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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 Award), Emerging Architect Prize, SWT Blythe Student Prize and Open House Hobart. 

2016 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 named awards are considered in the Australian Institute of Architect's National Architecture Awards.

Nominations for the 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards closed 1 March. Presentations to the jury were conducted on Saturday 19 March. The jury conducted site visits on 7-8 April.

All entries are shown in exhibitions in Launceston (13 May - 3 July at Launceston LINC, Civic Sq, Launceston) and Hobart (9 July - 6 June at Brooke Street Pier). 

The awards will be presented on Saturday 25 June in Hobart. A special awards publication will be inserted in the Sunday Tasmanian on Sunday 26 June.

In 2016 there are 27 entries in the following categories.

Commercial Architecture
The Colin Philp Award is the state's highest award for commercial architecture. It was not conferred in 2015. 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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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). 

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

Small Project Architecture
The Peter Willmott Award is the state's highest award for small projects. The Peter Wilmott 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.

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.

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.

Additional Prizes
John Lee Archer Triennial Prize for Commercial Architecture – the best Tasmanian commercial architecture of the last three years.
2016 President’s Prize
2016 Emerging Architect Prize
2016 SWT Blythe Student Prize
2016 People’s Choice Prize

Vote for your favourite in the annual people's choice prize to win $10,000 in prizes, including a Zip Water hydrotap, Dulux Australia colour consultation and paints, and Brickworks books. The architect of the People's Choice Prize winning project receives a Simon Ancher Studio table made with Hydrowood.


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.