Janet Conrad AM BA, M App Sc, D QIT (LandArch) FAILA Landscape Architect
Janet Conrad (12 March 1937 – 18 August 2021) was an extraordinary Landscape Architect, leader in business, and an inspiration to many in the profession. She established landscape design as an essential part of Conrad Gargett’s architectural practice for more than three decades, successfully integrating architecture and its accompanying environs in projects ranging from major civic infrastructure to delicate residential gardens. To all projects, Janet brought an encyclopaedic botanical knowledge, her sensitivity of space, and an infectious enthusiasm to create fabulous places for people to enjoy.
Janet has been a significant contributor to all aspects of the Landscape Design fraternity and her influence went well beyond the profession from which she retired at the end of 2004. Her thesis “Prospect / Refuge Theory: An Experimental Approach” demonstrated her understanding of human’s relationship to nature and feeling of comfort and protection, and was fundamental in the realisation of her designs.
Janet was elevated to Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, awarded “the Woman of Substance” in 1993 by the Girl Guides Association, “Executive Woman of the Year” in 1995, and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1996 for services to Landscape Architecture and furthering women in business. She was a member of Zonta International and served as National President of the Women Chiefs of Enterprises International (Australia) from 1995 to 1997.
Janet graduated from Somerville House in 1954 and from University of Queensland with a BA in 1958 followed by a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1974 and a Master of Applied Science from QUT in 1992. With interests in French, English, music, art, culture, and international travel, Janet brought a wealth of knowledge to the broad circle of the profession to which she gave so generously. Janet was equally focussed on her family and with husband Bill Conrad, provided a wonderful home environment for their three sons. Often surrounded by her many close friends, Janet’s life was rich and vibrant.
Her loss will be deeply felt by the profession to which she gave so much of her time and energy. Warm, effervescent, inclusive and a bastion of integrity, Janet will be missed as a dear friend and colleague.
She is survived by Bill, their sons, Richard, Bruce, Michael and their families.
Words by Bruce Wolfe
Life Fellow Conrad Gargett
Life Fellow AIA