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Walkerville Civic & Community Centre by JPE Design
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What's on

in South Australia

17 March -28 April
Awards Exhibition, ODASA

31 Mar-12 May
City of Adelaide Prize

28 April (extended)
Student Mentor Scheme



South Australian Competitions & Prizes

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).

Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship

Applications for the 2017 Fellowship are now closed.

The Jack McConnell Travelling Fellowship is for promising designers, who might ultimately practice in South Australia, to undertake an independent program of research or course of further study in Architecture or a related field, most likely overseas.

Established in 2007 following a bequest from the estate of the late modernist architectural figure who died in 2005 aged 92, the Fellowship is for an amount up to $15,000. Applicants must be graduates in architecture from the University of South Australia or University of Adelaide of up to five years standing.

Institute National President at the time of Jack McConnell's death, Warren Kerr, said 'Jack McConnell's influence in shaping the architects and the architecture of Australia was considerable. He pioneered modern architecture in South Australia and was without doubt the first serious modernist to build modern buildings in Adelaide.'

Download the Fellowship Guidelines to read more about how to apply in future.

2017 Fellow Matiya Marovich

 Visit www.jhmtf.org.au to find out more

Past Fellowships

  • 2016 Alex Kindlen - encounter: cultivating creative cities
  • 2015 Dino Vrynios - Modulation
  • 2014 Stephen Hooper – a [fabricate]d craft
  • 2013 David Bickmore – Architourism
  • 2012 Damien Chwalisz – Potentials for timber construction
  • 2011 Katie Lawson – Contemporary Wine Architecture
  • 2010 Esther Chew – RICE: India, Nepal, Bangladesh
  • 2009 Mark Berlangieri – The worldwide shift in retail architecture
  • 2008 Anthony Balsamo – Becoming the festival state

Sir James Irwin President's Medal

The Sir James Irwin President's Medal is awarded each year to a member or industry collaborative considered by the President to have made a significant contribution to architecture. It was established in 1992 through the generosity of the Irwin family in memory and in recognition of the services to architecture of Sir James Irwin.

View the full list of Sir James Irwin President's Medallists

Below are our recent recipients and links to their citations.

City of Adelaide Prize

Nominations for the 2017 City of Adelaide Prize are now closed.

The City of Adelaide Prize, sponsored by the Adelaide City Council, is a category within the prestigious South Australian Architecture Awards Program.

The Adelaide City Council and the Australian Institute of Architects are working together to support the enhancement of the public experience of the City as South Australia’s Capital City.

The Prize recognises and awards innovative built projects including public art and temporary contributions to public space that activate and enliven the City’s public spaces and engage with the community, including urban experiments.

Student Prizes

For over half a century, the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects has awarded prizes to outstanding students studying architecture in South Australia.

School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of SA

The Australian Institute of Architects (SA Chapter) Prizes are awarded to students based on academic excellence across the 5 years of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture degree programs in:

  • Documentation and Technical Studies
  • Communication
  • History and Theory
  • Environmental Studies
  • Integration of Research and Design

School of Architecture and Built Environment
, University of Adelaide
Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter) Prizes are awarded to one student for each year level of the Bachelor of Architectural Design program and to the Master of Architecture program students who achieve the highest results in:

  • aggregate in Architecture Studio (ARCH 7016) Semester 1 and Urban Design Studio (ARCH 7017) Semester 2
  • Studio: Architecture (M) (ARCH 7040) Semester 1
  • Final Architecture Project (M) (ARCH 7043) Semester 2

National 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. Please download a copy of the Institute's Guidelines for Architectural Design Competitions.

Gold Medal for Architecture

Leadership in Sustainability Prize

Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture

BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize

COLORBOND Steel Student Biennale

William J Mitchell International Committee Prize

Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize

Dulux Study Tour

Emerging Architect Prize

Graduate prizes

Other awards & prizes