Award of Excellence for Research and Communication in Landscape Architecture

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAElke is delighted to announce she has won the Award of Excellence for Research and Communication in Landscape Architecture at the AILA NSW (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) Awards. Nov 2014.

The award is for the publication: Soils for Landscape Development: Selection, Specification and Validation, by Simon Leake and Elke Haege, published by CSIRO Publishing, 2014.

The citation:

“By integrating objective guidelines for assessing, specifying and constructing soil root volumes for trees with soil specification the landscape architect adds significantly to the knowledge of a major pillar of the profession of landscape architecture…..

“the contribution…extends the application of theory into practice and raises the awareness of the value of landscape architecture and design”.

“The book makes an important contribution to the profession of landscape architecture and the community by providing a useful and functional set of assessment, specification and design tools based upon the rigor of a scientific methodology tested by extensive consultation framed by the significant and relevant experience of the authors”.

‘This book demonstrates the excellence in an innovative and objective approach to the analysis, planning and specification of soils for landscape use that provides leadership and improvement to the whole landscape industry.  The influence demonstrated by this project is based upon extensive experience and collaboration in all areas of landscape works by both authors’.


“The book provides a specification based approach for chemical, hydraulic and structural properties that enables use by designers and contractors in an objective and responsive manner.  The tools provided to test and reuse existing soils to achieve design aims and to address potential threats to retained vegetation, contribute significantly to fundamental, sustainable outcomes in the landscape design process”.