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’ve 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.
National Architecture Awards program
Watch the 2021 Live winners announcement
Watch the Live winners announcement in a free livestream
From an original entry field of 807 projects, 165 entries progressed through the Chapter Awards for national consideration earlier this year. The National Jury has selected 65 entries for the shortlist that are now vying for the top spots across 14 categories.
Join us as we live stream the 2021 National Architecture Awards. Tune in and watch the free live announcements via our YouTube channel anywhere from around Australia and the world on Thursday 4 November, 7pm AEDT.
2021 People's Choice Award
Vote for your favourite house
Residential projects in the 2021 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 10 houses are in the running to become Australia’s favourite house. Vote for your favourite today!
Check out all the eligible projects below, pick your favourite and tell us in 25 words or less why it should win the People’s Choice Award.
The winning project will be announced during the 2021 National Architecture Awards on Thursday 4 November, which is being held as a free virtual event.
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 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 or deemed to be registered in the State or Territory under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cmwlth), 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.
Entries for 2024 will open on Monday 13 November 2023.
|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 close||Presentation to Juries||Awards Presentations|
|ACT||19 February 2024 5:00pm AEDT||14-15 March 2024||Saturday 22 June 2024|
|International||13 February 2024 11:59pm AEDT||6 March 2024||Saturday 29 June 2024|
|NSW||5 February 2024 11:59pm AEDT||16 - 17 February 2024||Friday 28 June 2024|
|NT||15 March 2024 11:59pm ACST||17 - 18 April 2024||Saturday 1 June 2024|
|Queensland||16 February 2024 11:59pm AEST||
Regional Judging: 4 March - 12 April 2024
Greater Brisbane: 13-17 May 2024
State Jury Tour: Concurrent with regional
|Friday 21 June 2024|
|SA||12 February 2024 5:00pm ACDT||16 March 2024||Friday 5 July 2024|
|Tasmania||13 February 2024 11:59pm AEDT||2 March 2024||Saturday 29 June 2024|
|Victoria||5 February 2024 11:59pm AEDT||TBC||Friday 7 June 2024|
|WA||12 February 2024 5:00pm AWST||24 February 2024||Friday 7 June 2024|
|National||N/A||Jury Tour: July/August 2024||Thursday 7 November 2024|
Awards and prizes documents
Awards and prizes policy
Before submitting an entry into the 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.
Projects entered in the National Architecture Awards may be new, renovated or altered and extended buildings. On entry, members entering must either select the category most appropriate to their project, or enter in multiple categories.
- Public Architecture
- Educational Architecture
- Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
- Residential Architecture – Houses (Alternations and Additions)
- Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
- Commercial Architecture
- Interior Architecture
- Urban Design
- Small Project Architecture
- Enduring Architecture (Members cannot enter this directly).
Juries may choose to consider projects in categories other than the category the project was originally entered in subject to meeting the entry requirements of the new category.
Members cannot enter these categories directly, although will have the opportunity to self nominate for the following categories once they have elected a primary category:
- Sustainable Architecture
- COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
- EmAGN Project Award
If you wish to be considered for the above categories, you must provide the necessary entry materials which will be outlined in the awards entry portal.
For all Chapter specific awards and prizes, please contact your local Chapter or refer to the Awards Entry Handbook.
- For Regional, State and National Jurors please download the 2024 Awards Jury Handbook
- List of National Architecture Award Winners 1981 – 2023
- List of National Award Jurors 2003 – 2023
- Entrants must receive a PASS result in at least 2 out of 6 sections on the Sustainable Architecture checklist in order to enter the Awards. Those who opt in via the online form will be considered further in the Sustainable Architecture category.
Watch the recording of the Sustainability Checklist Lean-In below to assist in your submission preparations.
For Regional, State and National Jurors please download the 2021 Awards Jury Handbook
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
What's on: Prizes
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