The best of Australian architecture in 2012 captured in one beautiful book

The best of Australian architecture in 2012 captured in one beautiful book

INSPIRE 2012, the third edition in the ten-volume series charting the best in peer-reviewed Australian architecture, was launched in Sydney on Thursday 6 December.

Showcasing the innovative projects that have been honoured through the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 National Architecture Awards, INSPIRE 2012 is a celebration of excellence in contemporary Australian architecture published in over 250 beautifully produced, full-colour pages.

The 2012 National Architecture Awards program attracted a record 956 entries from across all states and territories in 11 categories resulting in 157 awards given at state and territory level followed by 35 National Awards announced on November 1.

Charting leading Australian architecture projects over the course of a decade from 2010 through to 2019, the INSPIRE series is a unique portrayal of award-winning designs from concept to completion. Preliminary sketches, stunning photographs and quotes from architects and clients, give readers new insight into the design process.

Institute CEO David Parken noted ‘the National Awards are an important way of recognising the talents of the profession as expressed through architecture.

‘The Awards and INSPIRE 2012 encapsulate much of what the Institute represents – bringing people and architecture together; celebrating the energy, talent and tenacity of architects through recognition of their work; and raising awareness within the community of the value of excellent architecture.’

The INSPIRE series was developed by Institute CEO David Parken and German-born photographer and publisher, Katarina Stuebe. Each edition features individually numbered publications, with visual quirks linking all 10 in the series together – when lined up, an overall graphic theme will be revealed on the books’ spines.

‘It is a privilege producing the INSPIRE series and creating such a high profile book featuring Australia’s best architects and designs,’ said publisher Katarina Stuebe.

INSPIRE – Australian National Architecture Awards 2012 is available at Architext bookshops in Melbourne, Sydney or online at

Limited copies of INSPIRE 2010 AND 2011 are also available.

CREATOR – David Parken

Architect, advocate and former National President, David Parken is the CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects. The Institute is Australia’s peak architectural body, representing more than 11,500 members across Australia and overseas. David is a Life Fellow of the Institute, with more than 20 years’ experience in private practice. David is an advocate for architecture, design and sustainability.

PUBLISHER – Katarina Stuebe
Katarina is an architectural photographer and founder of international publishing company REVEALbooks+fotos, under which she created and published Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, a memoir of Jørn Utzon and Australia’s famous icon. In 2010, Katarina documented various national pavilions at World Expo Shanghai that feature in the award winning book ‘The Unbeatable’ published in March 2012. She also creates and co-publishes the INSPIRE series, a collector’s edition featuring the annual Australian National Architecture Awards. All books in this 10-year series are joint publications with the Australian Institute of Architects.


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