National Architecture Awards
Celebrating design excellence
and its contribution to communities Across australia
The Institute is dedicated to the promotion of Australian architects and architecture in both national and global arenas. Since 1981, we have upheld excellence in the profession by recognising best practice in the field through our National Architecture Awards program and inspiring others to continue striving to positively shape communities through architecture.
About the National Architecture Awards Program
Recognising excellence at regional, chapter and national levels
The Institute’s Awards Program enables public and peer recognition of the innovative work of our members, and provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote architects and architecture across Australia and internationally.
The National Architecture Awards is an integrated, hierarchical program resulting in annual awards at National, Chapter (State and Territory) and, in some states, Regional levels. To enter the National Architecture Awards, Institute members submit projects at the relevant chapter or regional level depending on the project’s location.
Awards in each category are based on a three-tier system, in decreasing order of merit. Only State or Territory Named and Architecture Awards progress to be considered for a National Award.
Enter the 2021 Awards
To enter the Australian Institute of Architects Architecture Awards Program, an entrant must be a registered architect and Institute member. To be eligible to enter, entrants must:
- be an architect registered in the State or Territory of the project, and
- be an Institute Member at the time of entry, and
- be a principal of the practice who owns, or is a formal licensee, of the copyright in the work being entered.
It is a requirement of entry that all entrants read and understand the Awards Entry Handbook. The Handbooks are an excellent resource of helping to develop a successful awards entry. Give your project the best possible chance to succeed and familiarise yourself with the Handbook before commencing your entry.
|Chapter||standard entry fee (ex gst)||a+ Membership Fee (10% discount) ex gst|
|ACT, NSW, NT, Queensland, SA, Tasmania, Victoria, WA||$700||$630|
|International||$700 (No GST applied)||$630 (No GST applied)|
|chapter||Entries open||Presentation to Juries||Awards Presentations|
|ACT||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||3 - 4 March 2021||Friday 4 June 2021|
|International||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||N/A||TBC|
|NSW||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||4 - 10 March 2021||Friday 2 July 2021|
|Newcastle||18 November 2020 - 8 February 2021||N/A||Friday 19 March 2021|
|NT||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||Tuesday 30 March 2021||Friday 25 June 2021|
|Queensland||18 November 2020 - 5 February 2021||Regional Judging: Feb - March State Jury Tour: April||Saturday 26 June 2021|
|SA||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||Saturday 13 March 2021||Saturday 19 June 2021|
|Tasmania||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||Saturday 27 February 2021||Saturday 5 June 2021|
|Victoria||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||26 - 27 March 2021||Friday 18 June 2021|
|WA||18 November 2020 - 19 February 2021||Saturday 6 March 2021||Friday 11 June 2021|
|National||N/A||Jury Tour: July 2021||Thursday 4 November 2021|
Awards and prizes documents
Awards and prizes policy
Before submitting an entry into the 2021 Chapter Architecture Awards, please become familiar with the Awards, Prizes and Honours Policy.
Terms and conditions
Ensure you also read the terms and conditions before submitting an entry.
It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that the following copyright consent forms are completed and signed. Entrants are required to submit these forms to the Institute as part of the online entry system.
For Regional, State and National Jurors please download the 2021 Awards Jury Handbook
Watch the 2020 Live winners announcement
Watch the Live winners announcement in a free livestream
From an original entry field of 806 projects, 180 entries progressed through the Chapter Awards for national consideration earlier this year. The National Jury has selected 76 entries for the shortlist that are now vying for the top spots across 14 categories.
Join us as we live stream the 2020 National Architecture Awards for the first time in the award program’s almost 40-year history. Tune in and watch the free live announcements via our YouTube channel anywhere from around Australia and the world on Thursday 5 November, 7pm AEDT.
2020 People's Choice Award
Vote for your favourite house
Residential projects in the 2020 National Architecture Awards shortlist from both the Houses (New) and Houses (Alterations and Additions) categories are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.
This year 13 houses are in the running to become Australia’s favourite house. Vote for your favourite today!
Vote for your favourite house and go in the running to win one of three $500 Bunnings vouchers thanks to our Major National Corporate Partner Dulux.
Meet your 2020 jurors
Professor Helen Lochhead LFRAIA (Jury Chair)
Immediate Past National President – Australian Institute of Architects
Kerry Clare LFRAIA
Director – Clare Design
Dr Tim Greer LFRAIA
Director – Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Jennie Officer RAIA
Founder and Director – Officer Woods Architects
Jefa Greenaway (WAILWAN|KAMILAROI) RAIA
Founder and Director -Greenaway Architects
2020 National Winners
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Prizes and Awards News
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