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Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed the five proposals shortlisted for exhibition at the Australian Pavilion at Venice's 2016 Architecture Biennale. The announcement comes following a two-stage presentation and selection process judged by the Venice Biennale Commission, currently helmed by AIA Immediate Past President Paul Berkemeier. 

The 2016 Biennale will mark the inaugural exhibition within Australia's new pavilion at Venice, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and slated for a May 2015 opening.

Read more about the shortlisted projects after the break.

Parlour Live! / Justine Clark and Naomi Stead with Maryam Gusheh, Catherine Griffiths and Fiona Young . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Objects / Andrew Burns and Mark Gowing . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Wide Open / Ed Lippmann, Dr Anne Watson, Susan Freeman and Michael Hill . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects POST / John de Manincor, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and Misho Baranovic . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

Peter Stutchbury Awarded Australian Institute of Architects' Gold Medal

The 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards have been allocated by the Australian Institute of Architects in Melbourne. The prestigious awards honor emerging and seasoned architects, students, and academics whose interdisciplinary designs have excelled in embracing the possibilities of the profession. Granting 14 awards in 9 categories, the recipients’ work spans a wide range of subject matter and addresses various aspects of architecture’s inherent influences both locally and globally.

The highest award, the Gold Medal, was awarded to Peter Stutchbury, whose lifelong commitment to architecture has spanned education, professional practice, and involvement in organizations. His international work consistently speaks to its specific cultural and site conditions, while adhering to sustainable design principles.

See all the 2015 award winners, after the break.

Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2014 National Architecture Awards. A total of 43 awards and commendations were given to 36 projects across the 12 national categories. "Projects honored include a housing project with an emphasis on communal spaces, a mental health facility with a welcoming domestic feel, a primary school that provides a sanctuary for the culturally diverse local population and a pro bono surf club that celebrates the coastal features and protects an adjacent fairy penguin habitat." View them all, after the break. 

The Commons. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects UQ Advanced Engineering Building. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects GASP! Stage 02. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 National Awards Shortlist

© Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the 61 projects making it to this year's 2014 Australian National Awards. 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

© John Gollings © John Gollings © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Brett Boardman

Australian Institute of Architects Awards Best Overseas Projects by Australian Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects' International Area Committee Jury has announced the recipients of its 2014 international awards, 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.

Asia Square / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © John Gollings PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall The Sukhothai Residences / Kerry Hill Architects. Image © Albert Lim Shelter@Rainforest / Marra + Yeh Architects. Image © Brett Boardman

Woods Bagot Excels at 2014 South Australia Architecture Awards

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

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of its 2014 South Australia 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

Walkerville Civic & Community Centre / JPE Design Studio. Image © Lyndon Stacy The Bicentennial Conservatory Adelaide / Guy Maron Architects. Image © Peter Hyatt Dune House / Max Pritchard Architect. Image © Sam Noonan Tree Top Studio / Max Pritchard Architect. Image © Sam Noonan

Australian Institute of Architects 2014 Northern Territory Awards Winners Announced

Strohmayr House / Troppo Architects. Image © Fiona Morrison
Strohmayr House / Troppo Architects. Image © Fiona Morrison

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects' 2014 Northern Territory Awards 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

Strohmayr House / Troppo Architects. Image © Fiona Morrison Hue 5 / ASHFORD GROUP ARCHITECTS. Image © Hosain RezaI Delafi Manigurr-ma Village Centre / AECOM. Image © Richard Frederick Jones Desert House / Dunn & Hillam Architects. Image © Kilian O'Sullivan

Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 NSW Awards

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

The Australian Institute of Architects announced its 2014 NSW Architecture Awards 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

8 Chifley Square / Lippmann Partnership + Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. Image © Brett Boardman Lemur Forest Adventure / Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects. Image © Brett Boardman Coast / SJB. Image © Sharrin Rees Griffith House / Popov Bass Architects. Image © Sharrin Rees

Australian Institute of Architects Announces Winner of 2014 ACT Awards

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.

Read on after the break for the full list of awards

Commendation – Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by Philip Leeson Architects. Image © Ben Wrigley Romaldo Giugola Award for Public Architecture – Australian National University Australian Centre on China in the World by Munns Sly Moore Architects in Association with Mo Atelier Szeto. Image © Ben Wrigley Commendation – Narrabundah House + Studio by Jigsaw Housing. Image © Rodrigo Vargas W Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture – Hotel Hotel by March Studio. Image © John Gollings

Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Awarded to Peter Wilson

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
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 Australian Institute of Architects 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 Australia seems to foster. Formations highlights the range of unconventional and world-leading architectural practice types being developed across Australia, 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

Melbourne-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.