Constitution Avenue Awarded

Last month Constitution Avenue was awarded twice at the Australian Institute of Architects ACT awards!

A collaboration with JILA, NCA, Hill Thalis, SMEC and AECOM, the project took home the ACT’s highest architecture honour, the Canberra Medallion, and also received the Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design.

The completion of the Avenue last year marked a project that was over a decade in the making, and has realised Griffin‚Äôs vision with a project that ‚Äėnegotiates the macro and micro scale with consistency, clarity and vision‚Äô. ¬†Big congratulations to everyone involved and thank you AIA for the recognition!


JILA awarded again

JILA were recognised at the 2017 Good Design Awards last night – Campbell Section 5’s Hassett Park taking out 3 awards –

A Good Design Award, a Best In Category Award – Architectural Design: Urban Design and Public Spaces, and the 202020 Green Design Award which recognises excellence in green urban space design.

Congratulations to the whole design team.

New drone photos of Hassett Park at Campbell Section 5

The urban stream that runs through the new park is expressive of the original waterway (Photo by John Gollings)
The urban grass areas are juxtaposed by restored endangered lowland grassy ecosystems, including wildflowers, encouraging public appreciation of ‘the wild’ as a new aesthetic to foster wildlife and reduce maintenance. (Photo by John Gollings)
The sweeping bridge, designed by Hill Thalis, spans the large wetland detention basin at the low-point of the site, and also conceals large water tanks that irrigate the site. (Photo by John Gollings)

Woolloomooloo Apartments taking shape


A series of gardens, private and shared, presented an exercise in careful media and plant selection. All gardens are over structure, with vertical planting featuring throughout, and were developed in close conjunction with architects McGregor Westlake. After several months, the planting is adapting well to the conditions.

Merry Christmas from the jila team


This year saw the completion of some great projects, in the public domain in Canberra and Sydney. Constitution Avenue in Canberra has been completed along with Thomas & Hay Street in Chinatown, amongst others.

A selection of our recently completed projects have been awarded at a state and national level, with Forest Edge Garden taking out the¬†AILA National Gardens Award of Excellence and Chelsea Street Park receiving the¬†AILA NSW Landscape Architecture¬†Award ‚Äď Parks and Open Space. Campbell Section 5 (Hassett Park) was also recognised for design excellence, being awarded¬†AILA ACT Award for Excellence ‚Äď Parks and Open Space, and was highly commended in the Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design.


We wish you all a safe and happy festive season, and we are looking forward to working on more exciting projects in the New Year.



Forest Edge Garden wins National Award of Excellence

Our Forest Edge garden was recognised at the AILA National Awards last week, and was the recipient of the AILA National Gardens Award of Excellence. The jury stated:

‘Design restraint is an important tool in the landscape architecture profession, and Forest Edge uses this tool to perfection. The approach has been to bring together the site‚Äôs geology, flora and aspect, along with the transitional patterns of fire and drought, to deliver a garden that draws its aesthetic appeal from the landscape in which it sits. The design focuses on resilience, from careful species selection to careful water management regimes.

Forest Edge maintains all the usual elements of a residential garden, but it delivers these in a way that brings long-term appreciation of the wider landscape and a desire to manage and protect its delicate ecological attributes.’

Chelsea Street Playground picks up award at AILA NSW Awards night



Chelsea Street Playground was recognised on Thursday night at the AILA NSW Awards dinner.

Awarded the AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award РParks and Open Space 2016, this achievement reflects the rich collaborative environment of the City of Sydney, design specialists and the community that resulted in a unique, playful and high quality urban park upgrade.


New Century Garden the latest piece in the Chinatown upgrade

The City of Sydney recently featured the New Century Garden in video showcasing the upgrades currently being carried out across the Chinatown precinct.

Chinatown upgrade – City of Sydney

The Chinatown public domain plan is being revisited to take into accound recent significant changes in the southern part of the city centre.

Award winning park at Campbell Section 5

The newly opened park at Campbell Section 5 has recently been recognised in several design awards including:

AILA (ACT) Award for Excellence – Parks and Open Space 2016 – Winner


Stormwater (NSW) Award for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design 2016 – Highly Commended

Stormwater NSW

Heavy rains in Canberra over a number of days have tested the new creek with all systems working to perfection.





We are proud to announce that our team has won the Mount Ainslie Summit Revitalisation Design Competition. The team, a collaboration between JILA, Sue Barnsley Design and Freeman Ryan Design, will now develop the winning design concept for the ACT Government. Congratulations to the whole team!