Institute of Architecture Awards for City Projects

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined


Minute by the Lord Mayor

To Council:

Design excellence is a key feature of the world’s most liveable cities and it is one of our core principles when developing new public infrastructure projects.

Our commitment to beautifully designed and functional public infrastructure has been recognised over the past few months at a number of industry awards, including the Institute of Architects NSW and National Awards, Australian Urban Design Awards, Australian Engineering Excellence Awards and the Landscape Architecture Awards.

The NSW and National Architecture Awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry. They recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture. 

At the NSW Architecture Awards, three of the City’s Projects won seven awards, including the inaugural NSW Architecture Medal introduced this year to honour the best overall project. We won it for the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre which also won the Greenway Award for Heritage.

The Joynton Avenue Creative Centre and precinct received numerous awards and was the talk of the evening, as was the commitment and continued excellence of projects delivered by the City of Sydney.

At the National Architecture Awards, the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre was awarded the highest accolade in the Heritage Category - the Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage. The jury said they were impressed with the way the project approached material heritage.

The City was awarded the National Award for Public Architecture for the adaptive re-uses of the nurses’ quarters of the former South Sydney Hospital through the addition of a vaulted verandah structure.

At the Australian Urban Design Awards 2018, the former South Sydney Hospital site won the award in the Built Projects – Local & Neighbourhood Scale category, against some tough competition from across Australia. The award was for the whole hospital campus, including Joynton Avenue Creative Centre, Matron Ruby Grant Park, Banga Shed, Green Infrastructure Centre, Admin Building Surrounds including playground and Public Art, and the Waranara Early Education Centre.

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards recognise outstanding achievement in engineering. The Green Square Library and Plaza was the winner of the NSW Award for Building and Structures. The award recognised the innovative engineering solutions incorporated into the project.

The City was also recognised recently for quality public domain projects at the Landscape Architecture Awards. This year, the Matron Ruby Grant Park was recognised with the award for Civic Landscape – Award of Excellence.

The City’s joint project with Sydney Water, the Green Square Stormwater Drainage, received the Civil Contractors Federation of NSW’s 2018 Earth Awards for the Category of Projects value over $30M. 

This year, the following City of Sydney projects were awarded:

Former South Sydney Hospital site - Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Design5, JMD, Sprout, CAB, Fox Johnston, Jane Irwin Landscape Architects and CHROFI

·                Built Projects Award for Local & Neighbourhood Scale, Australian Urban Design Awards

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre - Peter Stutchbury Architecture in association with Design 5

·                NSW Architecture Medallion, NSW Architecture Awards

·                The Greenway Award for Heritage, NSW Architecture Awards

·                Architecture Award for Public Architecture, NSW Architecture Awards

·                Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture, NSW Architecture Awards

·                The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage, National Architecture Awards

·                National Award for Public Architecture, National Architecture Awards

Waranara Early Learning Centre - Fox Johnston

·                Architecture Award for Interior Architecture, NSW Architecture Awards

·                Commendation for Educational Architecture, NSW Architecture Awards

East Sydney Community and Arts Centre and adjacent Reserve - Lahznimmo Architects with Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects

·                Architecture Award for Urban Design, NSW Architecture Awards

Green Square Library and Plaza - Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture

·                NSW – Building and Structures, Sydney Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

Matron Ruby Grant Park - Sprout Landscape Architecture in collaboration with CAB Consulting

·                Civic Landscape – Award of Excellence, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards

Green Square Trunk Drainage - Drying Green Alliance

·                Projects value over $30M, CCF NSW Earth Awards

It is important to acknowledge the work of the architects who worked with City staff on these projects. I would like to congratulate Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Fox Johnston and Lahznimmo, Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects, Sprout Landscape Architecture in collaboratation with CAB Consulting and Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture.   

It is equally important to acknowledge the many contractors and suppliers who worked with us including Lahey Constructions, Gledhill Constructions, Iqon, Drying Green Alliance and John Holland Group as the head contractors. 

The success of these projects also relies on City staff who worked on them from their conception through to delivery. They should be congratulated and include:

Matthew Gribben, Michelle Samuel, Joel Munns, John Malcolm, Chris McBride, Paula Yu, Ebony Heslop, Samantha Carroll, Damon La’Rance, Chris Thomas, Tony Moore, Jason Green, Cathy Rush, Peter Cooper, Tracey Hargans, Irene Fakas, Lauren Simpson, Sue Anderson, Amarnath Reddy, Amit Chanan and Ann Hoban.


It is resolved that Council note these new awards and congratulate all the staff, architects, contractors and suppliers for their excellent work.


Lord Mayor

Moved by the Chair (the Lord Mayor), seconded by Councillor Scully –

That the minute by the Lord Mayor be endorsed and adopted.

Carried unanimously.

Report author: Rebekah Celestin

Publication date: 19/11/2018

Date of decision: 19/11/2018

Decided at meeting: 19/11/2018 - Council

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