2013 AILA National Council Election – Nomination

After 4 years on the SA Executive, I have decided to nominate for the AILA National Council.

The professional body of AILA is at a crossroads, and a new Council will be elected to take it forward and refresh and refocus the representative body of all landscape architects in Australia.

Make your vote count!!

More information is provided on candidates here: http://www.aila.org.au/nationalboard/2013/nominees.htm

More information on the voting procedure here: http://www.aila.org.au/nationalboard/2013/vote_procedure.htm

Nomination Statement – Daniel Bennett, Registered Landscape Architect

For many years now I have watched the profession as a whole flourish and grow through recognition, innovation, transparency, advocacy, true collaboration and above all else, great design. As a profession we tend to be a little more altruistic than most, and our reputation is based on very solid, democratic values. AILA is at its core a non-profit, member-based organisation.

I am very passionate about our profession – leading, advocating, listening, achieving, measuring and celebrating all aspects of what we do as landscape architects – as students, individuals, practices, and academics as well as the valuable contribution of landscape architects in government.

Our representative body – AILA – has more potential to reinforce and better represent these values to their fullest extent. AILA’s future needs to be refocused and outward looking. Whilst the profession itself has developed, the representative body of landscape architects must recapture and reinvigorate the essence of what makes our profession great!

I am a registered landscape architect with over 15 years of award winning experience across a wide range of public domain, infrastructure, policy and master planning projects in Australia, Europe and Asia. A former Principal and national leader at HASSELL, I now run my own practice in South Australia and work across Australia.

I have been Vice President of AILA’s SA Chapter since 2010. I understand the value of corporate sponsorship and have placed AILA’s SA Chapter on a sound financial footing. It was through this strategic and focused approach that led to the employment of our fantastic State Manager, Emma Stokes.

Further, I understand the importance of the work of the State Groups, and have chaired many committees (LA registration, education, sponsorship, accreditation, media, and I edit the AILA_SA newsletter, ‘Frequency’). I have a good appreciation of the issues and opportunities facing landscape architects in South Australia.

I am currently an independent member of the South Australian Government’s Capital City Design Review Panel (for projects over $10m in value) as well as an independent member of the Adelaide Hills Development Assessment Panel.

I firmly believe diversity, respect, honesty, transparency and informed debate is a core requisite of what our National Council should be and my nomination is based on these values.