UNSW Built Environment Planning alumnus Ashleigh Ryan and postgraduate student Laura Wynne received Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) awards last week.

Ashleigh received top position in the Outstanding Student Project category for her project ‘Regional Governance: The History of the Newcastle Rail Line since 1991’.

Current UNSW Built Environment planning student, Laura received commendation for her project ‘Can we integrate transport and land use?’ which is an investigation into use of travel planning in NSW land-use regulation.

Laura says it was an honour to receive a commendation for her thesis work on travel planning.

“It's very satisfying to have others recognise the importance and value of the research that I undertook for my thesis - producing a thesis requires a lot of hard work and energy, and it feels great to have that hard work recognised," said Laura.

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. The intention of the Awards for Planning Excellence is to emphasise the important role of the planning profession, and to stimulate public awareness of good planning.