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National architecture prizes & competitions

The Australian Institute of Architects supports a range of prizes and competitions that recognise and reward outstanding contributions in the fields of architecture and the built environment. 2019 prize entries are now closed. 

Policies & guidelines

Download a copy of the Institute's Architectural Competition Policy.
Download a copy of the Institute's Policy 13 Awards, Prizes and Honours.
Download a copy of the Institute's Architectural Competition Guidelines.
Download a copy of the Institute's Architectural Competition Model Conditions.

For further information relating to Architectural Competitions, including requests for Institute endorsement for your competition, please contact: archcompetitions@architecture.com.au

 

Congratulations to the 2018 National Prize Winners

The 2018 National Prizes have now all been announced, and we'd like to extend congratulations to all our esteemed winners:

Gold Medal 
Alec Tzannes AM LFRAIA – Tzannes (NSW)

National President’s Prize 
Professor Rob Adams AM LFRAIA – City of Melbourne (Vic)

Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize 
Melonie Bayl-Smith FRAIA – Bijl Architecture (NSW)

National Emerging Architect Prize 
Christina Na-Heon Cho RAIA – Cox Architecture (Qld)

William J Mitchell International Chapter Prize 
Dr Liu Thai Ker FRAIA – Morrow (Singapore)

Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture 
Troy Borg – RMIT (Vic)

Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture – Commendation 
Paul Violett – University of Queensland (Qld)

Dulux Study Tour 
Kim Bridgland RAIA – Edition Office (Vic)
Leah Gallagher RAIA – Kin Architects (Qld)
Jason Licht RAIA – Cumulus Studio (Tas)
Joseph O’Meara RAIA – BVN (NSW)
Dirk Yates RAIA – Speculative Architecture (Qld)

Emerging Architect Prize Chapter Winners
Shannon Battisson, The Mill: Architecture + Design (ACT)
Isabelle Aileen Toland and Amelia Sage Holiday, Aileen Sage Architects (NSW)
Miriam Wallace, Susan Dugdale & Associates (NT)
Morgan Jenkins & Lachlan Nielsen, Nielsen Jenkins (QLD)
Alison McFadyen, Phillips/Pilkington Architects (SA) 
Mat Hinds, Taylor and Hinds Architects (TAS)
Monique Woodward, WOWOWA (VIC)
Katherine Ashe, Vittino Ashe (WA)


Gold Medal for Architecture



2018 Gold Medallist - Alec Tzannes AM. Image: Toby Burrows

Congratulations to Alec Tzannes AM LFRAIA of Tzannes (NSW), the 2018 Gold Medallist. 
The announcement was made at the 2018 National Architecture Conference, edge in June. The 2018 Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honour, was awarded to Alec Tzannes AM in recognition of his exceptional body of work across a broad spectrum of architectural practice and his exemplary service and leadership within the profession, academia and related fields.

Alec Tzannes’ AS Hook address delivered at the University of New South Wales can be viewed here.

Gold Medallists 2018–1960

 
  • 2018 Alec Tzannes
  • 2017 Peter Elliott
  • 2016 Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall
  • 2015 Peter Stutchbury
  • 2014 Phil Harris and Adrian Welke, Troppo
  • 2013 Peter Wilson
  • 2012 Lawrence Nield
  • 2011 Graeme Gunn
  • 2010 Lindsay and Kerry Clare
  • 2009 Ken Maher
  • 2008 Richard Johnson
  • 2007 Enrico Taglietti
  • 2006 Kerry Hill
  • 2005 James Birrell
  • 2004 Gregory Burgess
  • 2003 Peter Corrigan
  • 2002 Brit Andresen
  • 2001 Keith Eric Cottier
  • 2000 John Neville Morphett
  • 1999 Richard Leplastrier
  • 1998 Gabriel Poole
  • 1997 Roy McCowan Simpson
  • 1996 John Denton, William Corker, Barrington Marshall
  • 1995 no award
  • 1994 Neville Quarry
  • 1993 Kenneth Frank Woolley
  • 1992 Glenn Marcus Murcutt
  • 1991 Donald Campbell Rupert Bailey
  • 1990 Professor Peter McIntyre
  • 1989 Robin Findlay Gibson
  • 1988 Romaldo Giurgola
  • 1987 Daryl Sanders Jackson
  • 1986 Richard Butterworth
  • 1985 Richard Norman Johnson
  • 1984 Philip Sutton Cox
  • 1983 Gilbert Ridgway Nicol and Ross Kingsley Chisholm
  • 1982 Sir John Wallace Overall
  • 1981 Colin Frederick Madigan
  • 1980 John Hamilton Andrews
  • 1979 Harold Bryce Mortlock\
  • 1978 Mervyn Henry Parry
  • 1977 Ronald Andrew Gilling
  • 1976 Harry Seidler
  • 1975 Sydney Edward Ancher
  • 1974 Raymond Berg
  • 1973 Jorn Utzon
  • 1972 Edward Herbert Farmer
  • 1971 Frederick Bruce Lucas
  • 1970 Jack Hobbs McConnell
  • 1969 Robin Boyd
  • 1968 Sir Roy Grounds
  • 1967 William Purves Race Godfrey
  • 1966 William Rae Laurie
  • 1965 Sir Osborn McCutcheon
  • 1964 Cobden Parkes
  • 1963 Sir Arthur Stephenson
  • 1962 Joseph Charles Fowell
  • 1961 Louis Laybourne-Smith
  • 1960 Leslie Wilkinson

To suggest a Gold Medal nominee please contact your local Chapter. Gold Medal nominations are submitted to the National Awards and Prizes Officer by:

  1. National Council - signed by the President
  2. National Executive - signed by the President
  3. Chapter Council - signed by the Chapter President
  4. National Committee - signed by the Committee Chair
  5. The National President
  6. A National Councilor
  7. A Chapter President
  8. A Chairperson of a National Committee
  9. An Area Committee - signed by the Chair

National President's Prize

Professor Rob Adams AM LFRAIA – City of Melbourne (Vic)

Congratulations to Professor Rob Adams, winner of the 2018 National President's Prize. 

'Our cities are now well understood to be an essential part of our cultural and economic wellbeing. A city that is equitable and celebrates diversity is a city that demonstrates insightful governance – an emblem of leadership. Melbourne is regularly considered to be one of the world’s most liveable cities and it should be acknowledged that this doesn’t happen by chance but through foresight, planning and patience by skilled architects, designers and planners. It is not a coincidence that Melbourne has been under the custodianship of one person for over thirty years, who has, through sheer dedication and skill, made this city one of the world’s greatest. I am therefore delighted to announce the awarding of the 2018 National President’s Prize to Professor Rob Adams AM, who has dedicated his professional career to the success of the City of Melbourne.

Rob, as the Director of City Design for the City of Melbourne, is a formidable architect and urban designer. As an advocate for the city, Rob has made one of the greatest contributions to the profession – he has demonstrated that design can be an essential part of the process of how we make our cities. Through patience and perseverance over many years, he has shaped public policy in the City of Melbourne and will leave a lasting legacy to that community.

The City Design team, under Rob’s leadership, has crafted a vision for the City of Melbourne where the public realm is championed. Making a city centre that people want to visit and live in contributes to the enrichment of the whole city. I hope this award will communicate to other cities that the success of Melbourne is not circumstantial or something that has occurred recently. Melbourne’s success has emerged over time through a carefully orchestrated process guided by a sensitively conceived design vision.

Rob has received many accolades throughout his career, including recognition as a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Member of the Order of Australia. He has also served on numerous boards and design advisory panels. This President’s Prize adds another dimension to these accolades – it acknowledges his professional contribution to the service of architecture in demonstrating how the profession can be a vital part of civic leadership within our community. Rob has redefined the purview of the architect to include a central role in the making of our cities. 
If only every Australian city had a Rob Adams, we might see more of our cities being recognised as the best.'
- Jury Citation

Emerging Architect Prize

Entries are now closed for the 2018 Emerging Architect Prize. 

The Emerging Architect Prize, recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. Entrants need to be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. The Emerging Architect Prize is proudly supported by Architectural Window Systems (AWS).

Entering 

Entry into the Emerging Architect Prize is a two-step process.

  1. Nomination – eligible candidates are nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects via the online entry system.
  2. Submission of entry material – nominated candidates will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination, the nominee will be asked to submit the entry material listed under 'entry requirements' via the online entry system.

Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architect Prize.

Entry requirements

The Nominator

Australian Institute of Architects members wishing to nominate an individual or collaboration are asked to submit the following via the online entry system. Nominators will be asked to provide the following information:

  • the nominator’s name and contact details
  • the nominee’s name and contact details and membership number
  • a brief (max 150 words) outlining the reason for the nomination

The Nominee

Once a nomination has been made, the nominee will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination; the nominee will be asked to submit the following entry material via the online entry system:

  • a statement addressing each of the key criteria items outlined in the judging criteria (two A4 pages maximum)
  • a resume: four A4 pages maximum (please ensure you provide the architectural registration number, date of registration and date of graduation for each individual being nominated)
  • a portfolio of works: this can include built and unbuilt work (five A4 pages maximum)
  • two references: from an employer or clients
  • photo of entrant(s) – this can be uploaded separately to the requirements above
  • entry requirements listed above must be uploaded on a single PDF document and must not exceed 5MB
  • finalists may be asked by their local Chapter to submit additional materials to the local jury including CDs or hard copies

Check with your local Chapter for more information.

Eligibility and Criteria

Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfil the following prize criteria:

(i)       Must be within 15 years of graduation and have first been registered as an Architect anywhere, not more than 10 years ago.

(ii)     Must enter in the Chapter in which they are currently residing.

(iii)    Must be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the Institute (only members of the Institute will be eligible for this prize. If the entrant is not a current Institute member, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2).

(iv)    Once nominated, must complete the required entry form.

(v)      A minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the Jury may decide not to award a winner.

(vi)    The Chapter Jury may choose not to award a state winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria.

(vii)  Previous recipients of the Chapter or National Prize are not eligible to enter.

(viii) Submission must be received by the closing date determined by each Chapter.

Judging criteria

State and national juries will judge entries based on the following criteria:

  • excellence in architectural practice, research or education
  • involvement in Australian Institute of Architects activities and/or forums of similar professional bodies
  • contribution to architecture through leadership within the profession
  • contribution to community activities such as charity and voluntary work related to the profession is not essential but would be judged favourably

The PRIZE

State Winners
The State Winners will receive the following:
  • One (1) x ticket to attend their home State Architecture Awards event
  • One (1) x ticket to the National Architecture Awards, including return economy airfares from their closes Chapter city and accommodation for up to one night
  • $1,000.00

National Prize Winner
The National Winner will receive the following:
  • $2,000.00
  • A choice of either a bespoke photography package OR a public relations package to promote the winner's project, practice or architectural aligned activity. 

2018 National Emerging Architect, Christina Na-Heon Cho

Photo credit: Jessica Lindsay

Christina Na-Heon Cho

Cox Architecture

'Christina Na-Heon Cho is awarded the 2018 National Emerging Architect Prize in recognition of excellence in architectural practice, leadership, community engagement and contribution to the profession. 

Christina graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ) as Valedictorian with first-class honours in 2007. In the same year she began work at Donovan Hill and moved to Cox Architecture in 2010, where today she holds the position of Director. Christina, and her colleagues have been the recipient of multiple state, national and international architectural awards. 

Christina’s professional accolades are extensive and include finalist in the AFR BOSS Young Executives 2018, and the 2011 Dulux Study Tour to London, Barcelona and Copenhagen. She has dedicated herself wholly to the profession and tirelessly provides leadership through her affiliations with the UQ School of Architecture Advisory Board, the Institute’s Queensland Chapter Council, National Trust QLD and the Property Industry Foundation. In 2007 Christina jointly established Pecha Kucha Night Brisbane and remains active in leading an open platform to create awareness and encourage community dialogue. She has been widely published and featured as one of twenty women in the book Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture.

Christina has established herself as a passionate designer and an influential and grounded individual. She is a leader and a role model for graduates of architecture. Her achievements and dedication to the profession have influenced and nourished her immediate and wider community. The jury was unanimous in its decision and anticipates that the 2018 National Emerging Architect Prize is but the beginning of an illustrious and inspired career in architecture.'
- Jury Citation

2018 Chapter Winners

Past winners

2015 Chapter & National Winners
2014 Chapter & National Winners
2013 Chapter & National Winners
2012 Chapter & National Winners
2011 Chapter & National Winners

Contact
For further information, please contact your local Chapter or the National Awards and Prizes Manager:

Australian Institute of Architects
2A Mugga Way, Red Hill ACT 2603
T: 02 6121 2000 | prizes@architecture.com.au


Dulux Study Tour

Entries for the 2019 Prize are now closed.

The 2019 prize is your opportunity to be part of an exciting and coveted program that inspires and fosters Australia’s next generation of emerging architectural talent.

Winners will embark on an exciting architectural tour of major European cities where they can experience firsthand some of the best architectural sites and practices.

Eligibility

Entry is open to all architects and graduates of architecture of up to 10 years from graduation of the two-tier or five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree. It is only open to Australian citizens/residents and New Zealand citizens residing in Australia. It is mandatory that entrants are Australian Institute of Architects members.

Entrants may be nominated by an employer or self-nominate if they are self-employed. The nominating employer and self-nominees must be an Australian Institute of Architects member.

Judging Criteria

The 2019 prize will be awarded to five emerging architects on the basis of their individual contributions to:

  • architectural practice
  • education
  • design excellence
  • community involvement

Stage one entry is a simple online entry form. Stage two requires submission of a document that includes; an employer reference (maximum three references), resume (maximum two pages), portfolio of works (maximum of four pages) max 10mb 

2019 Dulux Study Tour - Terms and Conditions

Congratulations to the 2018 winners:
Kim Bridgland RAIA – Edition Office (Vic)
Leah Gallagher RAIA – Kin Architects (Qld)
Jason Licht RAIA – Cumulus Studio (Tas)
Joseph O’Meara RAIA – BVN (NSW)
Dirk Yates RAIA – Speculative Architecture (Qld)

Follow the Dulux Study Tour on Twitter and see the official Dulux Study Tour Blog

Leadership in Sustainability Prize

Entries for the 2019 Prize are now closed.


Eligibility

The prize recognises individuals and/or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sustainability of the built environment. Entrants can be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for this prize.

Nominations should meet the following criteria:

  • creation of and advancement of knowledge through research and education
  • development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
  • development and implementation of effective practice
  • engagement of industry and the community with this knowledge, advocacy or practice

Entry Requirements

To enter, please provide the following materials via the online entry form:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the above criteria.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages, which describe the nominee's educational qualifications, relevant, career history and experience.
  • The name and contact details of a minimum of two nominees, or referees, with declaration of interest.

Past winners

  • 2018 (no winner)
  • 2017 (no winner)
  • 2016 Jeremy McLeod
  • 2015 Professor Emeritus Allan Rodger
  • 2014 John Macdonald, DesignINC
  • 2013 Daniel Grollo
  • 2012 Prof Rob Adams & the City Design Division
  • 2011 Paul Pholeros, Healthabitat
  • 2010 Tony Arnel

Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize

Entries for the 2019 Prize are now closed.

Architectural Education Prize recognises the significance of architectural education in the promotion and improvement of the built environment. The Prize recognises an outstanding contribution in architectural education in one or more areas of: teaching, scholarship, research, leadership and community engagement in both the higher education and wider community forums. The Prize is awarded annually although the jury has discretion not to make an award where there is no nomination of appropriate merit in any year.
The Prize maintains an emphasis on significant contributions to architectural education, and recognises an outstanding career within academia.

Individuals and/or groups of individuals who have contributed to architectural education in Australia can nominate or self-nominate for this prize. The online entry form must be completed with the following details:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the selection criteria (teaching, research, community engagement, scholarship, leadership). The statement should be a maximum of 1 x A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee's/applicant's educational qualifications, career history and teaching positions and experience (where applicable).
  • Contact information of two referees/nominators. If you are self-nominating please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators.
  • An image of yourself or the group.

Past winners

  • 2018 (no winner)
  • 2017 (no winner)
  • 2016 Professor Michael Ostwald, University of Newcastle
  • 2015 Professor Paul Memmott, University of Queensland
  • 2014 Professor Miles Lewis, University of Melbourne
  • 2013 winner Peter Corrigan, RMIT University
  • 2012 winner Shane Murray, Monash University
  • 2012 commendation David O’Brien, University of Melbourne
  • 2011 winner Associate Professor Anna Rubbo, University of Sydney
  • 2011 commendation Barry McNeill, Tasmania
  • 2010 Professor Gordon Holden, Griffith University
  • 2010 commendation Associate Professor Samer Akkach, University of Adelaide
  • 2008 Professor Graham Brawn, University of Melbourne
  • 2007 joint winners Bill Busfield, University of Western Australia, and Dr Paula Whitman, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2006 Professor Deo Prasad, University of New South Wales
  • 2005 Professor Leon van Schaik, RMIT University
  • 2005 commendation Dr Anna Rubbo, University of Sydney
  • 2004 Rory Spence, University of Tasmania
  • 2004 joint commendation David Morris and Nick Opie, University of South Australia
  • 2003 joint winners Errol Tout and Stephen Parkin, Curtin University of Technology
  • 2002 Professor Lindsay Johnston, University of Newcastle
  • 2001 Professor Jennifer Taylor, Queensland University of Technology

Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize

Entries for the 2019 Prize are now closed.

The Prize aims to recognise exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architectural practice, education and governance. The prize is an initiative of the Institute's National Committee for Gender Equity.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The Prize will be awarded based on demonstrated national or international peer recognition of a contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture through:

  • education
  • research
  • advocacy
  • policy development
  • community engagement
  • leadership

ENTRY MATERIAL

Submissions are made via an online portal and each nomination is required to provide relevant supporting material that addresses the judging criteria, including:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the eligibility criteria (creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education, development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy, and development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community). The statement should be a maximum of one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
  • Address the Judging Criteria; each relevant Judging Criterion (education, research, advocacy, policy development, community engagement, leadership) individually with each as its own subheading. Total length of no more than two A4 pages.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two A4 pages, referencing the nominee/s’ educational qualifications, career history, positions and experience.
  • Contact information of two referees / nominators. If you are self-nominating, please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators. These may be the same or different from your references.
  • An image of yourself or the group.

ELIGIBILITY

Individuals and/or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity may be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for the prize. Nominations are sought for excellence in achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  1. creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education
  2. development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
  3. development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community
2018 Winner: Melonie Bayl-Smith FRAIA – Bijl Architecture (NSW)


Image credit: Kirsten Delaney

Congratulations to Melonie Bayl-Smith, winner of the 2018 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize. The Prize was announced at the 2018 National Architecture Conference, edge in June 2018.

'As an exemplary leader for the architecture profession in the broadest sense, Melonie Bayl-Smith has excelled in practice, education, research and policy development over a sustained period. Her leadership in gender equity is particularly evident through her mentoring, advocacy and acting as an exceptional role model for many students, graduates and emerging architects.

She directs her own architecture practice Bijl Architecture, is an elected member of the NSW Architects Registration Board and has been an Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Councillor in the New South Wales Chapter. Melonie has maintained a substantial commitment to excellence in architectural education as an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney School of Architecture. As a member of Women on Boards, Melonie has advocated for improving women’s representation on boards by regularly speaking on this at various industry and non-industry events.

Melonie has been involved with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) since 2005, where she has been an active contributor through mentoring. In 2010 she received the NAWIC International Women’s Day travelling scholarship for her BuildAbility research project, which investigated the future of construction education across Australasia and on an international basis. 

Melonie is a worthy recipient of the 2018 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize and the jury looks forward to seeing her advocacy for gender equity continue in the future.
' - Jury Citation

Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture (SPAA)

Congratulations to Troy Borg, winner of the 2018 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture which was announced at the National Architecture Conference, edge in June 2018.



Entries for the 2019 Prize are now closed. 

This prize is for a most outstanding contribution by an individual student/SONA member towards the advancement of architecture in the areas of leadership, publication, community or education. The aim of the prize is to recognise those whom:
  • provide leadership amongst fellow students and/or within the profession
  • promote the appreciation and advancement of architecture
  • provide a forum for discourse and networking
  • promote architects in the community
  • advance the education of Australian architecture students

The nominee should demonstrate high achievement in one or preferably more of the following categories:

Leadership – chairing forums; organising student groups; effective representation of students on Institute and/or university committees; organising student activities such as conferences, competitions, camps, architecture weeks, exhibitions, architecture revues, guest lecture programs.

Publication – editing, designing and/or producing a student or professional publication; student design and theory work; student opinion; student reviews of works of architecture; letters to the editor in prominent newspapers; articles in Architecture Australia and/or Chapter magazines; articles in student (campus-based) newspapers/magazines; digital publications.

Community – promoting architecture and/or architects to the public; involving students with community issues; involving the community with architectural issues.

Education – involvement in education activities that have consistently advanced architecture.

Who can enter?

Current financial student/SONA members who have advanced architecture in the previous two years may be nominated or self-nominate for this prize. The work must have been undertaken while still a student or while the student has deferred the course (with the intention of finishing their architecture study in subsequent years).

Nominations can be made by SONA members, SONA Executive, NEC members and Australian Architecture Schools/Programs. When nominated by other than the applicant, two nominators are required.

Current National Councillors, Australian Institute of Architects staff members and current Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture jurors may not take part in the application/nomination process.

Achievements of the entrant considered by the Jury must relate to the advancement of architecture in leadership, publication, community or education activities other than those that form part of the role of SONA President.

How to enter

The online entry form must be completed with the following details:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the selection criteria (teaching, research, community engagement, scholarship, leadership). The statement should be a maximum of one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication (PDF is preferred).
  • A CV of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee/applicant's educational qualifications, career history, teaching positions and experience (where applicable).
  • Contact information of two referees/nominators. If you are self-nominating, please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators.
  • An image of the nominee (individual or group).

2018 Winner



Troy Borg, RMIT (Vic)

'Since starting his Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT in 2015, Troy has proven himself to be a dedicated and hardworking student with a passion for giving back to the student body. 

After assisting in the Victorian presentation to juries in 2015, Troy became aware of the benefits of being actively involved in the architectural community. Troy joined SONA as the RMIT Representative in 2016 and was recently announced as the Association’s National President for 2018.

During his time with SONA, Troy has volunteered at the National Architecture Conference in Canberra, and attended Educational Committee and National Council meetings. Most significantly, he has worked with the AIA to reconfigure SONA’s social media platforms in a way that increases engagement and facilitates contact between different universities. This has led to improved awareness of events and opportunities for SONA members.

Troy is passionate about equality and shows care and respect for everyone he meets. Troy has organised a number of events including the By Invitation Masterclasses, Buddy Breakfast, and Embracing Differences. Whilst the content of these events have varied greatly, the underlying message has been to break down barriers between people and facilitate community.

Troy embodies values that are speak well to architecture’s future—generosity, leadership and inclusiveness.' 
- Jury Citation

Congratulations also goes to Paul Violett for receiving a Commendation for the 2018 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture.



BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize


Entries for the 2019 BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize are now closed.

The BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established in 2005 to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture. The prize is presented every second year.

The Australian Institute of Architects would like to take this opportunity to thank BlueScope for their continued support of the Institute, and the architecture profession.

ABOUT THE PRIZE
The Australian Institute of Architects BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture.
 
On behalf of the Institute (as administrator), BlueScope Steel (as the Institute’s Principal Corporate Partner), and Glenn Murcutt (as patron), we wish to thank you in advance for your time, effort and energy dedicated to nominating your outstanding students and for helping to support and celebrate the achievements of the newest generation in architecture. 
 
JUDGING PROCESS 
University Judging
Each Institute recognised architecture school is invited to select one or two nominees to be considered by the National Jury. Nominee numbers from each university are determined as follows:
1. Schools with less than 500 students enrolled may select one nominee from their total entries. 
2. Schools with 500 or more students enrolled may select up to two nominees from their total entries. 
Selection procedures and jury members are at the discretion of each architecture school, but entries are judged based on the entry criteria outlined in the prize conditions. Nominees are submitted to the Australian Institute of Architects via an online entry system.
 
The National Jury will meet to select finalists and a final prize winner from the nominees put forward by the Universities.
 
JUDGING CRITERIA
The selection criteria used by both the University and National juries shall include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Degree of complexity of the program. 
  • Sensitivity and communication of response to place and environment. 
  • Practicality of approach to technology and feasibility of construction demonstrating an appreciation of build ability, structure and services requirements. 
  • Sensitivity of response and relevance to Australian culture. 

ELIGIBILITY 
The 2019 BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize is open to: 

  • Students who have completed an Australian Institute of Architects /SONA recognised Australian architecture course in 2017/18; 
  • Undergraduate or Masters students enrolled in an Australian Institute of Architects /SONA recognised Australian architecture course during 2017/2018. 

For the purposes of the prize, students at Australian Architecture schools represented on the Australian Institute of Architects/SONA national committee are considered eligible to enter this competition. 

Design work submitted by students is to have been undertaken within an Australian architecture course in either 2017 or 2018. Only one entry per person may be submitted. Group entries are not permitted. 
 
ENTRY MATERIAL
Submissions are to be made digitally via an online portal and each nomination is to provide the following relevant supporting material:

  • Up to 12 scanned or digital images of the project
  • A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to place
  • A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to technology
  • A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to Australian Culture
  • A letter of support from the entrant's University

Entries for the 2019 Prize will open in 2018.

PRIZE 

The Prize is a cash prize of $8,000 to the winner, and the costs of attending the 2019 National Architecture Conference.
 
Selected finalists will also, at the Institute’s discretion, receive tickets and travel to attend the 2019 National Architecture Conference. 


2017 Winner


James Hargrave, UNSW

'The jury unanimously awards the 2017 BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize to James Hargrave of the University of New South Wales, for his proposition titled “Space Between”, and a commendation to Alexander Spier, University of Tasmania for “Eventyr”. 
Hargrave’s project is concerned with the relationship between housing and community, and is a sensitive urban proposition integrating architecture and landscape. Generated from a deep understanding of the geomorphology of Sydney Harbour, the urban form displays a unique and specific sensibility relating to dwelling on the water’s edge.
This proposal for urban housing on the southern edge of the Balmain peninsula, adjacent to Glebe Island, accommodates three unique typologies in response to the local demographic – families, professional couples and the elderly. Exercise circuits, communitygardens, playgrounds and outdoor entertaining spaces strengthen the local social and community environment. With further development, a more intense tree canopy could benefit the project, as could greater integration with the adjacent community.
The foreshore design reflects the character of Sydney’s sandstone rockpools and facilitates a way of life for summertime on the water’s edge: swimming, barbecues, fishing, canoeing on still water – the essence of Sydney Harbour. Great sensitivity is displayed in the use of forms and materials, with two primary systems of building: heavy concrete grounded elements contrasted with lightweight framed components. Environmentally responsive passive design considerations have underpinned the design thinking, as have strategies for flexibility and adaptation to changing occupation patterns. The urban fabric is intertwined with pedestrian streets, access ways, stairs and ramps, employing a consistency of materials and delight of experience through spatial modulation and contrasting light and shade. 
This project demonstrates that urban density can be achieved in a way that is responsive to the urban fabric of inner Sydney, at an appropriate scale and with a landscape that engages with our wonderful harbour.
' - Jury Citation


William J Mitchell International Chapter Prize

The William J Mitchell International Chapter Prize is awarded annually in recognition of a significant contribution to architecture internationally. The prize seeks to honour Australians who have made a significant contribution to the profession, study or advancement of architecture beyond our shores.

Entrants may be of any nationality, based in Australia or overseas and an architect or allied professional. It is not essential to be an Institute member in order to enter this award. The entry cannot be a project, and although group entries are accepted, individual entrants are preferred.

Nominations may be received from the entrant, any Institute member or any member of the International Chapter. Submissions must be made via the online entry system.

Entry material must demonstrate:

  • a significant contribution to architecture internationally (either over their lifetime or through a specific significant achievement), and
  • a significant connection with Australia (e.g. membership of the Institute, Australian born or citizen, worked or educated in Australia).

Judging of all nominations will be conducted by the International Chapter at their annual face-to-face meeting.

Congratulations to the 2018 winner:
Dr Liu Thai Ker FRAIA – Morrow (Singapore)

For any additional information please contact please contact the International Chapter at international@architecture.com.au.