Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of Western Australia 2020
Fellow Australian Institute Landscape Architects (AILA) 2020
Registered Landscape Architect (AILA) #1657
Bachelor Landscape Architecture (Hons) University of Western Australia 2006
Dr Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard is a Registered Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. Her areas of research interest include landscape performance and peri-urban and urban-rural linkages. In addition, Indigenous Knowledge Systems through direct collaborations with Indigenous Australians. She has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Honours and PhD from the University of Western Australia. Her PhD project titled; 'Learning from the Edge: An In Inquiry into the Peri-urban Territory of Perth' explored the opportunities for landscape architecture to communicate the value of the peri-urban territory for the city of Perth.
Over the past eight years, she has held leadership positions within AILA including State President of the WA Chapter and has served two terms as a Director of the National Board. In 2019, Sara was invited to host the second series of Australia By Design - Landscapes, screening on Channel 10 Australia.
2020 | Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Landscape Performance 'Case Study Investigation', $15,000 with Catherine B Evans and Linda Corkery
2019 | Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living, Low Carbon Landscape Guide, $10,000 with Catherine B Evans and Mike Harris
2019 | Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) 'Digital Uplift Grant' with Linda Corkery, $20,000
2018 | UNSW BE Learning and Teaching Grant, Yarning as a Way of Knowing Place, $3,000
Australian Institute Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Chapter Landscape Architecture Excellent Award in Research, Policy and Communication for Landscape Architecture Foundation Case Study Investigation Series: Sydney Park Water Reuse Project and the South Eveleigh Community Rooftop Garden
Australian Institute Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Chapter Landscape Architecture Award in Research, Policy and Communication for Guide to Low Carbon Landscapes (2020)