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Setting standards: Notable achievements at the 2024 WA Architecture Awards

With sustainability as a standout thematic thread, the recent WA Architecture Awards were a testament to the environmentally conscious efforts of those shaping the architectural landscape of Western Australia.

Setting standards: Notable achievements at the 2024 WA Architecture Awards

The winners of the 2024 WA Architecture Awards have been announced, spotlighting architectural ingenuity across Western Australia. This year’s accolades recognised the dedication of Western Australian architects in shaping the built environment, especially as the state embraces a more sustainable future.

Sustainability was thematic at the WA Architecture Awards this year, with examples epitomising stellar sustainable design from metropolitan and regional areas. The awards recognised respectful alterations to existing structures, medium-density and apartment living designs, and projects that honour and foster a connection to Country.

A panel of industry experts selected 16 winners and commendations from an array of architectural projects. WA Chapter President Sandy Anghie RAIA highlighted the common themes among the winners: world-class sustainable design, adaptive reuse, innovative higher-density living and community-focused projects.

The prestigious George Temple Poole Award was presented to Bob Hawke College Stage 2 by Hassell. Jury Chair Greg Howlett LFRAIA praised the project, saying: “An innovative, vertical secondary campus, Bob Hawke College Stage 2 by Hassell is layered from the ground to the sky with clear, legible and seamless organisation, providing a strong precedent for schools as we move to denser urban environments.”

This year marked one of the greatest regional tours by the jury, with five of the 16 winning projects located in regional areas. The Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct by Peter Hobbs Architects, Advanced Timber Concepts and Intensive Fields received the Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture and the Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture. A project constructed entirely from renewable FSC-certified timber that offers an amalgam of informal and formal spaces for the community.

Victoria House by MJA Studio, alongside Finespun, Place Laboratory, and Palassis, clinched the Harold Krantz Award for Multiple Housing, marking their seventh consecutive triumph at the WA Architecture Awards, thus extending their winning streak.

Tomich House by Mark Jeavons Architect, in collaboration with Ohlo Studio, secured the Julius Elischer Award for Interior Architecture, for its comprehensive restoration and adaptation that revitalises the original character of the house and provides sympathetic modern amenities. While in commercial architecture, One The Esplanade by Hassell took home the Ross Chisholm and Gil Nicol Award,  for its deep connection to Whadjuk Country by respecting the site’s cultural history, using local materials, endemic planting and commissioned artworks by First Nations artists creating a lasting legacy that celebrates the past while embracing a shared future.

2024 Winners

THE JEFFREY HOWLETT AWARD FOR PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE:
Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct | Peter Hobbs Architects with Advanced Timber Concepts and Intensive Fields | Wudjari

THE HILLSON BEASLEY AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECTURE:
Bob Hawke College Stage 2 | Hassell | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

THE MARSHALL CLIFTON AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – HOUSES (NEW):
Proclamation House | State of Kin | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

THE PETER OVERMAN AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – HOUSES (ALTS&ADDS):
City Beach House | MORQ Architecture | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

THE HAROLD KRANTZ AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – MULTIPLE HOUSING:
Victoria House | MJA Studio and FINESPUN and PLACE Laboratory with Palassis | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation 3 Australian Institute of Architects

THE ROSS CHISHOLM AND GIL NICOL AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE:
One The Esplanade | Hassell | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

MARGARET PITT MORISON AWARD FOR HERITAGE:
The Old Corner Store Subiaco | Paul Hofman Architect | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

THE JULIUS ELISCHER AWARD FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE:
Tomich House | Mark Jeavons Architect with Ohlo Studio | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

THE JOHN SEPTIMUS ROE AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN:
OneNinety | Donaldson Boshard with Rezen Studio | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

THE IWAN IWANOFF AWARD FOR SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE:
Dwaarlindjirraap Suspension Bridge | iredale pedersen hook architects and ARUP | The Pinjarup and Wiilman Aboriginal people

THE WALLACE GREENHAM AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE:
Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct | Peter Hobbs Architects with Advanced Timber Concepts and Intensive Fields | Wudjari

THE RICHARD ROACH JEWELL AWARD FOR ENDURING ARCHITECTURE:
CBH Building 22 Delhi St West Perth | Summerhayes and Associates | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

COLORBOND AWARD FOR STEEL ARCHITECTURE:
Spinifex Hill Project Space | Officer Woods | Kariyarra

MONDOLUCE AWARD FOR LIGHTING:
Australia Place Lobby Refurbishment | COX Architecture | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

GEORGE TEMPLE POOLE AWARD:
Bob Hawke College Stage 2 | Hassell | Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

BRIAN KIDD ENABLING ARCHITECTURE PRIZE:
Spinifex Hill Project Space | Officer Woods | Kariyarra

Next up: The 2024 Victorian Architecture Awards

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