Prizes


David Lindner Prize 

This prize is named in memory of the architect David Lindner who disappeared whilst travelling in Iran in 1993. Initiated by David Lindner’s family as a means to honour his memory, this prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects to engage in important and challenging design issues involving the public realm through a funded body of research.

Nominees can either self-nominate or be nominated by a third party. The winning proposal will be announced at the annual NSW Architecture Awards and awarded funding of $5,000 towards carrying out the research. The proposal will be published in the Architecture Bulletin and featured in a public exhibition. 


Emerging Architect Prize – sponsored by AWS
The Emerging Architects Prize recognises an emerging architect or architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement that advances the profession’s standing in the public arena. The Emerging Architects Prize is an initiative of the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN).

Nominees can either be put themselves forward with a self-nomination, or can be a nomination made by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. 

Marion Mahony Griffin Prize – sponsored by Bespoke
Named for the pioneering woman architect, Marion Mahony Griffin, this prize was established to acknowledge a distinctive body of work by a female architect, be it for their contribution to: architectural education; journalism; research; theory; professional practice; or built architectural work. 

NSW President’s Prize
This prize is awarded at the discretion of the NSW Chapter President and is given to an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the profession of architecture.


The following Prizes are selected from all eligible entrants to the main NSW Architecture Awards program, and no separate entry or nomination is required.

City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize for Design Excellence
The City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize is awarded to a project that improves the quality of the public domain through architectural or urban design excellence. The project is to be located within the City of Sydney local government area, and may be for or include public art. The project team should include a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. A shortlist is to be compiled from entrants in the NSW Architecture Awards by the City of Sydney Council’s Director of City Planning, Development and Transport. Eligible entries can be from all categories, except single residential dwelling houses and residential alterations and additions. The Lord Mayor selects the winner from the shortlist.

Blacket Prize
This regional prize is awarded to a project situated in the area encompassed by the Newcastle & Country Divisions. It is judged by Jury Chairs in consultation with Country and Newcastle Division Committee Chairs.

NSW Premier’s Prize
This prize is awarded by the NSW Premier from a shortlist of projects selected by the NSW Government Architect which are of benefit to the people of NSW – whether they be educational, cultural, transport or accommodation facilities.