The Australian Institute of Architects announced the 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture (AAA) Awards on 19 March at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
The Institute’s highest honour, the Gold Medal, was awarded to Peter Stutchbury for his ongoing contribution to the advancement of architecture through practice, teaching, professional activities and organizations. Stutchbury has received forty-seven Institute awards and won approximately twenty national and international design competitions. His work has also been published in around two hundred books, journals and magazines as well as exhibited internationally. “Stutchbury has mastered the art of creating architecture that speaks of the place it inhabits – buildings that are environmentally sustainable, culturally specific and locally embedded,” said the jury.
Outside of his practice, Stutchbury has been engaged in teaching throughout his career as a professor of architecture at the University of Newcastle as well as in guest teaching positions internationally. He is also a founding director of the Architecture Foundation Australia, where he has educated over 1500 students and emerging architects from over eighty countries through the Glenn Murcutt International Master Class.
Read Kenneth Frampton’s reflection on the work of Peter Stutchbury.
Below is the full list of winners. Click through to read the jury citations.
Gold Medal – Peter Stutchbury, Peter Stutchbury Architecture (NSW)
National Emerging Architect Prize – Nic Brunsdon, Post- and Spacemarket (WA)
National President’s Prize – Ian Close and Sue Harris, Architecture Media (Vic)
Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture – Barnaby Hartford-Davis, RMIT (Vic)
BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize – Matthew Hyland, University of Tasmania (Qld) – Jin Chen Lee, University of New South Wales
Leadership in Sustainability Prize – Professor Emeritus Allan Rodger LFRAIA (Vic)
William J. Mitchell International Committee Prize – Louise Cox AO LFRAIA (NSW)
Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize – Professor Paul Memmott LFRAIA, University of Queensland (Qld)
Dulux Study Tour Prize – Bonnie Herring, Breathe Architecture (Vic); Casey Bryant, Andrew Burns Architect (NSW); John Ellway, James Russell Architect (Qld); Monique Woodward, WOWOWA (Vic); Nic Brunsdon, Post- and Spacemarket (WA)