The Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter is delighted to announce the jury for the 2022 ACT Architecture Awards. The Awards offer an unrivalled opportunity to showcase the extraordinary depth and breadth of the ACT’s architectural talent.
Architects will present their projects to the jury on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March at the ACT Chapter.
ERIN HINTON RAIA – Jury Chair | UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA
Erin Hinton is an architect, urban researcher and educator and holds a position as Associate Dean Education and Partnerships for the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.
Erin has extensive research and design experience across a range of project types and scales including; urban design, masterplanning, commercial, mixed-use and high-density residential. In 2010 Erin established HINTON Architects (HA); a multi-disciplinary design and architecture firm underpinned by collaborative and research-driven practice models.
In addition to her widely-recognised project work (built and cultural), Erin’s research speculates on the future of cities by exploring the limits of existing precepts to reshape our ideologies about space and encounter.
In her spare time Erin enjoys day-dreaming about futures (im)possible.
CATHERINE TOWNSEND LFRAIA | TOWNSEND + ASSOCIATES Architects
Catherine Townsend is co-director of Townsend + Associates Architects. Catherine is also the ACT Government Architect and provides strategic and independent advice to Government on the built environment and Chairs the National Capital Design Review Panel.
Catherine has been active in design and construction quality advocacy for many years and instrumental in reforms in regulation around construction quality.
Patrick Kennedy FRAIA | Kennedy Nolan
Patrick Kennedy is a principal of Kennedy Nolan, established with Rachel Nolan in Melbourne in 1999. Patrick contributes a developed sense of the evocative power of form and materiality in architecture. He has established a design culture at Kennedy Nolan which ensures that design intent is carried through the documentation and construction process to deliver projects embodying their conceptual beginnings. Patrick is also intrinsically involved in the operational elements of practice – maintaining relationships with Clients and Consultants, supporting and nurturing staff and maintaining the practice culture so that it is fresh and relevant. Patrick contributes to the practice of Architecture more broadly through teaching at the University of Melbourne, lecturing on design for the AIA, Industry and various Australian Universities. He has worked on AIA committees and is currently a member of the Victorian Chapter Honours Committee, has participated in various awards juries, devised a course for the PIA to assist Town Planners to interpret architectural drawings, advised Local Council on design and is a founding member of the Boyd Circle.
Tynan Freeman RAIA | Stewart Architecture
A Canberra local, Tynan studied at the university of Canberra, graduating in 2011 and joined joined Stewart Architecture in 2012. He has since gained extensive experience leading the design and delivery of architectural projects ranging from multi residential, commercial, mixed use and master planned precincts. As a Senior Associate Tynan is valued for his critical thinking and visual communication that ensure architectural intent is maintained and expressed throughout each phase of a project. Through his work with Stewart Architecture and as a sole practitioner/ artist, Tynan is dedicated to investigating how architecture can contribute to Canberra’s development dialogue in order to foster communities, identities and built fabric that positively contribute to the city. Tynan has maintained a tutoring role with the University of Canberra Design & Architecture faculty and regularly contributes to various AIA design events as well as being awarded for various design and architecture related competitions.
Thor Diesendorf | Thor's Hammer
Thor Diesendorf has been involved in the building industry since he left uni. Initially Thor ran a salvage team from local demolition sites, and produced furniture and carpentry from recycled timbers with Paul Lynzaat, a resourceful joiner with a workshop in Braddon. Inspired by the beauty of the Australian hardwoods they were salvaging from local demolitions, Thor began to save more and more timber and started Thor’s Hammer.
Thor’s Hammer began out of the Canberra Brickworks in Yarralumla in 1994. In 2019 the business moved to the old Tip Top Bakery building in Griffith, and now employs a team of over 30 artisans, tradespeople and designers making custom furniture, joinery and architectural products from recycled timbers.
Many Canberra projects have recycled timber and joinery from Thor’s Hammer, ranging from the Botanic Gardens, APH and Reconciliation Place, to commercial fit-outs like Capital Brewing, Bentspoke and Akiba. Recycled timbers from Thor’s Hammer also go into many Canberra homes, whether as flooring & cladding, exposed beams, entry doors, or furniture such as tables and bookcases. Since moving to Griffith, Thor and the team have developed a range of their own furniture designs, which are on display in the upstairs showroom and gallery.
Simplicity and practicality in design, and minimising environmental impact are important in Thor’s design work. This ethic extends into the production process, and includes use of plant based resins for filling, natural plant oils for finishing the timber, and turning waste sawdust into clean burning fire briquettes.