People’s Choice Prize for Public Architecture

Earlier this year, a jury panel of eminent architects selected the winning projects in the New Public Architecture category of the 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards.  Now, for the first time, the public are being asked to vote for their favourite New Public Architecture project.  The most popular project will be awarded the inaugural People’s Choice Prize for Public Architecture.

To view the eligible projects, click on the images and scroll through the gallery for each project. Voting has now closed. The winning project will be announced at the Melbourne Architecture Annual World Architecture Day Celebration on the 31 October. 

Voters had the chance to go into the draw to win a $200 voucher for ARCHITEXT bookshop, by registering their details and telling us in 25 words or less which architect designed New Public Architecture project you nominated and why they loved it.  ARCHITEXT bookshop is an outlet of the Australian Institute of Architects located at Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. ARCHITEXT stocks the largest range of architectural titles in Victoria.


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Public Architecture

The Public Architecture category recognises achievement in the design of projects which are predominately public in nature. The notion of a Public Architecture category originates from the original ‘Street Architecture Medal’ introduced by The Royal Victorian Institute of Architects in 1926 to recognise the design of a building of exceptional merit.  Projects were judged on their ‘urban propriety’ and ‘architectural etiquette’. Buildings had to front a street, road, square or court to which the public had access and the building was expected to have a civic character, offering its architectural qualities to the greater public realm of the city.

Today the Public Architecture Category also includes institutional buildings located within school and university campuses.  The winner of a Public Architecture Award or Prize must provide benefit to the community in its function and in the pleasure it gives to those who use it – it must be a building of exceptional merit.

Register for your chance to win!

Terms and Conditions

Only one entry per person will be accepted. Entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. Prize consists of a voucher redeemable for $200 worth or products from ARCHITEXT book shop at Level 1, 41 Exhibition St , Melbourne VIC 3000. The winning entry will be notified by phone or email by November 7 2014. For more information on ARCHITEXT products visit