The Glasshouse, Croxon Ramsay Architects
photo Peter Hyatt

Emerging Architect Prize

The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. Entrants need to be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architects Prize. 

The Emerging Architect Prize is proudly sponsored by AWS.

Congratulations to
Michael Roper who was awarded the 2016 Victorian Emerging Architect Prize on 8 December 2016.

Michael Roper, photograph by Hilary Walker

Michael Roper is the 2016 recipient of the Victorian Emerging Architect Prize. 
The judging panel was impressed by the excellence, depth and consistency demonstrated in Michael’s commitment to architecture, education, research and the profession over the past ten years. The work of Architecture Architecture, founded in 2012 with Nick James, is inventive and ambitious, receiving a number of accolades and wide publication. 

Michael has contributed significantly to the Australian Institute of Architects in a number of leadership roles, including three years curating monthly design talk series PROCESS where his collegiate style was greatly admired, and as Chair of the Victorian EmAGN group, VYAG. He was the founding Academic Program Manager for the ANCB Architecture School in Berlin and now serves on the University of Melbourne’s Architecture Advisory Board. Michael has also taught extensively at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University since 2005.  

His advocacy for the profession through writing, public talks, exhibitions and radio appearances demonstrates his ability to communicate widely and effectively. Michael is a supportive and generous leader of his peers, graduates and students.


President's Prize

First awarded in 2000, the President's Prize is awarded annually to recognise an individual or company for outstanding achievement or contribution towards the profession over a period of time. The 2016 President’s Prize was awarded to Open House Melbourne.

Open House Melbourne is the recipient of the 2016 Victorian Chapter President’s Prize for celebrating Melbourne’s architecture by providing behind-the-scenes access to treasured historic and contemporary buildings. Through a commitment to community engagement the Open House Melbourne weekend educates and advocates for design excellence while fostering local pride in Melbourne’s built environment. 

Since 2008 Open House Melbourne has become a highlight of Melbourne’s crowded annual calendar. By opening Melbourne’s off-limits and culturally significant public buildings, its mysterious and treasured buildings, and its private new buildings, Open House Melbourne has allowed the general public to demonstrate in their tens of thousands, their enthusiasm for their city. 

On the eve of their tenth anniversary I congratulate Open House Melbourne on their commitment to public engagement with architecture, and their ability to initiate, maintain and expand this outstanding public program that experientially advocates for good design and the importance of architecture.

Open House Melbourne, being awarded the President's
Prize on 8 December, 2016. 

Graduate Prize

The Australian Institute of Architects’ Victorian Graduate Prize Program provides recognition and encouragement for architecture graduates as they embark on their professional careers. It involves the architect’s professional association, the Australian Institute of Architects, supporting architectural practices and/or industry related organisations in Victoria.

The aim of the prize is to:
-               encourage a better understanding of becoming an architect
-               promote a positive outlook regarding the profession’s support for graduates
-               promote registration
-               involve practices in the training and professional development of graduates and
-               support the transition from education to the profession

The 2017 judges were Vanessa Bird, Alan Pert, Michael Roper and Andrew Lilleyman.

The winner of the 2017 Victoria Graduate Prize was announced on Saturday 25 March coinciding with the Presentation to Juries event at the University of Melbourne. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Victorian Graduate Prize winner Tommy Aik Heng from The University of Melbourne for the project ‘The Selfless Gene, An Independent Architectural Design Thesis’.

2017 Winner:
Tommy Aik Heng – The University of Melbourne

High Commendations:
Monique Banks – RMIT University
Ariani Anwar - The University of Melbourne

Arshadul Ibad Mohd Faudzi – Deakin University 

The Victorian Chapter is pleased to announce the supporting partners of the 2017 Victorian Graduate Prize: Bates Smart, Cox Architecture, Fender Katsalidis, Grimshaw Architects, Hayball and Architect Registration Board of Victoria

SuperStudio 2017

Held over a three days, SuperStudio is an annual design competition that encourages architecture students to come up with a design/concept and present in front of a jury of architects, industry professionals and university academics.

SuperStudio 2017 was held at 41X over the weekend of the 22nd- 24th September. 58 students registered for the competition from all four Victorian architecture schools, with a team from the University of Melbourne announced as the winner following jury deliberation on the Sunday evening. Congratulations to the winning team from Melbourne School of Design: Diana Panagakis, Leonie Csanki and Louise Daley. Their piece ‘Augmented City’, considered the use of virtual reality in the future world of architecture. They were awarded tickets to the 2017 Australasian Student Architecture Congress (Sydney) and a complimentary membership for 2018 for their efforts.

Many thanks to the jury: Laura Held (Studio One One), Richard Weinman (Warren and Mahoney), Vaughan Cockburn (BKK) and Viet Pham (Pham Tuan Viet Architects), and congratulations to all who participated in this 48 hour program.

2017 Winner

Team: Diana Panagakis, Leonie Csanki and Louise Daley - MSD University of Melbourne
Project title: Augmented City


Team: Kelly Chen, Ariel Jansen Bintang and Ng Chun Yu - MSD University of Melbourne 
Project title: C-BEE-D


Team: Zoe Hughes, Alex Roome and Monty Balding - RMIT University
Project title: Stage Management 

Team: Dora Lim, Julia Stjerna and Amelia Warhurst - MSD University of Melbourne
Project title: Digi-Scape

Architectural Student Ideas Prize

2017 Student Ideas Prize

The Australian Institute of Architect Student Ideas Prize is a Victorian initiative that is held every two years. The 2017 Student Ideas Prize asked entrants to consider the design possibilities for the public land, and space that will be liberated by the creation of the elevated railway line, the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project through the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. 

The competition was open to all currently enrolled students from the Schools of Architecture at Deakin, Monash, RMIT and Melbourne Universities.  

Individual and/or group entries are acceptable, either within the earmarked studios, or independently.

On the 7th September, the Institute held a presentation evening at supporter of the prize, Creffields Digital Print where this year’s winner was announced. An exhibition was created at Creffields Digital Print in West Melbourne showcasing all the entries submissions. 

The winners for 2017 were Alexander Lytas, Kyla Sabrina, Yadamsuren Idenbayar of Monash University for ‘The Place of Transport- A Community’s Right to its City’.  Thanks to our sponsor Canon, the winning team each received a Canon EOS DSLR camera.

The Panel selected two other exceptional entries for commendation; Xiao Zhang (Melbourne University) and Kayden Lau Khoon Yaw (RMIT.) The judges congratulate all entrants. 

The exhibition is to remain on display for the viewing of the general public until Friday 15th September. 

Thank you to our Sponsors Creffields Digital Print and Canon, our Jury and the universities.

Creffields Digital Print 456 Spencer Street, West Melbourne Monday- Friday 9am-5.30pm.

Student Prize

The BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established in 2005 to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture. The prize is presented every second year. For more information see the BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize site.

For more information on Institute prizes, see the National prizes page.

Victorian Honours

Victorian Life Fellows

Please find below a list of Victorian Life Fellows. 

Victorian Life Fellows

Victorian Honorary Fellows

Please find below a list of Victorian Honorary Fellows.

Victorian Honorary Fellows

2014 Life Fellows & Past Presidents' Luncheon at 41X. Photo Lucy Spychal