Architecture Shaping the State Showcased at Victorian Architecture Awards Exhibition

A strong and dynamic field of entries ranging from some of Australia’s most impressive large to smaller scale residential projects will be showcased this week at the Victorian Architecture Awards exhibition, as part of Melbourne Design Week.

Run by the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, the exhibition offers a unique and exclusive inside look for industry peers and the public to view architectural outcomes that directly shape the places we live, work, learn and play. 

The exhibition will showcase a series of standout, innovative and recent Victorian projects, via photographs drawn from 209 submissions across the 14 categories that make up the Victorian Architecture Awards – including multi-residential development, urban revitalisation, conservation, and residential and interior design. 

Victorian Chapter President Bill Krotiris FRAIA says the impressive number of submissions in 2022 clearly represents the strength of the current climate of Victorian contemporary architecture. 

“We saw an emerging emphasis on urban revitalisation as well as the creative adaptation and conservation of heritage buildings, which is a critical aspect of contemporary architecture,” says Krotiris. 

“Regardless of scale, type and budget, these innovative architectural works show the diversity and  significant contributions of architects in positively shaping the built landscape of Victoria.”


Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN) Project Award

This year sees the introduction of the Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN) Project Award which celebrates the contribution of emerging architects and recognises their leadership, collaboration and application of expertise and quality of architecture.  

While there was a strong and varied range of submissions across all categories, residential and design categories were the perennial favourite again this year, with 118 entries across their four respective categories. 

Chair of Juries Rosemary Burne FRAIA says many of the submissions in the multi-residential category captured emerging and expanding models of housing development and ownership in response to long-term challenges of housing equity, access, and special needs. 

“These projects are diversifying our urban community in an era where we are rethinking the future of our housing.” 

The category also saw the completion of six residential glass skyscrapers completed in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD) in 2021, including Australia’s tallest tower, Australia 108.


Enduring Architecture Award

Members of the public and the profession are invited to nominate buildings for consideration for the Enduring Architecture Award. This prize recognises outstanding buildings in our state which were completed at least 25 years ago and continue to contribute to our architectural legacy.

Entries close March 28, 2022. Full information and entry form.


Bates Smart Award for Architecture in Media

Also returning in 2022 is the Bates Smart Award for Architecture in Media, in what is regarded as Australia’s most prestigious media award for journalists, editors, producers and event organisers working in the field of architecture and design. The award recognises media and events which raise  awareness of architecture and architectural thinking and is now open for entries.

Entries close April 5, 2022. Full information  and entry form


More Details

  • Judging of the 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards is now taking place with the winners set to be announced in a virtual event ceremony in June.
  • Part of Melbourne Design Week, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV, the Victorian Architecture Awards Exhibition of Entries runs from March 17 – 29.
  • The Exhibition of Entries is located within the first floor atrium at the architecturally award-winning  Melbourne School of Design, Glyn Davis Building on the Parkville campus of the University of  Melbourne, entry is free and open to all.

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