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National architecture 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. 2019 prize entries are now closed. 

Policies & guidelines

Download a copy of the Institute's Architectural Competition Policy.
Download a copy of the Institute's Policy 13 Awards, Prizes and Honours.
Download a copy of the Institute's Architectural Competition Guidelines.
Download a copy of the Institute's Architectural Competition Model Conditions.

For further information relating to Architectural Competitions, including requests for Institute endorsement for your competition, please contact: archcompetitions@architecture.com.au.

For information regarding the following, please contact: 
National Prizes: prizes@architecture.com.au
Awards: awards@architecture.com.au

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Congratulations to the 2019 National Prize Winners

The following 2019 National Prizes have now all been announced, and we'd like to extend congratulations to all our esteemed winners:

Gold Medal 
Hank Koning FRAIA and Julie Eizenberg RAIA - Koning Eizenberg (International)

National President’s Prize 
Tim Ross

Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize 
Helen Lochhead FRAIA (NSW)

Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize
Vivian Mitsogianni (Vic)

Leadership in Sustainability Prize

Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (NSW)

Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture 
Bobbie Bayley and Owen Kelly (NSW)

Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture – Commendation 
Julius Egan (NSW)

BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize
Sobi Slingsby (NSW)

Australian Institute of Architects' Dulux Study Tour 
Alix Smith - Hassell (Vic)
Ben Peake - Carter Williamson Architects (NSW)
Carly McMahon - Liminal Studio (Tas)
Jennifer McMaster – Trias (NSW)
Phillip Nielsen - Regional Design Service (NSW)

Chapter Emerging Architect Prize Winners
Will Gardner, Guida Moseley Brown Architects (ACT)
Cameron Anderson, Cameron Anderson Architects (NSW)
Emma Healy, Reddog Architects (QLD) 
Rodney Eggleston, March Studio (Vic)
Kukame McPierzie, Gresley Abas (WA)


Gold Medal for Architecture


2019 Gold Medallists - Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning. Image: Matthew Momberger

Congratulations to Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning, the 2019 Gold Medallists. 
The Gold Medal – the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour – recognizes distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, producing work of great distinction that has advanced architecture or endowed the profession in a distinguished manner.

Los Angeles-based Australian expatriates Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg, of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, jointly won the prestigious Gold Medal for their lifelong pursuit of social and community outcomes through architecture.

Gold Medallists 2018–1960

 
  • 2018 Alec Tzannes 
  • 2017 Peter Elliott
  • 2016 Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall
  • 2015 Peter Stutchbury
  • 2014 Phil Harris and Adrian Welke, Troppo
  • 2013 Peter Wilson
  • 2012 Lawrence Nield
  • 2011 Graeme Gunn
  • 2010 Lindsay and Kerry Clare
  • 2009 Ken Maher
  • 2008 Richard Johnson
  • 2007 Enrico Taglietti
  • 2006 Kerry Hill
  • 2005 James Birrell
  • 2004 Gregory Burgess
  • 2003 Peter Corrigan
  • 2002 Brit Andresen
  • 2001 Keith Eric Cottier
  • 2000 John Neville Morphett
  • 1999 Richard Leplastrier
  • 1998 Gabriel Poole
  • 1997 Roy McCowan Simpson
  • 1996 John Denton, William Corker, Barrington Marshall
  • 1995 no award
  • 1994 Neville Quarry
  • 1993 Kenneth Frank Woolley
  • 1992 Glenn Marcus Murcutt
  • 1991 Donald Campbell Rupert Bailey
  • 1990 Professor Peter McIntyre
  • 1989 Robin Findlay Gibson
  • 1988 Romaldo Giurgola
  • 1987 Daryl Sanders Jackson
  • 1986 Richard Butterworth
  • 1985 Richard Norman Johnson
  • 1984 Philip Sutton Cox
  • 1983 Gilbert Ridgway Nicol and Ross Kingsley Chisholm
  • 1982 Sir John Wallace Overall
  • 1981 Colin Frederick Madigan
  • 1980 John Hamilton Andrews
  • 1979 Harold Bryce Mortlock\
  • 1978 Mervyn Henry Parry
  • 1977 Ronald Andrew Gilling
  • 1976 Harry Seidler
  • 1975 Sydney Edward Ancher
  • 1974 Raymond Berg
  • 1973 Jorn Utzon
  • 1972 Edward Herbert Farmer
  • 1971 Frederick Bruce Lucas
  • 1970 Jack Hobbs McConnell
  • 1969 Robin Boyd
  • 1968 Sir Roy Grounds
  • 1967 William Purves Race Godfrey
  • 1966 William Rae Laurie
  • 1965 Sir Osborn McCutcheon
  • 1964 Cobden Parkes
  • 1963 Sir Arthur Stephenson
  • 1962 Joseph Charles Fowell
  • 1961 Louis Laybourne-Smith
  • 1960 Leslie Wilkinson

Eligibility and Criteria 

The Gold Medal is the highest honour the Institute may bestow.

(a)    Basis of the Honour
The Award shall be made in recognition of most distinguished services by an individual architect who has designed or executed structures of high merit or produced work of great distinction to promote or facilitate the knowledge of architecture, or by work which has endowed the profession of architecture in such an exceptional or distinguished way as to merit the award.

In exceptional circumstances, the Gold Medal may be awarded to a group of individual architects who have demonstrated that they have collectively met the above criteria.

(b)    Conditions
Not more than one Gold Medal shall be awarded in any year, and the honour need not necessarily be given each year.

The Gold Medal may be awarded to an Australian or foreign architect.

(c)    Nominations
Annually the CEO will call for nominations for the Gold Medal.

Nominations are directed to the CEO and must provide the name, biography, general history of the career and distinguished work of the nominee with evidence of their work. It is at the discretion of the nominator to keep the nomination confidential.

The CEO shall keep a record of Gold Medal nominations including the original date received. Nominations will be considered by the Gold Medal Committee and, if considered worthy, will be added to the Gold Medal Register. Once on the register, nominations will be considered each year for five consecutive years, after which the nomination will lapse. Previous nominees may be re-nominated. The Gold Medal Register will be kept confidential. Those nominated are not guaranteed a place on the Register.

To suggest a Gold Medal nominee please contact your local Chapter. Gold Medal nominations are submitted to the National Awards and Prizes Manager by:

  1. National Council - signed by the President
  2. National Executive - signed by the President
  3. Chapter Council - signed by the Chapter President
  4. National Committee - signed by the Committee Chair
  5. The National President
  6. A National Councilor
  7. A Chapter President
  8. A Chairperson of a National Committee
  9. An Area Committee - signed by the Chair

National President's Prize

Congratulations to Tim Ross, winner of the 2019 National President's Prize. 

'Architecture needs champions: advocates who will embrace our campaigns for design – and its positive impact on communities, the environment and society – and amplify our voice to a wider audience.

One of our champions is Tim Ross. A comedian, self-proclaimed design nerd, broadcaster and entertainer, Tim is one of our industry’s most passionate activists and champions. Not only has he raised the profile of heritage and design in general, he also promotes Australian architecture in his unique voice in popular culture.

He delved into modernist Australian residential architecture in the 2016 television show Streets of Your Town, highlighting its importance in contemporary culture and its precarious standing in planning codes. This was a passion project for Tim, who devised, wrote and hosted the two-part series. It was the most-watched arts program that year. His involvement expands the reach of the architecture profession to a much wider audience than we would otherwise be able to achieve.

Together with Kit Warhurst, Tim established Man About the House in 2013 to host small gatherings in iconic Australian modernist buildings. Through storytelling, comedy and music, these events provide a unique opportunity for the public to experience architecture. In recent years, the program has expanded to showcase contemporary architect-designed homes at home and abroad.

Tim is a true advocate for the cause of architecture. Presenting the Australian Institute of Architects’ Griffin Lecture at the National Press Club last year, he argued the case for protecting our “new heritage,” its retention being critical to the cultural fabric of our communities. Tim has also been vocal in the Hands Off Anzac Hall and Save Our Sirius campaigns and achieved recognition with a National Trust Heritage Award for Advocacy last year.

Now it is our turn to officially recognize him for his advocacy, activism and outstanding contribution to the architecture profession. In awarding the 2019 National President’s Prize, we thank Tim for his passion, his entertainment, his vision, and his heart and soul for the cause of architecture.' - Jury Citation


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. The Emerging Architect Prize is proudly supported by Architectural Window Systems (AWS).


Entries for the 2019 Emerging Architect Prize are now closed. 

Entering 

Entry into the Emerging Architect Prize is a two-step process.

  1. Nomination – eligible candidates are nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects via the online entry system.
  2. Submission of entry material – nominated candidates will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination, the nominee will be asked to submit the entry material listed under 'entry requirements' via the online entry system.

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

Entry requirements

The Nominator
Australian Institute of Architects members wishing to nominate an individual or collaboration are asked to submit the following via the online entry system. Nominators will be asked to provide the following information:

  • the nominator’s name and contact details
  • the nominee’s name and contact details and membership number
  • a brief (max 150 words) outlining the reason for the nomination

The Nominee
Once a nomination has been made, the nominee will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination; the nominee will be asked to submit the following entry material via the online entry system:

  • a statement addressing each of the key criteria items outlined in the judging criteria (two A4 pages maximum)
  • a resume: four A4 pages maximum (please ensure you provide the architectural registration number, date of registration and date of graduation for each individual being nominated)
  • a portfolio of works: this can include built and unbuilt work (five A4 pages maximum)
  • two references: from an employer or clients
  • photo of entrant(s) – this can be uploaded separately to the requirements above
  • entry requirements listed above must be uploaded on a single PDF document and must not exceed 5MB
  • finalists may be asked by their local Chapter to submit additional materials to the local jury including CDs or hard copies

Eligibility and Criteria

Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfil the following prize criteria:
(i)       Must be within 15 years of graduation and have first been registered as an Architect anywhere, not more than 10 years ago.
(ii)     Must enter in the Chapter in which they are currently residing.
(iii)    Must be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the Institute (only members of the Institute will be eligible for this prize. If the entrant is not a current Institute member, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2).
(iv)    Once nominated, must complete the required entry form.
(v)      A minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the Jury may decide not to award a winner.
(vi)    The Chapter Jury may choose not to award a state winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria.
(vii)  Previous recipients of the Chapter or National Prize are not eligible to enter.
(viii) Submission must be received by the closing date determined by each Chapter.

Judging criteria

State and national juries will judge entries based on the following criteria:

  • excellence in architectural practice, research or education
  • involvement in Australian Institute of Architects activities and/or forums of similar professional bodies
  • contribution to architecture through leadership within the profession
  • contribution to community activities such as charity and voluntary work related to the profession is not essential but would be judged favourably

The PRIZE

Chapter Winners
The Chapter Winners will receive the following:
  • One (1) x ticket to attend their local Chapter Architecture Awards event
  • One (1) x ticket to the National Architecture Conference, including return economy airfares from their closest Chapter city and accommodation for up to two nights. 
  • One (1) x ticket to the National Architecture Awards, including return economy airfares from their closest Chapter city and accommodation for up to one night
  • $1,000.00

National Prize Winner
The National Winner will receive the following:
  • $2,000.00
  • National Tour 

Past winners

2018 Winners
2017 winners
2016 winners

Contact
For further information, please contact your local Chapter.


Dulux Study Tour



Entries for this prize close 5:00pm AEDT Monday 14 October 

The Australian Institute of Architects' Dulux Study Tour prize is your opportunity to be part of an exciting and coveted program that inspires and fosters Australia’s next generation of emerging architectural talent.

Winners embark on an exciting international architectural tour where they can experience firsthand some of the best architectural sites and practices.

Eligibility

Entry is open to all architects and graduates of architecture of up to 10 years from graduation of the two-tier or five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree. It is only open to Australian citizens/residents and New Zealand citizens residing in Australia. It is mandatory that entrants are Australian Institute of Architects members.

Entrants may be nominated by an employer or self-nominate if they are self-employed. The nominating employer and self-nominees must be an Australian Institute of Architects member.

Judging Criteria

The prize will be awarded to five emerging architects on the basis of their individual contributions to:

  • architectural practice
  • education
  • design excellence
  • community involvement

Stage one entry is a simple online entry form. Stage two requires submission of a document that includes; an employer reference (maximum three references), resume (maximum two pages), portfolio of works (maximum of four pages) max 10mb 

Click here for the Terms and Conditions

Congratulations to the 2019 winners:

  • Carly McMahon (Tasmania): Carly is an architect at Liminal Studio, which integrates design and architecture with interior design, furniture, object design, arts, curation and production design for projects including the Hedberg Performing Arts Centre and Cascades Female Factory History and Interpretation Centre. 
  • Jennifer McMaster (NSW): Jennifer is a director of studio, TRIAS, and has worked on residential and cultural projects across Australia and the UK. She received the 2015 NSW Design Medal, and the NSW AIA Graduate of the Year Award. 
  • Phillip Nielsen (NSW): Phillip is the co-founder of Regional Design Service in Corowa, a firm aimed at delivering meaningful, thought-provoking and sustainable design outcomes for rural and regional communities and people. 
  • Ben Peake (NSW): Ben is an associate at Carter Williamson Architects with a keen interest in exploring how cities can help shape human interaction. He was a founding member of Save Our Sirius and is a casual academic in the School of Architecture at UTS. 
  • Alix Smith (Victoria): Alix is an Associate at HASSELL who has led projects from pop-ups to the Melbourne Metro. She has 10 years’ experience in the architecture industry, including a year teaching at the University of Melbourne. 

 

Follow the Dulux Study Tour on Twitter and see the official Dulux Study Tour Blog

Leadership in Sustainability Prize



Entries for the 2020 Prize close on Friday 30 August 2019. 

Eligibility

The prize recognises individuals and/or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sustainability of the built environment. Entrants can be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for this prize.

Nominations should meet the following criteria:

  • creation of and advancement of knowledge through research and education
  • development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
  • development and implementation of effective practice
  • engagement of industry and the community with this knowledge, advocacy or practice

Entry Requirements

To enter, please provide the following materials via the online entry form:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the above criteria.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages, which describe the nominee's educational qualifications, relevant, career history and experience.
  • The name and contact details of a minimum of two nominees, or referees, with declaration of interest.

PRIZE 

The Prize is a certificate, and the costs of attending the 2020 National Architecture Conference.


2019 Winner

Gen Y Housing Project. Image: Robert Frith 

Congratulations to Cooperative Research Centre or Low Carbon Living, winner of the 2019 Leadership in Sustainability Prize. 

'The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living has been one of Australia’s pivotal research and innovation hubs, focused on driving our sector towards not only more sustainable development, but also a globally competitive low-carbon future. The Cooperative Research Centre’s advancement of knowledge through research and education has included training more than one hundred higher-degree research students, developing a much-needed evidence base for policy and planning, and growing an extensive partner network with sustainable built environment peak bodies, ensuring that the research undertaken has real-world impact at building and precinct scales.

From working with councils, property developers and utilities companies to enable better developments and faster approvals to establishing low-carbon programs for schools and businesses, the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living’s leadership in the field has been well recognised. What impressed the jury in particular was its ongoing policy work, including proposed revisions to the building sustainability index, and its collective advocacy work, which has included a number of forums and publications covering local renewables, cooling cities and low-carbon homes for low-income households. The Cooperative Research Centre, in a reasonably short time, has touched a large number of those in the built environment in a positive way.' - Jury Citation 

Past winners

  • 2018 (no winner)
  • 2017 (no winner)
  • 2016 Jeremy McLeod
  • 2015 Professor Emeritus Allan Rodger
  • 2014 John Macdonald, DesignINC
  • 2013 Daniel Grollo
  • 2012 Prof Rob Adams & the City Design Division
  • 2011 Paul Pholeros, Healthabitat
  • 2010 Tony Arnel

Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize



Entries for the 2020 Prize are now open and will close on Friday 11 October 2019. 

Architectural Education Prize recognises the significance of architectural education in the promotion and improvement of the built environment. The Prize recognises an outstanding contribution in architectural education in one or more areas of: teaching, scholarship, research, leadership and community engagement in both the higher education and wider community forums. The Prize is awarded annually although the jury has discretion not to make an award where there is no nomination of appropriate merit in any year.

The Prize maintains an emphasis on significant contributions to architectural education, and recognises an outstanding career within academia.

Individuals and/or groups of individuals who have contributed to architectural education in Australia can nominate or self-nominate for this prize. The online entry form must be completed with the following details:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the selection criteria (teaching, research, community engagement, scholarship, leadership). The statement should be a maximum of 1 x A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee's/applicant's educational qualifications, career history and teaching positions and experience (where applicable).
  • Contact information of two referees/nominators. If you are self-nominating please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators.
  • An image of yourself or the group.

PRIZE 

The Prize is a cash prize of $2,000, certificate, medallion, and the costs of attending the 2020 National Architecture Conference.


2019 Winner


Congratulations to Vivian Mitsogianni, winner of the 2019 Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize. 

'Dr Vivian Mitsogianni has excelled in all areas of academic life – teaching, research and leadership. More distinctly, she has sought ways to combine these fields of endeavour. Her teaching and research have converged seamlessly with an ideas-led architectural practice and been deeply informed by her own personal explorations in design since she established M@Studio Architects almost two decades ago. This practice won the inaugural competition for the NGV architecture commission which, when realized, attracted critical acclaim and public approval.

Vivian has played a much greater role at RMIT University than that of an exemplary architect for students to look up to. As head of architecture since 2013, she continues to foster opportunities for other adventurous architectural studios to teach in the RMIT program or to themselves become students and embark on design-based research. She has been a core member of the supervisory team for the RMIT practice-based PhD program, and her doctoral students have included luminaries of the profession in Australia and abroad, including one of her referees for this award.  

She is a powerful voice for design and education, as demonstrated by her work in co-editing the 2015 book Studio Futures: Changing Architectural Trajectories in Architectural Education. Lastly, Vivian has proved a compelling manager, winning the RMIT vice-chancellor’s leadership award for “progressing the discipline with authority and humility while helping others to be the best self they can be.” - Jury Citation 

Past winners

  • 2018 (no winner)
  • 2017 (no winner)
  • 2016 Professor Michael Ostwald, University of Newcastle
  • 2015 Professor Paul Memmott, University of Queensland
  • 2014 Professor Miles Lewis, University of Melbourne
  • 2013 winner Peter Corrigan, RMIT University
  • 2012 winner Shane Murray, Monash University
  • 2012 commendation David O’Brien, University of Melbourne
  • 2011 winner Associate Professor Anna Rubbo, University of Sydney
  • 2011 commendation Barry McNeill, Tasmania
  • 2010 Professor Gordon Holden, Griffith University
  • 2010 commendation Associate Professor Samer Akkach, University of Adelaide
  • 2008 Professor Graham Brawn, University of Melbourne
  • 2007 joint winners Bill Busfield, University of Western Australia, and Dr Paula Whitman, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2006 Professor Deo Prasad, University of New South Wales
  • 2005 Professor Leon van Schaik, RMIT University
  • 2005 commendation Dr Anna Rubbo, University of Sydney
  • 2004 Rory Spence, University of Tasmania
  • 2004 joint commendation David Morris and Nick Opie, University of South Australia
  • 2003 joint winners Errol Tout and Stephen Parkin, Curtin University of Technology
  • 2002 Professor Lindsay Johnston, University of Newcastle
  • 2001 Professor Jennifer Taylor, Queensland University of Technology

Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize





 Entries for the 2020 Prize will close Friday 13 September 2019.

The Prize aims to recognise exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architectural practice, education and governance. The prize is an initiative of the Institute's National Committee for Gender Equity.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The Prize will be awarded based on demonstrated national or international peer recognition of a contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture through:

  • education
  • research
  • advocacy
  • policy development
  • community engagement
  • leadership

ENTRY MATERIAL

Submissions are made via an online portal and each nomination is required to provide relevant supporting material that addresses the judging criteria, including:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the eligibility criteria (creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education, development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy, and development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community). The statement should be a maximum of one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
  • Address the Judging Criteria; each relevant Judging Criterion (education, research, advocacy, policy development, community engagement, leadership) individually with each as its own subheading. Total length of no more than two A4 pages.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two A4 pages, referencing the nominee/s’ educational qualifications, career history, positions and experience.
  • Contact information of two referees / nominators. If you are self-nominating, please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators. These may be the same or different from your references.
  • An image of yourself or the group.

ELIGIBILITY

Individuals and/or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity may be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for the prize. Nominations are sought for excellence in achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  1. creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education
  2. development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
  3. development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community

PRIZE 

The Prize is a certificate, and the costs of attending the 2020 National Architecture Conference.


2019 Winner


Congratulations to Helen Lochhead, winner of the 2019 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize.

'The jury has awarded the 2019 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize to Professor Helen Lochhead for her outstanding and determined individual contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture, and her leadership across all criteria: contribution to education, research, advocacy, policy development and community engagement.

The first female dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Helen has consistently championed the advancement of women through her professional activities over a sustained period. With a reach of more than three thousand staff and graduates, she has used her leadership to actively support women though policy, advocacy and mentorship. In 2017, Helen pledged to ensure 50 percent of leadership roles in the architectural profession would be held by women by 2025; this year, she met this goal within the faculty’s leadership team and advisory council.

Helen’s contribution is exemplified by the UNSW Engaging Women in the Built Environment program, a personal initiative that profiles more than twenty women each year and has connected more than one thousand women in the industry, creating new partnerships and job opportunities.

In her role as New South Wales deputy government architect, she introduced programs to support women to stay in the workforce. As a member of the Australian Institute of Architects / National Association of Women in Construction Mentor Program and through her own private practice, Helen has mentored students, staff and colleagues in Australia and overseas.

Combining her teaching, research, practice and advisory roles, Helen uses her profile to facilitate education opportunities for women in architecture, including establishing scholarships and prizes, and supporting mentoring programs and work placements. 

Helen is a most deserving recipient of this 2019 prize, and we congratulate her on this significant recognition.
' - Jury Citation

Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture (SPAA)



Entries for the 2020 Prize are now closed. 

This prize is for a most outstanding contribution by an individual student/SONA member towards the advancement of architecture in the areas of leadership, publication, community or education. The aim of the prize is to recognise those whom:
  • provide leadership amongst fellow students and/or within the profession
  • promote the appreciation and advancement of architecture
  • provide a forum for discourse and networking
  • promote architects in the community
  • advance the education of Australian architecture students

The nominee should demonstrate high achievement in one or preferably more of the following categories:

Leadership – chairing forums; organising student groups; effective representation of students on Institute and/or university committees; organising student activities such as conferences, competitions, camps, architecture weeks, exhibitions, architecture revues, guest lecture programs.

Publication – editing, designing and/or producing a student or professional publication; student design and theory work; student opinion; student reviews of works of architecture; letters to the editor in prominent newspapers; articles in Architecture Australia and/or Chapter magazines; articles in student (campus-based) newspapers/magazines; digital publications.

Community – promoting architecture and/or architects to the public; involving students with community issues; involving the community with architectural issues.

Education – involvement in education activities that have consistently advanced architecture.

Who can enter?

Current financial student/SONA members who have advanced architecture in the previous two years may be nominated or self-nominate for this prize. The work must have been undertaken while still a student or while the student has deferred the course (with the intention of finishing their architecture study in subsequent years).

Nominations can be made by SONA members, SONA Executive, NEC members and Australian Architecture Schools/Programs. When nominated by other than the applicant, two nominators are required.

Current National Councillors, Australian Institute of Architects staff members and current Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture jurors may not take part in the application/nomination process.

Achievements of the entrant considered by the Jury must relate to the advancement of architecture in leadership, publication, community or education activities other than those that form part of the role of SONA President.

How to enter

The online entry form must be completed with the following details:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the selection criteria (teaching, research, community engagement, scholarship, leadership). The statement should be a maximum of one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication (PDF is preferred).
  • A CV of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee/applicant's educational qualifications, career history, teaching positions and experience (where applicable).
  • Contact information of two referees/nominators. If you are self-nominating, please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators.
  • An image of the nominee (individual or group).

PRIZE 

The Prize is a cash prize of $2,000 to the winner, and the costs of attending the 2020 National Architecture Conference.


2019 Winner


Image: Dillon Seitchik-Reardon

Congratulations to Bobbie Bayley and Owen Kelly, winner of the 2019 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture. 

'The 2019 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture is awarded to Bobbie Bayley and Owen Kelly for their project “Grand Section.” Inspired by the principles of the Grand Tour and an architectural section, Bobbie and Owen set out to explore the relationship between landscape, architecture and people in some of the most remote parts of Australia. Travelling by bicycle for ten months, the pair traversed the continent along latitude 25°S from Fraser Island in the east to Shark Bay in the west, a journey of 7,600 kilometres. Their journey was punctuated by week-long stopovers that afforded Bobbie and Owen opportunities for exchange by engaging communities in participatory workshops and discussions about place, people and architecture. The findings were captured and presented through onsite exhibitions and illustrated keepsake booklets. 

Bobbie and Owen documented their journey via Instagram, Facebook and a blog – “The Grand Section: Girt by Sea, Girth by Desert” – and, since completing it, they have shared their research with the wider architectural community through conference presentations and numerous talks and workshops across Australia. They have also produced a travelling exhibition, Girthy with Slim Edges, comprising handmade display cases, printed zines and videos from their travels. They continue to travel and share their experiences and insights with both the architectural profession and the general public. 
The jury unanimously awards this prize to Bobbie and Owen for their initiative, creativity and tenacity, and for their commitment to the advancement of architecture through leadership, publication, education and, most particularly, community engagement and advocacy in promoting the value and importance of Australian architecture
.' - Jury Citation

Congratulations also goes to Julius Egan for receiving a Commendation for the 2019 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture.



BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize


Entries for the 2019 BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize are now closed.

The BlueScope 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.

The Australian Institute of Architects would like to take this opportunity to thank BlueScope for their continued support of the Institute, and the architecture profession.

ABOUT THE PRIZE
The Australian Institute of Architects BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture.
 
On behalf of the Institute (as administrator), BlueScope Steel (as the Institute’s Principal Corporate Partner), and Glenn Murcutt (as patron), we wish to thank you in advance for your time, effort and energy dedicated to nominating your outstanding students and for helping to support and celebrate the achievements of the newest generation in architecture. 
 
JUDGING PROCESS 
University Judging
Each Institute recognised architecture school is invited to select one or two nominees to be considered by the National Jury. Nominee numbers from each university are determined as follows:
1. Schools with less than 500 students enrolled may select one nominee from their total entries. 
2. Schools with 500 or more students enrolled may select up to two nominees from their total entries. 
Selection procedures and jury members are at the discretion of each architecture school, but entries are judged based on the entry criteria outlined in the prize conditions. Nominees are submitted to the Australian Institute of Architects via an online entry system.
 
The National Jury will meet to select finalists and a final prize winner from the nominees put forward by the Universities.
 
JUDGING CRITERIA
The selection criteria used by both the University and National juries shall include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Degree of complexity of the program. 
  • Sensitivity and communication of response to place and environment. 
  • Practicality of approach to technology and feasibility of construction demonstrating an appreciation of build ability, structure and services requirements. 
  • Sensitivity of response and relevance to Australian culture. 

ELIGIBILITY 
The 2019 BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize is open to: 

  • Students who have completed an Australian Institute of Architects /SONA recognised Australian architecture course in 2017/18; 
  • Undergraduate or Masters students enrolled in an Australian Institute of Architects /SONA recognised Australian architecture course during 2017/2018. 

For the purposes of the prize, students at Australian Architecture schools represented on the Australian Institute of Architects/SONA national committee are considered eligible to enter this competition. 

Design work submitted by students is to have been undertaken within an Australian architecture course in either 2017 or 2018. Only one entry per person may be submitted. Group entries are not permitted. 
 
ENTRY MATERIAL
Submissions are to be made digitally via an online portal and each nomination is to provide the following relevant supporting material:

  • Up to 12 scanned or digital images of the project
  • A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to place
  • A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to technology
  • A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to Australian Culture
  • A letter of support from the entrant's University

Entries for the 2021 Prize will open in 2020.

PRIZE 

The Prize is a cash prize of $8,000 to the winner, and the costs of attending the 2019 National Architecture Conference.
 
Selected finalists will also, at the Institute’s discretion, receive tickets and travel to attend the 2019 National Architecture Conference. 


2019 Winner


Congratulations to Sobi Slingsby, winner of the 2019 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture. 

'The jury was unanimous in awarding the 2019 BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize to Sobi Slingsby of Griffith University for her project on Lady Elliot Island.

Sobi’s scheme is a beautifully considered architectural response to the anticipated impact of climate change and sea-level rise on a coral cay at the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The proposal is for a group of shelters, both on land and over the water, that provide the essential needs of human habitation. The land-based structures are kept below the treetops, while those on the water are raised on sturdy foundations and imagined to foster new coral growth as the coral cay adapts to climate change.

The natural world is not static – the shelters can be tuned to suit different climatic conditions and adverse weather to capture breezes, offer shade and withstand the extremes of tropical cyclones. The technologies are simple and direct, providing an experience akin to camping.  Their small footprint and elevated platforms evoke the childhood pleasures of the tree house with views over the island, surrounding reefs and ocean.

All aspects of the scheme have been carefully considered and are illustrated with outstanding drawings, eloquent narrative and refined imagery.' - Jury Citation

 


William J Mitchell International Chapter Prize

The William J Mitchell International Chapter Prize is awarded annually in recognition of a significant contribution to architecture internationally. The prize seeks to honour Australians who have made a significant contribution to the profession, study or advancement of architecture beyond our shores.

Entrants may be of any nationality, based in Australia or overseas and an architect or allied professional. It is not essential to be an Institute member in order to enter this award. The entry cannot be a project, and although group entries are accepted, individual entrants are preferred.

Nominations may be received from the entrant, any Institute member or any member of the International Chapter. Submissions must be made via the online entry system.

Entry material must demonstrate:

  • a significant contribution to architecture internationally (either over their lifetime or through a specific significant achievement), and
  • a significant connection with Australia (e.g. membership of the Institute, Australian born or citizen, worked or educated in Australia).

Judging of all nominations will be conducted by the International Chapter at their annual face-to-face meeting.

Congratulations to the 2018 winner:
Dr Liu Thai Ker FRAIA – Morrow (Singapore)

For any additional information please contact please contact the International Chapter at international@architecture.com.au.