The winners of CAPITheticAL, the international competition to design a hypothetical Australian capital city, were announced last night in Canberra as a highlight of the capital’s Centenary celebrations.
Western Australian landscape architecture firm Ecoscape won the $70,000 first prize for its submission, The Northern Capital.
Drawing on the need to address the issues of population growth; financial, political and economic development; environmental and climate concerns; farming and food production; and acknowledging Indigenous Australian culture, Ecoscape proposed a new northern capital situated on the shores of Lake Argyle in the north of Western Australia.
The jury – Professor Barbara Norman (Chair), Professor Alastair Swayn, Councillor John McInerney, Dr Catherin Bull AM and Callum Morton – awarded first and second prize, a commendation and a student prize from the 20 shortlisted entries, which share in a prize pool of more than $100,000.

  • First Prize ($70,000) – The Northern Capital by Ecoscape Aust Pty Ltd (FREMANTLE)
  • Second Prize ($30,000) – Sedimentary City Canberra by Brit Andresen and Mara Francis (BRISBANE)
  • Commendation – Made in Australia: The future of Australian Cities by Dr Julian Bolleter and Professor Richard Weller, of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (PERTH)
  • Student Prize – Proto: Capital by Kate Dickinson and Annabel Koeck (SYDNEY)

Click here for all of the jury citations, media releases and images of the winning projects.

Check out the winning projects as well as the remaining shortlisted entrants at the CAPITheticAL exhibition now on display at the Gallery of Australian Design. The exhibition will remain open until the 11th of May.


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