NSW Country Division
Architecture Awards

2021 James Barnet Award | Rosby Wines Cellar Door & Gallery | Cameron Anderson Architects | Photographer: Amber Creative

NSW Country Division Architecture Awards

Celebrating design excellence
and its contribution to communities Across regional nsw

Since its inception in 1960, the NSW Country Division has provided continuous representation and service to regional architects of the Australian Institute of Architects outside the metropolitan areas of Sydney and Newcastle.

The NSW Country Division Architecture Awards celebrate the work of architects working in regional NSW.

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2022 COUNTRY DIVISION AWARDS HAVE CLOSED.

NSW Country Division Architecture Awards program

Award for Small Project Architecture | ANZAC Walk | PELLE Architects | Photography: H Creations

The Awards Program enables public and peer recognition of the innovative work of our members.

Award for Residential Architecture — Multiple Housing | Boomerang Tower | Bates Smart | Photographer: Mike Chorley

Participating in the awards can be an important step in strengthening your membership in the architectural community, and a celebrated career milestone.

Wilkinson Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) | Glebe House | Chenchow Little | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Key info and judging dates relating to the 2021 NSW Country Divisions Architecture Awards will be listed here.

Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (New) | Coolamon House | DFJ Architects | Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

If you are planning to submit an entry into the 2021 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards, we recommend that prior to commencing your entry, you become familiar with the Awards, Prizes and Honours Policy. 

Award for Educational Architecture | Q Block | GPG Architecture and Design with Mark G Golden and Associates | Photography: Matt Beaver

The 2020 award winners have been announced!

Award for Residential Architecture - Affordable Housing (Under $400,000) | Mum’s House | Integrated Design Group with Jennifer Price Landscape Design | Photography: Joshua Macaraeg

For further details, contact us below.

About the NSW Country Division Architecture Program

Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) | Wollumbin House | Harley Graham Architects | Photographer: Andy Macpherson
Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) | Wollumbin House | Harley Graham Architects | Photographer: Andy Macpherson

Recognising excellence in regional nsw

The NSW Country Division Architecture Awards celebrate the work of architects
working in regional NSW.

Since its inception in 1960, the NSW Country Division has provided continuous representation and service to regional architects of the Australian Institute of Architects outside the metropolitan areas of Sydney and Newcastle.

The annual Awards program has grown in prestige over many years, recognised as a forum to showcase regional architecture at its best.

The program not only celebrates the high level of design excellence in country NSW, but also celebrates the achievements of our members practicing architecture, often in remote regional locations.

The Jury will pay special attention to the regional context and constraints of the entries.

2022 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards Jury

2022 Jury

Join our Jury to celebrate the 2022 NSW Country Division Architecture Awards. 

The Institute’s Architecture Awards recognise excellence and innovation in design and are conferred via a rigorous system of peer review.

This year’s Jury consists of:

  • Noel Thomson (Jury Chair) – Noel Thomson Architecture
  • Carly Martin – Akimbo Architecture
  • Louisa Gee – Louisa Gee Architects
  • David Holm – COX Architecture
  • Jarad Grice – Sam Crawford Architects
 

Entry requirements

core criteria

Judging will be based on the following core criteria. These are addressed within the project description text provided as part of your entry:

  • Conceptual framework: Underlying principles: Values; Core ideas; Philosophy.
  • Public and Cultural Benefits: The amenity and concepts contributing to the public domain.
  • Relationship of Built Form to Context: Concepts engaged with new and pre-existing conditions.
  • Program Resolution: Functional performance assessed against the brief.
  • Integration of Allied Disciplines: Contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists and other specialists to the outcome.
  • Cost/Value Outcome: The effectiveness of decisions related to financial issues.
  • Sustainability: The benefit to the environment through design.
  • Response to Client and User Needs: Additional benefits interpreted from the brief, serving the client or users and the community.

Awards and categories

Projects in this category must be residential, generally falling within BCA Class 1a and must be new builds. Projects with up to two self-contained dwellings may be entered in this category.

Projects must be residential, generally falling within BCA Class 1a, and must include renovations or alterations or additions to an existing building, whether or not the building was residential in nature in the first instance. Projects with up to two self-contained dwellings may be entered in this category.

Projects in this category will be those considered to be ‘small’ in terms of area or budget as determined by the Jury. Projects are recognised that have been constrained by space or cost restrictions, but have achieved a level of invention, creativity and craftsmanship beyond these constraints. This category can accommodate projects which may be over-looked against larger scale projects in other categories or may be transient or experimental in nature, such as exhibition design, set design or installations. Projects of all functional types may be considered.

To be a residential dwelling/s, detached or attached (not apartments) with an individual dwelling cost not exceeding a contract price of $400,000.00 excluding non-essential landscaping, pools and consultant fees.

Projects in this category must be residential and comprise of, or include, two or more self-contained dwellings (whether or not the building includes uses for other purposes).

Projects in this category may be single buildings, groups of buildings or non-building projects, studies or masterplans, which are of public, civic or urban design in nature. Awarded projects must have enhanced the quality of the built environment or public domain or contribute to the wellbeing of the broader community.

Projects in this category must be built primarily for commercial purposes, generally falling within BCA Classes 3b, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building or the refurbishment of an existing building.

Projects in this category must be predominantly of a public or institutional nature generally falling within BCA Class 9. It does not include projects falling within the definition of Educational Architecture or any BCA Class 9b building used primarily for educational purposes.

Projects in this category may be any preschool, primary, secondary or tertiary educational facility and/or joint research facilities in which an educational institution is a significant partner. Education projects may not be entered in the Public Architecture category.

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This category is for any built conservation project or study developed in accordance with the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.

This award is given in recognition of outstanding architectural work by a NSW Country Division Architect. The use of timber must be integral to the success of the project, with a significant and/or ingenious use of timber being displayed in the design. All entries can be considered for this Award, no additional entry fee is required.

Projects can be built or unbuilt in NSW, interstate and overseas, not type specific, could be conceptual, could be consultancy/advice lead, could be community art-based, could involve `change leadership’, could be a masterplan, could be a building overseas.

The purpose of this award is to showcase the skills and capacity of NSW Country Division Architects, ideally in community focussed endeavours but also to recognise projects that may not easily fit the main awards whilst still providing credibility to what we do as a broader organisation.

Highest Honour of the NSW Country Division Architecture Awards, all submissions to the NSW Country Division Awards will be considered for the James Barnet Award. This award will be made, where appropriate, for outstanding work by a NSW Country Division member of the Institute, in any category.

Entry fees

Chapter Standard Entry Fee (incl. GST)
Country Division $176

*Winners of Country Division Awards will be required to pay an additional State entry fee to be considered for the 2023 NSW State Awards. There is no additional charge for progression to the National Architecture Awards. Entry fees are exclusive of GST.

Key dates

Chapter Entries open Presentation to Jurors Awards Presentation
Country Division Monday 30 May - Friday 5 August 2022 11:59PM Monday 22 August - Wednesday 24 August 2022 Friday 14 October 2022

2021 NSW Country Division Awards winners

2020 NSW Country Division Awards winners

2021 Winners

NSW Architecture Medallion

 

 

Image: The NSW Architecture Medallion | Phoenix Central Park | Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects | Photographer: Martin Mischkulnig

 

 

 

Image: Sulman Medal for Public Architecture | Anzac Memorial Centenary
Extension | Johnson Pilton Walker with
the Government Architect NSW | Photographer: Matteo Salval

Sulman Medal for Public Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: National Enduring Architecture Award | Palm Garden House | Richard Leplastrier | NSW | Photographer: Peter Salhani

Enduring Architecture

Heritage Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Lachlan MacQuarie Award for Heritage – Joint Winner | Bozen’s Cottage | Taylor & Hinds Architects | TAS | Photographer: Adam Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture | Phoenix Central Park | Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects | Photographer: Tom Ferguson

Interior Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Arroyo Affordable Housing | Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc | Photographer: Eric Staudenmaier

International Architecture

Public Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture – Joint Winner | Anzac Memorial Centenary Extension | Johnson Pilton Walker with the Government Architect NSW | NSW | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award for Residential Architecture – Hours (Alts + Adds) | Redwood | Chenchow Little | NSW | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Residential Architecture - Houses (Alts + Adds)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) – Joint Winner | Basin Beach House | Peter Stutchbury Architecture | Photographer: Michael Nicholson

Residential Architecture - Houses (New)

Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing | Studio Apartments | Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects | Photographer: The Guthrie Project

Image: The Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture | For Our Country | Edition Office and Daniel Boyd | ACT | Photographer: Ben Hosking

Small Project Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture | Marrickville Library | BVN | NSW | Photographer: Tom Roe

Sustainable ARchitecture

Urban Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: The Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design | Metro North West | Hassell, in collaboration with Turpin Crawford Studio and McGregor Westlake Architecture | NSW | Photographer: Brett Boardman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture | Carlton Learning Precinct COLA | Law Architects | VIC | Photographer: Dianna Snape

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: People’s Choice Award | Outside [the] box | Troppo Architects | SA | Photographer: Mitchell Lowe

People's Choice Award

Contact us

Australian Institute of Architects

P: +61 (2) 9246 4055
E: peter.fry@architecture.com.au (Peter Fry, Awards and Prizes Manager)