Reconciliation Prize

2020 Reconciliation Prize Winner Kaunitz Yeung Architecture | Photography: Brett Boardman

About the Prize

Congratulations Kaunitz Yeung Architecture

This is the second year for this relatively new award recognizing inspiring work in the pursuit of equality and equity in architecture. The jury panel was unanimous in awarding the clever and imaginative architectural design outcomes for and with grass roots Indigenous communities and Indigenous makers. The projects contribute to cross-cultural shared learnings that not only meet the aspirations of Indigenous communities, but equally achieve ambitious designs despite the limitations of tight government funding.

Reconciliation Prize

The Reconciliation Prize seeks to recognise architecture and professional practice in NSW which advances the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.

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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 Reconciliation Prize seeks to recognise architecture and professional practice in NSW which advances the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.

The prize shall be awarded to an individual, organisation or collaboration; and seeks to recognise projects, research, practice, or bodies of work which demonstrate one or more of the following qualities:

  • An authentic partnership with, and authorisation of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Responds to traditional custodianship and the cultural practices, knowledge, history and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Encourages the training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Please note that the full body of work of an individual or collaboration based in NSW will be considered beyond state borders, please check out the new eligibility criteria (amended on Friday 18 September 2020).

The Prize also seeks:

  • To increase professional awareness of best practice via an annual key note lecture
  • To raise awareness and positively incentivise practices which promote reconciliation
  • To recognise the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and its contribution to architecture and professional practice
  • To promote initiatives which show leadership on reconciliation from within the architecture profession to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider architecture as a career pathway

Prize

The winning entrant will be awarded a certificate and acknowledged in Institute communications. They will also be invited to deliver a keynote address relating to the awarded work.

Partner

We thank Macquarie Group for their ongoing support of the Reconciliation Prize.

Judging

Evaluation criteria

The appointed jury will evaluate submissions according to how they perform in relation to the following criteria:

  • Achieves an authentic partnership with, and authorisation of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Responds to traditional custodianship and the cultural practices, knowledge, history and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Encourages the training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Has the endorsement of a member of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community it relates to
  • Progresses the rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people within the community it relates to
  • Has been undertaken respectfully, has brought positive benefits to the community it relates to, and has considered long term impacts
  • Demonstrates scalable and/or replicable learnings, contributing to the broader goal of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians

In addition to meeting one or more of the criteria above, the entry must demonstrate innovation and/or excellence in the field it relates to (architecture, research, policy, methodology, or practice).

Jury composition

Eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the jury may decide not to award a winner. All entries received by the due date will be assessed by a Chapter-specific jury selected by the NSW Chapter. Jury members will comprise the following people:

  • the NSW Chapter President or nominated representative from the NSW Reconciliation Working Group
  • immediate previous Prize winner, or nominee thereof
  • an architect with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander background
  • interstate/international or an allied discipline expert nominated by the Reconciliation Working Group

The Chapter-specific jury will select one (1) winner, however, the jury may choose not to award a winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria.

2020 Jury

  • Kathlyn Loseby FRAIA (Chair)
  • Juliette Churchill
  • Carroll Go-Sam
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

The Reconciliation Prize is open to any individual or collaboration that has advanced the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a significant way through the practice of architecture. The winner is not required to be an architect or a member of the institute, however, the project, collaboration and/or individual contribution being acknowledged must be based in or relate to the practice of architecture in NSW, or the individual or collaboration must be based in NSW.

Submission requirements

Entrants are required to lodge in their application the following:

  • A written statement (max 1000 words) describing:
    1. what the entry project/initiative is
    2. how the entry demonstrates innovation and/or excellence in the field to which it relates (architecture, research, policy, methodology, or practice)
    3. how the entry meets each applicable evaluation criteria
  • Three to five high resolution images including copyright permission for use in Institute produced and/or Institute-related digital and print publications
  • Endorsement of the entry by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community representative, either via written statement and/or offer for verbal reference

Should further clarification of the entry be required, the jury may choose to interview shortlisted candidates.

Contact

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

2020 Reconciliation Prize Winner

Kaunitz Yeung Architecture

This is the second year for this relatively new award recognizing inspiring work in the pursuit of equality and equity in architecture. The jury panel was unanimous in awarding the clever and imaginative architectural design outcomes for and with grass roots Indigenous communities and Indigenous makers. The projects contribute to cross-cultural shared learnings that not only meet the aspirations of Indigenous communities, but equally achieve ambitious designs despite the limitations of tight government funding.

Kaunitz Yeung is a small practice with a growing body of projects across vastly different Indigenous communities from red earth deserts to tropical coastal sea islands. Projects spread from Wiradjuri country, (Orange, NSW), to Punmu, Parnngurr, Jigalong and Kunawarritji on Martu country, (Pilbara region -Western desert, WA) and across to Pirlangimpi, (Melville Island in the Tiwi Islands off Darwin, NT). In remote to extremely remote locations, limited budgets can often result in architecture lacking imagination, invention and comprehensive consultation. This is not the case with this practice which has developed a remote building type and dialogue inviting Indigenous artists to create culturally expressive designs. These then become critical elements interwoven into the building’s architectural and cultural identity.

Kaunitz has elsewhere described the substance of the practice’s work is dependent on “….a lot of time in the community not making assumptions, listening to local people and repeating the process, providing forums and both formal and informal opportunities for every voice to be heard.” Of particular note with this recognition and award, inspiring architecture is achievable through in-depth consultation while simultaneously pursuing meaningful outcomes.

2020 Reconciliation Prize Winner Kaunitz Yeung Architecture | Photography: Brett Boardman

2019 Reconciliation Prize Winner

The University of Sydney

Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu (“thinking path to make tomorrow”) strategy   

The University of Sydney Wingara Mura- Bunga Barrabugu Strategy is a visionary, reconciliatory proposition of institutional transformation that activates the design of culturally inclusive and safe physical environments.
The strategy is a unique, exemplary framework for an Australian university setting to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Islander cultures and values and sets a benchmark for the design of space and place.

ex histories and reflect the present state. The role of anticipating the future and determining what story these places will come to tell and how they will continue to support diverse people and communities is an important endeavor. The built environment has an enormous responsibility to connect and provide a good quality of life for all. This pursuit is one that is shared across disciplines and requires the good thinking of many – architects, urban designers, landscape designers and city planners, to produce positive outcomes.

2019 Reconciliation Prize winner University of Sydney, jurors Dillon Kombumerri and Michael Mossman | Photographer: Alexander Mayes