NSW Architecture Awards and Prizes

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Our NSW Architecture Awards and Prizes pages have moved – head to the NSW Chapter page of the Australian Institute of Architects for all information on 2021 Awards and Prizes here.

The Australian Institute of Architects Awards & Prizes program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of NSW architects. The program also provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote architects and architecture within NSW, across Australia and internationally.

By entering into the NSW Architecture Awards, which feed into the National Architecture Awards program, you give yourself, your firm and your staff the opportunity to be judged for the work you are proud of, the issues you stand for and to show your peers what you have been working on. It can be an important contributor to your membership in the architectural community, and also offer milestones in your career – whether as an emerging architect, small firm or as a member of a larger project team.

The Newcastle Architecture Awards are a regional program held annually as part of the Australian Institute of Architect’s National Architecture Awards program.
Open to projects located in the Newcastle region, winners of the Newcastle Architecture Awards have the opportunity to progress to be considered at state level via the NSW Architecture Awards.

The NSW Country Division Architecture Awards celebrate the work of architects working in regional NSW. Since its inception in 1960, the NSW Country Division has provided continuous representation and service to NSW regional architects of the Australian Institute of Architects outside the metropolitan areas of Sydney and Newcastle. 

The NSW Chapter also coordinates the NSW Student Architecture Awards to recognise the best projects and emerging architectural talent from the four major schools of architecture in NSW.

NSW Chapter Prizes are either awarded to relevant entries in the Awards submission pool, or are presented following an open call for independent nominations each year. Prizes open for nomination include the Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, David Lindner Prize, the Emerging Architect Prize and the Adrian Ashton Prize. Entries to the NSW Architecture Awards are eligible for the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize for Design Excellence, Blacket Prize and NSW Premier’s Prize. The NSW President’s Prize is awarded at the discretion of the NSW Chapter President and is given to an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the profession of architecture. The NSW Architecture Medallion is awarded for ‘best in show’ selected from recipients of the named award in each category of the NSW Architecture Awards.


2019 Country Division Architecture Awards Winners Announced

Taking its inspiration from the ecology of the local area, Cloud Cottage in Bowral, has taken out the top prize at this year’s prestigious Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Country Division Awards, the James Barnet Award. The cottage design employed many environmental principles such as geothermal heating and cooling, plus solar and rainwater storage. NSW Chapter President, Kathlyn Loseby, congratulated all 2019 award winners and noted: ‘Regional architects make a significant contribution not only to the profession but more importantly in the vital role they play in creating local designs that support more sustainable and connected communities.’


NSW Architecture Awards Night - 5 July - BOOK NOW2019 NSW Architecture Awards Winners Announced

Winners of the 2019 New South Wales (NSW) Architecture Awards have been announced, honouring the state’s leading architecture, with public projects dominating across multiple categories. Across 12 categories, 51 awards were given including named awards, architecture awards andcommendations from 97 shortlisted projects and 212 entries. Awards were also given to outstanding public and commercial projects across the NSW Architecture Medallion, 2019 NSW Premier’s Prize, 2019 City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize, Blacket Prize and Enduring Award categories.


2019 Newcastle Architecture Awards Winners Announced

The Maitland Riverlink by CHROFI Architects with McGregor Coxall emerged as the preeminent project in this year’s Newcastle Architecture Awards, collecting a swathe of honours including the prestigious Jury Prize at the presentation night held in Merewether on 21 March. NSW Chapter President Kathlyn Loseby concurred with Ms Wilson that the region is emerging as an inspiring example of a continuously rejuvenating and dynamically evolving built environment. ‘Greater Newcastle will continue to be an exciting place to watch into the future.’


2018 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards – Winners Announced

The 2018 Country Division Architecture Awards were announced on Thursday 4 October in the Hunter Valley as part of the NSW Regional Conference, with fifteen projects recognised across twelve categories. 

A cellar door built for a boutique winery in Orange, Montoro Wines, took out the top prize for regional architecture, the James Barnet Award. Designed by Orange-based practice Source Architects, the building was conceived as a broad platform where inside and outside bleed together to form a continuous space that encourages patrons to linger on the terrace and be a part of the stunning landscape that provides the building’s context and vistas.


2018 New South Wales Architecture Awards – Winners Announced

This year’s juries for the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards shortlisted 92 entries out of 206 entries received across 10 categories, with a notable increase in entries in the Residential and Interior Architecture categories. In total the jury bestowed 69 awards and commendations and the winners in each category were announced at the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards ceremony on Friday 6 July. Joynton Avenue Creative Precinct by Peter Stutchbury Architecture in association with Design 5 – Architects for City of Sydney is the first ever recipient of the NSW Architecture Medallion for ‘best in show’ selected from recipients of the named award in each category.


2018 Newcastle Architecture Awards – Winners Announced

The Newcastle Architecture Awards Winners were announced at the awards night on Friday 23, Merewether Surfhouse.
The night’s top award, the Newcastle Jury Prize, went to the University of Newcastle’s new “vertical campus,” NeW Space, designed by Lyons and EJE Architecture.
The Newcastle Architecture Awards received a record number entries in 2018, a demonstration of the breadth of work undertaken across a number categories.


2018 New South Wales Student Architecture Awards – Winners Announced 

The NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects announced last Friday 2 March the winners in its revamped 2018 NSW Student Architecture Awards, recognising the best student work completed in the last year from the four accredited schools of architecture in NSW.


2017 National Architecture Award winners announced  

This year’s National Architecture Award winners were announced at a special event in Canberra on 2 November. A total of 44 projects received awards and commendations across 14 categories, with NSW projects taking out 17 accolades including seven of the category named awards! Congratulations to all those recognised in 2017. 


Become a juror for the 2018 Newcastle and NSW Architecture Awards

We are seeking expressions of interest for new award jurors for both the Newcastle and NSW 2018 Architecture Awards. Submit an EOI by Fri 24 Nov 2017 for the chance to recognise and award design excellence in the work of your peers across the state from the last year.


2017 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards – winners announced

Fifteen projects from across the state were recognised in this year’s awards, announced at the NSW Country Division Conference in Coffs Harbour last week. Awarded projects include a marine rescue centre in Ballina, a heritage adaptation in Central Orange Conservation Area, and a design-led affordable housing scheme in Thirroul. Congratulations to all 2017 recipients – see the full list of winners via the link below. Image: Carlye Lane by Harley Graham Architects


2017 NSW Architecture Awards – winners announced

We are pleased to congratulate the winners of this year’s NSW Architecture Awards, announced on Saturday 1 July. From a record number of entries this year’s juries bestowed a total of 66 awards and commendations. Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing was the largest category in the 2017 NSW program, highlighting the role architects have in developing alternative housing options for our increasing population. There was also a strong regional emphasis in this year’s awards, with some of the biggest winners located beyond Sydney, including three regional projects which won top honours in their respective categories. VIEW THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS


2017 NSW Architecture Awards Night

The biggest night for architecture in NSW was this year held in The Big Top at Luna Park on Saturday 1 July. Photos from the event are now live!
Congratulations again to all this year’s winners and thanks to everyone who celebrated with us in Sydney. Happy tagging! VIEW EVENT PHOTOS


2017 Newcastle Architecture Award – winners announced

The 2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards were announced on Thursday 9 March at a presentation evening at the Merewether Surfhouse, with twenty projects recognised across eleven categories.

The complex alteration of a modest four-unit, beachside structure by Genton Architecture took top honours, the jury recognised the ‘enigmatic and innovative’ 43 Ocean Street North Avoca project with both the Award for Excellence and Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing. VIEW THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS

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