Policy changes to 2013 awards
Several policy changes have been implemented for the 2013 National Awards program.
Much has changed in the field of sustainable design since the introduction of the original Sustainable Architecture Award. While there is much greater awareness in the community regarding environmental sustainability and climate change, there is still little understanding of the significance and value of design in addressing these challenges.
Australian architects are among the international leaders in designing responsive, responsible and delightful works of architecture that 'do more with less'. The Sustainable Architecture Award is intended to support, encourage and celebrate this. While for many projects there is an understandable preoccupation with technical performance measured through rating tools, this award recognises the value of creative and intelligent thinking to achieve enduring and meaningful value through design.
The award will also recognise integrated design thinking not only for individual works of architecture but also in broader ecological contexts. The award criteria are open ended to allow the jury to recognise exemplary contributions to sustainable architecture.
The award will no longer be entered directly. Juries will consider all entries on the basis of the value they have delivered in each of the environmental, social and economic domains.
While no detailed performance data is required to be submitted, the jury may call for additional information from entrants.
The award has been elevated to a Named Award and will be referred to as the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture at the National level.
Specific changes to this prize can be viewed in the entry handbook and policy.
Small Project Architecture
To recognise the contributions of small projects within Australian design the Small Project Architecture category has been elevated to a Named Award and will be recognised as the Nicholas Murcutt Small Project Architecture Award at a national level.
The Enduring Architecture Award has been extended to allow buildings from 25 years old and over to be entered. The requirement that a building must be less than 50 years of age has been removed.
Heritage category supplement
The heritage category is for any built conservation project or study developed in accordance with the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.