RMIT Adjunct Professor Perry Lethlean has received one of the world's most renowned landscape architecture awards.
The Rosa Barba International Landscape prize was presented in recognition of outstanding work in landscape architecture and planning during the last five years at the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona.
Adjunct Professor Lethlean's Australian landscape architecture firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), and New Zealand firm, Wraight + Associates (WA), received the prize for their transformation of Auckland's waterfront, completed in 2011.
TCL and WA's waterfront makeover was selected from a pool of 11 international landscape projects, including The High Line (USA) and Ballest Point Park (Australia).
The 1.8 hectare Auckland Waterfront framework included an overhaul of North Wharf Promenade, Jellicoe Street and Silo Park to create modern and diverse public spaces.
Adjunct Professor Lethlean said TCL felt extremely honoured for the international acclamation.
"The prize recognises the world's best in landscape architecture from the past five years, which was clearly evident in the calibre of outstanding shortlisted projects," he said.
"It was an enjoyable design journey; the project is noted for its overlapping themes concerning friction, the 'as found' and reprogramming derelict artefacts."
Director of the Melbourne TCL office and a PhD graduate from the School of Architecture and Design, Adjunct Professor Lethlean was also one of the first students to study in the Landscape Architecture program at its inauguration in 1982.
Associate Professor Mauro Baracco, Deputy Dean and Head of Landscape Architecture at RMIT, said Adjunct Professor Lethlean and TCL's success was highly commendable.
"It is extremely significant to see that Perry Lethlean can relevantly champion our school through his role as successful practitioner in the field of landscape architecture and urban design," Associate Professor Baracco said.
"Perry Lethlean's achievement as director of TCL and his professional collaboration with our school confirms a continuity of international success and recognition for Landscape Architecture at RMIT."
Landscape Architecture at RMIT is globally-acclaimed, previously winning the International Schools Award at the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture.