Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Award Success
Congratulations are in order to our Landscape Architecture Studio for winning a NSW Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for the design of Cairnsfoot Special Needs School.
Learning through play is an integral part of a child’s development and particularly for the development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The landscape design of Cairnsfoot Special Needs School balances the two key principles of ‘shelter’ and ‘challenge’. Shelter being at the heart of human need for safety and Challenge being key to a child’s development. By integrating these ideas into play, over time students develop confidence and skills to reach their full potential.
The project was awarded within the newly created category of Health and Education and was commended for how the landscape design positively impacted the behaviour of students.
The awards acknowledged 33 projects over 14 categories across regional and metropolitan NSW. Winners were selected from a total pool of 63 entries – a record number in the history of the state’s program.
The AILA NSW awards jury chair Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard said “the awarded projects demonstrate thoughtful and ambitious responses to repairing and improving Australian landscapes.”
“They distinguish how design excellence can enhance local communities and their connection to place. This is of critical importance at a time of increasing urbanisation and climate change.”
For the full list of winners click here.