2015 DARCH Horse Awards Winners

Congratulations to all our winners of this year’s DARCH Horse Awards!

We’d like to thank a few people. Special thanks to our event sponsors, Austral Bricks, for hosting us at your CBD Design Studio. Thanks to our judges Brendan Murray, Kati Westlake and Sam Crawford for giving so much of your time to judge and award our winners this year. And in particular, thank you to all the architects who submitted nominations to this year’s DARCH Horse Awards. We really wish we could award all nominees as their contribution to the architectural profession is greatly appreciated.


James Liu (built project), nominated by Dale Swan at Conrad Gargett Anchor Mortlock Woolley.

For the recently completed heritage project at St John’s Church on Oxford Street – after being dilapidated for more than 10 years, and difficult development history.

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AMP Capital (unbuilt project), nominated by SJB, Silvester Fuller, MAKE Architecture, Lippmann, Carterwilliamson, Aspect Studios.

For showing great courage, entrusting and believing in a bunch of emerging architects, some without previous experience in multi-residential work. This is a rare and difficult opportunity for any practice, for which we commend the recipient working with the City of Sydney.

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Vince Marino of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, nominated by Christine Major of Welsh + Major Architects.

In recognition of a very successful collaboration with Welsh +Major Architects on 2 projects in the Rocks; the adaptive reuse of former Rocks Police Station and accessibility upgrades to Science House. Vince was the Project manager on both these projects. He was instrumental in negotiating often conflicting requirements, especially in helping to resolve heritage with fire safety, accessibility and the commercial drivers. Vince created a process that allowed all these matters to be met as well as delivering design excellence in an innovative way. A successful project is in part due to a great client and Vince, has been a great client for these projects, congratulations Vince.

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Boris Tosic of Elan Construct, nominated by Dominic Alvaro of Woods Bagot.

The 2015 DARCH Horse Builder has been nominated for demonstrating exceptional creativity, promoting true craftsmanship, and generating engaging and functional built solutions delivered within tight time-frames and the usual budgetary constraints. His optimism, energy and passion inspire others and deliver excellence.Boris Tosic_Stage 02_02 Photo_WB03


Ray Parslow, nominated by Huw Turner at Collins and Turner.

For excellent collaboration on environmental signage, graphics and brand pieces on Brisbane’s south bank that celebrates the life of Australia’s first master brewer. You had us at beer. As the submission reads – nominated for statutory signage

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Specialist contractor

Jaime Marina from MouldCAM, nominated by Peter Ireland from AJC.

For helping to realise the complex design of the ‘Man Cave’. This project uses technologies from yacht-building and demonstrates prefabrication techniques that represent a contemporary form of craftsmanship – which we’d love to see more of in the future, in all its forms.

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Urban Provocateur

Ben Driver of Hill Thalis, nominated by Rachel Hemming of Smith and Tzannes.

This year’s winner is the epitome of the urban provocateur in his constantly active voice within the industry and in public debate, from his involvement in the Sydney Architecture Walks to being recognised as one of the “One-Forties” – an inspiring young voice of twitter – firing off engaging political and urban discourse. His ability to engage with and resolve a vast range of macro and micro design problems is evident in the breadth of his architectural output– from strategic transportation policies to bespoke detailing. His diverse architectural advocacy excites and engages the general public and other architects.

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Government Authority

Niall Macken of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, nominated by Christine Major of Welsh + Major Architects.

In recognition of a very successful collaboration with Welsh +Major Architects on 2 projects in the Rocks; the adaptive reuse of the former Rocks Police Station and accessibility upgrades to Science House. The success of these 2 projects was in a large part due to Niall’s excellent brief, expert heritage advice and his willingness to explore new ideas and challenge assumptions during design and construction. Thankyou Niall, we know that whilst architects are familiar and expert at exploring boundaries, a strongly creative approach can be difficult to promote within an Authority and we appreciate your perseverance and bravery in these matters.

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Government Authority

Graham Jahn, Bridget Smyth, Margaret Desgrand, David McNamara, Tony Smith of the City of Sydney, 
nominated by Carterwilliamson, Silvester Fuller, MAKE Architecture, Lippmann, SJB, Aspect Studios.

The City of Sydney has for many years been outstanding in recognising the importance of design at all stages of the city design process. This includes

  • Design Strategy to master plan important city sites,
  • Design Testing to inform good planning controls and create new public domain in association with new development,
  • Design Competitions to encourage clients and architects to explore a range of design solutions and extend design possibilities,
  • Involving architects in design review and planning approvals
  • Heritage controls to preserve important cultural and heritage fabric; and
  • Fostering developers to engage younger architects to support fresh design approaches and architectural careers.

Much of this work by the City of Sydney occurs before the building architects commence design. It is undertaken by architects within Council working with planners to create the best framework and processes for delivering great design. The Quay Quarter is an exemplary project that has involved design at all these levels. Congratulations City of Sydney we thank you for creating and delivering on these excellent processes that foster and support great city Architecture.

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