The Australian Urban Design Awards were created in 1996 by then Prime Minister Paul Keating's Urban Design Taskforce. The program was established to recognize contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality and to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country to strive for best practice in all projects. Over the past twenty-plus years, the program has communicated the critical role of good urban design in the shaping of the nation and the collaborative relationships that underpin the successful development of the built environment.
The Australian Urban Design Awards are co-convened by the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, with the support of five peak organizations servicing the sector. The Awards are delivered by Architecture Media, a cross-platform publishing and events company focused on the built environment.
The intent and scope of the Australian Urban Design Awards is wide-ranging and attracts entries for initiatives, built projects and publications that will make a significant difference to the places, spaces, buildings and infrastructure of our cities and towns.
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Built projects – city and regional scale
This category recognizes completed built projects that are at a town, suburb, city or region scale.
Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale
This category recognizes completed built projects at a site, local, or neighbourhood scale.
Leadership, advocacy and research – city and regional scale
This category recognizes proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a national, state/territory, regional or city scale.
Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale
This category recognizes proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a site, local or neighbourhood scale.
The results of the 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards were revealed at a special presentation in Melbourne on 30 October. In 2019 the prestigious AUDA Keynote Address was delivered by Marijn Schenk, one of the founders of NEXT Architects in the Netherlands. NEXT Architects is a highly regarded international practice that was founded in 1999. The practice works on research and design projects in the field of urban planning, architecture, interior and infrastructure.
|13 May||Entries open|
|19 July||Extended entry deadline|
|16 August||Shortlist published|
|30 October||Awards presentation in Melbourne|
Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive Officer, City Renewal Authority (Canberra)
Julian Bolleter, Acting Director, Australian Urban Design Research Centre, UWA (Perth)
Angelo Candalepas, Director, Candalepas Associates (Sydney)
William Chandler, Director, Chandler Consulting Services (Melbourne)
Linda Corkery, Discipline Director Landscape Architecture, UNSW (Sydney)
Jefa Greenaway, Director, Greenaway Architects (Melbourne)
Diana Griffiths, Director, Urban Design, Studio GL (Sydney)
Leanne Hodyl, Managing Director, Hodyl and Co (Melbourne)
Michael McKeown, Director, Jensen Plus (Adelaide)
Amy Muir, Director, MUIR Architecture (Melbourne)
The Australian Urban Design Awards acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.