Marion Mahony Griffin Prize

Marion Mahony Griffin Prize winners 1999 - 2019 | Photographer: Alexander Mayes

About the Prize

Congratulations Dr Noni Boyd

Dr Noni Boyd is an architectural historian and heritage specialist who has focussed her career on researching, documenting and demonstrating the value of architecture and heritage in the Pacific.  Noni holds a B. Arch from the University of Auckland, a Masters of Architectural Conservation from Sydney University and a PhD from RMIT University. Her PhD thesis focused on the work of NSW Government Architect Walter Liberty Vernon and her Masters thesis, which considered the historical development and conservation of a section of Gloucester Street in The Rocks, received the SHFA Conservation Prize.

Marion Mahony Griffin Prize

The Marion Mahony Griffin Prize is awarded annually to acknowledge a female in the field of architecture for a distinctive body of work. Established in 1998 by the NSW Chapter, it aims to acknowledge the significant contribution of women to the profession across a number of industry platforms including architectural education, journalism, research, professional practice and theory, as well as for built architectural work. The adoption of the name of Marion Mahony Griffin recognises her invaluable contribution to the combined effort of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony to the architecture of Australia.

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Background

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

Purpose

The Marion Mahony Griffin Prize is awarded annually to acknowledge a female in the field of architecture for a distinctive body of work. Established in 1998 by the NSW Chapter, it aims to acknowledge the significant contribution of women to the profession across a number of industry platforms including architectural education, journalism, research, professional practice and theory, as well as for built architectural work. The adoption of the name of Marion Mahony Griffin recognises her invaluable contribution to the combined effort of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony to the architecture of Australia.

Judging

Evaluation criteria

Candidates should display attributes across the following criteria:

  • Displays personal and professional attributes befitting of the award namesake, eg. adventurous, creative, original and independent thinker, cross disciplinary, collaborative, resilient.
  • Shows a broad participation and commitment to the profession, evidenced by activities such as  participation in professional committees, juries, talks and lectures, teaching or other roles in higher education, and contribution to publications.
  • A commitment to the development of others, whether through mentoring, sponsorship, education, or other means of support. 
  • Influence and impact on the built environment through a significant body of work of 5 or more years. 
  • A lack of previous formal recognition by or ineligibility for other awards

Jury composition

There will be a Jury of five, at least three being women and one man, including but not limited to:

  • A female member of Chapter Council or female Institute of Architects member appointed by Chapter Council
  • Winner(s) of the MMG Prize for the previous year or nominated representative
  • An architect
  • An academic from a School of Architecture or other relevant discipline such as Fine Arts from a university in NSW

The Jury can include up to two members from the previous year’s Jury. At least one juror should be knowledgeable of Marion Mahony Griffin’s work and principles. The Jury reserves the right not to give a prize in any one year and the Jury’s decision is final. The Jury may make nominations and if so are responsible for requesting the architect to complete the nomination form and provide the required material.

2020 Jury

  • Kathlyn Loseby FRAIA (Chair)
  • Danièle Hromek
  • Min Dark
  • Abbie Galvin FRAIA
  • Belinda Goh
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

  • Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by either an individual or an organisation.
  • Those nominated by a third party will be notified to gain consent before being considered. You can choose whether to make your nomination anonymous or not.
  • Nomination in one year does not preclude nomination in a subsequent year and previous applicants will be considered for up to five years.
  • Candidates do not have to be a member of the Institute of Architects or be registered with the Board of Architects, but they are required to have graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree or to have sat the exam of the Board of Architects that qualifies one to become an architect.
  • The winner will be announced at the Prize Night event in November 2020 and will be asked to speak about their career at the annual International Women’s Day breakfast event in March the following year.

Key dates

Submissions for 2020 Marion Mahony Griffin Prize have now closed.

Submission requirements

Nominations are made via an online form. To complete the nomination you will need to provide:

  • Details of the nominated entrant (self or other)
  • A summary of the body of work in no more than 500 words
  • A CV of the nominee detailing their career and relevant achievements (or link to online CV)
  • A photo of the nominated entrant

If required, the jury may request additional information and/or an interview with the nominees.

Contact

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

2020 Marion Mahony Griffin Prize Winner

Dr Noni Boyd

Dr Noni Boyd is an architectural historian and heritage specialist who has focussed her career on researching, documenting and demonstrating the value of architecture and heritage in the Pacific.  Noni holds a B. Arch from the University of Auckland, a Masters of Architectural Conservation from Sydney University and a PhD from RMIT University. Her PhD thesis focused on the work of NSW Government Architect Walter Liberty Vernon and her Masters thesis, which considered the historical development and conservation of a section of Gloucester Street in The Rocks, received the SHFA Conservation Prize.

The depth of Noni’s contribution to architectural heritage is extensive, and she has frequently collaborated with public service and private practice, education and publications providing specialist heritage research to assist the design and development of buildings in Australia and the South Pacific. Noni is known for her advocacy for adaptation not demolition of modern public buildings & public housing. Her work on an Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Practice Note on Heritage & Sustainability has contributed to reducing emissions & progression towards Net Zero. Throughout her career she has worked with various heritage associations from the World Heritage Centre to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and was a founding member of the Australian Working Party of DOCOMOMO who authored many publications, including a notable feature on the historical importance of Sirius Apartment building the Rocks, a prominent example of Brutalist architecture in Australia. Noni was a coordinator of the AIA NSW Chapter Heritage Committee from 2011-2016, maintaining the Chapter’s Digital Archive, Biographies of Architects, and Register of Twentieth Century Buildings. Noni has also contributed to a range of national and international books, journals and publications, including detailed biographical research of significant practitioners and was on the Editorial Committee of the Architecture Bulletin NSW from 2011-2016. She has contributed to education throughout her career, through lectures and tutorials in post graduate Heritage Conservation Courses at USyd and UTS, along with delivering public lectures and academic papers. Noni has been active in the public promotion of architecture, providing research for various exhibitions. One of the more notable exhibitions was the 2018 SOS Brutalism travelling exhibition and catalogue in both Frankfurt and Vienna. Noni has always been active in practice, was instrumental in notable heritage and conservation projects such as Capital Works Projects for Sydney Cove Authority, Minister’s Stonework Program, Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place in the conversion of the former Redfern Post Office for the City of Sydney, as well as numerous Conservation Management Plans and preparation of many State, National Trust and Section 170 Heritage registers.

In addition to being an architectural researcher and historian, Noni has contributed in the service of advocacy and culture – helping professionals and lay-people understand the deeper significance of architecture, place and Country, and persuasively arguing for its appreciation, interpretation and protection. Her work in the analysis of cultural landscapes has provided a deeper understanding of multiple layers of meaning and symbolism within both architecture and the environment, that speaks to the significance in the layering of history to consider all who have cared and inhabited a place. As an exemplary architectural historian, Noni is distinguished by her endless knowledge of architecture and her generous capacity to share this with others. Dr Boyd is held in high esteem by the architectural profession, generations of students and her many collaborators. She is often the first point of call for those looking to find the deeper story of parts of our city and its architectural fabric, an architect who must be recognised for the value and breath of her contribution to the profession.

2020 Marion Mahony Griffin Prize Winner | Dr Noni Boyd

2019 Marion Mahony Griffin Prize Winner

ABBIE GALVIN FRAIA


Abbie Galvin is an inspiration to her profession and widely considered an architect for her generation.
The recipient of more than 40 state, national and international awards over a 25 year career, Abbie’s design portfolio spans across public, urban, health, research, defence, education, commercial and workplace projects, all with her distinct knack for bringing a fresh approach to common challenges.
Abbie resonates the benefits of diversity for delivering design excellence.
She is a firm believer that building typologies benefit from exposure to other sectors; that experts in their field will always learn something from amateurs; and that innovation, at its core, springs from cross-disciplinary conversation and collaborations.

Abbie regularly presents at conferences; is active in architectural education; has sat on numerous juries, nationally and internationally; and participates in design advisory panels, most notably the Sydney Opera House and the inaugural NSW Department of Planning and Government Architects Office.

2019 Marion Mahony Griffin Prize winner | Abbie Galvin FRAIA | Photographer: Alexander Mayes