Amy Muir is awarded the 2016 National Emerging Architect Prize in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession through design excellence, education and industry leadership. Muir graduated from RMIT University with first-class honours in 2002 and was awarded both the Anne Butler Memorial Prize and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria’s Association of Women in Architecture Prize for her final thesis project. Following graduation, Muir worked for Carr Design for seven years, during which time she was elevated to Director of Architecture.
In 2011 she co-founded Muir Mendes (now Muir Architecture) and now runs the practice as the sole director. Her outstanding work with Muir Architecture has been the subject of numerous publications and articles and the practice has been recognized with awards at state and national level. Muir is committed to supporting the education of young architects and has guest lectured at various universities with significant contributions to design education through her role as an associate lecturer at RMIT.
Muir is a passionate member of the Victorian Chapter Council and co-chairs the Victorian Small Practice Forum, the participation levels of which have grown during her involvement. Muir demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and natural generosity through a clear commitment to the value of knowledge sharing. Muir is widely recognized as a great role model for young architects and she is a deserving winner of the National Emerging Architect Prize for 2016.
Jon Clements FRAIA (chair) – Australian Institute of Architects National President, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects; Rob Henry RAIA – 2015 EmAGN National President, Rob Henry Architects; Nic Brunsdon RAIA – 2015 National Emerging Architect Prize winner, Post- Architecture; Kellie Moore – National Marketing Manager, Architectural Window Systems