Urban Canberra acknowledged in architecture shortlist

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THE increasingly sophisticated look of urban Canberra has been acknowledged in the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards shortlist for the November awards, it has been announced.

Roji Salon by Craig Tan Architects, photo by Jaime Diaz Berrio
Roji Salon by Craig Tan Architects, photo by Jaime Diaz Berrio
In a modest tally, three of the 73 nominations were for Canberra buildings – Roji Salon by Craig Tan Architects in the Small Project Architecture category, Fender Katsalidis Architects for NewActon Nishi Commercial in the Sustainable Architecture category and Fender Katsalidis for NewActon Precinct in the Urban design category.

Fender Katsalidis, New Acton Nishi, photo John Gollings
Fender Katsalidis Architects, New Acton Nishi, photo John Gollings

The shortlist was chosen by the 2015 jury led by immediate past President David Karotkin, and also comprising Shelley Indyk, Steve Grieve, Peta Heffernan and Philip Goad from 185 entries that were eligible following success at the Regional and Chapter Architecture Awards, held around the country earlier in the year. There were 861 entries for 753 projects from around the country and abroad for the 14 national categories.

The shortlisted projects span 14 categories. This year, a new category has been introduced, the Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture, with a shortlist of 9 projects and reflecting the increasing number of educational facilities entered in the awards program. These have previously been considered in the Public Architecture category.

Now in its second year, the Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) category has a new Named Award, the Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award, with four houses vying for the honour.

One of the largest awards programs of its kind in the world, the Awards have been held annually since 1981 and is. In 2015

A People’s Choice Award will be launched in October and winners will be announced on November 5 at a special ceremony at the University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building in Brisbane.


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