We are pleased to announce that the Monash University Western Precinct project was awarded an Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Victorian) Award in the Urban Design Category. We are especially pleased as the caliber of entries this year was exceptional. Thanks to Aila.Victoria, the jury and congratulations to everyone involved with the project at Monash University. Image by John Gollings.

Recipient of the 2019 AILA Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards Urban Design. The jury commented “The Monash University Western Precinct Landscape by Rush Wright Associates completes a significant part of the campus’s primary pedestrian network. Extending the roll-out of Monash standard materials and finishes into what was once a car-dominated campus, the Western Precinct Landscape incorporates two stages of development, completed over a four-year period. Stage one focuses on water conservation, resilience and sustainability, while stage two continues the realisation of Innovation Walk alongside the newly refurbished 18 Innovation Walk with its dramatic orange trumpet-shaped entrance, The Spill, by artist Callum Morton. 

Stage one shows a meaningful commitment to sustainability and the principles of WSUD, while at the same time offering a calm sense of place for students, with seating for individuals and groups integrated into the design. Stage two reads as a distinct landscape space, with curved edges relating the design to The Spill. The jury commends the design team for its playful yet sensitive approach to program, thoughtful planting and robust design solution.”