Thursday 7 November, Brisbane

2019 National Architecture Awards

Celebrating excellence in design

The National Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1981, recognising and celebrating outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture.

From a total field of 895 entries from around the country and abroad in the 2019 awards program, 185 projects progressed to national judging following success at their respective chapter events earlier in the year. 

The winners of the 2019 National Architecture Awards will be announced at special evening ceremony at Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane on Thursday 7 November. 

Discover Australia's best Architecture of 2019

From a field of 185 eligible projects, the national jury has shortlisted 78 entries spread across every state and territory in Australia as well as Europe and the Asia Pacific region for the 2019 National Architecture Awards. 

Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre | Scott Carver | Photographer: Lynton Crabb

The winners of the 2019 National Architecture Awards were announced on Thursday 7 November.

View all the winning and commended projects. 

Meet your national jurors. 


Announcing the 2019 Shortlist

A total of 78 entries, spanning the corners of the globe and every state and territory, have been shortlisted across 14 categories by the national jury for the Australian Institute of Architects’ coveted National Architecture Awards.

Almost one in four projects shortlisted for the 7 November ceremony are located outside the country’s major cities. The national jury, led by Immediate Past President Clare Cousins, were encouraged by the volume and strength of projects in regional and remote locations across the country.

‘In selecting the most outstanding projects from around the country we were heartened that such meaningful and transformational work is being commissioned in regional areas where projects have the capacity to act as incubators for regional growth and to stimulate community engagement,’ Clare Cousins said.

From a total field of 895 entries in the 2019 awards program, 185 projects were eligible for national judging following success at their respective state and territory events earlier in the year.

See the full shortlist and read more about this year’s awards in our media release or click on the images below to browse by category. 

Congratulations to all shortlisted entrants. 

Commercial Architecture

Educational Architecture

Enduring Architecture


Interior Architecture

International Architecture

Public Architecture

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Small Project Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Urban Design

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

2019 People's Choice Award

2018 National Architecture Award for Residential Architecture Houses (New) and 2018 People's Choice Award winner | Cabbage Tree House | Peter Stutchbury Architecture | Photographer: Michael Nicholsan

Vote for your favourite house

This year, 15 residential projects are up for the honour of being awarded Australia’s favourite house.

Vote for your favourite house and go in the running for some great prizes.

2019 National Architecture AWards Jury

jury on tour

2019 National Architecture Awards Jury (L-R) | Rachel Neeson, Mat Hinds, Emma Williamson, Clare Cousins (Chair) and Donald Bates | Photographer: Vueey Le Photography

Meet your 2019 jurors

Clare Cousins LFRAIA (Jury Chair)

Immediate Past National President – Australian Institute of Architects 

Director – Clare Cousins Architects, Victoria

Clare Cousins LFRAIA (Jury Chair)

Clare Cousins established her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects, in 2005. Engaged in projects large and small, the studio has a particular interest in housing and projects that nurture community. Clare is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and its Immediate Past National President.

Maintaining a balanced professional profile, Clare is actively involved in the broader design community. Within the Institute Clare sits on the Board of Directors, is a Nationally-Elected Councillor and is involved in various committees at state and national level. She has contributed to strategic advisory panels, including for the Victorian Government, and is a passionate advocate for the advancement of architecture. In 2018, Clare was awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Presidential Medal and honorary membership for her contribution to the profession.

Clare was an inaugural investor in the Nightingale model, a socially, financially and ecologically sustainable multi-residential housing model. She is now undertaking her own Nightingale project as one of six architecture practices collaborating to deliver Nightingale Village as both designers and developers.

Clare was a member of the Institute’s National Awards Jury in 2013 following receipt of that year’s National Emerging Architect Prize. She has since adjudicated awards for Dulux, Think Brick, IDEA, NGV Architecture Commission, and numerous state and national Australian Institute of Architect’s awards, including the 2019 Gold Medal.

Rachel Neeson FRAIA

Director – Neeson Murcutt Architects, NSW

Rachel Neeson FRAIA

Rachel Neeson formed Neeson Murcutt Architects Pty Ltd with her late partner Nicholas Murcutt in 2004. Based in Sydney, the practice pursues a range of project types across Australia from bespoke houses to housing prototypes, multiunit housing, public and community projects, sports facilities, and schools.

Neeson Murcutt Architects is one of very few smaller practices to have been awarded the highest professional accolade across diverse categories – public architecture, urban design, interior, heritage, education and residential architecture.

Rachel studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in 1993. She was awarded the Board of Architects 2002 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship and completed a Masters of Architecture in Barcelona. She has been Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, and is now Professor of Practice at the University of New South Wales. Rachel currently serves on design advisory panels for the City of Sydney and Landcom.

Neeson Murcutt Architects was joined by Dr Stephen Neille, formerly of Perth-based practice Pendal and Neille, in 2016.

Mat Hinds RAIA

Director – Taylor and Hinds Architects, Tasmania

Mat Hinds RAIA

Mat received his architectural education in both Tasmania and abroad and registered as an Architect in Tasmania in 2011.

He has held teaching and associate lecturing and examiner positions at the University of Tasmania for over a decade and has taught in a number of institutions internationally.

In 2010 he established his practice with partner Poppy Taylor. The work of Taylor and Hinds is recognised nationally for its poetic, considered and rigorous ideation and execution. The practice is internationally, nationally and locally awarded.

In 2018 he was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ Tasmanian Emerging Architects Prize for his contribution to the profession.

Emma Williamson RAIA

Founder and CEO – TheFulcrum.Agency, WA

Emma Williamson RAIA

Emma Williamson is a founder and CEO of TheFulcrum.Agency, an innovative creative practice focused on bringing design thinking, research and advocacy and to a wide range of community challenges.

Over the course of her career Emma has developed a portfolio of projects with a focus on socially impactful outcomes. These have received national and international recognition across fields as diverse as Urban Design, Education, Heritage and Public Participation.

She currently holds a position as Chair of the Design Review Panel for the City of Canning, Deputy Chair for the Design Review Panel for the City of Stirling and since 2012 has been an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. She is a sought-after jury member for awards programs across Australia, from the AIA to programs such as Think Brick, HOUSES and IDEA awards.

Emma has developed a keen interest in the culture of practice and has established a reputation as a leading voice on equity in architecture, particularly the improvement of career pathways for women. She was the founding Chair of the Institute’s National Gender Equity Committee, a committee that has been pivotal in generating a movement of change in practice across Australia.

Prof Donald Bates LFRAIA

Co-Founder and Director – LAB Architecture Studio, Victoria

Chair of Architectural Design – University of Melbourne

Prof Donald Bates LFRAIA FRIBA

Professor Donald Bates is the Chair of Architectural Design, University of Melbourne and Associate Dean (Engagement)for the Melbourne School of Design. He is a Founder and Director of LAB Architecture Studio.

Bates graduated with a B.Arch from University of Houston, and has an M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Upon graduation, he was invited to teach at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He founded and directed LoPSiA in France from 1990-94.

In 1994, Prof Bates and Peter Davidson founded LAB Architecture Studio, and in 1997, LAB won the competition for Federation Square. LAB has designed a range of large-scale commercial, cultural, civic and residential projects, numerous master plans, with built works in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and has received numerous awards for these projects.

Prof Bates has lectured at more than 240 schools of architecture, and has been published extensively in journals and magazines. He is a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel, Chair of the University of Melbourne Design Advisory and Review Group, the Metro Rail Arts Advisory Panel, and has been a jury member or chair of more than 25 international architectural design competitions.

Join us in Brisbane For Architecture's night of nights

2019 National Awards Ceremony

The 2019 National Architecture Awards will be held in Brisbane on Thursday 7 Nov. 

Socialise over welcome drinks and canapes, then join host Janice Petersen from SBS World News as we announce the recipients of 2019 National honours and afterwards celebrate into the night with a cocktail reception on the iconic Brisbane waterfront.

When: 6pm, Thursday 7 Nov 2019

Where: Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City

Dress code: Cocktail

Tickets: Members $185 / Non-members $195

Terms and conditions
Tickets are transferable so if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send a substitute guest. All cancellations or changes to a registration must be made in writing to the Events Team events@architecture.com.au.

All cancellations and refunds will incur an administration fee of $50.00, no refunds will be issued within 14 days before the event. ‘No shows’ to the event will be charged the full ticket price.

Event Details

How to get there

The presentation will take place on the bank of the Brisbane River in Howard’s Hall East, under the Story Bridge, 5 Boundary Road, Brisbane City, the after party to follow at the Rivershed.

Pre-book your on-site parking here. Alternative paid parking is located nearby: Wilson Parking entry to the car park off Main Street or Harrison Land, Secure Parking in Chinatown Mall and Secure Parking on Brunswick Street.

By bus:
Adelaide Street, Eagle Street, Ann Street and Brunswick Streets are the closest bus stops to Howard Smith Wharves.

On foot:
The west footpath joins Howard Smith Wharves from the City Reach Boardwalk near Queen Street, Brisbane City. The east footpath begins at the New Farm Riverwalk from Riverview Court, New Farm. Two lifts are located at the top of the cliffs on Bowen Terraces for direct access into the precinct.

Need a place to stay?

To assist with your stay in Brisbane, we have collated a list of accommodation options: available at special discounted rates exclusively for those attending the 2019 National Architecture Awards. All rates are subject to availability and you may be required to provide your credit card details at the time of booking.

Contact us

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E: events@architecture.com.au

Media enquiries
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