EmAGN TALKS | Emerging Architect Prize Tour

The 2016 National Emerging Architect Prize was awarded to Amy Muir from Muir Architecture in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession through design excellence, education and industry leadership. Amy will be conducting her tour of several of the Chapters in her role as the National Emerging Architect Prize recipient, speaking with local winners, architects and representatives from the Prize sponsor, AWS.

Amy will be touring ‘DOING: To Do or Not To Do’ around the country in February and will visit Sydney on Thursday 16th February 2017 and you’re invited to attend. Following her presentation, she will have a panel discussion with Anita Panov and Andrew Scott (panovscott) 2016 NSW Emerging Architect Prize winners, Grace Mortlock (Other Architects), and Casey Bryant (Trias).

When: Thursday 16 February, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point NSW
Cost: $15 Institute members, $24 non-members

For more information about the Prize, entry dates for the 2017 Prize, or Amy’s inter-state tour dates go to: http://architecture.com.au/events/national/prizes-competitions#emergingarchitectprize

EmAGN | DARCH Christmas Party

Join EmAGN NSW | DARCH to celebrate the end of an exciting 2016 at our end of year Christmas Party. There will be food and drinks provided, plus a lucky door prize drawn during the night. Hope to see you there!

When: 6pm – late, Thursday 15 December 2016
Where: Stewart Hollenstein office, L1 24-26 Botany Road, Alexandria
Cost: Free entry, bookings essential.
RSVP: Bookings via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/darch-christmas-party-tickets-29734720349
Note: Numbers strictly limited. Bring along your business card to go in the running to win the lucky door prize… the Golden Ticket! Which will afford the winner free entry to all DARCH events in 2017!

DARCH Christmas Party

2016 David Lindner Prize


Do you have ideas for a research proposal which looks at issues concerning the public realm and urban renewal? Apply for the 2016 David Lindner Prize to win funding of $5,000 towards carrying out your research.

This prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects through research to engage in important and challenging design issues involving the public realm. Dedicated to encouraging new research on architecture in the public realm, the prize seeks submissions exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current architectural discourse in Australia and internationally. The prize is awarded annually to an individual whose submission generates ideas for solving real challenges facing our cities, and contributes to the profession as well as the broader community.

The prize was established in memory of David Lindner, a talented young Sydney architect who tragically disappeared in Iran in 1993. The Institute would like to thank the Lindner family for their generous support. This prize is run with the support of DARCH – the NSW Emerging Architect and Graduate Network (EmAGN)

Hurry, entries close Friday 27 May 3 June. For more info and to apply go to the link below.

David Lindner Prize


Emerging Architect Prize 2016

Last chance to nominate an amazing emerging architect (within 15 years of graduation, within 10 years of registration) for the 2016 Emerging Architect Prize. The Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena.

To nominate someone in Stage 1, get your submissions in by Friday 22nd April. Submit the following via the online entry system:

  • the nominator’s name and contact details
  • the nominee’s name and contact details
  • a brief (max 150 words) outlining the reason for the nomination

So simple!

The Chapter Winner gets:

  • $1000 cash prize
  • Sponsored to attend the National Architecture Conference
  • One year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects* (contact your local chapter for further details)

You then go into the running to be the National Winner who gets even more prizes!

For more info go to the Australian Institute of Architects website here.

Note, you will need to be an Australian Institute of Architects member to nominate an individual or collaboration. The nominee will also need to be a member, but they will be given the opportunity to sign up before Stage 2 submissions if they aren’t currently a member.

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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2014 DARCH Horse Awards

Now in its fourth year, the DARCH Horse Awards recognises and celebrates outstanding contributions by non-architects in the pursuit of a high quality built environment.

The categories include:

    • Government Authority
    • Builder
    • Client
    • Developer
    • Consultant
    • Specialist Contractor
    • Urban Provocateur

This year we have updated the nominations process and split it into two stages:

  • Stage 1 | Closes Fri 23 Oct: requires a 150 word nominations by the architect/designer.
  • Stage 2 | Closes Fri 6 Nov: requires the nominee to complete the submission.


The awards will be presented on Wednesday 25th of November. We are excited to announce that this year, with the generous support of our Principal Partner AUSTRAL BRICKS, the awards presentation evening will be again held at Austral’s CBD Design Studio.


For more info go to www.darchhorseawards.com


2015 David Lindner Prize – applications close 21 April

This prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects to contribute to the growth, innovation and development of architectural design and theory through a funded body of research.

The winning proposal will be announced at the annual NSW Architecture Awards on July 2 2015 and awarded funding of $5,000 towards carrying out the research.

The Prize was established in memory of David Lindner, a talented young Sydney architect who tragically disappeared in Iran in 1997.

Submissions for the 2015 David Lindner Prize open on Tuesday 10 March.
The closing date for entries is Tuesday 21 April.
Proposals should be sent to the Awards Manager at hannah.burgess@architecture.com.au

For more information:
Read the details in the images below, or download the pdf document by clicking here.
You can also contact Hannah Burgess, Events Officer, Australian Institute of Architects
T: 9246 4055 E:hannah.burgess@architecture.com.au

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