“Hilary’s outstanding work explores the social imbalances and prejudices that exist even after death, where burial of immigrants within Australian Anglo-Christian dominated cemeteries have been pushed to the leftover edges and voids, spaces where the original formal design breaks down.”
“Through her work, Hilary looked to reorient this periphery, drawing on the ideas of melancholy and cultural diversity to introduce an alternative spatial and symbolic experience that re-frames the marginal,” Angus said.
Once the current global travel restrictions have been lifted, Hilary plans to use the Hassell Travelling Scholarship to travel to Christchurch, New Zealand, to research and document the impact the 2011 earthquakes had on communities. With a particular focus on how the rebuild has been approached from a landscape perspective, Hilary aims to meet with leaders in melancholy landscapes to learn more about the ways in which they might be implemented into new areas of landscape practice and the part they can play in community resilience.
Now in its 31st year, the Hassell Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award recognises graduating landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. The award provides the winner with the opportunity to expand their education through travel to a destination undergoing significant development or renewal.