Jury + Critical Dates


Professor Jacky Bowring (Jury Chair)

Professor Jacky Bowring As Professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, Aotearoa New Zealand, Jacky teaches, researches, designs and critiques. Jacky is the author of A Field Guide to Melancholy (2008), Melancholy and the Landscape: Locating Sadness, Memory and Reflection in the Landscape (2016), and editor of Landscape Review. Her next book is Landscape Architecture Criticism, due for publication early next year. Jacky worked as a landscape architect in London in the 1990s, and continues to practice as a registered landscape architect. During 2018 she was part of the team designing the memorial landscape for the Pike River Mine Tragedy on the West Coast of the South Island, as well as designing, advising and critiquing responses to the Christchurch earthquakes over the past few years. Jacky has a number of successes in design competitions, including finalist in the Pentagon Memorial (with Room 4.1.3), winner of the Holy Trinity Memorial Garden competition (now constructed in Auckland), and one of five winners of journal LA+’s international competition to design an island (2017).

As a design juror Jacky has judged a range of competitions including the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial; Pacific Memorial; NZILA National Awards; Australian National Student Design Competition; British Council Student Award; and the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture Awards. Jacky is also on Christchurch’s Urban Design Panel, assessing proposals for the city. She has a PhD and Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University, and a BSc(Hons) in Geography from the University of Canterbury.

Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect

Jill Garner, Victorian Government ArchitectJill took the helm of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect in 2015, stepping into the role as a public advocate for architecture and design after more than twenty years in practice. As an architect, her practice - Garner Davis - has received numerous industry awards for delivering sensitive, crafted public and private work. As a design advisor and advocate in government, she strongly promotes the value of contextual, integrated design thinking and a collaborative approach across design disciplines. Jill has taught at both RMIT and Melbourne University in design, theory and contemporary history; she is one of the first graduates of the innovative practice-based Masters by Design at RMIT; she is a past board member and examiner for the Architects Registration Board Victoria; she chairs the national Committee for the Venice Architecture Biennale Committee and she is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Professor Julia Czerniak

Professor Julia Czerniak Julia Czerniak is associate dean and professor of architecture at Syracuse University where she teaches studios as well as seminars on landscape theory and criticism. Czerniak is educated both as an architect (Princeton University, M. Arch 1992) and landscape architect (Pennsylvania State University, BA 1984) and her research and practice draws on the intersection of these disciplines. Although the techniques, scales and products of her research vary, Czerniak’s work focuses on the physical and cultural potentials of urban landscapes. Recent design research advances landscape as a protagonist in the remaking of Rust-Belt cities, from a series of public space interventions along a derelict creek to ecologically and spatially rich streetscapes for a newly planned campus of Syracuse University.

Czerniak’s work as a designer is complemented by her work as educator and writer, which in all cases advances design as a way to enable new ways of seeing, imagining, valuing and acting within our challenged anthropocentric environment. She is a prolific writer and has produced influential landscape architecture publications such as Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press) and Case: Downsview Park Toronto (Prestel) which focus on contemporary design approaches to public parks and the relationship between landscape and cities. Czerniak lectures and teaches internationally, most recently delivering keynote lectures at the Onassis Foundation in Athens, the Large Parks in Large Cities conference in Stockholm and in the Open Space Summit in Brussels. She is currently the guest editor of JoLA 31 (Journal of European Landscape Architecture) on Landscape Criticism as well as the chief curator of the international conference Designing WATER, sponsored by Longwood Gardens and the American Academy in Rome

Mark Skiba

Mark SkibaMark is a landscape architect and urban designer with an abiding interest in Melbourne’s past, present and future. He has extensive experience in private and public practice in Melbourne and Adelaide, having worked on projects spanning various scales and typologies including city-shaping infrastructure and small-scale design to improve the accessibility and enjoyment of the public realm.

Complementing his formal practice, he is the current Vice President of AILA Victoria and has led submissions on critical issues including Better Apartments and Urban design in the Central City and Southbank. Mark has also tutored in design studios at the University of Melbourne and is co-director of Melbourne Architours – a small group of design professionals who lead tours to share their knowledge about the built environment and generate public discourse about the complex economic and political forces that shape it.

In the age of the Anthropocene and rapid urban intensification, Mark believes that landscape architects must critically engage with global systems theory and champion the public benefit in all facets of city design.

Dr Susan Alberti

Dr Susan AlbertiSusan is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career. Sue developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s.Danielle tragically died from the complications arising from the chronic disease. It was at that point Sue’s lifelong commitment to raise funds for better prevention, treatment and to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes became a dedicated mission. This has subsequently led her to focus on medical research more broadly. In 2018, Susan was named Victorian of the Year and also became the first Parks & Leisure Australia Ambassador. A staunch supporter of Women’s AFL, Susan has a strong understanding of the value of grass roots sport, open space and parks in developing healthy and prosperous communities.

On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition of her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and to young women as a role model and mentor. Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, Retired Chair of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Foundation, Director of the Western Health Foundation, Chair of the DANII Foundation, Chair of the Victoria University Foundation, Retired Vice President of the AFL Western Bulldogs Football Club, Director of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation, Retired President of the VFL Footscray Bulldogs, Director of the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Group, Director of the National Australia Day Council, Susan is also (Alma Mater) Patron of Siena College Camberwell and Governor of the Siena Philanthropic Society in addition to holding the many honorary philanthropic positions. Susan was also featured on ABC Australia Story ‘A League of Their Own’ aired on 29 August 2016

Reuben Hore-Waterhouse

Reuben Hore-Waterhouse Reuben Hore-Waterhouse is a recent graduate of RMIT’s Master of Landscape Architecture program and a member of AILA Fresh. His final project, which focused on the effects of dredging within Port Phillip Bay on local coastal ecologies, was awarded the Jones and Whitehead Excellence in Design Research Award. He is particularly interested in dynamic systems including the development of new documentation methods and resilient design responses. He is currently practising as graduate landscape architect at AECOM, working on the  Melbourne’s Level Crossing Removal Project.

Critical Dates

Official Competition Launch 22nd March 2019, Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
Entries Open 31 May, 2019
Entries Close 1 August, 2019
Short listing Early September, 2019
Up to 20 entries will be shortlisted.
Exhibition Early October, 2019
The short-listed entries will feature in ‘The Square and the Park’ exhibition to be held at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. The exhibition will be open for public viewing.
Winners Announcement to be made during the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture (October 10-13). Finalists will be invited to present their schemes either in person or by skype.
Publication February 2020
Finalists, along with short listed entries will be featured in a special edition of Landscape Architecture Australia.