2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury

The Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects is pleased to announce the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury:

  • Lucy Burke-Smith (Jury Chair) RAIA | Purcell
  • Bevan Rees FRAIA | Bevan Rees Architect
  • Will Harkness RAIA | JAWS Architects
  • Bek Verrier RAIA | Bence Mulcahy
  • Bernadette Wilson | Design Institute of Australia

2020 Jury

Lucy Burke-Smith
Lucy Burke-Smith

Lucy Burke-Smith | purcell

Lucy is a registered architect with specialist experience in built heritage and post graduate qualifications in heritage conservation. She has over 15 years’ experience in the delivery and management of complex, large-scale conservation and infrastructure projects and extensive experience as a participant in, and leader of, multidisciplinary teams. In previous roles, Lucy acted as custodian and manager of significant government property portfolios of The Rock’s and Port Arthur Historic Sites.

Lucy has lectured at the University of Sydney and the Planning Institute of Tasmania on various topics covering design responses in heritage settings, and undertook the role of competition advisor for the Cascades Female Factory Design Competition.

Lucy is an Associate with the international architectural practice Purcell. 


Bevan Rees
Bevan Rees

Bevan rees | Bevan rees architect

Bevan looks back on over fifty years in architecture. He was a founding principal of Heffernan Nation Rees Viney, a practice whose residential and commercial work in a white idiom is seen and described as a significant phase in Australia’s architectural history.

For the past twenty five years he has worked as a sole practitioner in collaboration with his partner, artist Yvonne Rees-Pagh, in work embracing architecture, conservation, urban planning and public art. In both his current and previous practice involvement Bevan has received Australian Institute of Architects, Tasmanian Chapter awards in all categories, along with Housing Industry Association, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Australian Timber Design awards. He has previously served on state and national award juries.

Will Harkness
Will Harkness

Will HArkness | JAWS Architects

Will Harkness is a Project Architect at JAWS Architects in Hobart where he is involved in a diverse range of projects across a number of sectors, including a new research station at Macquarie Island for the Australian Antarctic Division.

Will is a registered architect and studied architecture and landscape architecture at RMIT in Melbourne, graduating with Honours in 2006. He has previously worked for practices in Hobart, Melbourne and Scotland, in addition to working as a sole practitioner after hours. 

Will has a keen interest in detail resolution, materiality and construction technology.

Bek Verrier | Photographer: Adam Gibson
Bek Verrier | Photographer: Adam Gibson


Bek Verrier is an Associate at Bence Mulcahy, one of Hobart’s newest emerging practices. Bence Mulcahy is a small office with big energy and is passionate about making valuable contributions to the public realm.

As a practising architect at Bence Mulcahy and previously Preston Lane Architects, Bek has worked on a variety of typologies varying in complexity, scale, program and procurement.

Bek’s enthusiasm and energy for design is exemplified by her generosity to the local architecture community.  She has been involved with the Emerging Architects and Graduate Network Tasmania (EmAGN), The Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Awards Task Group, a Chapter Councillor, a mentor, a co-creative director with Liz Walsh for the 2018 Tasmanian Architecture Awards and one of the co-founders of The Findlay Project. In 2016, Bek was awarded the Tasmanian Emerging Architect Prize.  

Bek believes successful working relationships lead to great built outcomes. Through her endeavours, Bek is nurturing a generous, supportive and inclusive culture within the architectural community because she believes there are lasting benefits for not only the profession itself, but for the broader community on the whole.

Bernadette Wilson
Bernadette Wilson

Bernadette Wilson | Design Institute of Australia

Bernadette is the Victorian & Tasmanian Manager of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Bernadette has worked within the architecture profession across various practices, design disciplines, creative industries and peak bodies within Australia and internationally. Most recently she was the Creative Director on multiple Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tours, and DIA Dulux DIAlogue on Tours.

Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tasmania and registered as an architect in Victoria in 2008. She has been a peer juror, exhibition curator, guest university tutor and speaker at various industry events.

“Our environments shape every aspect of our lives. Design can change the way we experience cities, landscape and streetscapes to improve people’s lives. Design professionals should maximise their collective role in shaping the world we live in and how we can improve people’s everyday lives”.

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