NSW Chapter Architecture Prizes


The following prizes were announced to recognise individuals and practices at the newly established End of Year Prize Night & Celebration on Fri 22 Nov 2019 (read the media release here, and download the booklet here).

More pics of the Prize Night are available on facebook.

2019 NSW Prize Winners (from left to right in the above banner)

The Reconciliation Prize recognises architecture and professional practice in NSW which advances the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people
Prize Partner Macquarie Bank

Winner – University of Sydney | ‘Wingara Mura- Bunga Barrabugu – A Thinking Path to Make Tomorrow’  
Commendation – Kaunitz Yeung Architecture
Commendation – Kamay Botany Bay National Park Master Plan, Kurnell | Neeson Murcutt + Neille with Sue Barnsley Design and Freeman Ryan Design

Best in Practice Prize recognises excellence in practice
Prize Partner Bespoke Careers
Winner – BVN
Commendation – MHNDU
Commendation – SJB

Marion Mahony Griffin Prize acknowledges a distinctive body of work by a female architect
Abbie Galvin FRAIA, Government Architect NSW

David Lindner Prize inspires graduates and emerging architects to engage in important and challenging design issues involving the public realm Hannah Slater | ‘Alone Together: Addressing urban isolation in Australian cities’

Adrian Ashton Prize for Architectural Culture & Literature
Catherine Hunter and Bruce Inglis | ‘Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place’

Christopher Procter Prize provides an emerging architect with the opportunity for research-based travel or study
Prize Partner Ethos Urban and Sydney Community Foundation
Hannah Slater | ’Altogether Now: Seeking an integrated approach for urban renewal’

NSW President’s Prize to recognise an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the profession of architecture
Caroline Pidcock LFRAIA

A special thank you to our sponsors, all entrants and to our jury members!

Christopher Procter Prize Partner Ethos Urban and Sydney Community Foundation

Best in Practice Prize Partner Bespoke Careers

The Reconciliation Prize Partner Macquarie Bank

Supporting partner: Built Environment Channel

The Brian Patrick Keirnan Prize for Students of Architecture in NSW

Brian was a modern renaissance figure with a scholastic appreciation of art and form – all self-taught. He could walk into a space and almost immediately reimagine it’, former Prime Minister Paul Keating.

The Brian Patrick Keirnan Prize is open to students of architecture and is based on the theme of ‘Reimagining, Reinventing and Reinterpreting Public Space’. The prize is for overseas travel and research and / or overseas study to enrich professional development. Brian was a Sydney based designer who passed away in 2018.

Nominations open from Wednesday 27 November and close Sunday 2 February 2020.

Marion Mahony Griffin Prize (nominations closed)

Named for the pioneering woman architect, Marion Mahony Griffin, this prize was established to acknowledge a distinctive body of work by a female architect, be it for their contribution to: architectural education; journalism; research; theory; professional practice; or built architectural work.
Nominations were open from Monday 4 March and closed Sunday 15 September 2019.

David Lindner Prize (nominations closed)

This prize is named in memory of the architect David Lindner who disappeared whilst travelling in Iran in 1993. Initiated by David Lindner’s family as a means to honour his memory, this prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects to engage in important and challenging design issues involving the public realm through a funded body of research.
Submissions were open from Thursday 23 May and closed Thursday 17 October.

The Reconciliation Prize (nominations closed)

The Reconciliation Prize seeks to recognise architecture and professional practice in NSW which advances the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.
Submissions were open from Friday 26 July and closed on Wednesday 18 September (previously Sunday 15 September 2019).

Christopher Procter Prize (nominations closed)

This prize is named in memory of the architect and urban designer Christopher Procter. It provides an emerging architect, who has demonstrated a commitment and passion for the design of cities, with the opportunity for research based travel or study to enrich their professional development.
Submissions were open from Monday 29 July and closed on Sunday 15 September 2019.

Best in Practice Prize (closed on Thursday 12 September)

The Best in Practice Prize recognises excellence in practice, with a focus on the development of supportive and inclusive workplaces and contributing to the overall success and elevation of a positive workplace culture in Architecture.
Submissions were open from Monday 5 August and closed on Thursday 12 September (previously Thursday 5 September 2019).

Adrian Ashton Prize for Architectural Culture & Literature (nominations closed)

Adrian Ashton Prize is awarded to an outstanding piece of architectural reporting and criticism. Open to journalists, editors, authors, producers and others reporting on architecture and design in NSW, the prize recognises quality communication, public engagement and high-quality debate.
Submissions were open from Thursday 15 August and closed on Sunday 15 September 2019.

NSW President’s Prize

This 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.


PRIZES SELECTED FROM THE NSW ARCHITECTURE AWARDS
The following Prizes are selected from all eligible entrants to the main NSW Architecture Awards program, and no separate entry or nomination is required.

Emerging Architect Prize – sponsored by AWS
The Emerging Architect Prize
recognises an emerging architect or architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement that advances the profession’s standing in the public arena.
Nominees can either put themselves forward with a self-nomination, or can be a nomination made by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. Nominated candidates will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination, the nominee will be asked to submit the entry material listed on this webpage via the online entry system. Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architects Prize.


NSW Architecture Medallion
The highest honour awarded by the NSW Chapter. The NSW Architecture Medallion is selected by the Jury Chairs from the field of Named Award winners across all categories.
2018 – Joynton Avenue Creative Precinct by Peter Stutchbury Architecture in association with Design 5 – Architects for City of Sydney


City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize for Design Excellence
The City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize is awarded to a project that improves the quality of the public domain through architectural or urban design excellence. The project is to be located within the City of Sydney local government area, and may be for or include public art. The project team should include a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. A shortlist is to be compiled from entrants in the NSW Architecture Awards by the City of Sydney Council’s Director of City Planning, Development and Transport. Eligible entries can be from all categories, except single residential dwelling houses and residential alterations and additions. The Lord Mayor selects the winner from the shortlist.


Blacket Prize
Established 1984 Awarded to a project situated in country New South Wales that promotes design excellence in a regional context. This Prize was named for the 19 century architect Edmund Blacket whose picturesque Gothic Revival style churches can still be found in many country towns.
This regional prize is awarded to a project situated in the area encompassed by the Newcastle & Country Divisions. It is judged by Jury Chairs in consultation with Country and Newcastle Division Committees.


NSW Premier’s PrizeThis prize is awarded by the NSW Premier from a shortlist of projects selected by the NSW Government Architect which are of benefit to the people of NSW – whether they be educational, cultural, transport or accommodation facilities.