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Tasmanian events, awards & prizes

The Tasmanian Chapter's awards, events and prizes program features many highlights of the state's architectural calendar, such as the Tasmanian Architecture Awards (including the annual People's Choice Prize), Emerging Architect Prize, SWT Blythe Student Prize and Open House Hobart. Our numerous Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars are listed on our CPD page.

2017 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

The annual Tasmanian Architecture Awards are presented by the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and provide opportunities for public and peer recognition of the state's achievements in architecture. Winners of awards and named awards are considered in the Australian Institute of Architects' National Architecture Awards.

Key dates are as follows:

1 March: entries close
18 March: presentations to the jury
7-8 April: jury visits
2-20 June: exhibition of entries at Design Tasmania, Launceston
22 June to 10 July: exhibition of entries at Brooke Street Pier, Hobart
24 June: awards presentation
10 July: people's choice prize announced

In 2017 there are 31 entries in eight categories.

In 2016 there were 27 entries in the following categories.

Commercial Architecture
The Colin Philp Award is the state's highest award for commercial architecture. Colin Philp was particularly active during the 1930s and designed some of the earliest Modern architecture in Tasmania. His notable buildings include Alfred Harrop & Sons, Launceston (1931); Duncan House, Launceston (1934); and Sunray Flats, Hobart (1938).

2016 Colin Philp Award: Devil's Corner, Cumulus Studio
2016 Award: Stornoway, 1+2 Architecture
2016 Award: Three Capes Track Cabins, JAWSARCHITECTS

Educational Architecture
The Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Award is the state's highest award for educational architecture.

2016 Tasmanian Chapter Award: The Student Lounge, Preston Lane

Heritage Architecture
The Roy Sharrington Smith Award is the state's highest award for heritage architecture. Roy Sharrington Smith's career spanned the Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Modernist eras, and he was an early advocate for heritage conservation in Tasmania. He was assistant architect to the Federal Capital Commission 1925–30 and began practising in Launceston in 1932, where his landmark buildings include Holyman House (1936) and the Launceston Gas Company (1940). He was instrumental in the formation of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects as well as the National Trust of Australia.

2016 Roy Sharrington Smith Award: Jenny's House, Rosevear Stephenson

Interior Architecture
The Alexander North Award is the state's highest award for interior architecture. The state’s highest award for interior architecture is named for Alexander North. A renowned church architect, North brought together Gothic and Arts and Crafts styles. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Tasmanian Association of Architects in 1905 – the precursor to today’s Institute of Architects – and a pioneer of concrete architecture. His landmark buildings include Launceston Post Office (1886), Holy Trinity (1888–1902) and St John’s (1901–38), all in Launceston.

2016 Award: Brickworks Design Studio, BYA Architects
2016 Award: Stornoway, 1+2 Architecture

Public Architecture
The Alan C Walker Award is the state's highest award for public architecture. Alan C Walker was articled to colonial architect Henry Hunter in 1882, and studied under Professor Roger Smith in 1887–88 at University College, London. He worked in the Classical and Gothic Revival styles, and as the first president of the Arts and Crafts Society of Tasmania is widely credited with bringing the movement to the state. His landmark buildings include the General Post Office (1901), National Mutual Life building (1906) and St David's Cathedral tower (1931). He was the first chair of the Board of Architects in Tasmania.

2016 Alan C Walker Award: Clarence High School Sports Pavilion, Dock4 Architects
2016 Award: Break O Day Community Stadium, Edwards + Simpson

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
The Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Award is the state's highest award for residential architecture (alterations and additions). We're proud to support the adaptive reuse of our existing built environment.

2016 Tasmanian Chapter Award: Jenny's House, Rosevear Stephenson
2016 Award: Sofia & Otto's Playground, Gaetano Palmese Architects
2016 Commendation: [re]barn, Circa Morris-Nunn Architects

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
The Esmond Dorney Award is the state's highest award for new residential architecture. Esmond Dorney began practising architecture in Melbourne in the 1930s, where he worked with Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony. He moved to Hobart in 1949, where he explored space, light and the use of economical materials, often in curved forms. His landmark buildings include Pius X Catholic Church (1958) and his own home at Fort Nelson (rebuilt twice; 1978). 

2016 Esmond Dorney Award: Five Yards House, Archier
2016 Award: Dunalley House, Stuart Tanner Architects
2016 Commendation: Horse Shoe House, Preston Lane

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
The Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Award is the state's highest award for residential architecture – multiple housing.

2016 Award: Trinity Hill Youth Accommodation and Training Facility, HBV Architects
2016 Commendation: UTAS Inveresk Residences, Morrison & Breytenbach Architects with Circa Morris-Nunn Architects

Small Project Architecture
The Peter Willmott Award is the state's highest award for Small Project Architecture. Wilmott studied at Hobart Technical College between 1964 and 1973, and throughout his career revelled in a minimalist approach that often extended to a project’s size and budget. His works include the refurbishments of City Hall (1970s) and Police Citizens and Youth Club (1980s), Hobart and numerous small homes in Southern Tasmania.

2016 Peter Willmott Award: Hatherley House Garden Pavilions, Birrelli Art+Design+Architecture

Sustainable Architecture
The Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Award is the state's highest award for sustainable architecture. We're proud to support embedded sustainability in Tasmanian architecture. This award is conferred annually.

2016 Tasmanian Chapter Award: Five Yards House, Archier

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
This award is conferred annually by our major corporate partners Bluescope and acknowledges the innovative use of steel in architecture.

2016 Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture: Devil's Corner, Cumulus Studio

Additional Prizes
John Lee Archer Triennial Prize for Public and Commercial Architecture: Mountain Retreat Medical Centre, Circa Morris-Nunn Architects
2016 President’s Prize: Richard Crawford
2016 Emerging Architect Prize: Bek Verrier
2016 SWT Blythe Student Prize: Samuel Roberts 
2016 People’s Choice Prize: Dunalley House, Stuart Tanner Architects 

Tasmanian Architecture Awards Archives
Please see below for a collection of Tasmanian Architecture Awards magazines:

Online awards entry system

Members may enter the Architecture Awards via our online awards entry system.

For support and assistance with the use of this system please contact the Awards Team on or (02) 6121 2000.

Go to the awards system.

Please note, entries in the 2016 awards program have closed. Entries for the 2017 awards program open in December 2016.