Sean Godsell Architects has won one of five prizes in the ar+d Emerging Architecture Award for the Peninsula House, Victoria. Alice Hampson, Sarah Foley, Sheona Thomson and Sebastian di Mauro were highly commended for Ligare Lunette, a temporary installation commissioned by the Friends of the Australian Chamber Orchestra ›› Bligh Voller Nield and NZ practice Jasmax have won an International Award at the 2002 Business Week/Architectural Record Awards for “C:Drive”, a multi-use facility near Auckland for the ASB Bank. Sponsored by the AIA in conjunction with Architectural Record and Business Week, the awards specifically recognise design that supports business ›› Woodhead International is one of five international practices in an invited competition to expand the 1950s Beijing Hotel for the 2008 Olympic Games ›› DesignInc has won the Yuyao exhibition and masterplan in China ›› Jerry Retford, principal of J3 Design Lighting Consultants, has received an Award of Commendation from the Illuminating Engineering Society for the lighting design for Commonwealth Place ›› The CSIRO invited John Macdonald, director of DesignInc, to deliver a paper on the Windsor Environmentally Sustainable Housing Competition to the China Hangzhou Optimum Human Settlements Exhibition and Seminar ›› Sydney architect Adam Russell of VIM Design has won a “Golden Prize” (second place) in the Design Beyond East and West competition ›› Mark Kelly is relocating to the Woods Bagot London office to become managing partner, Europe ›› The World Green Building Council was launched last November. Ché Wall, of Lincolne Scott, is the vice chairman and a founding director of the Australian Green Building Council ›› Paul Pholeros, Shane Murray and John Wardle are keynote speakers at the Houses and Housing NZIA Conference in Auckland in March ›› Waterfront Geelong by Taylor Cullity Lethlean has won “Top Honour” in the International Waterfront Awards, made by the Waterfront Centre, Washington ›› ROOM 4.1.3 is one of six finalists in an international competition to design a memorial to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Washington DC. Richard Weller and Vladimir Sitta collaborated on the entry with set designer, Peter England, New Zealand academic Jacky Bowring, and Martin Musiatowicz, Maren Parry, Tom Griffiths, Tatum Hands, Andrew Nugent and Robert Faber.
Architecture Australia was joint winner of the Best Business Magazine of the Year award and winner of the Business Publishing Printing Project of the Year award at the 2002 Bell Publishing Awards. Architecture Media also won Best Specialist Magazine of the Year and Best Graphic Design of the Year for Houses (Ikon Graphic Design)
Christine Harvey has been appointed CEO of the RAIA ›› Ian Moore, of Engelen Moore, is the creative director of the 2003 RAIA Sydney Conference ›› Don Roderick has won the SAHANZ 2002 David Saunders Founders Grant for the project “The Origins of the Elevated Queensland House” ›› The Australian Timber Design Awards, organised by the Timber Development Association in conjunction with the Timber Promotion Council of Victoria, have been announced. The Australian Timber Design Award was won by Robert Morris-Nunn for the Forest EcoCentre. Category winners are as follows: Open Residential, Nicholas Murcutt for the Collopy House. Highly Commended, Peter Stutchbury and Marika Jarv for the Wedge House. Special Commendation for Innovative Structural Timber Design, Stephen Sainsbury for the TeaHouse. Residential – Students and Entrants 30 and Under, Sam Crawford for Avalon Beach House. Residential – Best Renovation, Thierry Lacoste and David Stevenson for Open to the River. Certificate of Encouragement, Gary Wightman for Isaac’s Ridge Bushland Cottages, Margaret River. The Public and Commercial Buildings, Composite Frame, Robert Morris-Nunn for the Forest EcoCentre. Highly Commended, Steve Woodland for the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Public and Commercial Buildings, Timber Frame, Mulloway Studio for Moana Surf Life Saving Club. Highly Commended, Peter Elliott for the Riawunna Aboriginal Education Centre. Interior, Ashton Raggatt McDougall for the Marion Cultural Centre. Highly Commended, Andrew Nimmo for Casuarina Beach House. Special Commendation for Stand Alone Objects, Ralph and Anita Lincolne-Lomax for the “Bento Box” and a series of workstations. Landscape and Exterior Structures, Ralph Belperio for the Granite Island Boardwalk, Victor Harbor, SA. Highly Commended, University of Tasmania – Australian Timber Design Workshop 2001 for “Bus Stops”. Special Commendation, Robert Brown for the “Place of Dreams” Tree House, Great Mackeral Beach, NSW. Environmental Commitment Award, Andrew Nimmo for Casuarina Beach House. Best Use of Timber Flooring, Rajesh Marfatia for the Steain’s Residence. Highly Commended Use of Recycled Timber Flooring, Timothy Moon for Hopetoun Avenue. Best Use of Timber Engineering, Patrick Jost for Holy Trinity Church. Highly Commended, Steve Woodland for the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Best Victorian Entry, David Seeley for Park Lane House. Best NSW Entry, Nicholas Murcutt for Collopy House ›› BHP has established the $10,000 Glenn Murcutt Student Prize as a biennial award for students who demonstrate excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture.
Australian Capital Territory
The National Capital Authority has launched “The Griffins Legacy Project” which aims to “comprehensively examine Walter and Marion’s designs for the National Capital, in terms of both structural and symbolic content – what elements of the original design have survived, been modified or discarded through time” ›› Work has begun on the $2.55 million refurbishment of Hobart Place. This will include Sweet Justice, a fountain by Wendy Mills, as the focal point ›› ACT Heritage Grants include funding for a conservation management plan for the interim heritagelisted Ian Potter House, Acton ›› The RAIA’s Map of Significant Canberra Architecture was launched in late November.
New South Wales
Garden Palace, an exhibition about the building designed by James Barnet to house the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition in the Botanical Gardens, shows at the City Exhibition Space until 30 March ›› The RAIA NSW Chapter hosted the “Glenn Murcutt Celebratory Pritzker Dinner” in early December ›› Kann Finch Group, supported by Clive Alcock of Annand Alcock, have won the competition for the urban rejuvenation of a 6.2-hectare site in Hurstville ›› Construction has begun on the Parramatta Rail Link and Hassell’s concept designs for the underground stations between Epping and Chatswood have been released ›› The Historic Houses Trust’s Meet the Architects series continued into the new year with Peter Tonkin on 19 January and Peter Myers on 23 January ›› New Connections, an exhibition about the reshaping and reengineering of space in London and focussing on the Jubilee Extension Line, shows at the City Exhibition Space until 16 March ›› The “trial” outdoor stage at the Sydney Opera House has caused a storm of controversy in the Sydney press ›› Harry Seidler’s Williamson House (1951), known as “The Igloo”, has been listed on the State Heritage Register. Seidler took the opportunity once again to condemn heavy council restrictions, lamenting a “regression in Australian architecture”.
The Academy of Art at Inveresk hosted Finnish designer Simo Keikkila speaking on “Why Finnish design is recognised as amongst the best in the world” and “Why design impacts on our everyday lives” ›› Teija Isohauta, curator of the Alvar Aalto Museum, spoke about Aalto at UTasmania ›› The Young Designers Month exhibition will show at Hobart’s Mawson Place Waterside Pavilion from 12 February to 7 March ›› Richard Blythe, Kees Wegman, Detlev Geard, Neal Mackintosh and Andrew Williamson have been appointed to the RAIA Tasmanian Chapter Council. Kees Wegman has been appointed Chair of Chapter Practice to replace Andrew Grimsdale who has stepped down after many years in the position ›› The project to restore and preserve the 1880 Currie Lighthouse on King Island has received funding through the Cultural Heritage Funding Program.
Darwin developers are seeking approval to build two high rise apartment buildings in the CBD, designed by Ross Connelly.
Photographers Jon Linkins, Stefan Jannides and Stephen Walker organised The Naked Building: Photography Reveals Architecture, an exhibition of work which aimed to generate discussion about architectural photography and to make architects aware of copyright issues surrounding photography. They have also compiled a brochure outlining the issues and the legal situation ›› John Macarthur of UQueensland has gained a large Australian Research Council Grant ›› Lindsay and Kerry Clare presented the 2002 Gertrude Langer Lecture on the topic “Tempered Urbanism: Architecture from Region to City” at the Queensland Art Gallery ›› The Queensland Heritage Council is considering listing Harry Seidler’s Riverside Centre as “iconic architecture of the late twentieth century” ›› Audrey Job has died aged 95. Along with his partner, the late Bob Froud, Job was the architect for Torbreck, Brisbane’s first post-war high-rise residential block. Torbreck won an RAIA award in 1962.
The State Government has announced a $4.25 million grant to establish the Centre of Digital Design Excellence at RMIT ›› Frank McMahon has been made a director of Herniman Associates ›› The Green Building Partnership has opened its 60L Green Building in Carlton. Designed by Spowers, the project aims to “set the standard” for sustainable commercial buildings in Australia ›› The State Government has made funding available for a pilot Architects Expert Panel to assist local government councils in implementing Rescode. The program has been developed by the RAIA Vic Chapter and the Municipal Association of Victoria ›› Baenziger Coles have appointed Bryn Holton as an associate ›› The Inverloch Summer Architecture Series will become the Inverloch Autumn Architecture Series this year ›› James Learmonth died in November last year. A Life Fellow of the RAIA, Learmonth was the President of the Victorian Chapter from 1997 until 2000. After joining Yuncken Freeman Architects in 1965, he was a founding partner of Yuncken Freeman Hong Kong and played a major part in expanding Australia’s consultancy service abroad with that practice and with Stephenson and Turner and Peddle Thorp Hong Kong. Learmonth was a senior partner at Peddle Thorp and Learmonth until 1997 when he established his own practice ›› Charles Anderson, Richard Black, Sand Helsel and Jenny Lowe participated in The Unused, a series of installations that inhabited inhospitable “left-over” spaces behind RMIT’s Storey Hall ›› The extension of Collins Street into Docklands has opened ›› Work has begun on the office complex to be built on Melbourne’s Southern Cross site ›› The State Government has awarded the contract for the Commonwealth Games Village to Australand Holdings and the Citta Property Group. Architects for the consortium are Synman Justin Bialek, Billard Leece and Tract Consultants. The development will occur on the site of the disused Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital, which some believe should become part of the adjacent Royal Park.
Plans for the proposed redevelopment of Victoria Square have been on display for public comment ›› David Eisenberg, director of the Development Center for Appropriate Technology in Tucson, Arizona, spoke at an Urban Ecology Australia seminar on “Building Sustainability into the Codes” ›› Danvers Architects has changed its name to Danvers Schulz Holland Architects with the appointment of Jason Schulz and David Holland as directors. The practice has recently completed the refurbishment of the 1839 Adelaide Treasury Building, by George Strickland Kingston, as the Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury with SJB Architects ›› Hassell are designing a tent roof structure for the Eastern Stands at the renowned Adelaide Oval ›› Construction has begun on Flightpath Architects’ Elsie Ey Kindergarten at the Hewett Primary School, north of Gawler ›› A proposal to develop an interpretative centre for Colebrook, a former Aboriginal mission in Quorn, has secured funding in the Federal Government’s Cultural Heritage Funding Program ›› The Patjarr Visitor Centre Project by students and staff at UniSA has won the Chancellor’s Awards for Community Service.
American New Urbanist Andres Duany was in Perth last December to run a series of design workshops for a new, traditionally inspired “Coastal Village” at Jindalee. Developer Estates Development Company say that they aim to “radically change Perth’s urban sprawl”, and that Duany will aim to “create a ‘Rottnest’ atmosphere in a modern, urban seaside development” ›› Architect Barry Baltinas, of Dawntree Australia, 3DFirm.Com and Vision Architects, was named the 2002 Future Directions Young Achiever by the Property Council of Australia (WA) for his “role in the changing face of Perth’s inner and near city living over the last 12 months” ›› The ongoing refurbishment of the Perth Town Hall has received funding through the Federal Government’s Cultural Heritage Funding Program.