2020 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards, People’s Choice is now open!

NSW Country Division 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 annual Awards program has grown in prestige over many years, recognised as a forum to showcase regional architecture at its best. The program not only celebrates the high level of design excellence in country NSW, but also celebrates the achievements of our Country Division members practicing architecture, often in remote regional locations.

People’s Choice – Vote your favorite project now. Voting will close on Wednesday 28 October 5pm.

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2020 JURY

Nicholas Brown, Studio Two Architecture & Design (Jury Chair & NSW Country Division representative)
Ken Crosson, Crosson Architects 
Paulo Macchia, Government Architect NSW
Jasmine Richardson, Ekah Studio
Fenella Kernebone, TEDxSydney



2020 NSW Country Division Awards – Entry Handbook

With reference to the above handbook, please note that:

  • you will need to submit most of your materials on line including copyright forms, please familiarise yourself with the online entry portal early on in the entry process.
  • The Project must have reached practical completion by 15 March 2020.

A2 DISPLAY BOARDS digital artwork: please provide the digital artwork for the boards in the online entry system.
This year printing of the A2 Display Boards is not required, more details are provided in handbook (see page 3).



  • Online entries open: 4 June 2020
  • Online entries closed: 17 August 2020, 11.55 pm, extended from 30 July
  • The results of the awards will be announced and presented at the NSW Country Division Conference Awards Night (TBC).



Judging will be based on the following core criteria. These are addressed within the project description text provided as part of your entry:

Conceptual framework
Underlying principles: Values; Core ideas; Philosophy.

Public and Cultural Benefits
The amenity and concepts contributing to the public domain.

Relationship of Built Form to Context
Concepts engaged with new and pre-existing conditions.

Program Resolution
Functional performance assessed against the brief.

Integration of Allied Disciplines
Contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists and other specialists to the outcome.

Cost/Value Outcome
The effectiveness of decisions related to financial issues.

The benefit to the environment through design.

Response to Client and User Needs
Additional benefits interpreted from the brief, serving the client or users and the community.



A call for EOI for the 2020 Country Division Awards Program was open for submissions to 28 May and the Jury was selected following the criteria listed here below.

The Jury may consist of:

  • Members of the NSW Chapter Country Division Committee.
  • NSW Chapter Members selected by the Country Division Committee via an open call for expressions of interest.
  • One member of a media organisation related to the design and construction industry.

The Jury Chair will have the casting vote.




All submissions to the NSW Country Division Awards will be considered for the James Barnet Award. This award will be made, where appropriate, for outstanding work by a NSW Country Division member of the Institute, in any category.


Projects in this category must be predominantly of a public or institutional nature generally falling within BCA Class 9. It does not include projects falling within the definition of Educational Architecture or any BCA Class 9b building used primarily for educational purposes.


Projects in this category may be any preschool, primary, secondary or tertiary educational facility and/or joint research facilities in which an educational institution is a significant partner. Education projects may not be entered in the Public Architecture category.


Criteria – to be a residential dwelling/s, detached or attached (not apartments) with an individual dwelling cost not exceeding a contract price of $400,000.00 excluding non-essential landscaping, pools and consultant fees.


Projects in this category must be residential, generally falling within BCA Class 1a and must be new builds. Projects with up to two self-contained dwellings may be entered in this category.


Projects must be residential, generally falling within BCA Class 1a, and must include renovations or alterations or additions to an existing building, whether or not the building was residential in nature in the first instance. Projects with up to two self-contained dwellings may be entered in this category.


Projects in this category must be residential and comprise of, or include, two or more self-contained dwellings (whether or not the building includes uses for other purposes).


Projects in this category must be built primarily for commercial purposes, generally falling within BCA Classes 3b, 5, 6, 7 and 8.


This category is for any built conservation project or study developed in accordance with the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.


Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building or the refurbishment of an existing building.


Projects in this category may be single buildings, groups of buildings or non-building projects, studies or masterplans, which are of public, civic or urban design in nature. Awarded projects must have enhanced the quality of the built environment or public domain or contribute to the wellbeing of the broader community.


Projects in this category will be those considered to be ‘small’ in terms of area or budget as determined by the Jury. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by space or cost restrictions, but have achieved a level of invention, creativity and craftsmanship beyond these constraints. This category can accommodate projects which may be over-looked against larger scale projects in other categories or may be transient or experimental in nature, such as exhibition design, set design or installations. Projects of all functional types may be considered.


Criteria – built or unbuilt in NSW, interstate and overseas, not type specific, could be conceptual, could be consultancy/advice lead, could be community art-based, could involve `change leadership’, could be a masterplan, could be a building overseas.

Purpose – to showcase the skills and capacity of NSW Country Division Architects, ideally in community focussed endeavours but also to recognise projects that may not easily fit the main awards whilst still providing credibility to what we do as a broader organisation.


This award is given in recognition of outstanding architectural work by a NSW Country Division Architect. The use of timber must be integral to the success of the project, with a significant and/or ingenious use of timber being displayed in the design. All entries can be considered for this Award, no additional entry fee is required.



For all enquiries relating to the NSW Country Architecture Awards please contact Tessa Goodman at tessa.goodman@architecture.com.au or call 02 9246 4006.