ANZ Centre, which won the Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture, by HASSELL, Photo: Earl Carter

From the Australian Institute of Architects: 29 October 2010 – Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, in Sydney, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp won the Australian Institute of Architects’ national award for sustainable architecture announced last night in Canberra.

Lyons Architecture Office in Melbourne by NMBW Architecture Studio was awarded a national commendation in the category. Other key winners included the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Intermediate Stations in Sydney by HASSELL, which won the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture, Pirrama Park at Pyrmont in Sydney by Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects / Aspect Studios / CAB which won the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design and Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney, by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with JMD Design which won the National Award for Urban Design.

Surry Hills Library, Photo: John Gollings

Jury chair Melinda Dodson said it was a contradictory time for architecture.

“We’ve had economic buoyancy followed by economic downturn. As architects we’re part of a carbon emitting industry, so it’s natural that the jury reflected on the future, applied the ‘enduring architecture’ test, and the essential test of sustainability,” Ms Dodson said.

“We were heartened by the many instances of architects demonstrating leadership, advocacy and innovation. Projects where a positive transformative act had occurred, resulting in new ideas for the profession and for the community about architecture; architects doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Often leadership and perseverance was matched by the client.”

See the AIA site for full details