From the CEO

9 November


The 2015 National Architecture Awards were held in Brisbane last Thursday night. It was a fantastic evening, bringing members of the profession together to celebrate the works of architecture that are considered the most significant as judged by Australian architects and critics.

42 projects shared a total of 46 national honours in the coveted Awards program spanning 14 diverse categories. The jury, chaired by the Institute’s Immediate Past President David Karotkin, selected the winners after creating a shortlist from the 185 eligible projects following the Chapter Architecture Awards held earlier in the year.

ARM Architecture’s Shrine of Remembrance – Galleries of Remembrance, the culmination of a masterplan for the Melbourne monument that was established 15 years ago, won the 2015 Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture.

Planchonella House, a Cairns home nestled in the treetops of the surrounding rainforest, by Jesse Bennett Architect Builder won the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New).

We introduced a new category for Educational Architecture this year, as a reflection of the quality and quantity of work being done in this sector. The Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture went to Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration.

You can read the full list of National Awards winners here.

In the lead up to the Awards, our People’s Choice Award winner was announced.

Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect was selected from the 11 residential projects that were in the running for the honour. Voters also had the opportunity to tell us which house they voted for and why for the chance to win some great prizes including a paint package from official People’s Choice Award supporter, Dulux, with winners to be announced later in the year.

All projects that were shortlisted by the National Jury for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) were eligible for the People’s Choice Award.



Kind regards,
David Parken

CEO, Australian Institute of Architects