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Aurecon’s Heath Gledhill appointed Victorian Chapter President for AILA

The integration of all elements of strategy, planning, design and implementation is essential to realise successful outcomes, says Aurecon

The integration of all elements of strategy, planning, design and implementation is essential to realise successful outcomes, says Aurecon's Heath Gledhill

27 August 2019 - Architecture & Urban Design Interface Leader Heath Gledhill from global engineering, design, and advisory company Aurecon has been appointed Victorian State Chapter President for the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) helping to bridge the gap between architectural design and engineering, and creating lasting legacies for our cities, places and communities.

The AILA is the growing national advocacy body representing more than 3,500 active and engaged landscape architects.

“While our state is currently amid an intense infrastructure boom, community needs and expectations are evolving to demand better liveability and future-proofed design. Our government is responding and, in many instances, is changing the way infrastructure is planned and delivered to integrate infrastructure and land use holistically,” Mr Gledhill said.

“The integration of all elements of strategy, planning, design and implementation is essential to realise successful outcomes. Landscape architects are trained in big-picture thinking and future-proofed design, and can play a significant role in facilitating a connected response with engineers and wider project teams.”

The profession of landscape architecture can, on large scale infrastructure projects, be seen as the ‘icing on the cake’, the ‘green bits’ to finish it off. But for Mr Gledhill it is so much more than this.

“We are now, more than ever, acutely aware of the need for places to give back to the community as the community gives them their reason for being. And any form of working in silos is going to hinder this vision. As much as any other discipline, landscape architecture has an important role to play in realising a more liveable future for our communities,” Mr Gledhill said.

“As a profession, landscape architecture has a responsibility to shape and guide the future of our cities and places, ensuring positive impacts for people, the climate and ultimately our planet and for generations to come to enjoy.”

AILA champions quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship.

“Key to our success will be the recognition of the need to continually adapt and focus the way in which we respond to our projects, and moreover the need to advocate for our profession and stress the importance of our involvement and integration from the outset,” Mr Gledhill said.

“I’m driven to utilise this new role with AILA to continue to push for this integration and conversation with not only colleagues on a project front, but also to drive the connection through other agencies, authorities and government to continue to place the community, the people and their experience at the centre of the design conversation from the outset of all projects.”

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