A night out at the ACT Architecture Awards

There were plenty of sharp suits and elegant dresses as the architects of Canberra  put on their best threads for the 2012 ACT Architecture Awards held last night at the very swish Hyatt Hotel Canberra. The big winners on the night were Collins Caddaye Architects who took out the major prize of the night – The Canberra Medallion – with their St Gregory’s Hall project in Queanbeyan.

It must said that I have never been an Architecture Awards night before and I have only ever been to an awards night once before, having attended the National Interior Design Awards about three years ago, so attending the ACT Architecture Awards was a bit of a new experience for me. Adding to the experience was the fact that many of the names of architecture firms were new to me especially considering that I have only been in the territory for only four weeks. Names such as BVN Architecture, Cox Architecture, Daryl Jackson and Fender Katsalidis were all familiar to me but firms such as Collins Caddaye Architects, Munns Sly Moore Architects and Colin Stuart Architects I wouldn’t know from a bar of soap. So in light of that the night was a valuable learning experience – I am now more knowledgeable about the architecture firms of the ACT.

As I alluded to in my introduction Collins Caddaye Architects were the big winners on the night taking out the Canberra Medallion and the The Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture for their St Gregory’s Hall project in Queanbeyan (which is technically in NSW).  From the images on display it looked a beautiful crafted building and at the conclusion of proceedings it was hard to find anyone that disagreed with it being awarded the territory’s top architecture award.

From an outsider’s perspective I thought the overall standard of projects was fairly high and my only criticism (and a fairly minor one at that) was that I thought that the residential category wasn’t quite up to the standard of its Victorian counterpart of which I am a keen observer even though it did feature one of favourite Melbourne architectural firms, NMBW Architecture Studio. But as I said it is only a minor criticism. All in all it was a pretty good night with it providing me with not only an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the architecture of Canberra but also to talk with some of its protagonists.

The full list of winners are as follows:

Canberra Medallion
St Gregory’s Hall – Collins Caddaye Architects

The Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture
St Gregory’s Hall – Collins Caddaye Architects

Award for Public Architecture
Gym HMAS Creswell – BVN Architecture

Commendation for Public Architecture
College of Sciences Stage 1 – Lyons
Mother Teresa School – Munns Sly Moore Architects

The Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award for Residential Architecture
Potato Point House – Joanna Nelson Architect

Award for Residential Architecture
Aranda House – NMBW Architecture Studio

Commendation for Residential Architecture
Rush House – Townsend + Associates Architects

Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Hampton Circuit Apartments & Townhouses – Collins Caddaye Architects
NewActon South – Fender Katsalidis

The John Andrews Award for Commercial Architecture
Fyshwick Markets – Colin Stewart Architects

Commendation for Commercial Architecture
ESA Fairbairn – Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn
Burbury Hotel – Colin Stewart Architects

Commendation for Heritage
Cerberus and Geelong Houses HMAS Creswell – BVN Architecture

The W. Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture
National Library of Australia – Cunningham Martyn Design

Award for Interior Architecture
Belconnen Police Station – BVN Architecture in association with FMSA

Commendation for Interior Architecture
ANU College Fulton Mair Building – peckvonhartel

Award for Small Project Architecture
Survival at Sea Facility, The Waterfront HMAS Creswell – BVN Architecture

Commendation for Small Project Architecture 
Nishi Sales Suite and Gallery – hungerford+edmunds and OCULUS

ColorBond Award for Steel Architecture
ESA Fairbairn – Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn

Art in Architecture Commendation
NewActon South Tower Art Program – Fender Katsalidis Architects in association with Pamile Berg Consulting, OCULUS and Mark Paine Landscaping. Artists: Robin Blau, Tim Kyle and Kevin Perkins
Potato Point House – Joanna Nelson Architect. Artist: byrd (Dan Maginnity)

Inlite Light in Architecture Prize
National Library of Australia – Cunningham Martyn Design

Education Prize
Mother Teresa School – Munns Sly Moore Architects

Photo taken from canberratimes.com.au
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