The Planning Institute of Australia has awarded planners and projects from around Australia for outstanding achievements in planning at the 2017 National Awards for Planning Excellence at a ceremony in Sydney.
The Planner of the Year Award went to Queensland planner Kate Isles, who has overseen several key resilience-building projects in her state. The jury recognized Isles for “her immense passion for planning, her dedication to excellence and her genuine desire to make a difference to Queensland’s communities.”
Economist Terry Rawnsley was announced as the 2017 Planning Champion in recognition for his contribution to drawing media attention to planning issues and highlighting the importance of planning to Australia’s knowledge economy.
The celebrated Goods Line by Aspect Studios, CHROFI, Planning NSW and Gartner Rose racked up both the Great Place Award and a commendation in the From Plan to Place category.
The winner of the From Plan to Place award was the new Monash University Clayton Campus by TCL and MGS Architects, which the jury lauded for the way it demonstrated the “cumulative benefit from improved use of buildings, enhancement of the spaces between them, and a cohesive, yet diverse, overall urban form.”
“The years and decades to come will bring significant challenges for Australia’s cities,” said PIA national president Brendan Nelson, “but it is evident that our urban and regional planners are up to the task. As demonstrated by this year’s many impressive award nominations, the planning profession is embracing and utilizing collaborative approaches as well as the latest technology to deliver great outcomes for our communities.”
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