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Image: 'Fields' project model by Adam Madigan (nominee for the 2017 First Degree Design Award)

The NSW Graduate & Student Awards program was established in 2010 coinciding with the introduction of the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees. The aim of the program is to promote the skills of architecture students in NSW.

Once your project has been nominated, submit your entry on our online awards platform (open from 6 December 2017 to 31 January 2018).

Important Guidance Documents

Please note that only projects nominated by an accredited School of Architecture in NSW (UNSW, University of Sydney, University of Newcastle and UTS Sydney) can be entered with the aim to be judged for the:

  • NSW Graduate Medal (best graduate project);
  • NSW Undergraduate Medal (best undergraduate project).

All projects will also be judged for the:

  • NSW Architectural Communication Award;
  • NSW Architectural Technologies Award.

The Awards include University nominated prizes to students from each NSW School of Architecture.
Each university will nominate the most outstanding student in four areas for a prize that will be presented at the Awards Night.
The process is at the discretion of the respective university but is generally understood as relating to students with the highest weighted average mark in each category:

  • Graduate of the Year (Bachelor’s program);
  • Graduate of the Year (Master’s program);
  • History & Theory Prize to the student with the highest aggregate mark;
  • Construction & Practice Prize to the student with the highest aggregate mark.

In 2018, the NSW Student Architecture Awards will include the following changes from previous years:

  • NSW Graduate Medal and NSW Undergraduate Medal 
    each university can now nominate respectively up to
    five undergraduate projects and five graduate projects (previously they could nominate only up to three).
  • NSW Architectural Communication Award and NSW Architectural Technologies Award
    all nominated projects submitted for the NSW Graduate Medal and NSW Undergraduate Medal will be considered (previously only graduate projects were judged).

Winners will be announced in early March at the NSW 2018 Student Architecture Awards Night. 
All nominees for the Awards are required to submit their work, which will be exhibited at “Tusculum” as part of the annual NSW Student Architecture Awards Exhibition.


 Key dates

  • Online entries open: 6 December 2017
  • Online entries close: 31 January 2018
  • Submission of additional material: 13 February 2018
  • Presentation to Juries: 20 February 2018 (TBC)
  • NSW Student Architecture Awards Night: Friday 2 March 2018


For more information please contact the NSW Awards & Prizes Officer.