2014 Victorian Architecture Award Winners Announced

Victoria’s top architecture firms came together to recognise the state’s best, at the Australian Institute of Architects 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards on Friday.

Named Awards, Awards and Commendations were awarded in 12 categories as well as several specialist Awards, including residential, commercial and public projects, with key trends including the blending of community, health, arts and education projects with great design.

Victoria’s most prestigious Award, the Victorian Architecture Medal, was awarded to the Dallas Brooks Community Primary School by McBride Charles Ryan. James Staughton, Chair of Juries described it as ‘an outstanding example of how intelligent and thoughtful architecture can succeed in a context of social and economic disadvantage, cultural and ethnic diversity, a limited budget, and against difficult bureaucratic constraints.’

He commented, ‘The level of entries this year again showcases the tremendous talent of Victoria’s architects and the impact they have on public and private spaces, and those that use them.’

Named Award and Award winners from Victoria will progress to the National Awards to be announced on 6 November in Darwin.

List of 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards Winners:

Public Architecture (New)

Named Award: William Wardell Award for Public Architecture

Dallas Brooks Community Primary School – McBride Charles Ryan

Architecture Awards

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre – JAWSARCHITECTS

Dandenong Mental Health Facility – Bates Smart Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop Joint Venture


Melton Library and Learning Hub – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)

Jury: Donald Bates (Chair) – LAB Architecture Studio, Kelley MacKay – Kerstin Thompson Architects, Bruno Mendes – Woods Bagot

Public Architecture (Alterations and Additions)

Named Award: Architecture Award

Birralee Primary School – Kerstin Thompson Architects


Bendigo Library Redevelopment – MGS Architects

Jury: Tim Hurburgh (Chair) – H2o Architects, Kim Irons – Irons McDuff Architecture, Ben Duckworth – HASSELL

Urban Design

Named Award: Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design

Peninsula Link – ARM Architecture

Architecture Awards

Box Hill Gardens Multipurpose Area – NMBW Architecture Studio + ASPECT Studios

M80 Ring Road & M2 Tullamarine Freeway Interchange – Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design


25 Rokeby Street – John Wardle Architects

Cloud Canopy – Maddison Architects

Williamstown Library – Sally Draper Architects in association with Mitsuori Architects

Jury: Tim Black (Chair) – BKK Architects, Ed Mitchell – HASSELL, Ann Lau – Hayball

Commercial Architecture

Named Award: Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture

Victorian Desalination Plant – peckvonhartel & ARM Architecture

Architecture Awards

National Australia Bank (NAB) Docklands – Woods Bagot

Prahran Hotel – Techne Architects


25 Rokeby Street – John Wardle Architects

Jury: Paul Morgan (Chair) – Paul Morgan Architects, Drew Williamson – McBride Charles Ryan, Rosemary Burne – Billard Leece Partnership

Interior Architecture

Named Award: Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture

The Quays – McBride Charles Ryan

Architecture Award

National Australia Bank (NAB) Docklands – Woods Bagot


25 Rokeby Street – John Wardle Architects

Craigieburn Central – Lend Lease in collaboration with NH Architecture

Spectroscopy Innovation Centre, Agilent Technologies – SKM

Jury: Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Chair) – Monash University, Kristin Green– KGA Architecture, Ben Edwards – Edwards Moore 

Heritage Architecture

Named Award: John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture

Melbourne GPO Exterior Conservation Works – Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants

Architecture Award

Wertheim Factory Conversion Studio Nine – Kerstin Thompson Architects


Rippon Lea Roof Reinstatement – Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (Drift House) – multiplicity

Jury: Gabrielle Moylan (Chair) – Andronas Conservation Architecture, Neil Masterton – ARM Architecture, John Lee – McGlashan Everist

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Named Award: Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture Houses – New

House at Hanging Rock – Kerstin Thompson Architects

Architecture Awards

Hover House – Bower Architecture

Portsea House – Wood Marsh Architecture

Somers Beach House – March Studio


Venus Bay House – Welsh + Major

Fairfield Hacienda – MRTN Architects

Jury: Nigel Bertram (Chair) – NMBW Architecture Studio, Clare Cousins – Clare Cousins Architects, Mark Austin – Andrew Maynard Architects

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions)

Named Award: John and Phyllis Murphy Award for Residential Architecture Houses – Alterations and Additions

South Yarra Warehouse – NMBW Architecture Studio

Architecture Awards

St Kilda East House – Clare Cousins Architects

Westgarth House – Kennedy Nolan

St Kilda West House – Kennedy Nolan


Cubo House – PHOOEY Architects

Northcote Project – Wolveridge Architects

Family Apartment – NMBW Architecture Studio

Lightbox – Edwards Moore

Jury: Karen Alcock (Chair) – McAllister Alcock Architects, Monique Brady Ward – WoodWoodWard Architecture, Matt Gibson – Matt Gibson Architecture + Design 

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Named Award: Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

The Commons – Breathe Architecture

Architecture Awards

The Quays – McBride Charles Ryan

Richmond Redevelopment (Urban Renewal) – Williams Boag


Albert Tower – ROTHELOWMAN

Illura – Elenberg Fraser

ILK Apartments – Cox Architecture

North Melbourne Townhouses – FreadmanWhite

Jury: Eli Giannini (Chair) – MGS Architects, Tim O’Sullivan – multiplicity, Chris Botterill – Jackson Clements Burrows

Small Project Architecture

Named Award: Kevin Borland Award for Small Project Architecture

Kew Studio – Sean Godsell Architects

Architecture Awards

Community Hall (NGV Melbourne Now) – McBride Charles Ryan

Geelong Ring Road Rest Areas – BKK Architects


Compulsive Productions – Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Flinders Lane Apartment – Clare Cousins Architects

Port Phillip Community Group Offices – FreadmanWhite

Jury: Tim Jackson (Chair) – Jackson Clements Burrows, Mel Bright – MAKE Architecture, Nick Searle – Searle x Waldron Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Named Award: Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture

The Commons – Breathe Architecture

Architecture Award

Melton Library and Learning Hub – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)


Florence Street – Nest Architects

Sustainable Architecture Jury: Clinton Murray (Chair) – Jacobs SKM, Jane Caught – Sibling, Alex Nock – Nock Architecture

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Named Award: COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Kew Studio – Sean Godsell Architects


Arrow Studio – Peter Hogg + Toby Reed Architects

Jury: Rob Stent (Chair) – Hayball, Michael Roper – Architecture Architecture, Alison Nunn – Alison Nunn Architect, George Plionis – BlueScope Steel

State Prizes

Melbourne Prize

Dallas Brooks Community Primary School – McBride Charles Ryan

Jury: Meaghan Dwyer (Chair) – John Wardle Architects, Peter Bickle – ARM Architecture, Mirjana Lozanovska – Deakin University

Regional Prize

Bendigo Library Redevelopment – MGS Architects

Jury: Michael Bellemo (Chair) – Bellemo + Cat, Jacqui Wagner – Atelier Wagner, Simon Whibley – Simon Whibley Architecture

Victorian Architecture Medal

Dallas Brooks Community Primary School – McBride Charles Ryan

Award for Enduring Architecture

McIntyre House – Peter McIntyre

Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media

National Award

Public Sydney: Drawing the City – Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill

Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment – Nigel Bertram, NMBW Architecture Studio

State Award

Dr Caligari moves to the Suburbs: The Architecture of Edmond & Corrigan – Nervegna Reed Architecture


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New Suburban – Remaking the Family Home in Australia and New Zealand – Stuart Harrison

Jury: Kristen Whittle (Chair) – Bates Smart, Tobias Horrocks – Fold Theory, Fleur Watson – RMIT Design Hub

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