David Lindner Prize
Public realm and urban renewal research proposal

About the Prize

Congratulations Katrina Torresan

The 2020 David Lindner prize is awarded to Katrina Torresan for her submission entitled “Regional Revitalisation: Reclaiming high streets for public life.” The economic challenges and revitalisation options currently facing Regional Australia are many and varied.  This winning submission is a direct response to the Government Architect’s vision for Regional NSW and supports growing interests from regional councils who are seeking to ‘breathe life’ back into their main streets.

David Lindner Prize

This prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects through research to engage in important and challenging design issues involving the public realm. Dedicated to encouraging new research on architecture in the public realm, the prize seeks submissions exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current architectural discourse in Australia and internationally. The prize is awarded annually to an individual whose submission generates ideas for solving real challenges facing our cities, and contributes to the profession as well as the broader community.

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The 2019 David Oppenheim Award | Parliament of Victoria Members’ Annexe | Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design | Vic | Photographer: John Gollings
The 2019 National Award for Public Architecture | HOTA Outdoor Stage | ARM Architecture | Queensland | Photographer: John Gollings
Joynton Avenue Creative Centre and Precinct | Peter Stutchbury Architecture in association with Design 5 - Architects for City of Sydney | Photographer: Michael Nicholson
The 2019 Harry Seidler Award | Dangrove | Tzannes | NSW | Photographer: Ben Guthrie

Background

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

Purpose

This prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects through research to engage in important and challenging design issues involving the public realm. Dedicated to encouraging new research on architecture in the public realm, the prize seeks submissions exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current architectural discourse in Australia and internationally. The prize is awarded annually to an individual whose submission generates ideas for solving real challenges facing our cities, and contributes to the profession as well as the broader community.

The prize was established in memory of David Lindner, a talented young Sydney architect who tragically disappeared in Iran in 1993. The Institute would like to thank the Lindner family for their generous support. This prize is run with the support of the NSW Emerging Architect and Graduate Network (EmAGN).

Have a burning research idea you’d like to work on? Is there someone you know who has some great ideas we should hear more about? 

Prize

Following review by jury panel, a winning proposal will be selected and awarded funding of $5,000 towards carrying out the research. An article on the research will be published in the NSW Architecture Bulletin, and feature in a public presentation organised with the Institute’s NSW Chapter. Winning researcher/s may also be paired with a mentor to aid research development with regular progress meetings, and help establish relevant industry contacts if required.

Partner

We thank the Lindner family for their support of the prize.

Judging

Evaluation criteria

Juries will judge entries based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of the proposal’s idea
  • Understanding of issues concerning the public realm and urban renewal
  • Understanding of specific challenges in a local context
  • The potential for the proposal to contribute to cultural enrichment
  • Implement ability/viability of the proposal

A minimum of three eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the jury may decide not to award a winner. The jury may chose not to award a winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria. If unsuccessful, submissions can be entered once more for consideration. If unsuccessful after a maximum of two years the submission is not eligible for further consideration. Collaborative groups can apply, however prize funding is restricted to a single submission.  

Jury composition

Each year the prize jury will comprise:

  • The NSW Chapter President or a nominated representative
  • The Program Director for Urban Design or similar position at a NSW architecture school
  • The EmAGNChair or a nominated representative
  • The Donor or nominated representative of the Lindner Family
  • Other advisers can be invited if the jury requires specialist input.

2020 Jury

  • Paul Walter (Chair)
  • Robyn Lindner
  • Jamileh Jahangiri
  • Hannah Slater
The 2019 National Award for Public Architecture | HOTA Outdoor Stage | ARM Architecture | Queensland | Photographer: John Gollings

How to enter

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre and Precinct | Peter Stutchbury Architecture in association with Design 5 - Architects for City of Sydney | Photographer: Michael Nicholson

Eligibility & conditions of entry

Entrants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be an Australian Institute of Architects member or be nominated by one
  • Must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have graduated from a two-tier or five year Bachelor of Architecture or Masters course undertaken in Australia up to 15 years ago

Key dates

Submissions for 2020 David Lindner Prize have now closed.

Submission requirements

Submissions and nominations are both made via an online form.This prize is free to enter. To complete the nomination you will need to provide:

  1. Statement addressing key criteria items outlined in the judging criteria (max 2 pages)
    2. Resume (max 3 pages)
    3. Written and illustrated proposal (max 1000 words)
    4. Research Methodology, including timeline and proposed research outcome
    5. Two professional references including one from an employer and/or the nominating Institute member
    6. A black and white portrait photograph of entrant

(Materials 1 – 5 must be uploaded as a single A4 PDF document not exceeding 10MB)

Contact

For more information regarding this prize, please email kat.han@architecture.com.au

2020 David Lindner Prize Winner

Katrina Torresan

The 2020 David Lindner prize is awarded to Katrina Torresan for her submission entitled “Regional Revitalisation: Reclaiming high streets for public life.”

The economic challenges and revitalisation options currently facing Regional Australia are many and varied.  This winning submission is a direct response to the Government Architect’s vision for Regional NSW and supports growing interests from regional councils who are seeking to ‘breathe life’ back into their main streets.

Through activating the heart of town centres, there is potential to improve the place experience, encourage positive change and growth, and attract tourism, businesses, and individuals to stimulate economic activity. Katrina’s research will provide short and long term recommendations for master planning and creating vibrant high streets within regional centres in NSW.

The jury unanimously agreed that the proposal was highly topical and relevant for industry, regional governments, businesses and communities and has the potential to positively contribute to cultural enrichment of regional Australia.

The David Lindner prize encourages new research on architecture in the public realm. Awarded to an emerging architect in honour of the late David Lindner, it recognizes submissions that generate ideas for solving real challenges facing our cities, and contributes to the profession as well as the broader community. 

2020 David Lindner Prize Winner | Katrina Torresan

2019 David Lindner Prize Winner

Hannah Slater

Alone together: addressing urban isolation in Australian cities

Australian cities are experiencing compounding urbanisation and population growth. Government plans are focused on issues of land use planning, infrastructure delivery, and transport mobility to accommodate growth but the intangible ‘social city’ and public realm are all too often neglected. Despite city dwellers being physically closer than ever, they are feeling increasingly disconnected from their neighbours and communities. Loneliness and urban isolation are on the rise and finding authentic connections in our cities is increasingly difficult.
This research aims to examine the role of the built environment in addressing urban isolation, specifically in Sydney.

2019 David Lindner Prize winner Hannah Slater, jurors Dr Kirsten Orr and Robyn Lindner | Photographer: Alexander Mayes