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  Full pass
12 + 13 Oct
Day pass
12 or 13 Oct
(First release ends 30 June)
1st 2nd 1st 2nd
AILA/IFLA Registered, Fellow, Affiliate & Applicant Members N/A $709 N/A $449
AILA/IFLA Graduate member N/A $489 N/A $299
AILA/IFLA Retired member N/A $349
AILA/IFLA Student N/A $289
Non-member N/A $939 N/A $579
Flexi-pass N/A $989


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FULL PASS INCLUDES: Includes the two-day Festival Conference sessions, the Festival Opening Party and Festival Closing Party, plus access to book for the Festival Fringe tours & events (note: bookings required). Note: 2018 National Awards ticket NOT included and are sold separately. Book Now.

DAY PASS INCLUDES: Includes the chosen one-day Festival Conference sessions, Festival Opening Party (if attending Friday) OR Festival Closing Party (if attending Saturday), plus access to book for the Festival Fringe tours & events. Note: 2018 National Awards ticket NOT included and are sold separately. Book Now.

Group Booking Discount

Organisations who purchase 6 Full Festival Passes will receive a 10% discount across all 6 tickets. Further tickets will revert to the full price until another 6 Full Festival Passes are purchased. To take advantage of this special offer, please email

Payment methods

Credit card: online bookings using a Visa or Mastercard are the preferred booking method. A tax invoice and confirmation of your booking will be instantly emailed to you via this method.

Cheque or direct deposit: Please contact to receive the PDF booking form and return to AILA (you can also nominate credit card payment on this form). Please note that processing cheque or bank transfer bookings may take up to 5 business days.

Ticketing notes

  • All prices are inclusive of GST and are in $AUD.
  • First release prices are available until midnight (Sydney time) on 30 June 2018.
  • Student membership of AILA is offered free of charge. With this in mind, there is not a non-member student ticket rate for the Festival. We encourage you to join now as an AILA student member to take advantage of the significantly discounted ticket price.
  • International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) members may take advantage of the AILA member rates by completing the PDF booking form: contact
  • All passes (excepting the Flexi pass) are for the registered individual only, and Continual Professional Development (CPD) points will be allocated to that individual.
  • Flexi passes can be shared between different employees of the same organisation, with the condition that only one person per Flexi pass purchased may attend the Festival at any one time. The pass can be left for collection at the Festival registration desk or you can arrange transfers with your colleagues. This pass allows access to all the sessions and meals for one person at any one time.
  • AILA reserves the right to refuse a ticket for, entry to or participation in the Festival. This decision is at the sole discretion of the AILA Board.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you are unable to attend the Festival after registering, a substitute attendee is welcome at any time.
  • All cancellations or changes to a registration must be made in writing to
  • All cancellations and refunds will incur an administration fee of $100.
  • No refunds will be issued after 12 September 2018.
  • 'No Shows' will still be charged the full fee paid.

Please contact the team at AILA with any queries.
T: +61 2 6248 9970



Festival delegates who require accommodation in the Gold Coast will be welcome to take advantage of discounted accommodation rates by visting

QT Gold Coast - Rates from $189 per night. Walk into QT Gold Coast and be welcomed by an open-spaced setting with beautiful artist-crafted features and bold custom lighting.

Mantra on View Gold Coast - Rates from $135 per night, minimum 2 night stay. Positioned right in the heart of Surfers Paradise just 500m from the beach, Mantra on View Hotel is an ideal choice when visiting Queensland's famous Gold Coast

Hilton Residences Gold Coast - Travelling with colleagues - We have just added two bedroom apartments at the Hilton Residences for $199 per room per night currently selling at $469 per room online


The Gold Coast has some sensational camping on offer, with beautiful seaside spots for setting up camp and enjoying some outdoor living. View all the local camping and caravan spots here.

Closest to the Conference location are the Main Beach Tourist Park, located right near the popular Main Beach precinct, and the small, intimate Ocean Beach Tourist Park. Both are top-rated resorts with good access to public transport.


Flying to Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta is serviced by domestic and international flights. There are regular daily domestic flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and there are also connecting flights to all other Australian cities. The trip from Sydney takes around 1 hour 25 minutes, around 2 hours 15 minutes from Melbourne and around 2 hours and 10 minutes from Adelaide.

International flights arrive from Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, Palmerston North and Christchurch in New Zealand. There are also flights arriving on the Gold Coast via Cairns from Japan (Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka), Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore. Brisbane's International Airport also provides links with the USA and Europe.


Unless you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you’ll need a visa to enter the country. For the most up-to-date information about how to apply for a visa before arriving in Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Getting around the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s public transport system features a comprehensive network of train, bus and tram services. Airport links, sightseeing buses and taxi services complement the network. Plan your trip.

AILA Conference
Friday 12 & Saturday 13 October
Home of The Arts (HOTA)
135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

Check out HOTA's Getting Here for tips on transport and getting to the venue, and Getting Around pages for advice on mobility and more.

2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards
Thursday 11 October
SkyPoint Observation Deck
Level 77, Q1 Building, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
For map and transport info, check out SkyPoint's Visitor Info

If you need any assistance, please contact the team at AILA.
T: +61 2 6248 9970



the future
of practice

International Festival of
Landscape Architecture
11–14 October 2018,
Gold Coast, QLD

The 2018 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Expanding Field will promote the great diversity within landscape architecture practice and promote our critical role in tackling the contemporary challenges of our time.


The Expanding Field will survey the edges of our profession with the aim of identifying progressive avenues of enquiry, discovering new territory for design, and inspiring innovative forms of practice.

Our discipline is evolving, forming creative relationships with new allied fields, continually adapting to a time of rapid change. We see a case therefore to no longer look inward, but to push out to the edges. In celebration of this, the conference will project possible futures, by looking outward toward the perimeter of practice where landscape architects are venturing into new roles and territories and applying our culture in hybrid ways. We will hear from landscape architects, urban designers, anthropologists, authors, scientists, artists and others about themes and topics that surround us, and by broadening our perspective, we hope to illuminate possible pathways forward that enable landscape architecture to grow its relevance and ability to confront and significantly contribute to the challenges of the coming century.

Moving into its fifth year, the International Festival of Landscape Architecture will be wide ranging and include the International Landscape Architecture Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards, a student program, parties along with public and industry talks, tours, and exhibitions.

Creative Directors

TCL is an internationally acclaimed landscape architecture and urban design firm with studios in Melbourne and Adelaide. Over the past 25 years, TCL has delivered a wide range of projects across a variety of public and private settings, from urban waterfronts to desert walking trails. The practice works both nationally and internationally, undertaking a detailed exploration of context, site and community, with an emphasis on the poetic expression of landscape and contemporary culture.

Taylor Cullity Lethlean

The Expanding Field

In the late 1970s, art historian Rosalind Kraus coined the term ‘expanded field’ to describe a broadened definition of sculpture, recognising that the medium’s traditional definition no longer captured the state of the field. Two decades later, in her essay ‘The Expanded Field of Landscape Architecture’, landscape theorist Elizabeth K. Meyer interpreted landscape through the lens of the ‘expanded field’, responding to the shortcomings of the term's historical definitions. In both cases, the notion and discussion of an ‘expanded field’ generated new terms and models, providing new ways of imagining and articulating the authors’ given disciplines.

In 2018, two decades following the publication of Meyer’s essay, the festival will revisit the notion of the ‘expanded field’. Our current context is characterised by rapid and unpredictable change and large-scale, systemic social and environmental issues, from climate change, to displaced populations, to growing wealth inequality, to political frictions playing out in public space.

Cross-disciplinary collaborations, fluidity and permeability have become more important than ever and landscape architects are in a unique position to work across complex sites and between diverse fields. This is a moment to expand our relevance and reach.

While historically the notion of an ‘expanded field’ has been applied to a medium (sculpture, landscape), the festival will focus on practice (the action of landscape architecture) through this lens—how we better form such collaborations, connections and overlaps in our work, with whom, and to what ends.

Conference Themes

The notion of expansion will be examined through six sessions: Pushing Boundaries; Reimagining Practice; Synergising Technologies; Expanding Territories; Cultivating Cultural Intersections; and Navigating Political Terrain. These topics provide our field of enquiry and will host discussions on topics such as regenerative agriculture, post-colonial design, socio-political advocacy, cultural ecology, economics and development, feminist practice and smart cities.

Themes & Speakers

Pushing Boundaries

This session will explore creative forms of practice that push the boundaries of the profession. We will hear from practitioners who are inventing new forms of practice and/or stepping into new roles traditionally held by those in other fields.

Reimagining Practice

This session will survey emerging landscape architecture practices in Australia who will discuss the agendas, methods and project types they are engaged with. Its format will ensure lively discussion that will cover a diverse range of work from across Australia, providing a glimpse into the inventive ways a new generation of landscape architects is approaching practice

Synergising Technologies

How are new technologies and recovered traditional technologies being applied to the design and construction of environmental systems and public space? In this session we will hear from leading researchers and designers who are developing and applying technology in ways that augment the performance of landscapes.

Expanding Territories

Where is the next frontier of landscape architectural practice? This session will look at how landscape architects can engage with territories traditionally beyond its scope – from large-scale landscapes, to managed ecologies, to food and agricultural systems – in order to address our most pressing environmental challenges.

Cultivating Cultural Intersections

This session will question the way landscape architects might better engage with our country’s intertwined ecological and cultural complexity. We will hear from a number of artists, authors and curators whose work is driven by an agenda to build new understandings and appreciations of the Australian context, informed by multiple cultural perspectives.

Navigating Political Terrain

How can landscape architects engage with and inform rapidly shifting political conditions and consequences? This session will explore contemporary social movements, advocacy and the ethics of design.

Program Overview

Thursday 11 October

10am - 4:30pm

Kombi to Kingscliff Tour: Industry Tour brought to you by WE-EF LIGHTING and Street Furniture Australia with guests speakers, to Kingscliff Foreshore via Currumbin beach on fun vintage restored Kombis! Read more

12pm - 4:30pm

Eco Tour: Industry Tour brought to you by WoodSolutions with guest speakers to the Hinterland Regional Park, the mangrove track on the wooden boardwalk and amphitheatre and finally to the Eco Village of Currumbin. Read more

12pm - 4:30pm

Gold Coast City Tour: Industry Tour brought to you by ACO STORMBRIXX with guests speakers to the Commonwealth Games Village and around Surfers Paradise and the G:Link Light Rail. Read more


2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards on level 77 at SkyPoint! Read more

Friday 12 October


Conference Day One
Pushing Boundaries • What creative forms of practice are pushing the boundaries of the profession?

Reimagining Practice • How are emerging landscape architects reimagining practice in Australia?

Synergising Technologies • How are new technologies and recovered traditional technologies being applied to design and construction of environmental systems and public space?


MC Opening


AILA President Welcome




Welcome to Country by Aunty Ruby from the Wangerriburra/Mununjali Nation


Setting the scene - 2018 Festival Creative Directors


Simone + Anthony


Morning Tea


Pushing Boundaries session introduction


Moderation introduction by Gini Lee


Designing a Planet?


Humanitarian design in the face of forced displacement


Technical Executive – Indigenous (Architecture), Design and Knowledge of WSP


Pushing Boundaries session panel discussion




Reimagining Practice session introduction


Moderation introduction by Ella Gauci-Seddon & Ricky Ricardo


Alistair Kirkpatrick and Anthony Sharples of AKAS landscape


Unsolicited Design


(In Search of) the LoopHole:
Subverting do you make it work for you


Simone Bliss of SBLA landscape architecture

  • urban design


Cut the Cloth


Reimagining Practice panel discussion


Afternoon Tea


Expanding Territories session introduction


Moderation introduction by Richard Weller


In the Mud: Collaborations in Research, Design, and Outreach


The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy: Designing a Post Carbon Culture


Regenerative Agriculture and Landscape Design: An Important Synergy


Expanding Territories panel discussion


Day 1 wrap up including announcement of AILA's Reconciliation Action Plan by Paul Herzich and Lynette Crocker


WE-EF Opening Party

Saturday 13 October

7:45am - 8:45am

Sound Bath Healing Session
WE-EF invites you to come along to relax and restore after this gentle yet powerful Sound Healing session. Read more


Conference Day Two
Expanding Territories • How are landscape architects engaging with our country’s intertwined ecological and cultural complexity?

Cultivating Cultural Intersections • Where is the next frontier of landscape architectural practice? How are new territories (large-scale landscapes, digital spaces, managed ecologies, food and agricultural systems) sites of our most pressing challenges?

Navigating Political Terrain • How can landscape architects engage with and inform rapidly shifting political conditions and consequences? This session will explore contemporary social movements, advocacy and ethics in design.

5:30pm - 7:30pm

The After Party with SFA
Last drink and pizzas thanks to Street Furniture Australia at QT's Stingray Lounge from 5:30pm till 7:30pm to wrap up the two day conference in style! Read more

7:30pm- 10:30pm

2018 AILA Fellows' Dinner at The Fish Emporium Restaurant at Edgewater on the Isle of Capri. Read more

Sunday 14 October


Festival fringe events program >
Registrations open shortly


Student Workshop “Guerrilla Landscape”

The students will work in a group and will be presented with a provocation to respond to by rapidly creating a radical installation to confront, intrigue, and enthral visitors to the International Festival of Landscape Architecture. The workshop will be facilitated by:

TOPOTEK1 Martin Rein-Cano, Director, Berlin,

QUT School of Design Dr Shannon Satherley AILA, Senior Lecturer Brisbane

Cardno Gerard McCormick FAILA, Principal Landscape Architect, Gold Coast

The overall workshop task is to develop subversive strategies for the design and construction of installations in the Gold Coast’s Home Of The Arts landscape. The installations will be created from a limited number of material resources.

The following Universities are participating in the program: QUT, UNSW, University of Canberra, RMIT, University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia and UTS.

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