At awards time, we get to see the best work by architects from Canberra and across the ACT. This year, the Canberra Medallion and the Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture went to a wonderful school hall in Queanbeyan by Collins Caddaye Architects. A produce market down by the railway by Colin Stewart Architects received the John Andrews Award for Commercial Architecture, and a modest fibro shack on the coast by Joanna Nelson Architect won the Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award, named for two of Canberra’s early architects. A light-filled junior school in a brand new town centre by Munns Sly Moore Architects was a worthy winner of the Education Prize. All these impressive projects were the work of small local offices and a local sole practitioner.
We were nevertheless grateful to see nominations for excellent projects by out-of-towners. The ACT Chapter award for interior architecture is named for W. Hayward Morris, who designed and decorated the famous Institute of Anatomy. This year that award went to Cunningham Martyn Design from Melbourne for their creative interventions at the heart of Walter Bunning’s National Library. Other architects from the big places on the coast to win awards were NMBW Architecture Studio, for Aranda House, a memorable suburban house; BVN Architecture in association with FMSA for Belconnen Police Station, a gutsy police station; and BVN Architecture for Gym HMAS Creswell, a very healthy gymnasium. It was a good year for Canberra and a good result for architecture.
– Roger Pegrum (jury chair)
Canberra Medallion St Gregory’s Hall by Collins Caddaye Architects.
Public Romaldo Giurgola Award St Gregory’s Hall by Collins Caddaye Architects. Award HMAS Creswell Gym by BVN Architecture. Commendations Australian National University Colleges of Science Stage 1 by Lyons; Mother Teresa School by Munns Sly Moore Architects.
Residential – Multiple Housing Awards Hampton Circuit Apartments and Townhouses by Collins Caddaye Architects; NewActon South by Fender Katsalidis Architects.
Residential – Houses Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award Potato Point House by Joanna Nelson Architect. Award Aranda House by NMBW Architecture Studio. Commendation Rush House by Townsend and Associates Architects.
Heritage Commendation HMAS Creswell Cerberus and Geelong Houses by BVN Architecture.
Commercial John Andrews Award Fyshwick Markets by Colin Stewart Architects. Commendations Emergency Services Agency Fairbairn by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn; Burbury Hotel by Colin Stewart Architects.
Interior Architecture W. Hayward Morris Award National Library of Australia by Cunningham Martyn Design. Award Belconnen Police Station by BVN Architecture in association with FMSA. Commendation Australian National University College Fulton Muir Building by Peck von Hartel.
Small Project Architecture Award HMAS Creswell Survival at Sea Facility, The Waterfront, by BVN Architecture. Commendation Nishi Sales Suite and Gallery by Hungerford and Edmunds, and Oculus.
Enduring Architecture Award Australian Institute of Sport Swimming Pool Centre by Daryl Jackson.
1982 Inlite Light in Architecture Prize National Library of Australia by Cunningham Martyn Design.
Art in Architecture Commendations NewActon South Tower Art Program by Fender Katsalidis Architects in association with Pamille Berg Consulting, Oculus and Mark Paine Landscaping, with artists Robin Blau, Tim Kyle and Kevin Perkins; Potato Point House by Joanna Nelson Architect with artist Dan Maginnity (Byrd).
Education Prize Mother Teresa School by Munns Sly Moore Architects.