Dr Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard

Dr Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard

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


Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

Dr Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard is a Registered Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and 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 from August 2019. 


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

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 Award in Research and Communication for Low Carbon Landscape Guide (2020)


  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Connection to Country Committee member, 2016-current)
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), NSW Award Jury panel (2019)
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Director of the Board, 2015-2018 
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Company Secretary 2015-2018 
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), National Awards Jury Chair 2018
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), WA State President 2013-2015
  • Registered Landscape Architect, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), #1657 
  • Member of Creative Directorate for 2017 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture 
  • Member, AILA National Honours Committee (2016-2018)
  • Member, AILA Constitution Review Working Group (2014-2016)
  • Member, AILA Festival Coordinating Committee (2015-2016) 
  • Member, AILA National Education Committee (2015-2016)


  • Swan Coastal District, Department of Parks and Wildlife Perth, Australia (2008-2011), Landscape Architect
  • Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, Helsingor, Denmark (2006-2008), Landscape Architect