A celebration of the personal – the 2018 SA Architecture Awards

30 June 2018

Every year the Australian Institute of Architects’ SA Architecture Awards sees projects of all budgets and sizes – in 2018 the projects with some of the most modest budgets, smallest footprints or most challenging parameters are architects’ own homes and workplaces.

Even more impressive is that each of these entries have received commendations or awards. As South Australian Awards Director Pippa Buckberry observes ‘architects are not only experimenting, exploring and stretching the boundaries of their craft but demonstrating the role we can all play by leading by example.’

The Darling Building by Williams Burton Leopardi (WBL), described by jurors as an ‘adaptive re-use poster project’ received two named Awards – the David Saunders Award for Heritage and the Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture. The project also won an Award for Sustainable Architecture, and The City of Adelaide Prize – People’s Choice. Its interior – WBL Studio – also received an Award for Interior Architecture. Designed by EH McMichael in 1916 the Darling Building had fallen into disrepair until WBL as part investor and key tenant rejuvenated the building to its current iteration as an alternative workplace offering within the city.

Larger scale projects including the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, the Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment East and The Royal Adelaide Hospital were awarded and commended for having worked hard with their scale and unavoidable monumentality to still engage with the public realm and focus on people through their interior design. As Chapter President Mario Dreosti noted ‘the projects have embraced architecture as a vehicle and a process to bring benefit which is greater than creation of the icon or the pursuit of client only benefit.’

In a pleasing symmetry Max Pritchard, LFRAIA received the Jack Cheesman Award for Enduring Architecture for the Pritchard House (1990), while his daughter Tess Pritchard received a commendation for her home in the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and the Sustainable Architecture categories.

A total of 38 Named Awards, Awards and Commendations were presented on the night from a field of 69 entries. Named Award and Award winners will now progress to the National Architecture Awards to be announced in Melbourne in November.

Full list of winners:

Commercial Architecture
The Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture – The Darling Building by Williams Burton Leopardi

Educational Architecture
The Dr John Mayfield Award for Educational Architecture – St John’s Grammar School John Bray Centre for the Performing Arts by Walter Brooke
Award – Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building (AHMS) by Lyons
Commendation – Old Watulunga by Grieve Gillett Andersen
Commendation – Concordia College Nautilus Centre by Russell & Yelland Architects

Heritage
The David Saunders Award for Heritage – The Darling Building by Williams Burton Leopardi
Award – Queen Adelaide Room by Swanbury Penglase

Interior Architecture
The Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture – GA House by Architects Ink
Award – WBL Studio by Williams Burton Leopardi
Award – Royal Adelaide Hospital by Silver Thomas Hanley DesignInc (STHDI)
Commendation – Melt by studio-gram

Public Architecture
The Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture – Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment: East by Woods Bagot
Award – The Playford Tennis Centre by JPE Design Studio
Commendation – Royal Adelaide Hospital by Silver Thomas Hanley DesignInc

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions)
The John Schenk Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions) – Millswood House by studio-gram with Kate Russo
Award – Bowden Bajko House by Davis + Davis Architects
Commendation – Timberland by sw-architects
Commendation – MH House by Architects Ink
Commendation – JR House by Architects Ink

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
The John S Chappel Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) – PR House by Architects Ink
Award – Cedar House by JPE Design Studio
Award – Hyde Park Townhouses by Con Bastiras Architect
Award – Aldgate House by Wood Marsh Architecture
Commendation – Tess and Michael’s House by Max Pritchard Gunner Architects

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
The Newell Platten Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing – Ivy Apartments, WEST by Davis + Davis Architects

Small Project Architecture
The Marjorie Simpson Award for Small Project Architecture – 84 Halifax Street by Oxigen
Award – trop_Pods @ Robe by Troppo
Commendation – Sturt Street Office Home by Taylor Buchtmann Architecture
Commendation – Bird in Hand Block by sw-architects + Enoki
Commendation – UniSA Mobile Art Architecture and Design Studio (MAADS) by Design Construct, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

Sustainable Architecture
The Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture – trop_Pods @ Robe by Troppo Architects
Award – The Darling Building by Williams Burton Leopardi
Commendation – Last Stand by BB Architects
Commendation – Royal Adelaide Hospital by Silver Thomas Hanley DesignInc (STHDI)
Commendation – Tess and Michael’s House by Max Pritchard Gunner Architects
Commendation – Timberland by sw-architects

Urban Design
The Gavin Walkley Award for Urban Design – Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building (AHMS) by Lyons

The Jack Cheesman Award for Enduring Architecture Award – Pritchard House (1990) by Max Pritchard LFRAIA

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture Award – Millswood house by studio-gram with Kate Russo

 

Chapter Prizes

City of Adelaide Prize
Award – 84 Halifax Street by Oxigen
Commendation – The Darling Building by Williams Burton Leopardi
Commendation – Queen Adelaide Room by Swanbury Penglase
Commendation – Urban Beach by Renewal SA on behalf of the Riverbank Authority
People’s Choice – The Darling Building by Williams Burton Leopardi

Sir James Irwin President’s Medal
Douglas Alexander, Flightpath Architects

Emerging Architect Prize
Alison McFadyen, Phillips/Pilkington Architects