New AILA CEO Appointed


Australia’s peak professional body for landscape architects has declared its improved vision for the profession and Australian landscapes with the announcement of a new governance.

Responding to increasing challenges within the profession and its leadership, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has commenced a new age for the profession with a new National Council (Board) and CEO.

Led by national award-winning landscape architect and recently elected National President, Mark Frisby, National Council has committed to providing transparent and engaging leadership in its efforts to unite the profession and advocate for better built and natural environments within Australia.

‘As we all try to manage the challenges of growing cities it is more important than ever to advocate for good design which translates to greater community benefits particularly in the areas of health and sustainability.

‘In order to achieve this goal, the profession needs to come together to develop a strong voice on the issues that matter to us as landscape architects and to the broader population to safeguard this environment we have been entrusted with,’ Mr Frisby said.

Focusing on a collaborative and inclusive approach to decision making, National Council will encourage increased member involvement to ensure the organisation is in a stronger position as it heads toward its 50th anniversary in 2016.

To assist with the National Councils bold vision, Mark Frisby was excited to announce the selection of a new CEO to drive the AILA into a modern era and to effectively align its state and national strategies.

‘It is with unconditional enthusiasm that I present Shahana McKenzie as our new CEO. I am confident that her energy and integrity will steer the organisation to an unprecedented level of membership engagement and public advocacy.

‘After eight years in key positions at the Australian Institute of Architects, Shahana has extensive industry knowledge to help advance our 1400-strong member organisation,’ Mr Frisby said.

Mark Frisby is joined on National Council by Treasurer, Andrew Turnbull; Secretary, Shaun Walsh; joint Vice Presidents, Daniel Bennett and Suzanne Moulis; Jerry de Gryse; Fiona Eddleston; Greg Grabasch; Liesl Malan and Julie Marler.

For further details on the AILA’s organisational policies, advocacy and board of directors visit

Media contact:

Shahana McKenzie, CEO, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture E P +61 439 555 764

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s