Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 National Awards Shortlist

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The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the 61 projects making it to this year’s 2014 Australian National . Selected from a pool of 153 regional winners across 13 categories, the jury have visited all the shortlisted projects (except the international shortlist) in preparation for the announcement of the National winners at a ceremony in Darwin on November 6th.

Commenting on the shortlist, jury chair Paul Berkemeier said: “As a jury and as members of the profession, we were inspired by the number of projects that had informed clients working closely with the architects to achieve better outcomes. In many instances, this relationship allowed the project to go well and truly above and beyond the original brief.”

Read on after the break for the full shortlist

Australian Institute of Architects Awards Best Overseas Projects by Australian Architects

Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © James Davies

The Australian Institute of Architects‘ International Area Committee Jury has announced the recipients of its 2014 international , given to projects completed by Australian architects overseas. The biggest winners on the night were Denton Corker Marshall, who in addition to winning the Award for Public Architecture with their Stonehenge Visitor Centre also received commendations for public architecture and commercial architecture.

BVN Donovan Hill dominated in the field of interior architecture, scooping both the award and a commendation in the category. Kerry Hill Architects also achieved the same result in the residential category. Read on after the break for the full list of awards and commendations.

Woods Bagot Excels at 2014 South Australia Architecture Awards

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute / Woods Bagot. Image © Peter Clarke

The has announced the winners of its 2014 South Awards. This year, the star of the show was the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) by Woods Bagot, which won a total of five awards: COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, the Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture, the Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture, Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, and the Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture.

The jury commended Woods Bagot‘s project, saying that it “operates as a catalyst on multiple levels – a catalyst for the urban regeneration of the precinct; a catalyst and new exemplar for the city; and a catalyst for the state, evidencing step change in attitudes to both design and research.”

Read on after the break to see all the winners

Australian Institute of Architects 2014 Northern Territory Awards Winners Announced

Strohmayr House / Troppo Architects. Image © Fiona Morrison

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects‘ 2014 Northern Territory were announced last night – continuing a strong year for Troppo Architects, who won four awards to add to their Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, which they received in March. Troppo took home the Territory’s top award, the Tracy Memorial Award, in addition to the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, the Enduring Architecture Award, and the award for Residential Alterations & Additions.

Other winners on the night included Mode Design and Dunn & Hillam Architects, who each took home one award and one commendation. Neeson Murcutt Architects also bagged a Small Projects Award just a day after a very successful outing in the New South Wales Awards.

Read on after the break for all the winners

Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 NSW Awards

One Central Park / PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Simon Wood

The Australian Institute of Architects announced its 2014 NSW Architecture in a ceremony held in Sydney last night. Among the 42 Awards and 18 Commendations given out, perhaps the biggest winner was Neeson Murcutt Architects, whose Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Architecture, and was a joint winner of the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize.

In awarding the scheme by Neeson Murcutt Architects, the jury noted that it was “a rare synthesis of art and landscape, urban design and architecture” making the experience ”a delight in every detail.”

See the full list of 69 Awards, Prizes and Commendations after the break

Australian Institute of Architects Announces Winner of 2014 ACT Awards

Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design – National Arboretum Canberra by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean. Image © Brett Boardman

The Australian Institute of Architects have announced 35 awards out of a record 51 entries for the ACT Architecture Awards. The star of the show was Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s (TZG) National Arboretum, which after winning the 2013 Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture last year received the highest prize of the Canberra Medallion.

Other awards included an Enduring Architecture award for Enrico Taglietti’s 1979 project ‘Apostolic Nunciature’; and the Australian National University Australian Centre on China in the World by Munns Sly Moore in association with Mo Atelier Szeto – which won the Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture, the Art in Architecture Prize and a commendation in the INLITE Light in Architecture Prize.

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Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Awarded to Peter Wilson

Raakspoort Haarlem. © Christian Richters

Peter Wilson, co-founder and director of Bolles+Wilson, was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, their highest accolade, at a ceremony last month in Canberra. The Institute bestows the medal upon architects who have designed, or executed, exceptional buildings, promoted the knowledge of architecture, or have made some defining contribution to the field.

Venice Biennale 2012: Australian Pavilion focuses on Architect’s Evolving Role

A complex robotically fabricated sculptural installation. © Supermanoeuvre

Return from a water taxi journey around the Giardini via zip line, explore the potential for “robot craftsmen” and discover much more this August at the Australian Pavilion during the 2012 International Venice Architecture Biennale. With the world-famous exhibition just around the corner, the have decided to release details on what to expect at their exhibit, Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture.

The Creative Directors, Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth, said: “It’s very exciting to see how the architectural profession is evolving, the new domains that are being explored and the vitality and variety of innovative architectural types that seems to foster. Formations highlights the range of unconventional and world-leading architectural practice types being developed across , celebrating new opportunities for architects that are working in non-traditional and unexpected ways.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

Melbourne Architecture Annual: ‘Talking Homes’ Panel Discussion

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-based architectural practice Lyons has brought together a panel of leading architects and designers to discuss the central theme of this year’s Melbourne Architecture Annual, What makes a home?

The panel discussion, “Talking Homes”, will take place at Lyons’ Bourke Street office on October 25th from 5-6pm and will feature; Jill Garner, Victoria’s Associate Government Architect; Dr Karen Burns, from the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University; and Rachael Nolan, of the award winning Melbourne architectural practice Kennedy Nolan. More information on the event after the break.

Trial Bay House / James Jones / HBV Architects

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Located at Trial Bay overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, the project required an addition of a new living room, verandah, courtyard and garage, along with complete reorganization of the existing dwelling which was built in 1981 and designed by Ray Heffernan. The new room is projected toward the Channel, in a manner and position that preserves the outlook from the house, and maximises direct sunlight to, and outlook from both. The house was awarded the prestigious 2010 Robin Boyd Award of Australian Institute of Architects.

More photographs and drawings of this project following the break.

Architects:  HBV Architects
Location: Trial Bay, Tasmania
Design Principal: James Jones of Architectus (previously of HBV Architects)
Project Team: Petrina Moore, Scott Christensen, Helen Daly
Structural Engineers: Gandy & Roberts Pty Ltd
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: TBS
Builder: Bennett Construction Pty Ltd
Photographs: Ray Joyce and Richard Marks