The Australian Institute of Architects have awarded their highest honor, the Gold Medal, to the founders of ARM Architecture during the 2016 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. Based out of Melbourne and Perth, ARM is widely known for their “contemporary, often daring, sometimes controversial designs.”
Established in 1988 by directors Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt, and Ian McDougall, the large scale practice has had a significant impact on design throughout Australia. They've designed a range of projects including cultural buildings, urban design and planning, office buildings, apartments, community projects, and shopping centers.
Some of their more notable works include the Perth Arena in Western Aurstalia, the renovation of Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Hall, Storey Hall at RMIT University, and the reconfiguration of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance.
Outside of their firm's projects, the directors have hosted exhibitions, presented lectures at national conferences, been professors, and have always been willing to explain their designs and architectural theories to the public, write the Australian Institute of Architects.
"This is a practice that has been a genuine leader, influencer, provocateur, culture builder and disseminator of ideas for nearly three decades, and at the core of the practice are three outstanding architects who have created some of the most extraordinary buildings in the short post-colonial history of this country," said Australian Institute of Architects' National President Jon Clements.
Check out some of our past coverage on ARM Architecture below.