Allan Correy was one of a handful of landscape architects who trained overseas in England and America in the 1950s, and returned to be one of Australia's landscape architecture pioneers.
He applied systematic ecological planning for the first time in Australia and used the overlay mapping techniques he learned in England and America to inform the design. He was responsible for the Mt Lofty Botanic Garden Masterplan in SA and the Australian Section of Taronga Zoo, Sydney. In private practice, he designed domestic gardens using recycled building materials, ground modelling, local stone, native trees and mass shrubs and groundcover to create places that soothe the human psyche and celebrate nature. In both his public and private works he used local plant species and materials to create a strong Australian identity.
His later work in the public domain helped to build a framework for environmentally responsible site evaluation and impact assessment as an essential part of landscape architecture. He also applied his knowledge to teaching, writing and speaking, thereby contributing to landscape architecture in an all-embracing way.
AILDM was very proud to have Allan as its Patron until he resigned due to poor health in 2012. Allan Correy passed away in May 2016. The Allan Correy Award is given in his memory to the entrant whose work best represents the values he is espoused.
2018 Allan Correy Award Winner - Sticks & Stones Landscape Design.