Sixty projects from around Australia and overseas have been shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 National Architecture Awards, the largest awards program of its kind in the world.
The response to this years awards was unprecedented with education and science-based buildings dominating the public category. ‘Almost 900 entries were received this year, exceeding the amount of entries in both the British and American Institute’s award programs. This demonstrates a strong engagement from members and is a tremendous effort and to be commended given our relative population size.’ At the local and state levels almost 140 projects were considered by the national jury indicating that there is a considerable amount of high quality work all around the country.
On the Jury were Shelley Penn (AIA immediate past national president), Richard Hassell (WOHA Singapore), Ben Hewett (South Australian Government Architect), Justine Clark (Parlour) and Sydney architect Hannah Tribe (Tribe Studio). Shelly Penn said, ‘I feel I can speak on behalf of the National Jury in saying we were all so impressed with all of the projects eligible for national awards, and it was a challenging and inspiring process to determine a shortlist’.
All states and territories have been represented in the selected works, which span commercial, public, small project, sustainable, heritage, interior, international, residential and urban design categories. In total 83 entries made the shortlist with many of the 60 projects selected in multiple categories.
The shortlist is marked by a strong community focus and includes several social housing projects.
The Sydney Opera House will play host to the National Architecture Awards ceremony on Thursday 7 November after celebrating its 40th anniversary.
You can view the shortlist here.