18 February 2014 — The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has announced the creation of a national council and the appointment of Shahana McKenzie as chief executive.

The national council will be led by recently elected national president Mark Frisby. It has been created to respond to increasing challenges within the profession, and will work to encourage increased member involvement and advocate for better built and natural environments in Australia.

To assist with the council’s vision, Shahana McKenzie has been appointed as AILA chief executive.

Mr Frisby was pleased to announce the selection of Ms McKenzie as chief executive, and said she would drive AILA into a modern era and align its state and national strategies.

“It is with unconditional enthusiasm that I present Shahana McKenzie as our new CEO,” Mr Frisby said. “I am confident that her energy and integrity will steer the organisation to an unprecedented level of membership engagement and public advocacy.

“After eight years in key positions at the Australian Institute of Architects, Shahana has extensive industry knowledge to help advance our 1400-strong member organisation.”