Newcastle Architecture Awards


The Newcastle Architecture Awards are a regional program held annually as part of the Australian Institute of Architect’s National Architecture Awards program.

As well as recognising the best new architecture in Newcastle, the awards are also an important opportunity to celebrate the work of Newcastle and regional members’ pursuits of design excellence, and their collaborations with architects from across NSW. Open to projects located in the Newcastle region, winners of the Newcastle Architecture Awards have the opportunity to progress to be considered at state level via the NSW Architecture Awards.

The Newcastle Architecture Awards Winners were announced at the awards night on Friday 23, Merewether Surfhouse. 

Full List of Winners

Newcastle Jury Prize
NeW Space, University of Newcastle by Lyons + EJE Architecture
Public Architecture
Award – Maitland No.1 Sportsground by Maitland City Council in association with the NSW
Government Architect’s Office and CKDS
Commendation – Opal Hillside by dwp | design worldwide partnership
Educational Architecture
Award – NeW Space, University of Newcastle by Lyons + EJE Architecture
Award – St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar – Stage 1 by SHAC
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Award – Brass House by Anthrosite
Commendation – Three Piece House by TRIAS
Commendation – Light House by Jodie Dixon Architect
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions)
Award – The Blue House by Welsh + Major
Commendation – Hund Haus by Jodie Dixon Architect
Commendation – Eighty-Four Gordon by SDA
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Commendation – Corlette Street by CKDS Architecture
Commendation – Capri by SDA
Commercial Architecture
Commendation – Newcastle Private Hospital Kingston Extension by dwp | design worldwide partnership
Commendation – Nelson Bay Golf Club by EJE Architecture
Award – King Street Adaptive Reuse by CKDS Architecture
Commendation – Maitland Town Hall – Auditorium Refurbishment by Maitland City Council and the NSW Government Architect’s Office
Interior Architecture
Award – NeW Space, University of Newcastle by Lyons + EJE Architecture
Commendation – Lyons House by EDH Group Pty Ltd – Architects
Commendation – MJH Group Workplace by SDA
Urban Design
Award – NeW Space, University of Newcastle by Lyons + EJE Architecture
Small Project Architecture
Award – Islington Park by Curious Practice
Commendation – North Avoca Studio by Matt Thitchener Architect
Sustainable Architecture
Award – Three Piece House by TRIAS
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
North Avoca Studio by Matt Thitchener Architect

 2018 Newcastle Architecture Awards Media release.

Entries for the 2018 Newcastle Architecture Awards were open from 8 November 2017 to 2 February 2018.

Important Guidance Documents




• Sam Crawford, Sam Crawford Architects (Jury Chair)
• Georgina Wilson, Georgina Wilson Architect
• Jasmine Richardson, Ekah Studio
• Ramsey Awad, University of Newcastle

The Jury for the Newcastle Architecture Awards has been selected keeping in consideration the results of an EOI which was open from 24 October to Friday 24 November 2017 and previous EOIs submitted in the last 4 years..
Give yourself for the chance to recognise and award design excellence in the work of your peers across the state from the last year (Next EOI will open in October 2018). For more information and details of how to submit please click here

Selection Process

  • A single jury reviews all online entries across all categories after the closing date.
  • All entered projects are then visited by the jury. Entrants will be contacted individually regarding site visit arrangements.
  • After site visits are completed the jury recommends projects for awards. 
  • Award winners are announced at the Newcastle Architecture Awards Presentation Night in March.

Core Criteria

To ensure an equitable basis upon which entries can be judged, jury decisions are guided by a uniform set of criteria called the ‘Core Criteria’.

The Core Criteria are as follows:

  • Conceptual framework: underlying principles, values, core ideas and philosophy
  • Public & cultural benefits: amenity and concepts contributing to the public domain
  • Relationship of built form to context: concepts engaged with new and pre-existing conditions
  • Program resolution: functional performance assessed against the brief
  • Integration of allied disciplines: contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists and other specialists to achieve the outcome
  • Cost/value outcome: effectiveness of decisions related to financial issues
  • Sustainability: benefit to the environment through design
  • Response to client & user needs: additional benefits interpreted from the brief, serving the client or users and the community.

Read the Awards, Prizes and Honours Policy for more information about the Awards Program.


How to Enter

Before starting an entry, members are strongly advised to read through the 2018 National Architecture Awards Entry Handbook and Awards Policy, which includes all relevant requirements for both state and national awards (including Newcastle).
It is important that you familiarise yourself with the National Awards Policy and Entry Handbook before starting your submission. There have been a few changes this year, including:

  • 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).
  • The use of Bluescope Steel products is a criterion for the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture. 
  • Changes to the additional compulsory entry materials (A2 Boards with one single portrait image to be ordered via Big Image).

Online Entry: Awards submissions are made via an online entry system, and supplemented with additional entry materials. Entries are required to include a selection of digital images, drawings and plans which are also submitted via the online system. Online entries should be completed, paid and submitted before the closing date.

Copyright and consent forms

Copyright and consent forms are now to be filled out and uploaded as part of your entry. Therefore, it is important that you have confirmed the project attribution at the beginning of the process and ensured all authors have given you their consent.

General tips to get your online entry started:

1. Contact details: The first time you use the online entry system, it will prompt you to register as a User. Please note that the address entered here will receive the automated emails from the system to do with this entry and the online entry system (eg. notifications of entry submitted, payment pending, etc.). The contact for the project entry (whether an Institute Member or not) should register as the User, and also provide their details in the Contact Details section of the form. There will be another opportunity within the form to provide the Member’s email address for approval of the submission. If you have registered before in previous awards programs, you will not need to re-register. Please use your previous log in details. 

2. Email addresses: Please refrain from providing generic email addresses for your entry (for example: admin@ or enquiries@, etc.). Communications often go missing if these inboxes are not well-monitored, so it is preferred if you provide a direct email address.

3. Photography: If you haven’t already, organise a photographer to take photos of your project straight away in order to avoid missing the submission deadline in your Chapter (check closing dates here). 

4. Project attribution: Confirm the name of your project and practice attribution with all contributing authors before you begin your submission. 

5. Deadlines: We are not accepting any late submissions for the 2018 Awards program, so familiarise yourself with all Chapter submission deadlines early and get started on your submission.

6. Hero image: Choose your hero image, and upload this first to the entry system. *NB: Your hero image should be landscape orientation, and will be used in all promotional material for your project.

7. Browser: Do not use Internet Explorer to complete your submission, as it is no longer supported by Microsoft. Other browsers we recommend include Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. 

Additional compulsory entry materials: In addition to their online entry, entrants must produce a display board to support their entry. The art work for the display board should be provided to Big Image by the 2 of February 2018. This A2 exhibition board will be used for consideration by the jury, and may also go on public display at the Newcastle Awards event. 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).

Entry Fees 

  • Standard Entry fee: $350 ex. GST
  • A+ Membership discount (10%): $315 ex. GST
  • Payments are to be made via the online entry system.
  • Winners of Newcastle Awards will be required to pay an additional State entry fee to be considered for the NSW State Awards. Progression to State level is encouraged but optional. 

Key dates

  • Online entries open: 8 November 2017
  • Online entries close: 2 February 2018
  • Submission of additional material: 2 February 2018
  • Jury Visits: 22 – 23 February 2018
  • Awards Presentation: Friday 23 March 2018


Award Categories and Prizes

The following categories are awarded at the Newcastle Architecture Awards. Please note that Enduring Architecture is not assessed in this regional program:

  • Public Architecture
  • Educational Architecture
  • Residential Architecture – Houses New
  • Residential Architecture – Houses Alterations and Additions
  • Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
  • Urban Design
  • Commercial Architecture
  • Heritage
  • Interior Architecture
  • Small Project Architecture
  • Sustainable Architecture – Awards are conferred after considering all entries across all categories
  • COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture – Awards are conferred after considering all entries across all categories
  • Newcastle Jury Prize – Best overall contribution to Newcastle architecture. No fees apply for this award and all entries will be considered by the jury.

For detailed explanations of each entry category please refer to the 2018 National Architecture Awards Entry Handbook.


For all enquiries relating to the Newcastle Architecture Awards please contact the NSW Awards & Prizes Officer or call 02 9246 4013.

Major Newcastle Awards Partner   Newcastle Awards Event Partner





2017 NSW & Newcastle Architecture Award Winners


43 Ocean Street North Avoca by Genton Architecture Photo: Rodrigo Vargas

The 2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards were announced on Thursday 9 March at a presentation evening at the Merewether Surfhouse, with twenty projects recognised across eleven categories.

The complex alteration of a modest four-unit, beachside structure by Genton Architecture took top honours; the ‘enigmatic and innovative’ 43 Ocean Street North Avoca was recognised with both the Award for Excellence and Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing. Award winners are now eligible to progress to the NSW state awards.



2016 Newcastle Architecture Award winners



The Axis House, Toronto, Jonathan Dawes in conjunction with EJE Architecture. Photo: Nathan Dawes

The 2016 Newcastle Architecture Awards were announced at a special event at Merewether Surfhouse on Thursday 17 March 2016. Sixteen projects from across the region received honours on the night, with The Axis House by Jonathan Dawes in conjunction with EJE Architecture the overall winner, taking home the Award for Excellence.

A full list of winning projects from the 2016 Newcastle Architecture Awards is available here, and a gallery of award winning projects here