NSW Country Division Architecture Awards

The NSW Country Division Architecture Awards celebrate the work of architects working in regional NSW. Since its inception in 1960, the NSW Country Division has provided continuous representation and service to NSW regional architects of the Australian Institute of Architects outside the metropolitan areas of Sydney and Newcastle. The annual Awards program has grown in prestige over many years, recognised as a forum to showcase regional architecture at its best. The program not only celebrates the high level of design excellence in country NSW, but also celebrates the achievements of our Country Division members practising architecture, often in remote regional locations.

Entries for the 2018 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards closed on Friday 27 July 2018.

Link To Online Entries


2018 JURY

Ashley Dunn – Dunn + Hillam Architects (Jury Chair)
Alex Dalglish – Somewhere Landscape Architects
Peter Freeman – Peter Freeman Conservation Architects + Planners PL
Oliver Gee – G2 Architects
Isabelle Toland – Aileen Sage Architects



  • Online entries open: 28 May 2018
  • Online entries close: 27 July 2018
  • Submission of additional material: 27 July 2018 (this is the deadline to send the artwork to Big Image for your two A2 boards)
  • Awards Presentation: Thursday 4 October 2018 (part of the Regional Architecture Conference – see more info here below)



Regional Architecture Conference – Early bird tickets on sale now!

Tues 2 – Thurs 4 October
Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley

The three day conference program includes 10 speaker sessions, opening cocktail party (Tuesday 2 October), casual dinner (Wednesday 3 October), and the Country Division Architecture Awards (Thursday 4 October). A full program will be announced soon.

Curated by Cameron Anderson and Noel Thomson on behalf of the NSW Country Division.



2018 Country Division Architecture Awards Entry Handbook 

With reference to the above handbook, please note that:

  • you will need to submit most of your materials on line including copyright forms, please familiarise yourself with the online entry portal early on in the entry process.
  • In addition to your online entry, you will need to provide the artwork for two A2 Panels, to be ordered and paid via Big Image (NB. we have negotiated a competitive print rate for members for the purposes of the Country Architecture Awards program).
  • The Project must have reached practical completion by 15 March 2018.



For all enquiries relating to the NSW Country Architecture Awards please contact Tessa Goodman at tessa.goodman@architecture.com.au or call 02 9246 4013.

2017 NSW Country Division Architecture Award Winners

The 2017 Country Division Architecture Awards were announced on Thursday 5 October in Coffs Harbour as part of the NSW Country Division Conference, with fifteen projects recognised across ten categories. 

Exploring innovative new modes of practice, The Joint by Joint Modular in Thirroul took home both the prestigious James Barnet Award and an award for Residential Architecture – Affordable Housing (under $350,000), for a project the jury felt was ‘exceptional on account of its ambition, method of delivery, social ethos and high level of design resolution.’ Two houses at opposite ends of the NSW coastline tied as joint winners of the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category, with awards going to Byron Bay home Carlyle Lane by Harley Graham Architects and Escarpment House by Takt in Thirroul on the South Coast. This year’s People’s Choice Award gathered over 1400 member and public votes, with the most votes going to Lue Road Residence by Cameron Anderson Architects. Please see below for a full list of all this year’s winning projects. 




Left to right: Hidden Studio by Harley Graham Architects (Image: Andy McPherson); Escarpment House by Takt (Image: Shantanu Starick); Courtyard House by Davis Architects (Image: Anne-Louise Buck); Ballina Marine Rescue by DFJ Architects (Image: Christopher Frederick Jones); Sampson House by Source Architects (Image: Tom Ferguson) 

Full list of winning projects:

James Barnet Award
Winner – The Joint, Thirroul by Joint Modular

People’s Choice Award
Winner – Lue Road Residence, Mudgee, by Cameron Anderson Architects

Winner – Sampson House, Orange by Source Architects

Commendation – Bangalow Farmhouse, Bangalow by DFJ Architects

Public and Commercial Architecture
Winner – Ballina Sea Rescue Tower, Ballina by DFJ Architects

Commendation – iAccelerate Centre, North Wollongong by ADM Architects
Commendation – Ocean Shores Soccer Club, Ocean Shores by DFJ Architects

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions)
Winner – Courtyard House, Lilyfield, by Davis Architects

Commendation – Sampson House, Orange by Source Architects

Residential Architecture – Affordable Housing (under $350,000)
Winner – The Joint, Thirroul by Joint Modular

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Winner (tied) – Carlyle Lane, Byron Bay by Harley Graham Architects

Winner (tied) – Escarpment House, Thirroul by Takt

Small Projects
Winner (tied) – Possum Shoot Shed, Possum Shoot by DFJ Architects

Winner (tied) – Hidden Studio, Coopers Shoot by Harley Graham Architects
Commendation – Green West House, Orange by Source Architects

Termimesh Timber Award
Winner – Bangalow Farmhouse, Bangalow by DFJ Architects

Vision Award
Commendation – Coffs Coast Wildlife Centre by Regional Architects

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2017 Country Division Architecture Awards 

Entries into the NSW Country Division Architecture Awards program were open from Monday 29 May – Friday 28 July 2017.

For Award categories, judging criteria, your entry materials checklist and important information regarding your entry, please ensure you read the information in the Terms and Conditions before beginning your submission.


How to enter the Country Division Architecture Awards:

Register and submit your project by entering details and supply digital support materials (images, plans, sections, and drawings) via the online form before the closing date of 5.00pm AEST Friday 28 July 2017. You will also need to complete the copyright and consent Standard Forms that are available via the online system. Entrants are required to check their eligibility, agree to the Terms and & Conditions and upload the signed forms before finalising their entry.

2. PAY
The 2017 entry fee is $160.00 +GST for each nomination. You will be required to pay this fee once your entry is submitted. You may edit your submission at any time before you finally submit and before the closing date of Friday 28 July 2017 by logging back in online. Changes to submitted entries may incur an additional $25 administration fee which will be invoiced to you separately.

You will also be required to supply a physical A1 display board and send it to the NSW Chapter Office at ‘Tusculum’, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011. Please read the Terms and Conditions for more information.

NB: All categories are considered by the jury each year but are not guaranteed to be awarded. All entries will be considered based on the merit of their submission.

Entries for the 2017 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards are now closed. 

Download the Terms and Conditions of Entry


2016 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards

Gull House by Harley Graham Architects. Image: David Taylor

The 2016 NSW Country Division Architecture Award winners were announced in Kingscliff on 29 September 2016. Winners included small budget alterations and additions to high-end new houses, a public amenities block to a community-trust-funded medical centre. Jury Chair, Russell McFarland noted, “There was a strong emphasis on satisfying the client’s needs and aspirations across the field and a deep understanding of their regional context. The introduction last year and growing popularity of the People’s Choice Award shows an increasing interest and knowledge of design’. 

Winners of the 2016 Awards can be viewed here