RMIT student Nirvana Hrustanovic has won the 2015 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) Future Leader Student Award.
Currently undertaking a Master of Landscape Architecture, Hrustanovic’s extensive experience above and beyond her studies, as well as a commitment to the sustainable future of landscape architecture, has positioned her as a future leader within the industry.
From volunteering as a park ranger at Brimbank Park, to designing play spaces for disadvantaged children at not-for-profit organisation Playground Ideas, and now working with Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning studio McGregor Coxall, Hrustanovic has shown a passion for landscape architecture and its collaborative fields.
This dedication is reflected in her consideration for her peers and the wider public.
“This win not only benefits me personally, but all students across the profession of landscape architecture,” she said.
“The AILA competition really challenges students by putting them up there with the big firms we all look up to, and enables us to get involved with potential future firms and colleagues.
“It also means that friends and family of those who submitted an award become more aware of the importance of a landscape architect in today’s world, which is becoming more and more environmentally conscious and seeking more sustainable outcomes.”
This attitude is consistent with the aim of the AILA awards, which is to demonstrate to peers, business, government and the wider community, the positive impact that landscape architecture has on Australian lives through the built and natural environments.
Hrustanovic is particularly fascinated in the reuse and revitalisation of landscapes, an interest that developed in her volunteer work at Parks Victoria.
Dr Marieluise Jonas, Program Manager of the Master of Landscape Architecture, said the award was a wonderful reflection of Hrustanovic’s hard work and forward-thinking attitude.
“Nirvana’s focus on environmentally and economically sustainable concepts demonstrates a crucial alignment with the future of the landscape architecture industry,” she said.
“This kind of approach is congruent with the philosophy of our globally acclaimed landscape architecture programs at RMIT.
“We encourage students to investigate better ways of living in our complex and rapidly changing world, with a particular emphasis on sustainable solutions.”
In 2012, RMIT Landscape Architecture won the International Schools Award at the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture held in Barcelona, taking first place ahead of more than 90 universities involved.
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Story by: Emma Morgan