Neville Quarry

The 2019 Darryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture | Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School | BVN | Photographer: Gary Cai

About the Prize

Neville Quarry Architectural education prize

The Architectural Education Prize recognises the significance of architectural education in the promotion and improvement of the built environment. The Prize recognises an outstanding contribution in architectural education in one or more areas of teaching, scholarship, research, leadership and community engagement in both the higher education and wider community forums.

The Prize is a cash prize of $2000, certificate and medallion.

Nominees must be financial members of the Institute.

Entries closed Friday 15 September 2023. 

more about this prize

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

The Prize is awarded annually  to those who have made a significant contribution to architectural education.


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

Nominations are via an online entry form

King Bill | Austin Maynard Architects | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

Find out more about what the judges are looking for.

QUT Creative Industries Precinct 2 | KIRK and HASSELL (Architects in Association) | Queensland | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Congratulations to 2021 joint winners Professor John Macarthur and Associate Professor Conrad Haman.


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

Who can participate

The Prize is awarded annually although the jury has discretion not to make an award where there is no nomination of appropriate merit in any year.

The Prize maintains an emphasis on significant contributions to architectural education and recognises an outstanding career within academia.

Individuals and/or groups of individuals who have contributed to architectural education in Australia can be nominated or self-nominate for this prize.

Nominees must be financial members of the Institute.

Entries closed Friday 15 September. 


About the Process

The online entry form must be completed with the following details:

  • A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the selection criteria (teaching, research, community engagement, scholarship, leadership). The statement should be a maximum of 1 x A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee’s/applicant’s educational qualifications, career history and teaching positions and experience (where applicable).
  • Contact information of two referees/nominators. 
  • An image of yourself or the group.
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

The Prize is awarded on the basis of demonstrated national or international peer recognition of a contribution to education in any or all of the following categories:

  • teaching
  • scholarship
  • research
  • leadership
  • community engagement.

2023 Winner

Congratulations Michael Mossman


Michael Mossman, a Kuku Yalanji man from Far North Queensland, is an outstanding practitioner, teacher and leader whose exemplary commitment to architectural education is of great benefit to students, practitioners and the profession.

As Associate Dean Indigenous at the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Mossman is committed to Indigenizing the architectural curriculum within the university as well as on a broader national platform through the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. His extensive interactions and collaborations with colleagues and community representatives are contributing substantially to the architectural education landscape in a critical and expansive manner.

Mossman’s exploration of the intersections between cultures via design discourse is fresh and invigorating, brings density to the educational conversation and offers Australian society a deeper and more authentic understanding of belonging and relationship to home. Through intensive interactions, his students learn to walk with community in a first-hand, engaged practice; this genuine, collaborative and immersive approach opens them to a dynamic and participatory way of learning on Country. Mossman’s engrossing and inclusive attitude allows for cross-fertilization between students, community and the institution.

By identifying First Nations cultural considerations as an agent for structural change within our profession, Mossman is fundamentally shifting awareness in design thinking in architecture and placemaking. His work is invaluable to the profession and to ensuring that future Australian architects are educated in a way that considers our influence on, and responsibility to, place.


Shannon Battisson FRAIA (Chair) | National President, Australian Institute of Architects | The Mill: Architecture + Design

John Doyle | AASA President | RMIT University

Lisa Moore FRAIA | National Education Committee Chair | And Architecture

Stuart Tanner FRAIA | Tanner Architects

Nicole Mesquita-Mendes | SONA President, Australian Institute of Architects

2023 Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize winner | Dr Michael Mossmam
2023 Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize winner | Dr Michael Mossmam

2021 joint winner CONGRATULATIONS Professor John Macarthur

Professor John Macarthur’s educational contributions through research, mentorship and intellectual leadership reflect over thirty years of championing new architectural insights. His publications (over 170) bridge the academic and wider culture of architectural practice through heritage, criticism and design. His masterful analysis of historical and philosophical ideas about visual perception, aesthetics, beauty and the picturesque defines both professional and popular views of architecture.

In 1990 John established Queensland University’s Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History (ATCH) research centre, ensuring rigorous recording and study of Queensland architecture, its climatic and regional character. As lead investigator for the Hot Modernism research project, his archive of modern Queensland architecture won the 2017 National Trust John Herbert Award.

John’s leadership, teaching and PhD supervision have influenced a generation of Australian students, practitioners and researchers. Dean and Head of the UQ Architecture School (2009-13), he received an Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision (2011), and a Commendation for Teaching Excellence (1999).

Broad community involvements attest to his public and professional influence, including Australian Academy of Humanities Fellow, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) Research Evaluation Committees member, ARC (Australian Research Council) College of Experts member, past President and Life Fellow of SAHANZ (Australia and NZ Society of Architectural Historians).

An insightful storyteller, John connects ideas across centuries and disciplines drawing unique and insightful analogies between art, philosophy, history and architecture. He generously, eloquently and masterfully presents complex scholarly revelations with good humour, humility, and a munificent sharing of knowledge.  

2021 Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize joint winner | Professor John Macarthur

2021 joint winner CONGRATULATIONS Associate Professor Conrad Haman

Associate Professor Conrad Hamann has changed how we understand Australian architecture, challenging the romantic and sometimes condescending view of our colonial forebears to reveal unruly, disobedient, sometimes parochial thinking foundational to a local culture of architecture for and of this place.

Conrad has been awarded numerous Australian Research Council grants, including the ARC Large Grant, ‘An Unfinished Experiment in Living: Australian Houses 1950-65’.  He is mentor across all levels of staff and students as well as supporting emerging architects and historians. His work at Lovell Chen testifies to his profound contribution to Australian built heritage.

He was co-Creative Director of the 2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Australian Pavilion and co-editor of Issue Magazine.  He served on editorial boards of Transition Magazine, Fabrications, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His advocacy for design has seen him talk on ABC, 3RRR, Radio National and numerous public forums. 

Through his writings, lectures and teaching he colourfully renders Australian architecture in all its glorious specificity and differences. It is impossible to un-hear his tone, pause, mode of delivery when witnessing his lectures. Legendary is the name for these lectures where each sentence is a gem, and each detour seemingly essential to understanding the bigger contention. He illuminates the idiosyncratic and the aberrant, individuated by the personalities and situations of our various cities, especially his hometown Melbourne.

2021 Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize joint winner | Associate Professor Conrad Hamann | Photographer: Patrick Macasaet

2019: congratulations to Vivian mitsogianni

Professor Vivian Mitsogianni has excelled in all areas of academic life – teaching, research and leadership. More distinctly, she has sought ways to combine these fields of endeavour. Her teaching and research have converged seamlessly with an ideas-led architectural practice and been deeply informed by her own personal explorations in design since she established M@Studio Architects almost two decades ago. This practice won the inaugural competition for the NGV architecture commission which, when realized, attracted critical acclaim and public approval.


Vivian has played a much greater role at RMIT University than that of an exemplary architect for students to look up to. As head of architecture since 2013, she continues to foster opportunities for other adventurous architectural studios to teach in the RMIT program or to themselves become students and embark on design-based research. She has been a core member of the supervisory team for the RMIT practice-based PhD program, and her doctoral students have included luminaries of the profession in Australia and abroad, including one of her referees for this award.  

She is a powerful voice for design and education, as demonstrated by her work in co-editing the 2015 book Studio Futures: Changing Architectural Trajectories in Architectural Education. Lastly, Vivian has proved a compelling manager, winning the RMIT vice-chancellor’s leadership award for “progressing the discipline with authority and humility while helping others to be the best self they can be.” – Jury Citation 

2019 Neville Quarry
2019 Winner - Professor Vivian Mitsogianni

Previous Winners 2001 - Present

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