Emerging Architect 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. Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architects Prize. 

The Emerging Architect Prize is proudly sponsored by AWS.

Congratulations to Ben Milbourne
 who was awarded the 2017 Victorian Emerging Architect Prize on 14 December 2017.

Ben Milbourne

Ben Milbourne is the 2017 recipient of the Victorian Emerging Architect Prize. 

The energy, breadth and quality of Ben’s endeavours is striking. He is the sole director of Bild Architecture, was a co-founder of Regional Associates, maintains a collaborative installation art practice and is a co-founder of NAAU. Through built work, speculative projects, research, education and collaboration, Ben demonstrates exceptional leadership and dedication to the environmental and social concerns of our age. 
Ben is a true industry leader. As director of Bild he has been investigating urban adaptation in response to climate change, with his speculative project ‘Saturation City’ exhibited at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. At RMIT, he is actively involved in research into future cities, material technologies and construction systems.
With funding from the ARBV he has been investigating the future of architectural practice at RMIT. With Regional Associates he was engaged in the development of disadvantaged communities. Through his  collaborative practice NAAU, he is working with municipalities in NSW and Victoria, developing business case studies for public projects. 
Ben is to be commended for his spectacular emergence.


President's Prize

First awarded in 2000, the President's Prize is awarded annually to recognise an individual or company for outstanding achievement or contribution towards the profession over a period of time. The 2017 President’s Prize was awarded to Tony Lee.

 Tony Lee

 Tony Lee is the recipient of the 2017 Victorian Chapter President’s Prize for his contribution to Melbourne’s architectural culture through his tireless dedication to the Robin Boyd Foundation. 

As the founding Executive Director of the Robin Boyd Foundation, Tony’s energy and enterprise have invigorated RBF for more than a decade. Through the foundation, Tony continues Boyd’s work in promoting the benefits of design to the broader community, and ensures that Boyd House II is retained in perpetuity as an exemplar of '50s and '60s modern architecture. 

Tony has been instrumental in creating an internationally unconventional heritage house experience, focusing on lived experience and design discussion. By experiencing the space, we are educated about the importance of Melbourne’s modern heritage, and about innovative planning and simple materials. Tony has leveraged the interest in events to reinvigorate discussion about the benefits of good design in the broader community.
At Boyd House II people sit on the furniture, talk, learn, participate or watch films with a drink in hand. The bold move of combining the heritage house with a lively events calendar continues the work and legacy of Robin Boyd as a public intellectual, and as a public educator at Walsh Street. 

Congratulations to Tony Lee on his 10 year commitment to the Robin Boyd Foundation, to public engagement with architecture, and to his ability to initiate, maintain and expand a public program that experientially advocates for good design and the importance of our mid-century modern architecture.

Graduate Prize

The Australian Institute of Architects’ Victorian Graduate Prize Program provides recognition and encouragement for architecture graduates as they embark on their professional careers. It involves the architect’s professional association, the Australian Institute of Architects, supporting architectural practices and/or industry related organisations in Victoria.

The aim of the prize is to:
-               encourage a better understanding of becoming an architect
-               promote a positive outlook regarding the profession’s support for graduates
-               promote registration
-               involve practices in the training and professional development of graduates and
-               support the transition from education to the profession

The 2017 judges were Vanessa Bird, Alan Pert, Michael Roper and Andrew Lilleyman.

The winner of the 2017 Victoria Graduate Prize was announced on Saturday 25 March coinciding with the Presentation to Juries event at the University of Melbourne. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Victorian Graduate Prize winner Tommy Aik Heng from The University of Melbourne for the project ‘The Selfless Gene, An Independent Architectural Design Thesis’.

2017 Winner:
Tommy Aik Heng – The University of Melbourne

High Commendations:
Monique Banks – RMIT University
Ariani Anwar - The University of Melbourne

Arshadul Ibad Mohd Faudzi – Deakin University 

The Victorian Chapter is pleased to announce the supporting partners of the 2017 Victorian Graduate Prize: Bates Smart, Cox Architecture, Fender Katsalidis, Grimshaw Architects, Hayball and Architect Registration Board of Victoria

SuperStudio 2017

Held over a three days, SuperStudio is an annual design competition that encourages architecture students to come up with a design/concept and present in front of a jury of architects, industry professionals and university academics.

SuperStudio 2017 was held at 41X over the weekend of the 22nd- 24th September. 58 students registered for the competition from all four Victorian architecture schools, with a team from the University of Melbourne announced as the winner following jury deliberation on the Sunday evening. Congratulations to the winning team from Melbourne School of Design: Diana Panagakis, Leonie Csanki and Louise Daley. Their piece ‘Augmented City’, considered the use of virtual reality in the future world of architecture. They were awarded tickets to the 2017 Australasian Student Architecture Congress (Sydney) and a complimentary membership for 2018 for their efforts.

Many thanks to the jury: Laura Held (Studio One One), Richard Weinman (Warren and Mahoney), Vaughan Cockburn (BKK) and Viet Pham (Pham Tuan Viet Architects), and congratulations to all who participated in this 48 hour program.

2017 Winner

Team: Diana Panagakis, Leonie Csanki and Louise Daley - MSD University of Melbourne
Project title: Augmented City


Team: Kelly Chen, Ariel Jansen Bintang and Ng Chun Yu - MSD University of Melbourne 
Project title: C-BEE-D


Team: Zoe Hughes, Alex Roome and Monty Balding - RMIT University
Project title: Stage Management 

Team: Dora Lim, Julia Stjerna and Amelia Warhurst - MSD University of Melbourne
Project title: Digi-Scape

Architectural Student Ideas Prize

2017 Student Ideas Prize

The Australian Institute of Architect Student Ideas Prize is a Victorian initiative that is held every two years. The 2017 Student Ideas Prize asked entrants to consider the design possibilities for the public land, and space that will be liberated by the creation of the elevated railway line, the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project through the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. 

The competition was open to all currently enrolled students from the Schools of Architecture at Deakin, Monash, RMIT and Melbourne Universities.  

Individual and/or group entries are acceptable, either within the earmarked studios, or independently.

On the 7th September, the Institute held a presentation evening at supporter of the prize, Creffields Digital Print where this year’s winner was announced. An exhibition was created at Creffields Digital Print in West Melbourne showcasing all the entries submissions. 

The winners for 2017 were Alexander Lytas, Kyla Sabrina, Yadamsuren Idenbayar of Monash University for ‘The Place of Transport- A Community’s Right to its City’.  Thanks to our sponsor Canon, the winning team each received a Canon EOS DSLR camera.

The Panel selected two other exceptional entries for commendation; Xiao Zhang (Melbourne University) and Kayden Lau Khoon Yaw (RMIT.) The judges congratulate all entrants. 

The exhibition is to remain on display for the viewing of the general public until Friday 15th September. 

Thank you to our Sponsors Creffields Digital Print and Canon, our Jury and the universities.

Creffields Digital Print 456 Spencer Street, West Melbourne Monday- Friday 9am-5.30pm.


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Student Prize

The BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established in 2005 to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture. The prize is presented every second year. For more information see the BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize site.

For more information on Institute prizes, see the National prizes page.

Victorian Honours

Victorian Life Fellows

Please find below a list of Victorian Life Fellows. 
Victorian Life Fellows

2017 Life Fellows

Kerstin Thompson and Francesca Davenport at the 2017 Life Fellows Lunch. 
Kerstin Thompson 
Kerstin Thompson has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession by the design excellence of her projects untertaken by her practice and her teaching at schools or architecture both in Australia and overseas.

She has served the AIA by her promotion of quality design, not only within the profession, but also in the wider community, for example through her role on the Architects Review Panel for the Victorian Government Architect. Kerstin has been creative director for both the RAIA National Conference and the Venice Biennale. 

Kerstin has been recognized in the fields of both architecture and urban design. Her awards include residential, retail and institutional buildings. She has lectured widely in Australia, SE Asia and in Europe since 1996. She has been exhibited and published widely, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at both RMIT and Monash Universitites and Professor of Design in Architecture at the University of Wellington. 

Kerstin Thompson is well deserving of the honour of a Life Fellowship of the AIA. 
Francesca Davenport 

Francesca has done more than any other contemporary architect to promote and develop accessible architectural design and guidelines. She has excelled in the design of healthcare, aged care, and rehabilitation facilities and continues to provide expert advice in these fields. She has been tireless in her commitment to the profession. She has brought to attention the importance of accessible architectural design in the everyday world. Due to her efforts, many individuals are now living and enjoying inclusive lifestyles.

Francesca chose to study architecture to prove to herself that she would not be inhibited by her physical limitations. 

Being deeply aware of her own disability, Francesca pursued an area of specialization that would ensure her chosen career was a viable option for people with disabilities. She was introduced to hospital architecture early in her training. Its challenges grabbed her interest and led to her specialising in rehabilitation and accessibility design.

She understands the client's requirements from the point of view of the user and visualises solutions as a designer. This gives her a unique edge over her contemporaries. She utilizes this depth of knowledge in the design process and the sensitivity shows in all her designs.

Francesca’s influences in committees and councils for disability design at both national and international level since the early 1970s have had a significant impact on the current design of the built environment to make it more accessible. Her continual positive contributions to the public reputation of the Australian Institute of Architects and her commitment in her specialist area make her an exemplary candidate for Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects.


Victorian Honorary Fellows

Please find below a list of Victorian Honorary Fellows.

Victorian Honorary Fellows

2014 Life Fellows & Past Presidents' Luncheon at 41X. Photo Lucy Spychal