In 2013, twenty-seven projects were submitted for the International Chapter Architecture Awards, across four categories. A total of six Awards were bestowed.

At the National Architecture Awards, a National Award was presented to Finding Country Exhibition (Venice Biennale 2012), by Kevin O’Brien Architects with the Finding Country Collective and Venti di Cultura, and the Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture to Australia House by Andrew Burns Architect and Atelier Imamu.


Peter Zellner Aff RAIA (Chair)

Director of ZELLNERPLUS, Peter Zellner has over 20 years’ experience  in architectural design, planning and project management. Zellner has been recognised as an emerging architectural voice in publications such as The Los Angeles Timesand The New York Times. Art+Auction magazine included Zellner its annual “Power 100” selection of influential people in the art world. Peter Zellner was named by The Los Angeles Times one of 10 ‘Faces to Watch in 2012 in Dance, Theater, Architecture and Art.’ Harper’s Bazaar included Zellner in its Editor’s Selection “Best of What’s New—Designers to Watch”.

Zellner holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University (1999). At the Harvard Graduate School of Design he was a participant in the Harvard Project on the City led by Rem Koolhaas. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from with First Class Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1993) in Australia, where he also taught between 1994 and 1997.

Zellner is a Faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he began teaching in 1999. At SCI-Arc he coordinates the Future Initiatives urban design program with David Bergman. Zellner is the author of numerous essays and books including Hybrid Space (Thames & Hudson, 2000) and Pacific Edge (Thames & Hudson, 1998). He has curated exhibitions such as Sign as Surface (Artists Space, 2003) andWhatever Happened to Los Angeles (SCI-Arc, 2005).


Steven Smit RAIA

Dutch-Australian architect Steven Smit initially trained as a furniture designer in The Netherlands. Since moving to Australia in 1986 and graduating from UTAS (Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Architecture) he has built up 20 years experience in international architecture.

From 1994 Steven has held design positions with award winning international design firms such as NFK (Nation Fender Katsalidis), PTW, OMA, RMJM, GHD and Atkins. He was an early user of BIM software as an integrated design tool and has led virtual design studios for UNSW in Sydney.

Based in Asia since 2002, for 6 years, Steven was Studio Director of both the PTW Shanghai and Beijing offices, winning a variety of design competitions and responsible for landmark projects such as the CCIV Digital Factory project in Wuhan.

His 7 years in Beijing included being part of the OMA project architect team responsible for the delivery of the iconic CCTV building in Beijing. As Group Architecture Director with GHD Global, from Hong Kong and Beijing, Steven led a global integrated design strategy roll-out (Green Building Protocol) for the largest Australian multidisciplinary building design group.

Since 2010 Steven represents China on the International Area Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Steven currently leads design studios in the Atkins Shanghai and Beijing offices.


Robert Grace RAIA

Robert Grace was born and grew up in Melbourne Australia. He studied at the University of Melbourne graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1982. Grace subsequently obtained a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University, New York in 1984.

Robert Grace Architects was established in Melbourne in 1985 where his projects won several awards including an RAIA merit award for Outstanding Architecture with much of it published.

Robert has given lectures in Australia, France and Germany and has taught at the University of Melbourne, RMIT & Columbia University’s Paris programme and has written in various journals on Architecture. In Melbourne in 1990 he established GdeM architects with Sarah de Teliga and Michael Markham, then in1991 having won the Ackman travelling Scholarship Robert relocated to Paris to pursue PhD research and later PhD study at the AA in London.

Robert Grace Architecture was started in Paris and then in London. By 1992 there were completed works in France and England and in 1995 he set up GdeS architecture with Sarah de Teliga and Charles Salter in London.
Collaborations do and continue to shape practice for Robert Grace Architecture in undertaking a broader range of projects and proposals notably in Italy, France, Australia and the UK.


Elizabeth Mossop

Elizabeth Mossop wide-ranging experience in both landscape design and urban planning. Her practice concentrates on urban infrastructure and open space projects like Cook and Phillip Park in Sydney and Viet Village in New Orleans. She has recently been involved in many aspects of the post-hurricane reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Elizabeth was Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of New South Wales before taking a position at the Harvard Design School as the Director of Landscape Architecture Programs and Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture. Currently, Elizabeth is the former Director and Professor of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. Her research and teaching focus on landscape and urbanism, through investigation of contemporary landscape design both at the urban scale and at the site scale. Recent publications include Contemporary Landscape Design in Australia (2003), Hong Kong: Defining the Edge (2001) and City Spaces: Art and Design (2001).