Emerging Architect Prize

Contributing to architectural practice and design excellence

About the Prize

The Emerging Architect Prize, recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. Entrants need to be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. 

ENTRIES FOR THE 2020 PRIZE ARE NOW CLOSED.

Entry LinkEntries OpenNominations CloseEntry System CloseAnnouncement Date
Click here to enter ACT15 Feb5pm 15 Mar5pm 29 Mar30 May
Click here to enter TAS7 Feb5pm 20 Mar5pm 17 Apr6 Jun
Click here to enter NT22 Feb5pm 22 Mar5pm 5 Apr26 Jun
Click here to enter NSW10 Feb5pm 10 April5pm 4 May19 Jun
Click here to enter VIC24 Feb5pm 23 Mar5pm 20 Apr19 Jun
Click here to enter WA17 Feb5pm 27 Mar5pm 1 May3 Jul
Click here to enter SA10 Feb5pm 30 Mar5pm 17 Apr26 Jun
Click here to enter QLD5 Mar5pm 27 Apr5pm 11 May12 Jun

The International Chapter Emerging Architect Prize is awarded biennially, in each odd year. The prize will open again for entries in 2021. The International Chapter prize is a separate program to the State/National prize. The International Chapter prize recipient will not therefore be eligible to progress to the National Emerging Architect Prize program.

The Emerging Architect Prize – State level

The winner of each Chapter Emerging Architect Prize will be announced at the Chapter Architecture Awards.

Chapter winners receive:
– $1,000 cash prize and a Certificate
– One ticket to attend their local Chapter Architecture Awards event
– One ticket to the National Architecture Conference, including return economy airfares from their closest Chapter city and accommodation for up to two nights.
– One ticket to the National Architecture Awards, including return economy airfares from their closest Chapter city and accommodation for up to one night.

The Emerging Architect Prize – National level

Each Chapter winner will then progress to the National Jury for judging. The winner of the National Emerging Architect Prize will be announced at the National Architecture Awards.

National winner receives:
– $2,000 cash prize and a certificate
– Winner will undertake a National Emerging Architect Prize tour, to States/Territories early the following year.

find out more

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI with McGregor Coxall | NSW | Photographer: Simon Wood

Advice on who can nominate

Denton Corker Marshall Studio | Denton Corker Marshall | Vic | Photographer: Shannon McGrath

Our system involves a two step process, find out more

King Bill | Austin Maynard Architects | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

Find out more about the criteria used to assess your application

Find out more about our 2019 National Emerging Architect Rodney Eggleston and previous Chapter winners.

Eligibility

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI with McGregor Coxall | NSW | Photographer: Simon Wood

Who can participate

Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfil the following prize criteria:

  • Must be within 15 years of graduation and have first been registered as an architect anywhere, not more than 10 years ago.
  • Must enter in the Chapter in which they are currently residing.
  • Must be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the Institute (only members of the Institute will be eligible for this prize. If the entrant is not a current Institute member, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2).
  • Once nominated, must complete the required entry form. Nominations will remain on a register for three (3) consecutive years, after which the nomination will lapse.
  • A minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the Jury may decide not to award a winner.
  • The Chapter Jury may choose not to award a state winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria.
  • Previous recipients of the Chapter or National Prize are not eligible to enter.
  • Submission must be received by the closing date determined by each Chapter.

Nominate

How do I enter

Entry into the Emerging Architect Prize is a two-step process.

  1. Nomination – eligible candidates are nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects or  members can self-nominate via the online entry system (if a non-member is nominated, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2)
  2. Submission of entry material – nominated candidates will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination, the nominee will be asked to submit the entry material listed under ‘entry requirements’ via the online entry system.

Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfill the following prize criteria:

  • Must be within 15 years of graduation and have first been registered as an Architect anywhere, not more than 10 years ago.
  • Must enter in the Chapter in which they are currently residing.
  • Must be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the Institute (if a non-member is nominated, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2).
  • Once nominated, must complete the required entry form. Nominations will remain on a register for three (3) consecutive years, after which the nomination will lapse.
  • A minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the Jury may decide not to award a winner.
  • The Chapter Jury may choose not to award a state winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria.
  • Previous recipients of the Chapter or National Prize are not eligible to enter.
  • Submission must be received by the closing date determined by each Chapter.

Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architect Prize.

The Nominee
Once a nomination has been made, the nominee will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination; the nominee will be asked to submit the following entry material via the online entry system:

  • a statement addressing each of the key criteria items outlined in the judging criteria (within the entry form).
  • a resume: four A4 pages maximum (please ensure you provide the architectural registration number, date of registration and date of graduation for each individual being nominated).
  • a portfolio of works: this can include built and unbuilt work (five A4 pages maximum).
  • two references: from an employer or clients.
  • photo of entrant(s) – this can be uploaded separately to the requirements above.
  • entry requirements listed above must be uploaded on a single PDF document and must not exceed 5MB.
  • finalists may be asked by their local Chapter to submit additional materials to the local jury.
The 2019 Emil Sodersten Award | Denton Corker Marshall Studio | Denton Corker Marshall | Victoria | Photographer: Shannon McGrath

Judging criteria

Participation requirements / What we look for

All entries received by the due date will be judged by a Chapter Jury. Jury members will comprise:

  • The Chapter President or nominee
  • Previous Chapter Emerging Architect Prize winner
  • Chair of the local EmAGN group or a nominated representative

The Chapter Jury will select one (1) state winner, noting that juries are not obligated to select a state winner if the pool of candidates does not warrant a decision. Each Chapter winner then progress to the National Jury for judging.

The National Jury will comprise:

  • Institute National President or nominated representative
  • EmAGN Chair or nominated representative
  • Previous National Emerging Architect Prize winner or nominated representative.

State and national juries will judge entries based on the following criteria:

  • excellence in architectural practice, research or education
  • involvement in Australian Institute of Architects activities and/or forums of similar professional bodies
  • contribution to architecture through leadership within the profession
  • contribution to community activities such as charity and voluntary work related to the profession is not essential but would be judged favourably
Blackwood St Bunker | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Lisbeth Grossman

Previous winners

Rodney Eggleston

Congratulations to the 2019 national Emerging Architect - Rodney Eggleston, march studios

‘From an exceptional field of contenders, Rodney Eggleston is a most deserving winner of this year’s National Emerging Architect Prize. Graduating from RMIT University in 2006, Rodney founded March Studio in 2007 with graphic designer Anne-Laure Cavigneaux.

With relentless consistency, Rodney and the other members of March Studio demonstrate design excellence in everything they do. They inspire our industry by continuing to innovate with material explorations and experimental methods – all with an entrepreneurial spirit. This leadership is demonstrated across the board in retail, residential, cultural, hospitality and furniture design. March Studio has been awarded numerous state, national and international awards. Rodney is a regular contributor to the architectural profession as an awards juror, a speaker at forums and a visiting teacher at RMIT University. His passion for and contribution to various community groups through his voluntary efforts is admirable. Having very much already emerged, Rodney is to be congratulated on a truly impressive body of work. We look forward to his continuing connection to the Australian Institute of Architects.’ – Jury Citation