Country to coast compete for NSW architectural excellence awards

From country to coast, river to mountain 34 very diverse architectural projects are in the running for prestigious Australian Institute of Architects’ 2019 NSW Country Division Awards. The awards showcase outstanding architectural design practice, celebrating the best in architecture from across country NSW.

‘This year’s entries presented an impressive collection of projects, ranging from modernist sensibility, public and commercial architecture, to contemporary beach houses and sophisticated interiors, all with the climate in mind,’ said Virginia Wong-See, jury chair and architect at architecture@altitude.

Each region across NSW was represented which inspired a diverse array of designs. All entries can be viewed in the Media Gallery

NSW Chapter President, Kathlyn Loseby, noted: ‘In creating beautiful designs that reflect our diverse communities across NSW, regional architects play a vital role in enhancing our regional towns and helping connect people.’

Jury chair Ms Wong-See said: ‘Country NSW is such a beautiful place and this year’s Awards entries reflected the deep understanding among architects from around the region of the importance of design that is sensitive to place, the local ecosystem and sustainability. The jury were inspired by the many high calibre entries.’

The 34 projects are competing in ten award categories, including new residential housing, alternations and additions, interiors, public architecture and more. Winners in each category will be decided by a panel of expert judges Damien Furey (Fabric Architecture), Gabrielle Pelletier (Sam Crawford Architects), Joseph Paonessa (JT Paonessa) and artist Tom Arthur.

The final category is to be decided by members of the public who can show their support for a local or favourite project by voting in the People’s Choice Award before 4pm on Wednesday 9 October.

You can cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award at

The award winners will be announced at the awards presentation night to be held as part of the NSW Country Division’s Annual Conference in Byron Bay on 10 October 2019.

Since its inception in 1960, the NSW Country Division has provided continuous representation and service to NSW regional architects of the Australian Institute of Architects outside the metropolitan areas of Sydney and Newcastle.


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Wilma Walsh
Communications Officer, NSW
Australian Institute of Architects
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Full list of nominated projects and award categories below:

NSW Country Division Awards 2019 – All entries

Commercial Architecture
Spicers Sangoma Retreat (Bowen Mountain)
Barbara Tarnawski Architects

Heritage Architecture
Kingscliff Community Hall and Amenities (Kingscliff)
Aspect Architecture

March House (Orange)
Source Architects

Interior Architecture
GATE Agritech (Orange)
Source Architects

Iluka House (Tallwoods Village)
Chris Jenkins Design Architects

Links Apartment (Byron Bay)

March House (Orange)
Source Architects

Residential Architecture – Affordable Housing (Under $400,000.00)
Charlotte Shack (Charlotte Bay)
Ian Sercombe Architect

Drumkerin (Armidale)
Mahalath Halperin Architects

Vision Award
Regional Design Service

The Commerical Hotel (Crookwell)
Source Architects

Public Architecture
Coolah Multi–purpose Service (Coolah)

Tuncurry Resource Recovery Centre (Tuncurry)
Ian Sercombe Architect

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Airstream (Lake Crackenback Resort)
Tim Lee Architects

Assemblage House (Suffolk Park)

Blade House (Coledale)
Takt Studio

Cloud Cottage (Bowral)
Takt Studio

Coopers Shoot House (Coopers Shoot)
Zaher Architects

Cylinders House (Kingscliff)
Aspect Architecture

Earth House (Broulee)
Anthony Knobel Architect

Echo Beach House (Casuarina Beach)
Create Architecture

Eyrie House (Kangaroo Valley)
Local Architect South Coast

Iluka House (Tallwoods Village)
Chris Jenkins Design Architects

River House (Macksville)

Verandah House (Byron Bay)
Davis Architects

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Binna Burra Residence (Federal)
Zaher Architects

Byron Bay Palmhouse (Byron Bay)
Davis Architects

Crowdy Head Renovation (Crowdy Head)
Fisher Design + Architecture

Exoskeleton House (Thirroul)
Takt Studio

House Burch (Byron Bay)
Those Architects

Lambert House (Armidale)
Mahalath Halperin Architects

March House (Orange)
Source Architects

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
City of Hope (Coffs Harbour)
Schimminger Architects

Small Project Architecture
Fingal Oasis (Fingal)
Aspect Architecture