AILA Hosts 2018 Festival Launch Party

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) hosted the launch of the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: ‘The Expanding Field’ on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

Attended by the Creative Directors, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), local AILA members, sponsors and guests the evening was a huge success in getting the countdown underway and people into spirit for this year’s Festival, which will also take place on the Gold Coast from 11-14 October.

Excitement was in the air for what AILA’s key annual event will hold in store for this year, being hosted previously in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney in 2017. This year’s theme ‘The Expanding Field’ intends to take attendees on a journey of exploring overlaps in practice around landscape, both within and beyond the profession, in an Australian destination that has so much variety to offer.

TCL Spokesperson, Ricky Ricardo, said during the event, “We’ll hear from designers, anthropologists, authors, scientists, artists and others about themes and topics that surround us that might enable landscape architecture to grow its relevance and ability to confront the challenges of the coming century”.

Among those speakers announced at the launch, yet to be released on the website, was Martin Rein-Cano, Principal and co-founder of Topotek 1 landscape architecture studio in Berlin. Rein-Cano will present on Topotek 1’s involvement in the landscape architecture planning for the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.

Local representative of the Gold Coast area for AILA, Alice Hawker, said, “the festival being held on the Gold Coast this year is fantastic because we’re not just going to be in just one place we’re going to be expanding the landscape and going to different venues, exploring the little secrets and culture here and it would be fantastic for people in other cities to experience that”.

Alena Leonardi, Marketing Manager for ongoing Principal Corporate Partner for 2018 said, “it’s always very special to see a start of a journey and then to see the journey itself. Now it’s just the beginning but what will come in October will be the result of everyone’s hard work”.
The launch party follows the recent launch of the 2018 Festival website and can be visited at

Early bird tickets for members and non-members are available through the AILA website until 30 June.

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About the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)


AILA is the growing national advocacy body representing just under 4,000 members throughout Australia and overseas. As a not-for-profit professional association, our role is to serve the mutual interests of our members and the wider professionAILA champions quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship. Committed to designing and creating a better Australia, landscape architects shape the world around us. They conceive, reimagine and transform the outside world from streetscapes to parks and playgrounds, transport solutions to tourism strategies, new suburbs and even cities. Determined to improve our environment and the health, economic and social fabric of our communities, landscape architects are crucial to planning Australia’s future.