FAQs


Why enter the NSW Architecture Awards?

  • By entering into the NSW Architecture Awards and therefore the National Architecture Awards program you are giving yourself, your firm and your staff the opportunity to be judged for the work you are proud of, the issues that you stand for and to show your peers what you have been working on.  It can be an important contributor to your membership in the architectural community, and also offer milestones in your career – whether as an emerging architect, small firm or as a member of a larger project team.

What are the benefits? 

  • The Institute organises a program of public talks and exhibitions of entrant awards boards throughout the year.
  • The Institute publishes an annual awards publication, featuring photographs and jury citations for all winning projects, and listings of all entries. Readership includes all registered Institute architects, alongside public and industry subscribers.
  • All winners of Named Awards and general category Awards progress to judging by the National Jury. As well as providing further exposure and recognition at a national level, it also offers further opportunity to enjoy the comradery of your colleagues at the National Awards Presentation event in November.
  • Media outlets are keen for stories on new architects, ground-breaking design and a survey of the breadth of architectural activity in NSW throughout the year, and the Awards process and shortlists are a key resource for these features.
  • Being part of the awards presentation days to juries in March can be a valuable professional development experience for you and your colleagues.
  • The NSW Architecture Awards night is a celebration not to be missed whether you are shortlisted or an entrant, and is an exciting event for colleagues and clients alike. All entrant awards boards are exhibited on the night, providing another great opportunity to show your clients your work and to share in the pride you both hold for the project.

How much does it cost to enter?

  • The 2018 NSW standard entry fee is $700 ex GST. If you are an A+ member you automatically receive a discount of 10%. 
  • The 2018 Newcastle standard entry fee is $350 ex. GST. If you are an A+ member you automatically receive a discount of 10%. 

Do I have to be a member?

Yes, if you are an architect.

Entry into the Australian Institute of Architects Architecture Awards is limited to a person, or a team under the substantive control or direction of a person, who is:

  • an architect registered in the State or Territory of entry, and
  • an Australian Institute of Architects member, and
  • a principal of the practice who is an owner or formal licensee of the copyright in the work being entered

Please note that entrants must be a financial Institute Member for the duration of the year in which the award is given (see the Membership page for information on joining the Institute. A+ Members receive 10% discount on entry fees).

Can I have an extension past the end of entry submission date?

  • Your entry details must be entered online and fees paid by the closing date. No new entries can be created after midnight on this date. You may begin your entry, save your work and come back to it as many times as you like, however, once you hit the ‘SUBMIT’ tab you cannot go back in to make changes. Requests for changes after the closing date may not always be possible and can incur an administration fee.

How do I get my presentation ready for the presentation days to juries?

With reference to the 2018 National Architecture Awards Entry Handbook these are the additional compulsory entry materials: 

  1. A2 Display Board (NSW and Newcastle Awards)
    In addition to your online entry, you must produce the artwork for a display board that will be used for consideration by the jury.

    The art work for the display board should be provided to Big Image by the 2 of March 2018. The A2 Boards must include one single portrait image only, either a high-resolution hero or detail photograph with no border to be ordered via Big Image (NB. the Institute has negotiated a competitive print rate for members which includes also delivery).
    Each individual entry is expected to be accompanied by its own presentation board, even where the same project has been entered into multiple categories (e.g. 2 category entries = 2 exhibition boards). This allows us to feature your project in multiple categories in future exhibitions, and helps us in preparing the jury presentation days.
  2. Presentation to Juries (NSW Awards only)
    Entrants will be required to present to juries on a nominated date. The format of the presentation MUST be:

    • 5 minutes for Residential Architecture – Houses category only;
    • 10 minutes for all other categories;
    • saved with the project name and entry number specified in the filename;
    • submitted in either PDF or PowerPoint format (files must be saved as .ppt rather than .pptx);
    • up to 300dpi standard resolution and saved in a manageable size;
    • limited video content is permitted, but entrants are encouraged to use the presentation to maximise face to face time with the Jury;
    • provided on a USB labelled with: entry no, entered category (or categories), practice name and project name.

    subject to the time of your Presentation to Jury (9 – 13 April 2018 – Dates and format TBA), preferred delivery is to our AV team on the day. Further information will be circulated to entrants closer to the date.
    Each individual entry is expected to be accompanied by its own digital presentation, even where the same project has been entered into multiple categories (e.g. 2 category entries = 2 digital Presentations). This allows us to feature your project in multiple categories in future exhibitions, and helps us in preparing the jury presentation days. 

I have a query – who should I contact?

For all Awards related queries please contact the NSW Awards and Prizes Officer on +61 9246 4013 or email tessa.goodman@architecture.com.au