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The Glasshouse, Croxon Ramsay Architects
photo Peter Hyatt

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CPD - Gold Medal Series: Peter Wilson Fri 26 Jul

CPD - Daniel Flood - Architectural Visualisation Thu 8 Aug

CPD - NCC Series: Fire 
Thu 15 Aug

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 Monique Woodward 
who was awarded the 2018 Victorian Emerging Architect Prize on 29 June 2018.

Monique Woodward

Monique Woodward is awarded the 2018 Victorian Emerging Architect Prize in recognition of her significant contribution to the profession through design excellence, education and industry leadership.

Monique graduated with a Master’s in Architecture from RMIT University in 2009 and was awarded the Glenn Murcutt Student Prize. In 2011 in collaboration with Scott Woodward, Monique established Woodwoodward (now WOWOWA). The practice’s work has been widely published and has been awarded at a state and national level, with their most recent recognition winning the Silver Medal for Residential at the Melbourne Design Awards. 

Monique was one of five recipients to be awarded a place on the 2015 Dulux Study Tour and since 2011 has tutored in design at RMIT and Monash University.  Monique is recognised for her passionate approach and continual pursuit for quality architectural outcomes. 

Monique was elected as an Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Councillor in 2016 and has since served on the Heritage Committee and is currently the co-chair for the Small Practice Forum and EmAGN. Monique’s enthusiasm and commitment to advocating for the role of architecture has seen her host two seasons of Channel 31’s “Community Designs”. This forum was used as a vehicle to advocate to local Mayors the importance of establishing a procurement panel that was diverse and would acknowledge the importance of engaging emerging architecture practices.

Monique is a much-deserved winner of the Victorian Emerging Architect Prize and we look forward to seeing her continue to excel within the industry in the years to come.



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 2017 President’s Prize was awarded to Tony Lee.

 Tony Lee is the recipient of the 2017 Victorian Chapter President’s Prize for his contribution to Melbourne’s architectural culture through his tireless dedication to the Robin Boyd Foundation. 

As the founding Executive Director of the Robin Boyd Foundation, Tony’s energy and enterprise have invigorated RBF for more than a decade. Through the foundation, Tony continues Boyd’s work in promoting the benefits of design to the broader community, and ensures that Boyd House II is retained in perpetuity as an exemplar of '50s and '60s modern architecture. 

Tony has been instrumental in creating an internationally unconventional heritage house experience, focusing on lived experience and design discussion. By experiencing the space, we are educated about the importance of Melbourne’s modern heritage, and about innovative planning and simple materials. Tony has leveraged the interest in events to reinvigorate discussion about the benefits of good design in the broader community.
At Boyd House II people sit on the furniture, talk, learn, participate or watch films with a drink in hand. The bold move of combining the heritage house with a lively events calendar continues the work and legacy of Robin Boyd as a public intellectual, and as a public educator at Walsh Street. 

Congratulations to Tony Lee on his 10 year commitment to the Robin Boyd Foundation, to public engagement with architecture, and to his ability to initiate, maintain and expand a public program that experientially advocates for good design and the importance of our mid-century modern architecture.

Graduate Prize 2019

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

Congratulations to the 2019 Victorian Graduate Prize winner - Louis Nuccitelli from RMIT University

Citation: Social media effects our lives, choices & experiences more than we all care to admit. Asking the question of how is this spatialised, ‘Beyond the Selfie’ samples & re-assembles Melbourne our collective memories on her own City Square site. This hyper normalised project is both propositional and conclusionary in nature. With an on point graphic thematic, the audience is invited to search for the familiar and take delight in what isn't. 

Commendations (In no particular order):

  • Jeremy Cheang from University of Melbourne
  • Koh Yu Wen from Deakin University
  • Laura Bailey from RMIT University

Shortlisted entries:

Deakin University:

  • Yvonne Yu Wen
  • Ethan Sim
  • Melissa Santos

Melbourne University:

  • Jeremy Cheang
  • Hidy Wong
  • Nicole HU

RMIT University:

  • Louis Nuccitelli
  • Laura Bailey
  • Alex Roome

Monash University:

  • David Mason
  • Rachael Halstead 
  • Alexander Williams 

The Victorian Chapter is pleased to announce the supporting partners of the 2019 Victorian Graduate Prize: Bates Smart, Fender Katsalidis, Grimshaw Architects and Hayball.

SuperStudio 2018

 Congratulations to all those who participated in SuperStudio 2018. 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 2018 was held at Monash University over the weekend of the 22nd - 23rd September. 60 students registered for the competition from four Victorian universities, with a team from the University of Melbourne announced as the winner following jury deliberation on the Sunday evening. The brief for 2018 - Breathing Space - was to design a typology responding to student mental health and well-being. 

Congratulations to the teams who won first, second and third place for SuperStudio 2018 Victoria:
3rd – The Iron Lung – Liam Ware, Phillip Dang & Pascal Henle, from Monash University.
2nd – Tell Tale - Riley Kilkenny-Jones, Anthony Tchourilov & Liz Battiston from Monash University and RMIT University.
1st – I Breathe - Diana Ong, Daisy Zheng & Sebastian Tan, from the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne.

The winning team's piece 'I Breathe', proposed a sanctuary, a breathing space built into current architecture schools of choice, one in which they can address their deepest emotions. Methods include the blurring of boundaries between rationality and emotions, the incorporation of elements of life - water, earth, energy, and nature. 

Many thanks to the jury: Laura Held (Studio One One), Professor Des Smith (Deakin University), & Diana Panagakis (2017 SuperStudio Winner), and well done to the SONA Victoria team on a fantastic weekend!

2018 Winners

1st – I Breathe - Diana Ong, Daisy Zheng & Sebastian Tan, from the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne.


2nd – Tell Tale - Riley Kilkenny-Jones, Anthony Tchourilov & Liz Battiston from Monash University and RMIT University.


3rd – The Iron Lung – Liam Ware, Phillip Dang & Pascal Henle, from Monash University.


The Forest for the Trees - Jeremy Bonwick, Christian Wong & David Liu, from the University of Melbourne.

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

2017 Life Fellows

Kerstin Thompson and Francesca Davenport at the 2017 Life Fellows Lunch. 
Kerstin Thompson 
Kerstin Thompson has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession by the design excellence of her projects untertaken by her practice and her teaching at schools or architecture both in Australia and overseas.

She has served the AIA by her promotion of quality design, not only within the profession, but also in the wider community, for example through her role on the Architects Review Panel for the Victorian Government Architect. Kerstin has been creative director for both the RAIA National Conference and the Venice Biennale. 

Kerstin has been recognized in the fields of both architecture and urban design. Her awards include residential, retail and institutional buildings. She has lectured widely in Australia, SE Asia and in Europe since 1996. She has been exhibited and published widely, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at both RMIT and Monash Universitites and Professor of Design in Architecture at the University of Wellington. 

Kerstin Thompson is well deserving of the honour of a Life Fellowship of the AIA. 
Francesca Davenport 

Francesca has done more than any other contemporary architect to promote and develop accessible architectural design and guidelines. She has excelled in the design of healthcare, aged care, and rehabilitation facilities and continues to provide expert advice in these fields. She has been tireless in her commitment to the profession. She has brought to attention the importance of accessible architectural design in the everyday world. Due to her efforts, many individuals are now living and enjoying inclusive lifestyles.

Francesca chose to study architecture to prove to herself that she would not be inhibited by her physical limitations. 

Being deeply aware of her own disability, Francesca pursued an area of specialization that would ensure her chosen career was a viable option for people with disabilities. She was introduced to hospital architecture early in her training. Its challenges grabbed her interest and led to her specialising in rehabilitation and accessibility design.

She understands the client's requirements from the point of view of the user and visualises solutions as a designer. This gives her a unique edge over her contemporaries. She utilizes this depth of knowledge in the design process and the sensitivity shows in all her designs.

Francesca’s influences in committees and councils for disability design at both national and international level since the early 1970s have had a significant impact on the current design of the built environment to make it more accessible. Her continual positive contributions to the public reputation of the Australian Institute of Architects and her commitment in her specialist area make her an exemplary candidate for Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects.


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