05 August 2014 - Laura Johnson from the Adelaide-Melbourne planning and urban design team is now officially a registered landscape architect with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Laura has been working towards this professional accreditation for some time, with the process having involved a significant assessment and interview process over the past 12 months. Laura is the only Aurecon employee in Australia who has this registration.
"An Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) registered landscape architect is recognised nationally, throughout all Australian states and territories. The Institute is Australia's peak professional body for landscape architects and has a range of classes of membership including students, graduates and affiliates," said Laura.
As a minimum, a registered member has satisfied the requirements of the 12 month assessment which may be undertaken following at least two years practice following graduation from an accredited university landscape architecture programme.
A registered landscape architect may work across a complex range of fields including landscape design/construct, landscape planning, landscape management and urban design and all AILA members are bound to a code of professional conduct.
Once registered, all registered landscape architects are required to undertake annual professional development and to report on their annual CPD with their annual renewals.
"The AILA registered status is recognised throughout Australia as being the professional benchmark for practising landscape architects. We're now in a position to bid for or deliver more project work that requires such a professional qualification," says Georgina House, Technical Director, Environment & Advisory Services.
AILA Registration is equivalent to the registration status of other allied built environment professions such as that provided by the engineers and by the architects.
Registration is usually a basic requirement for competitions and in many cases also a requirement for gaining contracts. The AILA advises client to consider this status as part of the conditions for employing such a professional.