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The Victorian Architecture Medal is the highest honour awarded by the Victorian Chapter each year.
The Medal derives from the original ‘Street Architecture Medal’ introduced by The Royal Victorian
Institute of Architects (RVIA) in 1926 as an award for the design of a building of exceptional merit.
Buildings were judged on their urban propriety and architectural etiquette; the building had to
front a street, road, square or court to which the public had access. It was expected to have a civic
character, offering its architectural qualities to the greater public realm of the city.
Today’s Victorian Architecture Medal is selected by the Jury Chairs from the field of Named Award
winners in each category. The winner of the Victorian Architecture Medal is therefore judged to be
the most outstanding project of the entire field of entries, a building of exceptional merit.