex, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson. Image: Andrew Saniga

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Winter Park was built by Merchant Builders’ John Ridge (far left) and David Yencken (centre right) with landscaping by Ellis Stones (far right) and houses by architect Graeme Gunn (centre left). (Cross Section Archive, Architecture Library, University of Melbourne).

Winter Park was built by Merchant Builders’ John Ridge (far left) and David Yencken (centre right) with landscaping by Ellis Stones (far right) and houses by architect Graeme Gunn (centre left). (Cross Section Archive, Architecture Library, University of Melbourne). Image: Geoffrey Harris & Associates Advertising Photography

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The Wills Court at the University of South Australia, photographed in 2009, designed by Ian Barwick and David Cant of Hassell, McConnell and Partners and constructed 1975.

The Wills Court at the University of South Australia, photographed in 2009, designed by Ian Barwick and David Cant of Hassell, McConnell and Partners and constructed 1975. Image: Lyn Pool

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The Parterre Garden at Serpentine Dam, designed by John Oldham circa 1961, was based on the pattern taken from a rubbing of a sacred ritual board.

The Parterre Garden at Serpentine Dam, designed by John Oldham circa 1961, was based on the pattern taken from a rubbing of a sacred ritual board. Image: Courtesy Trustees, John BR Oldham Estate

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2014 National Award for Research & Communication
Making Landscape Architecture in Australia
Dr Andrew John Saniga, The University of Melbourne

Jury comment

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.


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