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The Victorian Chapter received almost 200 submissions
for the fourth year in succession, with 197 entries -
exactly the same number as last year. Entry numbers
were stable in most categories, while the number of
entries in the Residential Multiple Housing category was
significantly higher than last year’s low of 10 entries,
reflecting the level of activity in that sector. With 41
entries, the Residential Alterations & Additions category
received a record number of entries; nearly 20 percent
of the entire entry batch.
This year the Awards Committee voted to combine
the Public Architecture juries into one jury given the
reduction of entry numbers following the introduction
of the Educational Architecture category, and the single
Public Named Award at National level. Following its
inaugural year, the Educational Architecture category
also saw lower entry numbers and the Urban Design
category received only 4 entries. Nonetheless, Victorians
continue to lead all other states in the way that they
embrace the Awards Program; demonstrating our
commitment to design excellence and peer review by
doing so.
A new online entry system was implemented in 2016 and
the Institute is continuing to work to improve the entry
process for members.
A special session of Residential Alterations & Additions
presentations was again held at 41X on the Friday
evening prior to Presentation to Juries. The Saturday
session saw a new venue for 2016 at the University of
Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Design on Saturday
19 March.
A new exhibition format was introduced this year to
update the tired, outdated A2 boards and move to a
more interactive exhibition in a new space, No Vacancy
Gallery QV, in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience
of gallery goers, and to educate the public about
architecture in a more cohesive, tangible way. This
shift is in line with the Institute and National Council
focus on our ‘3 pillars’: member services, education and
advocacy, in order to promote the value of architecture
and architects.
The Institute’s 2016 Australian Achievement in
Architecture Awards (AAAAs) were announced on 29
April and Victorians were once again well represented
in the outcomes. With ARM Architecture awarded their
sixth Victorian Architecture Medal in 2016, it seems
particularly fitting that they were honoured with the
Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal this year.
I would also like to extend congratulations on behalf of
all our members to the following Victorians who were
also awarded on the night:
• National President’s Prize – Peter Maddison, Maddison
• Leadership in Sustainability Prize – Jeremy McLeod,
Breathe Architecture
• National Emerging Architect Prize – Amy Muir, MUIR
• Dulux Study Tour - Chris Gilbert, Qianyi Lim, Mathew
van Kooy
The Awards are truly valued and supported by
Victorians. Treasured by those who receive them on
the night, they would not be possible without the
time generously donated by jurors who often form
friendships while squashed in a car hurtling around the
state or suburbs for days on end debating the merits of
Importantly, the Awards encourage us all to strive
for excellence, thereby promoting the advancement
of architecture and improving the quality of the built
environment for all. The juries noted that a focus
on community was evident across all categories,
showcasing architecture’s ability to contribute to the
public realm in a variety of positive and innovative
ways. Particularly heartening is the ability architects
demonstrate in thinking beyond their site to produce
benefits for the wider community.
On behalf of the members, I’d like to thank all of the
Victorian Chapter staff, particularly Lucy Spychal and
Alison Cleary, the Awards Committee Chair Amy Muir,
Chair of Juries Hamish Lyon, and acknowledge the
commitment to service shown by all of the 42 jury
members and Jury Chairs over this judging period, and
congratulate all entrants and the winners of the 2016
Victorian Architecture Awards.
And lastly, we sincerely thank our Awards sponsors and
partners for their ongoing contribution and generosity
in support of the architecture profession. Without this
support, the Victorian Chapter would not be able to
uphold such prestigious events. Our relationships with
our partners are vital to the success of our programs.
Vanessa Bird
Victorian Chapter President
Ingrid Bakker
Rosemary Burne
Jesse Judd
ARM Architecture
Matt Gibson
Matt Gibson Architecture + Design
Hamish Lyon (Chair of Juries)
NH Architecture
Amy Muir (Chair)