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Landscape Design

Australia has a great history of garden design, and a dynamic, supportive industry of landscape design professionals. This award aims to promote the importance of Landscape Design within the context of the broader Australian creativity and design communities.

This category seeks to award one standout Australian Landscape Design project. Residential, public and community gardens are all eligible within this category.


One winner in the Landscape Design category will be awarded a $2000 cash prize. Up to two commendations will also be awarded.

Applications will be shortlisted by The Design Files team. Shortlisted entries will be assessed by three expert judges, on the following criteria :

Fulfilment of the client brief / project objective

Originality – something we haven’t seen before, something invented from scratch.

Visual Appeal – beauty, boldness, aesthetic appeal.

Function – how well does this space deliver the desired functional outcomes?

Mastery – how well does this project demonstrate a mastery of horticultural principles and practices?

Sustainability – how well does this project contribute to positive environmental outcomes, with specific consideration of local environmental impact, management and reduction of waste, and water and energy consumption.

Visionary thinking – does this project push boundaries, does it achieve something bigger than the intended commercial outcomes?

Bonus points will be awarded to projects with pro bono or community focussed outcomes, and/or projects limited by an unusually tiny budget.

The Landscape Design award is sponsored by Eco Outdoor
Paul Bangay

Widely regarded as the foremost garden designer in Australia today, Paul Bangay’s extensive list of projects span private and public commissions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as further afield in Europe, North America and the West Indies. Bangay holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) from the University of Melbourne. In 2001, Paul was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to public design projects and In 2018, he received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to landscape architecture.

Georgina Reid

Georgina Reid is a respected Australian garden and design writer. With a background in landscape design, horticulture, and journalism, she’s the editor and creative director of The Planthunter online magazine. Revered for its insightful, engaging and inspiring content, The Planthunter has grown a broad international audience since launching in 2013. Georgina also contributes to a range of design publications and speaks regularly on the benefits, beauty, and importance of connecting with plants and nature. Her first book, The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants, was published in 2018 by Thames & Hudson.

Rick Eckersley

Rick Eckersley, creative director of Eckersley Garden Architecture, has been designing gardens for more than 30 years and is lauded as one of the garden design industry’s trail blazers. From rural beginnings, Rick graduated from Burnley School of Horticulture in the mid-seventies and went on to form Eco Landscape Design with his brothers Ross and Sandy, a company known today as Eckersley Garden Architecture. Throughout his career, Rick has designed and overseen the creation of thousands of gardens. He spent many years as the voice of 3AW’s Smart Gardening, and has published two books on landscape design. Most recently, he has developed ‘Musk Cottage’, a garden of ten acres which was built under sustainable and experimental principals.