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Australian Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores Indigenous Design and Co-authorship

Titled "Inbetween", the Australian pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia demonstrates architecture's "capacity to strengthen cultural connections and understanding between non-indigenous and first nations people". Curated by creative directors Tristan Wong and Jefa Greenaway, with Jordyn Milliken, Aaron Puls, Elizabeth Grant, and Ash Parsons, the pavilion will be on physical and digital display at the Giardini from May 22nd until November 21st, 2021.

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Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2020 NSW Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2020 NSW Architecture Awards. Celebrating the best of the state's architecture across 13 different categories, a total of 41 awards and 32 commendations have been given this year. Held on the evening of Friday, July 3rd, the NSW Chapter live-streamed the awards presentation, allowing the public to freely join what is normally a members-only event.

Bankwest Stadium. Image © Murray FredericksArkadia. Image © Martin SiegnerPalm Garden House. Image © Kathlyn LosebyPhoenix Central Park. Image © Martin Mischkulnig+ 7

John Wardle Wins 2020 Gold Medal from Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced John Wardle as the winner of the 2020 Gold Medal. Wardle was recognized for his iterative design process and attention to craft, as well as his collaborations with artists and craftspeople. His firm's portfolio of work includes both national and international projects, as well as his contribution to the 16th International Biennale Architettura in Venice.

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Australia Withdraws from the 2020 Venice Biennale

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced it will no longer participate in the 2020 Venice Biennale. Last month, organizers postponed the event's opening until August in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s exhibition, titled In Between, was to be curated by creative directors Tristan Wong and Jefa Greenaway, and it aimed to explore connections between indigenous cultures across Australia and the South Pacific.

Future Homes Project Announces $500k Housing Competition

The Future Homes Project has announced a new residential design competition with a $500,000 prize pool. Organized by the Victorian government, the competition aims to produce better apartment designs that are sustainable and promote livability. The projects should demonstrate how great design can improve the quality of new homes and successfully integrate with existing neighborhoods.

Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning Win 2019 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal

The Australian Institute of Architects have awarded the 2019 Gold Medal to Santa Monica-based Australian expatriates Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg Architecture. As the Institute’s highest honour, the Gold Medal was awarded to acknowledge the firm's commitment to affordable housing, education and civic projects, and to tirelessly fighting to improve the situation of underprivileged communities.

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Best International Projects of 2018 Awarded by Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of their 2018 International Chapter Awards. Recognizing projects from beyond Australia, but designed by members of the Australian Institute of Architects, the jury has honored six projects from a shortlist of 17.

The projects span commercial, interior, public, residential, and small architecture, with winners hailing from across Asia and the Pacific, including three in Singapore.

House 412, Sri Lanka / Pulina Ponnamperuma + Robust Architecture Workshop. Image © Kolitha Perera via Australian Institute of ArchitectsBayshore Park Underpass, Singapore / GreenhilLi Architecture + Design. Image © GreenhilLi via Australian Institute of ArchitectsNew Wings at The Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore / GreenhilLi Architecture + Design. Image © GreenhilLi via Australian Institute of ArchitectsAustralian Embassy Bangkok, Thailand / BVN. Image © John Gollings via Australian Institute of Architects+ 31

Alec Tzannes Awarded the Gold Medal, Australian Institute of Architects' Highest Honor

The Australian Institute of ArchitectsGold Medal recognizes exemplary work by architects who have designed buildings of high value and great distinction, resulting in the advancement of the architecture profession.

This year, Jury Chair Richard Kirk presented Australian practitioner and Emeritus professor Alec Tzannes with the ceremony’s highest honor.

Cranbrook Junior School. Image © Richard GloverInternational House of Sydney. Image © Ben GuthrieCranbrook Junior School. Image © John GollingsParsley Bay Residence. Image © John Gollings+ 16

Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Cultivate Thousands of Temperate Grassland Species

Following an open competition, the Australian Institute of Architects have announced "repair" as the theme of the Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Baracco+Wright Architects, collaborating with artist Linda Tegg, will oversee the cultivation of "thousands of temperate grassland species" within the pavilion, alongside "large-scale architectural projections." According to the AIA, "visitors will enter a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant community, reminding us what is at stake when we occupy land."

Australian Institute of Architects Announces Winners of 2016 SA Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of its 2016 SA Architecture Awards, which honor projects undertaken by architects in South Australia that “[respond] to the challenges of today and needs of tomorrow.”

Winners have been sorted into 16 categories, such as Public Architecture, Commercial Architecture, and Sustainable Architecture.

The 2016 Winners of the SA Architecture Awards Are:

Australian Institute of Architects Honors Australian Designs Abroad

The Australian Institute of Architects’ International Chapter has announced the winners of its 2015 International Architecture Awards, which honors projects by Australian architects abroad.

Out of 26 entries, the jury, chaired by Grant Marani, awarded five projects, and commended four more in the interior, public, residential, and small project architecture categories.

Awarded projects are now also in the running for the 2015 Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture, to be announced at the National Architecture Awards in November.

Read on for the full list of awards and commendations, after the break.

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 ArchitectsObjects / Andrew Burns and Mark Gowing . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of ArchitectsWide Open / Ed Lippmann, Dr Anne Watson, Susan Freeman and Michael Hill . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of ArchitectsPOST / John de Manincor, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and Misho Baranovic . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects+ 6

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 + 86

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 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

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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 GollingsPARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham HallThe Sukhothai Residences / Kerry Hill Architects. Image © Albert LimShelter@Rainforest / Marra + Yeh Architects. Image © Brett Boardman+ 12

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 StacyThe Bicentennial Conservatory Adelaide / Guy Maron Architects. Image © Peter HyattDune House / Max Pritchard Architect. Image © Sam NoonanTree Top Studio / Max Pritchard Architect. Image © Sam Noonan+ 32

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 MorrisonHue 5 / ASHFORD GROUP ARCHITECTS. Image © Hosain RezaI DelafiManigurr-ma Village Centre / AECOM. Image © Richard Frederick JonesDesert House / Dunn & Hillam Architects. Image © Kilian O'Sullivan+ 13