Hamilton Courtyard House. By Anthrosite. Image by Christopher Frederick Jones.

2021 Sustainability Awards shortlist has been announced

  •   20 September 2021

Now in their 15th year, the 2021 Sustainability Awards are perhaps more important than ever. The last 24 months, with widespread humanitarian and natural disasters, has given us a dire look into the future, and has positioned us – as stalwarts of an industry that emits masses of CO2 emissions – as a powerful impetus for change.

This is perhaps why the 2021 Awards have received their highest ever number of entries, with a diversity and range that have yet to be surpassed in the 15 years these awards have run.

As we unveil the shortlist for this year, we celebrate those architects, builders, designers, contractors and (important) clients who are committed to perpetually aiming higher in the world of sustainable built design. It is their innovation and commitment to change that continues to elevate design that is considered in its application and outstanding in its function. We congratulate not only our shortlist, but all our entrants on a fantastic year.

This year, for the second year running, the Shortlist was chosen via our live (on Zoom) judging day – which was also once again, proudly supported by Alspec, who, along with our events and IT teams, have ensured that the day went off without a hitch.

All up, this bodes very positively for the upcoming Gala Awards night on November 11 and will once again confirm the Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards as the paragon of sustainability awards in Australia’s built environment.

Registrations for the Digital Gala are now open. We invite you to complete your free registration for the evening Awards, or purchase your full day ticket to experience both the Gala and the 2021 Sustainability Summit.

Featuring keynotes from Abbie Galvin (NSW Government) and Angelique Edmonds (University of South Australia, School for Creating Change) and speakers from the likes of John Wardle Architects, Bates Smart, NMBW, fitzpatrick + partners and many more, the 2021 Summit brings you the latest knowledge around Sustainable design and architecture in an all-new dynamic digital event platform. Earn up to 5 formal CPD points, network with the speakers and go in the draw to win some amazing door prizes.

Purchase your ticket here.

So, now it’s time to announce the shortlist.

2021 Sustainability Awards shortlist


Adaptive Reuse
Proudly partnered by Havwoods International

Goodman Headquarters – The Hayesbery. By Intermain with Woods Bagot. Image by Nicole England.

Clifton Hill House
Winter Architecture

Goodman Headquarters – The Hayesbery
Intermain with Woods Bagot

nettletontribe Brisbane studio

Newman Heritage House
Peter and Jan Newman with Gerard McCann

Mirvac with Grimshaw Architects & Carr

Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio

Commercial Architecture (Large)
Proudly partnered by Interface

Dexus 180 Flinders St. By SJB. Image by Derek Swalwell

51 Langridge

Dexus 180 Flinders St

Mirvac with Grimshaw & Carr

Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio

Commercial Architecture (Small)
Proudly partnered by Autex Acoustics

Rosby Cellar Door and Gallery. By Cameron Anderson Architect. Image by Amber Hooper.

Buckettys Brewery
North by North

CITIZEN Coffee Pavillion
ZWEI Interiors Architecture

Gurriny Yealamucka Health and Wellbeing Centre
POD (People Oriented Design) with Coburn Architecture

Ona Coffee Melbourne

Rosby Cellar Door and Gallery
Cameron Anderson Architects

Sarah & Sebastian
Russell & George

Education & Research
Proudly partnered by Alspec

Korayn Birralee Family Centre. By Brand Architects. Image by Blue Tree Studios

Ainsworth Building, Macquarie University

Korayn Birralee Family Centre
Brand Architects

La Trobe University Sports Park
Warren and Mahoney with MJMA Toronto

Palmview State Primary and Special School
FKG Group with MODE Design Corp

Susan Wakil Health Building
Billard Leece Partnership with Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Emerging Sustainable Architect / Designer
Proudly partnered by Cosentino

Work by Shannon Battisson (The Mill: Architecture + Design). Image by PJ Lily.


David Coates
Sustainable Building & Design

Mia Radic
Talina Edwards Architecture

Shannon Battisson
The MILL: Architecture + Design



Green Building Material
Proudly partnered by Big Ass Fans

SMaRT Apartment at Pavilions Residences. By Mirvac Design (Green Ceramics by Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW). Image courtesy of Mirvac.

AMPAN Particle Board

Compostable Insulation
Mycoeden & Urban Moments

Contemporary Bamboo Cladded Villa
House of Bamboo

ECOPact and ECOPact Zero
Holcim (Australia)

HVG Facades

SMaRT apartment at Pavilions Residences
Mirvac Design (Green Ceramics by Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Proudly partnered by BlueScope

Treetop House. By Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Image by Michael Nicholson.

Lang Walker
Walker Corporation

Nigel Richmond Bell
ECOdesign Architects + Consultants

Peter Stutchbury
Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Tone Wheeler
Environa studio

Multi-residential Dwelling
Proudly partnered by Electrolux

La Trobe University North and South Apartments. By Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Stantec & ASPECT Studios. Image by John Gollings.

Breese St by Milieu
DKO Architecture & Breathe with Milieu Property

Cremorne Duplex
Hebden Architects

Glen Iris Garden Homes

La Trobe University North and South Apartments
Jackson Clements Burrows Architects with Stantec & ASPECT Studios

LIV Indigo
Mirvac Design & BVN

Miller Social Housing
Stanton Dahl for the NSW Land and Housing Corporation

Public Urban & Landscape

Gosford Leagues Club Park. By Turf Design Studio & Kevin (Uncle Gavi) Duncan. Image by Guy Wilkinson.

Cobar Miners Memorial
Stephen Pearse Architect

Gosford Leagues Club Park
Turf Design Studio & Kevin (Uncle Gavi) Duncan

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Andrew Burges Architects with Grimshaw with the City of Sydney

People Parkers
Alexander Symes Architect with People Parkers

Waterfall Valley Hut – Overland Track
Green Design Architects


Single Dwelling (Alteration / Addition)
Proudly partnered by Stormtech

Chelmer Flood House. By JDA Co. Image by Scott Burrows.

Chelmer Flood House

Hamilton Courtyard House

Light House
Alexander Symes Architect

Little Loft House
Light House Architecture and Science

Sol House
Anderson Architecture

Suburban Sanctuary
Adapt Architecture


Single Dwelling (New)
Proudly partnered by Wattyl

Garden House. By Austin Maynard Architects. Image by Derek Swalwell.

Garden House
Austin Maynard Architects

LiveWorkShare House
Bligh Graham Architects

Off Grid FZ House
Anderson Architecture

Rainbow House
Light House Architecture and Science

The Adaptable Living Range

Urban Green Home Build
Sustainable Building & Design


Smart Building Ideas
Proudly partnered by ASP Access Floors

Smart Design Studio. By Smart Design Studio. Image by Romello Pereira.

Legacy Living Lab
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute with Fleetwood Building Solutions

Mirvac, Grimshaw Architects & Carr

Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio

Urban Green Home Build
Sustainable Building & Design

Women in Sustainability
Proudly partnered by Siniat

Gurriny Yealamucka Health and Wellbeing Centre. By POD & Coburn Architecture. Image by Scott Burrows.

Arianna Brambilla
The University of Sydney

Belinda Allwood & Dr Shaneen Fantin
POD (People Oriented Design)

Bonnie Herring

Milica Tumbas
Lovell Chen

Sara van der Meer

Tatiana Schonhobel
Integral Group


Best of the Best
Proudly partnered by Alspec

(To be chosen on the Gala Awards night)


Lastly, these awards would not be possible without the support of our partners and sponsors, who help make all this possible. The Sustainability Awards would like to thank our partners, strategic partners and trophy partner for their support of the 2021 program.

For tickets to the Sustainability Awards Gala Night or for the Sustainability Summit, please click here.