The Australian Urban Design Awards were created by Prime Minister Paul Keating's Urban Design Taskforce in 1996. The program was established to recognise 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 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 convened by the Planning Institute of Australia with the support of eight peak organisations 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 2018 Australian Urban Design Awards will be revealed at a special presentation in Sydney. Join us to celebrate!
Order of proceedings:
6.00 pm Welcome drinks
6.30 pm Keynote address, Jo Negrini, Chief Executive, London Borough of Croydon, UK
7.15 pm Presentation of awards
7.30 pm Celebration
8.30 pm Event concludes
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|21 May||Entries open|
|20 July||Entries close|
|27 July||Extended entry deadline|
|17 August||Shortlist published|
|25 October||Awards presentation in Sydney|
William Chandler, Director, Chandler Consulting Services, representing the Planning Institute of Australia
Helen Lochhead, Dean, UNSW Built Environment, representing the Australian Institute of Architects
Malcolm Snow, CEO, City Renewal Authority, representing the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Melinda Payne, Associate to the Government Architect, Western Australia, representing the Government Architects Network Australia
Neil Savery, CEO, Australian Building Codes Board, representing the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
James Cahill, ESD Engineer, Mirvac, representing the Green Building Council of Australia
Amy Child, Transport and Urban Planner, ARUP, representing Engineers Australia.