Building a better future through design excellence
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Building a better future through design excellence
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A project designed and built primarily for any commercial purpose (including retail, hospitality, offices, sport & lifestyle).
A preschool, primary, secondary or tertiary educational facility and/or joint research facility in which an educational institution is the major partner.
Any built conservation project developed in accordance with the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.
A renovation or fitout of the interior of a building
A building which primarily services, or is used, by the public (except educational facilities)
New construction of a Class 1a building
Extensions of Class 1a building or alterations to at least 50 per cent of a Class 1a building
Townhouses, duplexes, residential complexes (Class 2)
Buildings or non-building projects at the intersection of architecture, landscape design and urban planning. Examples include parks, pedestrian bridges and walkways, pools, shelters, picnic facilities, toilet blocks and children playgrounds.
A new product or material (building, architectural or interiors fixtures, finishes, furnishings) which helps advance progress in the sustainable built environment.
A new service, resource, process or application which helps advance progress in the sustainable built environment.
A person, design firm or building products company that has shown exemplary efforts in advancing the progression of the sustainable built environment in Australia over the past five years.
Selected from among all the category winners.
They’re a lot like you. They’re from universities, industry associations and architecture firms, and they know what sustainable buildings look like. They are world class people and world class judges, and will be analysing every part of your project so that only truly green buildings are honoured with our prestigious prizes.
Sustainability Manager. Mirvac
David Palin is the Sustainability Manager for Mirvac’s $7.8 billion investment portfolio. He leads a team of in-house sustainability professionals who are responsible for the delivery of Mirvac’s This Changes Everything sustainability strategy across the Office, Industrial and Retail portfolios.
David is responsible for developing flexible and creative solutions to sustainability challenges for Mirvac’s assets. This approach has raised the portfolio’s NABERS average from 3.6 to 5.1 Stars; delivered the first 6 Star NABERS Energy rating; two of the first 6 Star Green Star Performance ratings; and achieved eight sustainability and facility management awards since 2012.
David is an enthusiastic technologist and activist for the implementation of new SMART technologies, including data analytics, open source building management systems, converged networks and renewables.
He led a program of night audits across Mirvac’s properties to reduce energy and water use – a highly successful program estimated to have saved over $200,000 in utility costs with minimal capital expenditure.
David Palin co-founded Mirvac Energy, a business unit dedicated to rolling out renewables with a compelling investment return for Mirvac.
As part of his strategy to study indoor environmental quality at Mirvac’s 200 George Street headquarters, David designed a Living Laboratory concept, which played a role in Mirvac achieving the first WELL Certification in Australia.
David has contributed to several NABERS and Green Star technical working groups, been a panel member at Green Cities and the Energy Efficiency Council, and presented at the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers 2017 seminar series.
David is the Chair of the Better Building Partnership’s Waste Technical Working Group and a member of the PCA’s Asset Management and Sustainable Development committee and the Calculating Cooling Steering Group.
Professor of Sustainability. Curtin University
Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He has written 19 books and over 300 papers on sustainable cities. His books include ‘People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl’ (2016), ‘The End of Automobile Dependence’ (2015), ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013), ‘Resilient Cities’ (2009) and ‘Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence’ which was launched in the White House in 1999.
Newman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and taught at University of Pennsylvania in the 1990s. He is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IPCC on their next target of 1.5 degrees. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. Newman has worked in local government as an elected councillor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia.
Director, Architect. Pidcock Architecture + Design
Caroline Pidcock is passionate about the importance of architecture and integrated design, and how they can contribute to a “culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative” future. Her practice, Pidcock Architecture + Sustainability is inspired by the possibilities of creating desirable places that demonstrate how the many issues that are fundamental to sustainability can be potent and profound influences. Her genuine interest and experience in sustainable built environments has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a diverse range of professional, academic and community commitments.
In addition to being a director of Pidcock, other current roles include being a member of the Living Futures Institute Australia (LFIA Board; member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) Design Review Panel; and tutoring at the University of Newcastle. Pidcock contributes to a variety of advisory groups involved in high performance buildings and interesting forms of housing as well as design and sustainability awards programs. She is a regular speaker at community and industry events.
Her previous roles as Chair of the Carriageworks and LFIA Boards; President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council; President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in NSW and National Councillor; Industry Representative on the Australian Building Codes Board; Member of the South Australian Forest Industry Advisory Board, NSW Architects Registration Board, Greening Australia NSW, and Bicycle NSW Board; and adjunct professor/lecturer at a range of universities in NSW, exposed her to many government, business, academic and community arenas.
In 2014, Pidcock was recognised by the International Living Future Institute as a Living Building Hero and in 2011 was awarded the Marian Mahony Griffin Award in recognition of her contribution to architecture in NSW. In 2009, Pidcock was awarded a Byera Hadley Scholarship to study “The Architecture of (Net) Zero Emissions Housing”.
Director, Building Designer. Envirotecture
Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and has received many Design Awards.
He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter, of Building Designers Australia (BDA). He is a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).
Clarke currently sits on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment.
He has been design director of many hundreds of projects 35 years, with sustainability as the major driver over that whole period (with the ever-changing understanding of what sustainability is), and his work has covered a wide variety of project sizes and types.
Clarke has edited the sought-after book for designers, builders and home-owners, How to Rethink Building Materials.
This is Clarke’s 11th year on the panel and is the Jury Chair.
Research Principal, Architect. Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Formerly a practicing architect specialising in sustainability, Kerryn Wilmot joined academia in 2012 as a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures UTS where she leads the Cities and Buildings research area. Her 30-year career as a consultant architect ranged from delivering individual house extensions to multi-million dollar, complex, commercial and institutional projects.
Formerly an Associate at Spowers Architects, Wilmot was the project leader for the industry-leading 60L Green Building in Carlton, Victoria that won a Banksia Award and influenced the uptake of sustainability in the commercial building sector, and the form of sustainable development tools. When working at Williams Boag Architects, Wilmot was the Accredited Green Star Professional for the 5-star Green Star Gungahlin College campus in ACT. She has been a guest lecturer at several universities and tutored in Sustainable Buildings and Environmental Building Services at University of Melbourne. She is trained as an auditor for the Living Building Challenge, and as a LENSES facilitator.
Her particular interests focus on city systems and restorative infrastructure, and the development of sustainable built environments. Recent projects include financing options for residential energy efficiency upgrades, climate adaption strategies for housing in urban heat island affected neighbourhoods, and scoping appropriate sustainability targets for the new Sydney Modern Gallery at the Art Gallery of NSW.
CEO. Good Environmental Choice Australia
Harris is the CEO of GECA- Good Environmental Choice Australia and brings an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. She is on the Board of Directors of the Living Future Institute of Australia and of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL), has a Masters in Social Ecology and is a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program.
Harris believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience in the performing arts, executive coaching, cultural change and organisational development, helping individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future.
Sustainability Manager – Residential. Frasers Property
Previously named ‘Future Green Leader’ by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for his ardent commitment to innovative sustainable design, Frasers Property Australia’s Rory Martin joins the judging panel for a third time.
Responsible for the sustainability agenda of Frasers Property Australia’s large Residential portfolio, Martin holds both an Honours Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Science in Environmental Design, as well as being a registered architect and Green Star Accredited Professional.
Having previously completed projects across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, Martin is a multi-award winning professional who has solid experience in design, consultancy, development and industry standards. Martin sensibly describes sustainable design practises as simply “good design”.
Design Director, Architect. Architectus
Elizabeth Watson Brown joined Architectus as Design Director after 21 years directing Elizabeth Watson Brown Architects, a practice highly regarded for exemplary place responsive and socially responsible design. Watson Brown’s work has been published widely and has received many significant architectural awards.
Watson Brown is an active participant in architectural and urban design discourse in many roles, including currently as a member of the Queensland Board for Urban Places and as Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Elizabeth is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and has been Queensland State Awards Director and National Awards Juror, as well as jury chair of the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards.
The work of Elizabeth Watson Brown has been published and exhibited widely including in the seminal ‘Place Makers’ exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art and at the Venice Biennale.
Watson Brown brings to Architectus long term expertise and recognition in the delivery of high quality residential, institutional, educational and community architecture, and a deep understanding of the role of architecture and urban design in the relationship between human amenity, landscape and climate in our subtropical and tropical urban realms.
Director, Architect. Linarch
Steve King is a former academic with a background in architectural science and architectural practice. He taught the thermal comfort, daylighting and wind and ventilation components of environmental control in the undergraduate and Masters courses in architecture at UNSW. As a vocational teacher, King has an international reputation for the integration of technical performance issues in design studios.
Until its disestablishment in late 2006 he was Associate Director of the Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment (SOLARCH), at the University of New South Wales. As a member of the research team at SOLARCH and practice oriented expert in appropriate design and alternative technologies for the environmental control of buildings, King e has been responsible for projects affecting the evolution of energy performance expectations for both domestic and institutional buildings in Australia. He has supervised PhD level research on natural ventilation, thermal comfort, and alternatives to energy load based rating schemes for dwellings.
A former Director of AusHeritage, King is the leading architectural authority in Australia on the application of climate responsive design to cultural institutions, examining and advising on alternatives to air conditioning for museums, archives and similar buildings.
Previously a Registered Architect for over 40 years, King now maintains a specialised consultancy practice advising designers, developers and local government on Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and amenity issues, and appears regularly as an expert witness in the Land and Environment Court in NSW. He has been a technical consultant to landmark residential projects in NSW, including the Central Park site at Chippendale, Penrith Lakes, the Prince Henry site at Little Bay, Shepherds Bay at Meadowbank, as well as a large number of other projects of different scales.
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