Adelaide Oval Redevelopment by Cox Architecture, Walter Brooke and Hames Sharley 
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Entering the Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects Architecture Awards Program, South Australia is now closed. Read the Guidelines for this year's awards below to prepare your entry for next year:

Eligibility

To enter the National Architecture Awards, entrants must be a registered architect and Institute member. Entrants must be registered in the state or territory of entry and be a principal of the practice who is an owner, or a formal licensee of the copyright of the work being entered.

Where the entrant is a formal licensee (does not own the copyright) the entry must be accompanied by a written agreement from the copyright owner stating that the work may be entered for an award.

To be eligible, projects must have reached practical completion by 31 December in the year preceding the year of judging. Projects are to be entered in the Chapter or Region where they are located, not where the entrant or practice is located. Entrants who have carried out projects outside of Australia may enter those projects in the International category.

Refer Awards, Prizes and Honours Policy 13.3.2 and Frequently Asked Questions in the SA Handbook for further information.


Core Evaluation Criteria

  1. Conceptual framework: Underlying principles, values, core ideas, and philosophy of the project.
  2. Public and Cultural Benefits: The amenity of the project and its conceptual contribution to the public domain
  3. Relationship of Built Form to Context: Concepts engaged with new and pre-existing conditions.
  4. Program Resolution: Functional performance assessed against the brief.
  5. Integration of Allied Disciplines: Contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists and other specialists to the outcome.
  6. Cost/Value Outcome: The effectiveness of decisions related to financial issues.
  7. Sustainability: The benefit to the environment through design.
  8. Response to Client and User needs: Additional benefits interpreted from the brief, serving the client or users and the community.

If you need to provide information to clients about the process your architect will go through in entering your project into the Awards program, download our Client Information Brochure

 

Step-by-Step Entry Process

Step 1: Online Entry.

Step 2: Submission of additional material. 

Step 3: Presentation of entry to jury.

Step 4: Site visits by jury.

Step 5: Chapter Award Presentations.

Step 6: National Jury site visits (the City of Adelaide Prize does not progress to the National Architecture Awards).

Step 7: National Awards Presentation.

National Architecture Awards categories

The Awards categories are consistent across all State and Territory Chapters, except where some Chapters have subcategories. State or Territory Chapters may also include other Chapter-specific Prizes or Medals that are not part of the National Awards program. These awards will not progress to the National Awards. For a full list of awards and prizes in South Australia along with information on our honorary Named Awards, visit Awards in South Australia.

Public Architecture
Projects in this category must be predominantly of a public or institutional nature generally falling within BCA Class 9. However this category does not include projects falling within the definition of Educational Architecture or any BCA Class 9b building used primarily for educational purposes.
Educational Architecture
Projects in this category may be any preschool, primary, secondary or tertiary educational facility and/or joint research facilities in which an educational institution is a significant partner. Education projects may not be entered in the Public Architecture category.
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Projects in this category must be residential, generally falling within BCA Class 1a and must be new builds. Projects with up to two self-contained dwellings may be entered in this category.
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions)
Projects must be residential in nature, generally falling within BCA Class 1a, and must include renovations or alterations or additions to an existing building, whether or not the building was residential in nature in the first instance. Projects with up to two self-contained dwellings may be entered in this category.
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Projects in this category must be residential and comprise of, or include, two or more self-contained dwellings (whether or not the building includes uses for other purposes).
Commercial Architecture
Projects in this category must be built primarily for commercial purposes, generally falling within BCA Classes 3b, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Heritage
This category is for any built conservation project or study developed in accordance with the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.
Interior Architecture
Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building or the refurbishment of an existing building.
Urban Design
Projects in this category may be single buildings, groups of buildings or non-building projects, studies or masterplans, which are of public, civic or urban design in nature. Awarded projects must have enhanced the quality of the built environment or public domain or contribute to the wellbeing of the broader community.
Small Project Architecture
Projects in this category will be those considered to be 'small' in terms of area or budget as determined by the Jury. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by space or cost restrictions, but have achieved a level of invention, creativity and craftsmanship beyond these constraints. This category can accommodate projects which may be overlooked against larger scale projects in other categories or may be transient or experimental in nature, such as exhibition design, set design or installations that may or may not be able to be visited by the Jury. Projects of all functional types may be considered.
Sustainable Architecture
This category recognises projects which excel as architecture, and also display innovation and excellence in terms of environmental sustainability. 
Enduring Architecture
Buildings of at least 25 years of age may be considered for this Award. Buildings nominated need not be previous award winners but must be buildings of outstanding merit that, considered in a contemporary context, remain important as high quality works of architecture.

Projects should be assessed in terms of national significance, technical advancement, innovation for its time, symbolic significance and/or creative leadership. The project attribution and award citation must acknowledge the original architect(s), either individual or firm. It may also acknowledge subsequent work done by another architect in the conservation or maintenance of the original work. However, this award category is designed to recognise the enduring features of the original work, not any substantial adaptive re-use, which should be considered under Category 7: HERITAGE.

Members are not able to enter this category directly through the online entry system. Projects considered in this category will be determined by the Chapter's Honours Committee tasked with judging this category. The original architect or any third party (including non-members and non-architects) may recommend to the relevant jury projects for consideration in this category.

The jury may give an award where less than five nominations are received. It is not mandatory for the jury to give an award. No more than one award is to be made annually at National level or by any Chapter. This award is not given at Region level. No commendations are given in this category.
Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture
This category recognises buildings in which steel products play a significant role in the architectural solution and which exemplify innovation in the use of steel products.

BlueScope Steel has the naming rights for this award, but use of BlueScope products, including Colorbond, is not a criterion for selection or award. Jury consideration of entries in this category will include consultation with a nominated BlueScope representative at chapter and national levels. Projects may not be entered directly in this category. Nominees will be selected by the jury from all entries in each chapter.

Engineering, infrastructure and other non-building projects are not eligible for this category.


Nominations for the Enduring Architecture Award

Nominations are open to members, non-members and non-architects for the Enduring Architecture Award. Buildings of at least 25 years of age may be considered for this Award.

Buildings nominated need not be previous award winners but must be buildings of outstanding merit that, considered in a contemporary context, remain important as high quality works of architecture. Projects should be assessed in terms of national significance, technical advancement, innovation for its time, symbolic significance and/or creative leadership.

Although not essential, any additional information you can supply upon making this recommendation will greatly assist the SA Chapter Honours Committee eg project name, practice name, address, relevant contacts, drawings and photographs.