The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) bid to host the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) 2016 Asia-Pacific Congress in Canberra has been successful.
The bid was presented to the IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Council at the 2014 Congress in Kuching, Malaysia on 27 April.
The IFLA Asia-Pacific Congress, an annual event, will be the focal event of AILA’s fifty year celebrations in 2016. The Congress events include an International Student Charette, Gala Dinner, two-day Congress along with pre and post Congress touring. The Congress typically attracts over 500 delegates from more than fifteen countries.
‘The Congress will focus on the past and present Asia-Pacific Landscape learning’s while realising the exciting central global role this region has to play, setting benchmarks to positively influence our future,’ AILA National President, Mark Frisby said.
‘The 2016 Congress in Canberra is an opportunity for all Asia-Pacific IFLA neighbours to develop and nurture collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships to advance Landscape Architecture in the centrally significant Asia-Pacific Region, a shared vision for the next fifty years.’
Greg Grabasch, AILA National Council Member and IFLA Delegate along with John Easthope, IFLA Executive Council Treasurer, presented the successful bid. Other proposed locations for the 2016 Congress included Japan and Hong Kong. The IFLA Asia-Pacific Congress last visited Australia in 2006.