10 July 2009
Since 1929, the Australian Institute of Architects' Victorian Chapter (or the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects as it was known until 1967) has been awarding projects of architectural merit. The awards systems have changed and developed over that time.
In 1996 Victoria introduced a 'name' for its award for the best entrant in the residential architecture categories. It is named the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award, after the renowned Melbourne-based architect (1865-1933). Entries to both Residential (New) and Residential (Alterations & Additions) categories compete for this award, the highest residential architecture honour in the state.
In 2009, 49 projects (24 Residential New; 25 Residential Alts & Adds) vied for the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award. Four New and three Alts & Adds received a Residential Architecture Award, including this year’s overall winner, the Letterbox House.
All awarded projects across the 11 architecture categories move into national contention and compete against winners from around the county for the National Architecture Awards.
2009 - Letterbox House (Blairgowrie) by McBride Charles Ryan
2008 - Klein Bottle House (Rye) by McBride Charles Ryan
2007 - Park Street House (North Fitzroy) by Robert Simeoni Architects
2006 - Yve Apartments (Melbourne) by Wood Marsh Architecture
2005 - Oasis Stage 1 (St Kilda) by Williams Boag Architects
2004 - Vineyard Residence (Victoria) by John Wardle Architects
2003 - House at Lake Connewarre (Leopold) by Kerstin Thompson Architects
2002 - Connolly Residence (St Kilda) by Lindsay Holland
2001 - McKendrick Lane House (West Melbourne) by Jackson Clements Burrows
2000 - Holyoake Cottage (Hawthorn) by Field Consultants
1999 - West Coast House (Skenes Creek) by Kerstin Thompson Architects
1998 - Ivanhoe Project (Ivanhoe) by McBride Charles Ryan
1997 - Isaacson Davis Residence (Victoria) by John Wardle
1996 - Kitamura Residence (Victoria) by John Wardle
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