Dr Alayna Renata

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Areas of interest: Landscape architecture, placemaking, social justice, human rights, First Nations, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islands, Maori, design, planning, policy

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Alayna has worked for global multidisciplinary consultancies, private sector organisations and Government agencies. She has been a Director of a multi-national business and held numerous leadership positions in private practice and the public sector. Her knowledge of business and operations is extensive, enabling her to successfully deliver projects as a consultant and a client. Complementing this, Alayna has prepared a number of policies and guidance notes that mandate outcomes across various sectors.

Alayna is also sought after for her skills in Indigenous and First Nations research, design and advisory. This includes her providing these specialist advisory services to Government agencies and private business, as well as being asked regularly to speak at conferences, convene panels and prepare publications on these topics. She has worked with many Indigenous and First Nations communities in Australia and New Zealand and has been very active in this space in both her professional and personal life for the better part of the last two decades.

Alayna has also worked on some of Australia and NZ’s largest Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), including budgets ranging from $250k – $1b, and is well versed at working with a broad spectrum of clients and communities, with a dedicated focus on human rights and Indigenous affairs. Supporting this, Alayna has presented at international conferences, prepared and given expert evidence, is invited regularly to give guest lectures and speaks publicly on an array of topics. Beyond this, Alayna serves on a number of expert committees, boards and panels that require her judgement on social, environmental, cultural and economic issues or outcomes.

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  • Queensland Government
    Brisbane, Australia | Department of Environment & Science
    Sep 2018 – Dec 2019
    • Manager, Design & Approvals
    • Acting Director, Asset Services
    • Acting Regional Director – SEQ
    • Acting Director Projects, Planning and IT


  • MODE Design Corp
    Brisbane, Australia
    May 2014 – Sep 2018


  • MGL
    Brisbane, Australia
    Project Manager
    Aug 2013 – May 2014


    Brisbane, Australia
    Senior Landscape Planner &
    Deputy Team Leader
    Sept 2011 – Jan 2013


  • Jonathon Losee Ltd
    Vancouver, Canada
    Casual Landscape Architect
    2010 – 2010


  • MWH-Stantec
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Landscape Architect
    Feb 2008 – Nov 2010


  • Pocock Design Environment
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Graduate Landscape Architect
    2006 – 2007


  • Ahuwhenua Landscape Architects
    Sole trader
    Landscape Architect
    2005 – Present