10 October 2012 — Australia’s sustainable architecture has been citied as one of the reasons that architects from Oz have taken a lion’s share of awards at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards winning seven out of 33 categories – and scoring a high commendation in another.

The Australian Institute of Architects chief executive officer David Parken said “the challenge to do more with less while incorporating sustainable design principles” was a universal one which had been successfully addressed by the Australian winners.

With 32 Australian firms shortlisted in 24 of the 33 categories, Australia was well represented at the awards, held in Singapore last week.

In celebration of the Australian talent, The Australian Institute of Architects, in collaboration with creative agent Lindy Johnson and filmmaker Alex Chomicz, produced two short films.

The films feature 15 of the shortlisted Australian firms and are titled A Series – Australian Architects on Film.

The two films shine a spotlight on the southern hemisphere with architects sharing their passion, energy and fresh approach revealing how climatic and cultural similarities make them leaders in sustainable design in the thriving Asia Pacific marketplace.

BVN Architecture’s Ninotschka Titshkosky said one of the key attributes that Australian could bring to the rest of the world and to Asia was “the fact that we are leaders in sustainable design and we’ve actually got proven experience in that”.

Woods Bagot’s Nik Karalis said Australians had “a free spirit” which allowed them to merge ideas from many sectors and bring it all together.

“(To) look at the cultures deeply and intimately because we relate to them on a very personal level and then cause change through that collaboration.”

Winners were:

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart – Completed Building – Health category
  • Martin no.38, Singapore by Kerry Hill Architects – Completed Building – Housing category
  • Darling Quarter, Sydney by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FMJT) – Completed Building – Offices category
  • The Shearer’s Quarters, Tasmania by John Wardle Architects – World’s Best Villa Award – Completed Building – Villa category
  • Perry Park, Sydney by HASSELL – Future Projects – Competition Entries
  • Man-Built Dongqian Lake Concept Design, China by HASSELL – Future Projects – Experimental
  • Tianjin Binhai New District, China by HASSELL – World’s Best Future Infrastructure Project Award – Future Projects – Infrastructure

Meanwhile, Common Ground, Sydney by HASSELL received a High Commendation in the Completed Building – Housing category.

The two films can be downloaded at: https://vimeo.com/50608337 and https://vimeo.com/50612404.