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Architecture Australia May 2017

Ask architects which Australian magazine they choose to read or to publish their work and the answer is most likely Architecture Australia. If you want to be up to date with the best built works and the issues that matter, then Architecture Australia is for you. Its commissioned contributors are independent, highly respected practitioners, architectural thinkers and design commentators and each article is supported by images from leading architectural photographers. Provocative, informative and engaging – it is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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This edition of Architecture Australia celebrates the exceptional achievements of individuals within our profession through the national prizes of the Australian Institute of Architects – individuals who have challenged, enriched and championed the culture, practice and teaching of architecture. Individuals who have a real impact on our profession and society. It was a particular pleasure to have chaired the jury for this year’s Gold Medal. While it is an onerous task to select just one recipient from the many outstanding architects nominated for our Institute’s highest honour, I am delighted to announce that Peter Elliott AM LFRAIA is the recipient of the 2017 Gold Medal. Peter is widely regarded as one of our most significant and treasured architects. His integrity, generosity of spirit and gentle tenacity underpin his approach to life…

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This issue of Architecture Australia opens with the announcement of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2017 National Prizes. These awards recognize individual members of the profession and celebrate prodigious and promising contributions to Australian architecture (pages 15–26). Our congratulations to the eleven prize recipients this year. There is an important new national prize in 2017 – the Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize. This award is named after Paula Whitman (1960–2006), a remarkable architect, teacher, mentor and advocate. Sarah Rush, a past student of Paula’s, described her as a “shining light for women in architecture” in a heartfelt tribute published in this magazine shortly after her death. Paula’s contribution, in her home state of Queensland and further afield, is exemplified by her landmark report, Going Places: The Career Progression of…

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australian institute of architects’ national prizes 2017

Gold Medal Peter Elliott Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design The 2017 Gold Medal, the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour, is awarded to Peter Elliott AM LFRAIA. The Gold Medal recognizes distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture or endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner. Remarkably, Peter has excelled in all these areas through his consistent practice of architecture in the public interest over many years. Peter has made an exceptional contribution to the profession as a highly regarded and awarded architect, as a scholar with a long involvement in design teaching, and as an active and valued participant in support of the profession through the Institute, through government and in the broader…

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dulux study tour

We are delighted to announce that Louisa Gee, Morgan Jenkins, Alberto Quizon, Claire Scorpo and Imogene Tudor will be participating in the 2017 Dulux Study Tour. The jury had the demanding task of selecting these five from an enormously talented field of seventy-two young leaders and was deeply impressed with the achievements of all applicants. In making our critical judgement we have considered activities across the criteria of individual contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement. We also took into account the value to the participants of exposure to international projects and practices, and the diversity and balance of interests and experience within the selected cohort. Given the standard of applicants, the jury encourages those not selected and still eligible to submit again next year. Thanks are…

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world maritime university, tornhuset

Tornhuset is an extension to the World Maritime University, housed since 1983 in a harbour administration building from 1910 in Malmö, southern Sweden. It was the subject of a three-stage competition won by the Australian/Danish team of Terroir and Kim Utzon Architecture in 2011. Finished four years later, it is now one of the most interesting and provoking interventions in the city, standing at the boundary of the old urban centre and the harbour, which has been heavily developed and gentrified during the last decade. Conceptually intended to mirror the 2,000-square-metre original L-shaped plan of the existing building by Swedish architect Harald Boklund, Tornhuset adds another 3,000 square metres – comprising administration spaces, teaching rooms, a lecture hall and a canteen – while creating a covered atrium between the two volumes.…

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anna meares velodrome

In 1982, Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games. The effects of preparing the city for the competition were transformative and long-lasting. Now the south-east Queensland region is again transforming itself, this time to accommodate the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games. While the majority of events will take place in the host city of the Gold Coast, track cycling will be held in a major new building at the Sleeman Sports Complex, in the southern Brisbane suburb of Chandler. The Sleeman Sports Complex is a gathering of several facilities built for the 1982 games’ swimming, gymnastics and cycling events. The newly completed Anna Meares Velodrome by Cox Architecture is an important building that not only anchors and invigorates the southern precinct of the Sleeman Complex for the 2018 event, but is also conceived to…