NSW 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.
By entering into the NSW Architecture Awards, one of the entry points to the Institute’s National Architecture Awards program, members give yourself, your practice and your staff the opportunity to be judged for the work you are proud of, the issues you stand for and to demonstrate your work among your peers.
Participating in the awards can be an important step in strengthening your membership in the architectural community, and a celebrated milestone in your career, whether you are an emerging or established architect, a small firm or large practice.
2021 NSW Juries
Meet your 2021 NEWCASTLE AWARD jurors
The Newcastle Architecture Awards recognise excellence and innovation in design and are conferred via a rigorous system of peer review. Each Awards category will be presided over by a jury of four people.
Thank you to our 2021 Newcastle Architecture Award Jurors:
- Chair – Philip Pollard, AMENITY urban & natural environments
- Susanne Pini, HDR
- Paulo Macchia, Government Architect NSW
- Jo Bastian, Bastian Architecture
MEET YOUR 2021 NSW ARCHITECTURE AWARD JURORS
The Institute’s Architecture Awards recognise excellence and innovation in design and are conferred via a rigorous system of peer review.
In NSW, each Awards category is presided over by a jury of at least three people. Juries are comprised of Institute members appointed and convened by the Institute’s NSW Chapter Awards Committee. In addition to submitting data and images online, each project entered for consideration in the NSW Architecture Awards must be presented in person to a Jury panel. In the period immediately after Presentation to Juries, Juries will carry out site visits before compiling their shortlists.
Chair of Juries:
- Peter Mould LFRAIA, Peter Mould Architect
- Chair – Elisabeth Peet, Transport for NSW
- Tom Rivard, REALMstudios
- Ian Brewster, Brewster Hjorth Architects
- Chair – Peter Sullivan, Furtado Sullivan
- Nermine Zahran, Koichi Takada Architects
- Kristina Sahlestrom, Architect
- Chair – Louise Cox, Louise Cox Architect
- David Stevenson, Locoste + Stevenson Architects
- Jennifer Preston, JPA&D Architecture
- Chair – Lindsay Johnston, Lindsay Johnston Architect
- Bill Tsakalos, Blacktown City Council
- Manuela Doebelin, Tribe Studio Architects
- Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald
- Chair – Andrew Benn, Benn + Penna Architecture
- Carolyn Mitchell, Carolyn Mitchell Architect
- Brad Cogger, lahznimmo architects
- Chair – Rod Simpson, simpson+wilson architects
- Glenn Scott, HASSELL
- Emrana Sikder, Architectus
- Chair – Belinda Goh, Populous Design
- Gabrielle Pelletier, Sam Crawford Architects
- Sophie Pickett-Heaps, Stockland Design Studio
- Chair – Liz Westgarth, HASSELL
- Phillip Neilson, Regional Design Service
- Steven Toia, Genton
Entry for NSW & Newcastle Architecture 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.
*Please note that entries for the 2021 NSW and Newcastle Architecture Awards are now closed.
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*Winners of Newcastle Awards will be required to pay an additional State entry fee to be considered for the NSW State Awards. There is no additional charge for progression to the National Architecture Awards. Entry fees are exclusive of GST.
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|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|
NSW & NEWCASTLE ARCHITECTURE AWARD ENTRIES
Good luck to all our Newcastle Architecture Award entrants. Our jury members have completed site visits and are selecting the shortlist of entrants, which will be announced soon.
Good luck to all our NSW Architecture Award entrants. Our jury members will be busy with entrant presentations and selecting the shortlist of entrants, which will be announced soon.
NSW EndurIng Architecture Award
nOMINATE A Project for 2021 NSW EndurIng Architecture Award
Do you have a longstanding, favourite building in NSW you feel should be recognised with an award?
Open to buildings of at least 25 years of age, the Enduring Architecture Award recognises achievement for the design of buildings of outstanding merit, which remain important as high quality works of architecture when considered in a contemporary context. Nominations are welcome from Institute members, non-members and non-architects, but must provide adequate content for consideration by the jury. Nominations close on 9 April 2021.
Please note that this award category is designed to recognise the enduring features of the original work, not any substantial adaptive re-use, which should be considered under Category 7: HERITAGE. Projects will be works considered technically advanced or innovative for their time, which remain symbolically significant, are exponents of creative leadership or are works of national significance. Recommendations can be submitted via an online form each year following an open call for nominations. Nominations must provide adequate content for consideration by the jury, including a project description and/or a statement of significance, as well as any materials which may assist the jury such as drawings and photographs.
Please note that a short statement related to the heritage/cultural significance of the building is required.
If the building already has a heritage listing, the statement of significance can be found by searching for the relevant listing HERE.
If the building has no formal listing, please try to outline the project’s significance yourself. If you are preparing your own statement, the Institute’s Register of Significant Buildings provides a guide for what should be included in a Statement of Significance:
2020 Palm Garden House, Richard Leplastrier
2019 350 George Street, Edward Raht
2018 Sirius Tao Gofers, NSW Department of Housing with Alexander & Lloyd Architects
2017 17 Wylde Street, Aaron M Bolot, 2017 National Architecture Awards – Enduring Award
2016 Reader’s Digest Building, John James & Associates, 2016 National Architecture Awards – Enduring Award
2015 Buhrich House II, Hugh Buhrich, 2015 National Architecture Awards – Enduring Award
2014 Tocal, Ian McKay and Philip Cox, Architects in Association, 2014 National Architecture Awards – Enduring Award
2013 AMP Building, Peddle Thorp & Walker
2012 Australia Square, Harry Seidler & Associates, 2012 National Architecture Awards – Enduring Award
2011 Magney House, Bingie Point, Glenn Murcutt
2010 Glen Street Offices, Milsons Point, Harry Seidler and Associates
2009 Curry House 2, Bruce Rickard
2008 The Wharf Theatre Walsh Bay, Vivian Fraser in Association with NSW Govt Architect
2007 First Extension to the Art Gallery of NSW, E H Farmer (NSW Government Architect) Andrew Andersons (Design Architect)
2006 The Concert Hall & Opera Theatre of the Sydney Opera House, Peter Hall of Hall Todd & Littlemore
2005 Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education, J.W. Thomson (NSW Government Architect), David Turner (Project Architect), Allen Jack+Cottier (Documentation), Bruce Mackenzie (Landscape Architect)
2004 Kempsey Farmhouse, Glenn Murcutt
2003 Sydney Opera House, Jorn Utzon
2020 NSW Chapter Awards winners
Watch the 2020 NSW Architecture awards
2020 was a strong year with many great projects to assess. The jury reviewed 194 entries and shortlisted 106 across 13
categories. Watch the 2020 NSW Architecture Awards Night on YouTube here.
Past NSW Awards page can be found here.
2020 NSW People's Choice Award
Vote for your NSW 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.