leadership in sustainability prize

The 2019 David Oppenheim Award | Parliament of Victoria Members’ Annexe | Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design | Vic | Photographer: John Gollings

About the Prize

leadership in sustainability prize

This prize recognises individuals and/or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sustainability of the built environment.

Entrants must be financial members of the Institute.

ENTRIES FOR THE 2021 PRIZE ARE NOW CLOSED!

find out more

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

Entrants can be nominated or may self nominate for the prize.

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

Entry is via an online form.

King Bill | Austin Maynard Architects | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

Find out more about what the judges are looking for.

2020 Leadership in Sustainability Prize winner | Stephen Choi

Eligibility

Allianz Partners Workplace | BVN | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones
Allianz Partners Workplace | BVN | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

Who can participate

Entrants can be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for this prize.

Individuals and/or groups will need to demonstrate their exceptional leadership and outstanding contribution to the advancement of sustainability of the built environment.

Nominate

About the Process

To enter, please provide the following materials via the online entry form:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the above criteria.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages, which describe the nominee’s educational qualifications, relevant, career history and experience.
  • The name and contact details of a minimum of two nominees, or referees, with declaration of interest.
 Entrants must be financial members of the Institute.

ENTRIES FOR THE 2021 PRIZE ARE NOW CLOSED!


The 2019 Emil Sodersten Award | Denton Corker Marshall Studio | Denton Corker Marshall | Victoria | Photographer: Shannon McGrath

judging criteria

Blackwood St Bunker | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Lisbeth Grossman

what the Judges look for

Nominations should meet the following criteria:

  • creation of and advancement of knowledge through research and education
  • development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
  • development and implementation of effective practice
  • engagement of industry and the community with this knowledge, advocacy or practice.

2020 and previous winners

Congratulations to Stephen Choi

Stephen Choi has an extremely diverse career, from education, advocacy and practice. Stephen has been extremely engaged to enable delivery of change within sustainability across multiple areas of the value chain.

Stephen’s academic involvement commenced with the University of East London, continued with UTS before a pivot research project with University of Wollongong and Macquarie University in this Australian-first research managing the retrofit of 185 individual homes, all occupied by low income pensioners. This project has been a key pillar to demonstrate the human face of energy poverty, and the social impact of energy efficiency. Stephen is now an Honorary Fellow of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong.

Stephen has been a long term advocate for sustainability and has been focused from sustainability and design conferences to media such as Australian Financial Review, Sky News and the Guardian. Stephen is focused on “those in society who are usually forgotten, those with the most unmet needs, and those who usually have no access to architects or any professionals more broadly”. This advocacy is part of Stephen’s role as the Executive Director of Living Future Institute of Australia.

What impressed the jury, in particular, was Stephen’s ability to take the principles to practice. Stephen is the Living Building Challenge Manager for Fraser’s Brickworks which is aiming to be the world’s most sustainable shopping centre, and first to achieve the Living Building Challenge™. Brickworks has been recognised with a 6 Star Green Star Design and As-Built v1.1 (Design Review) rating which features Australia’s first rooftop Urban Farm within a shopping centre am is self-sufficient for energy and recycling its own water.

2020 Leadership in Sustainability Prize winner | Stephen Choi

2019: Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living

The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living has been one of Australia’s pivotal research and innovation hubs, focused on driving our sector towards not only more sustainable development, but also a globally competitive low-carbon future. The Cooperative Research Centre’s advancement of knowledge through research and education has included training more than one hundred higher-degree research students, developing a much-needed evidence base for policy and planning, and growing an extensive partner network with sustainable built environment peak bodies, ensuring that the research undertaken has real-world impact at building and precinct scales.

From working with councils, property developers and utilities companies to enable better developments and faster approvals to establishing low-carbon programs for schools and businesses, the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living’s leadership in the field has been well recognised. What impressed the jury in particular was its ongoing policy work, including proposed revisions to the building sustainability index, and its collective advocacy work, which has included a number of forums and publications covering local renewables, cooling cities and low-carbon homes for low-income households. The Cooperative Research Centre, in a reasonably short time, has touched a large number of those in the built environment in a positive way.’– Jury Citation 

Gen Y Housing | David Barr Architects | Photographer: Robert Frith
YearWinner
2019Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living
2018no winner
2017no winner
2016Jeremy McLeod
2015Professor Emeritus Allan Rodger
2014John Macdonald, DesignINC
2013Daniel Grollo
2012Professor Robert Adams and the City Design Division
2011Paul Pholeros, Healthabitat
2010Tony Arnel