Emerging Architect Prize About the 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.
Chapter winners of the Emerging Architects Prize are awarded:
- a $1000 cash prize and a certificate presented at the SA Architecture Awards Presentation Dinner
- Receive an invitation to the SA Architecture Awards Presentation Dinner
- Receive one ticket to the National Architecture Conference, including return economy airfares and accommodation
Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architects Prize.
Nominations for the Emerging Architect Prize have now closed. The winner will be announced at the SA Architecture Awards Presentation Dinner on Saturday 10 June.
About Last Year's Winner
The Emerging Architect Prize recognises emerging members of the profession who have made a substantial contribution to architecture in South Australia. After very tough competition this year, the Jury congratulates Anthony Balsamo as this year’s recipient of the SA Emerging Architect Prize.
Anthony graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2003 and started his career as a graduate at Walter Brooke & Associates, where he is now an Associate Director. During his time at Walter Brooke he has been involved with a number of projects, one of the most noteworthy being the award-winning Adelaide Oval Redevelopment.
Early in his career as a graduate of architecture, Anthony saw a gap between university graduation and the practicing of architecture, which led him and a small group of colleagues to establish the group NAG. This has had a huge impact on the whole industry, especially for young graduates, and is an initiative that has now been formalised across all Chapters of the Institute, under the national EmAGN. Anthony went on to become the National President of EmAGN for two years and has been on the SA Chapter Council.
Anthony has a strong aspiration for engaging the wider public in architecture in this State. This passion was further developed during the Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship in 2008, which focused on the research topic of Festivals and Architecture, and how they shape our cities. On his return, Anthony worked closely with the Adelaide City Council to develop an annual and public design competition, called Design Festival. Anthony was appointed by the Institute as a Creative Director for the inaugural Festival of Architecture and Design in 2014, and continued in the role in 2015 to huge success.
In addition to working in practice, Anthony has lectured and tutored at Adelaide University, taken part in the Institute’s student mentor program and thoroughly enjoys working with recent graduates to reach their potential in the profession. He is currently on the Board of Directors for a non‐for‐profit organisation, called ArtSembly.
Anthony is an asset to the architecture community in South Australia, as he continues to push the boundaries and influence those around him to do that same.
The Emerging Architect Prize is proudly sponsored by Architectural Window Systems (AWS).