Speakers from across Asia-Pacific converge for 2018 Landscape Australia Conference

A diverse group of speakers from Asia and Australia will come together this May to explore the opportunities of the “Asian Century.”

The 2018 Landscape Australia conference, to be held on 5 May in Sydney, will present six design practices from across the Asia-Pacific that are creatively and optimistically tackling the complex challenges of the twenty-first century through landscape architecture, horticulture, garden design, architecture and urbanism.

Among them will be John Lin, co-founder of research and design studio Rural Urban Framework (Hong Kong); Architecture BRIO principals Shefali Balwani and Robert Verrijt (India); and Yossapon Boonsom and Prapan Napawongdee, directors at Shma (Thailand).

Lingzidi Bridge in Shangzhou, China, by Rural Urban Framework, co-founded by conference speaker John Lin.

Lingzidi Bridge in Shangzhou, China, by Rural Urban Framework, co-founded by conference speaker John Lin.

Image: Rural Urban Framework

Also speaking will be Salad Dressing founder Chang Huai-yan (Singapore) and Jungyoon Kim, founding director of PARKKIM (South Korea).

Facilitating the conference will be Dr Jillian Wallace (University of Melbourne); Elly Russell (associate landscape architect, Grant Associates); and Andre Toland (University of Technology Sydney).

View full speaker bios here.

The conference comes after the 2016 Australian Census revealed that, for the first time since colonization, migration to Australia from Asia has surpassed that from Europe. Australia’s fortunes are tied symbiotically to the region’s, and being able to fluently and meaningfully engage with Asian cultures has never been more important.

Power Hyde by Billion Bricks and Architecture Brio, whose principals will speak at Landscape Australia Conference 2018.

Power Hyde by Billion Bricks and Architecture Brio, whose principals will speak at Landscape Australia Conference 2018.

Image: Billion Bricks

The one-day Landscape Australia Conference will explore the opportunities and pitfalls of practising internationally. It will question what Australian and Asian practitioners can learn from their regional counterparts who are facing similar challenges, and underline the importance of understanding cultural differences.

The speakers will bring a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives to the conversation, spanning landscape architecture, horticulture, garden design, architecture and urbanism.

Each session will include a moderated panel discussion geared toward identifying tools and methods for Australian practitioners, researchers and students.

The event will be held at the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney, with morning and lunch breaks on the Goods Line, a multi-award-winning linear park designed by Aspect Studios and CHROFI.

This event is presented by Landscape Architecture Australia magazine and LandscapeAustralia.com, and organized by Architecture Media.

Members of the following institutes can accrue CPD points for attendance:

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA): 5 informal points or 10 formal points on completion the AILA formal CPD assessment questions*
Australian Institute of Architects (AIA): 5 formal points*
New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA): 5 points
Planning Institute of Australia (PIA): up to 8 points*
Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers: 8 points

*PIA members must enter CPD points manually in their CPD Record. AILA and AIA members must complete assessment questions to qualify for formal points.

This event is generously supported by principal partner Stoddart, and supporting partners Ozbreed and Christie, presented by Landscape Architecture Australia magazine and LandscapeAustralia.com, and organized by Architecture Media.

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