Seven projects worth looking at – 2014 edition


My attendance at events held by the Australian Institute of Architects is very rare but almost every year I do try and attend the Presentation to Juries for the Victorian Architecture Awards. It is a great opportunity to have a look at what has been going on in our state architectural-wise over the last year and one usually comes out of this event feeling refreshed and inspired. Once again I have put together a list of projects I think are worth a look, usually I pick out ten but this year I have selected seven as time has been against me this year (as you will notice by the lack of posts on this site). Once again the event is being held at Monash University Art, Design & Architecture Building G with most of the presentations taking place this coming Saturday 15th March. You never know you might see me there – I’ll be the one not wearing black.

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Ten projects worth looking at – 2012 edition

It’s that time of year again with the 2012 Presentation  to Juries for the AIA Victorian Architecture Awards taking place this weekend as I did last year I will take the opportunity to compile a list of the projects I believe are worthing having a look at on Saturday. Again this year the presentations will be held at Monash University’s Faculty of Art and Design Building G and again like last year I am not sure if I will be in attendance as it clashes with a wedding that I have to attend. This year will be an interesting one for the awards as there appears to be no real standout public building, apart from say the Royal Children’s Hospital, so it will be interesting to projects grab the eye of the judges.

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AAMI Park scoops the pool

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium - 01/05/2010

Friday night saw the winners of 2011 Victoria Architecture Awards announced and it was AAMI Park by Cox Architecture unsurprisingly scooping the pool. AAMI Park otherwise known as “the rectangular stadium” or “idontwearblack’s favourite building eva” took out the night’s highest honour in the form of the Victorian Architecture Medal along with the Melbourne Prize, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture. All bias aside, this is one of best buildings that has been produced in Melbourne in a while in terms of the way it has been resolved in all areas of design.

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Ten projects worth looking at

The timetable for the 2011 Presentation to Juries for the AIA Victorian Architecture Awards has floated across my desk and I thought I would take the opportunity of compiling a list of ten projects worth checking out. This year for some unknown reason the venue for the event has been moved from the Sidney Myer Asia Centre at the University of Melbourne to Monash University’s Faculty of Art and Design Building G so don’t tell me you haven’t been forewarned.

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Feathering their nest

I love architects who blog. Whether it be about their work, what inspires them, things they are doing both inside or outside or comment on some architectural related news item, it often gives a valuable insight into the practice itself. One such blog is by my good friend Emilio Fuscaldo over at Nest Architects, who regular updates his blog with all manner of interesting reading. Personally I love his latest offering  “10 reasons to build a shed”. Also his work is pretty good as well and you can check it out here.