Endorsed by

2014 AAA Awards: Gold Medallists

Gold Medal: Adrian Welke and Phil Harris (Troppo Architects) 2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The 2014 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal is awarded to Adrian Welke and Phil Harris of Troppo Architects, a practice they co-founded in 1980. Through their work, they have pioneered a unique approach to Australian architecture: irreverent but sophisticated, inventive with a tinge of larrikin spirit. In thirty-four years of practice, they have evolved an architecture that deals with the heat, the rain, the place and the subtleties of climate, while understanding and reviving the lessons of the Top End’s important history and legacy of projects.

Phil Harris and Adrian Welke, co-founders of Troppo Architects.

Phil Harris and Adrian Welke, co-founders of Troppo Architects.

Image: David Sievers

Under Welke and Harris’s leadership, Troppo has grown and diversified from its Darwin origins – with studios now in Adelaide, Townsville, Perth and Byron Bay. And though the practice has evolved, it has retained strong roots and a common ethos. Welke and Harris have been great mentors and educators; many students and young graduates have passed through the door, helping to develop new generations of architects and collaborators. When Troppo was rocked by the tragic accidental deaths of Greg McNamara and Lena Yali in 2011, Welke and Harris – with Cary Duffield, Jo Best and their team – worked together to rebuild the Darwin practice.

Troppo has received numerous state, national and international awards for projects spanning everything from tiny remote buildings to city design. Welke and Harris have an ability to enthuse, educate, convince and change people’s views on architecture – and it is these talents, combined with their exceptional portfolio of projects and commitment to the role of the profession as an agent of change, that make them outstanding recipients of the Institute’s most important prize, the Gold Medal.

Jury Professor Paul Berkemeier LFRAIA (chair), Australian Institute of Architects National President, Paul Berkemeier Architect; Shelley Penn LFRAIA, AIA Immediate Past President, Shelley Penn Architect; Professor Lawrence Nield LFRAIA, 2012 Gold Medallist, Northern Territory Government Architect; Professor Stephen Loo RAIA, Head of School, University of Tasmania; Associate Professor Kate Hislop RAIA, University of Western Australia.

Read Professor Philip Goad’s reflection on the work of Troppo Architects from the special edition of Architecture Australia.

Acknowledgement

As Troppo, Adrian and Phil have proudly worked with young graduates and architects, and the 2014 Gold Medallists have asked that they all be acknowledged:

Dean Adams, Vanessa Amodeo, Cathy Baily, Joanna Best, Simon Brown, Victor Cai, Wendy Christie, Geoff Clark, Dan Connolly, Lucy Crawford, Mary Crosdale, Dan Devine, Brent Dowsett, Cary Duffield, Stuart Dunsford, Shaneen Fantin, Edward Farinha, Bec Francis, Jamie Gill, Jeremy Gryst, Damien Guerin, Sue Harper, Maddie Harris, Dave Henderson, Kirsty Hewitt, Hannah Hiscock-Croft, Fiona Hogg, Ryan Horsnell, Glenn Howe, Dana Hutchinson, Ebony James, Wendy James, Linda John, Aftab Khamisa, Nita Kidd, Richard Layton, Manuel Liveris, Nick Lymn, Alison McFadyen, Greg McNamara, Chantal Marks, Christine Mifsud, Matt Minarelli, Katy Moir, Darren Moody, Peter Muskens, Giles Newstead, Greg Norman, Andrew O’Loughlin, Bridie O’Toole, Terry O’Toole, Jenny Patterson, Tain Patterson, Susan Powell, Joanna Rees, Kelley-Joe Rochow, Lynn Rorich, David Rutter, Peter Savage, Alison Shepherd, Frangiska Skiadis, Jason Skinner, Jason Southam, Kerri-Ellen Stallard, Brad Steinert, Don Stellard, Zammi Syed Roha, Peter Tonkin, Justin Twohill, Emily van Eyk, Julius Welke, Michael Wells, Hugh Wilkinson, Carly Williams, Lena Yali, Danny Zalishansky.

Source

Award

Published online: 20 Mar 2014
Images: Courtesy Troppo Architects, David Sievers, James Knowler, John Gollings, Patrick Bingham-Hall

Issue

Architecture Australia, March 2014

Related topics

More award

See all
Devonport Living City Stage 1 by Lyons with Maddison Architects and Birrelli. 2019 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2019 Tasmanian Architecture Awards.

Maitland Riverlink by Chrofi with McGregor Coxall. 2019 NSW Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2019 NSW Architecture Awards.

Place de la Brèche, Niort (France) by Studio Milou. 2019 International Chapter Architecture Awards

The work of Australian architects around the world has been honoured at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2019 International Chapter Awards.

University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute by Swanbury Penglase with BVN. 2019 SA Architecture Awards

The 2019 South Australian Architecture Awards were announced in Adelaide on 29 June.

Most read

Latest on site

Calendar