A Note from 2022 SA Architecture Awards Director – Tain Patterson


The SA Chapter is pleased to announce the 2022 Awards Director is Tain Patterson from Troppo Architects and as Deputy Director Anne Taylor from Taylor  Buchtmann Architecture.

It’s coming to the pointy end of this crazy year, the magic Christmas deadline’s fast approaching and we all just know it’s going to somehow get even more hectic. So, before it does, now is the perfect time to start planning for 2022 SA Architecture Awards.
The Architecture Awards provide an exciting opportunity to recognise and celebrate innovation and excellence in our profession. With entries displayed on the Institute’s website and social media as well as a Jury Presentation Day, they’re a great opportunity to promote your work to the world.
With the events of the last 18 months including Covid lockdowns, the HomeBuilder Grant, the rise in working from home, the renovation boom and material and labour shortages, it will be interesting to see how this year’s field of entries adapted and tackled these challenges head on.

As you prepare your entry submission please consider the following key information:

  • The online entries close on Tuesday 15th February 2021, with entry materials (PDF Jury Presentation file and A1 display board) to be provided by Monday 21st February 2021. Please plan early and don’t miss your position in this program.
  • The Awards Handbook provides the framework and guidance on awards process. Even if you have previously entered the Awards please read the handbook as the framework evolves each year.
  • Please consider the designation of the title of the project on the entry. As this is used for judging and publicity purposes and your Client may wish to remain anonymous.
  • If you are unsure which category is most appropriate to your project, please discuss this with the Awards team at the Institute.
  • The Jury Presentation Day will be held on Saturday 5th of March 2022, 9am-5pm. Please plan your creative presentation to respond to the entry category, core evaluation criteria, and tailor the presentation to the strict 5-7 minute timeframe.
  • The Jury site visits are schedule to occur between Monday 28th March and Thursday 14th April. Please make sure your Client is aware of these dates and is comfortable with the site visits occurring. Clients are encouraged to attend, however, Architects are not required.
  • The Sustainability Architecture, EmAGN Project Award and COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture are secondary categories, which cannot be entered directly.
  • Entrants for the Sustainability Architecture will be encouraged to provide supporting materials which may include additional reports, mapping or modelling to assist with judging. The Sustainability Checklist can be completed or partially completed but is not mandatory for entry in this category in SA.
  • For EmAGN Project entrants there are questions about how working on this project has supported the engagement and growth of team members who are within 15 years of graduation.
  • COLORBOND® Award entrants will be required to provide evidence that Bluescope product has been used in the construction. Please collate these documents in preparation for this request.
  • The SA Chapter holds an exhibition showcasing all entries in that year’s program and as a condition of entry entrants are required to submit presentation material for this exhibition (this material is not used for judging). The A1 photographic display panel will be on exhibition to the public. A template and guidelines as set out in the Awards Handbook, but entrants can also use their own format for the A1 board providing it is in portrait format.

The Awards program is also a chance to be part of the industry, supporting the work of other Architects and promoting the profession of Architecture and the value of design. I’ve had experience as both an Entrant, and a Jury member and I encourage architects to get involved and nominate for a jury in a sector of interest. As a member of a Jury you have the opportunity to experience architecture usually not available to people other than the proprietor and the chance to meet and work with other Architects and design professionals within the Industry. The experience can be eye opening and inspiring, with the chance to see architecture at its best. The Jury EOI will open on the 15th of November and applications can be found through the website.

If you have any queries please contact the Awards Manager, Kelsey O’Riley at the Institute who will be more than happy to help you.

Tain Patterson – Awards Director 2022