This year’s juries for the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards have revealed their shortlist of 92 entries. The shortlist was developed following an intensive schedule of presentations followed by site visits to consider 206 entries received across 10 categories, with a notable increase in entries in the Residential and Interior Architecture categories.
The winners in each category will be announced at the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards ceremony on Friday 6 July at The Venue in Sydney’s Alexandria.
Peter Mould, Chair of Juries, said: “I have had the privilege of overseeing the awards program since 2016 and every year I appreciate the variety and richness of opinions generated by debate about architectural excellence.
“This year’s panel chairs were also challenged to determine an overall winning project, which will receive the newly introduced NSW Architecture Medallion”, he added. “There are a number of outstanding projects among this year’s entries, and deliberations are still underway.”
The winner of the inaugural NSW Architecture Medallion will be announced at the awards ceremony, along with the winners of other prestigious awards including the NSW Premier’s Prize, the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize and the Enduring Architecture Award.
The 2018 Panel chairs were Annabel Lahz, Imogene Tudor, Graham Jahn AM, Marissa Looby and Heidi Pronk.
“The Institute was also delighted to have Tricia Helyar, NSW Country Division Chair, and Jason Elsley, Newcastle Committee join the judging of the Blacket Prize, which recognises design excellence in a regional context,” Peter Mould said.
All entries were also considered for the Sustainable Architecture Award, judged by the Panel chairs and Andrew Bagnall of A.G. Coombs Advisory. Sustainability is considered integral to good design and entries were considered not only from a technical perspective but also in terms of their social sustainability. The jury was impressed by the richness and inventiveness displayed in this year’s projects, both large and small.
Entries that earn NSW Chapter Awards will progress to be considered for the National Awards later this year.