Tone Wheeler and Caroline Pidcock

This year’s Australian Institute of Architects Awards have recognised the achievements of two pioneers in the field of sustainable architecture, Caroline Pidcock and Tone Wheeler.

The pair were announced as joint recipients of the leadership in sustainability award, with the jury unable to separate their remarkable contributions to the field. 

Walking away with the Institute’s prestigious Gold Medal was veteran architect and “Renaissance man”, Don Watson who over a 50 year career straddled a range of varying commissions to become an oracle of the field, particularly recognised for his achievements in postmodernism. 

Both Ms Pidcock and Mr Wheeler were early believers that sustainable design could be cost-effective and beautiful, leading the profession to accept their vision through broad collaboration, media interaction and demonstration projects.

Many in the industry will recognise Ms Pidcock, who has engaged with an exhaustive list of organisations and groups to achieve changes in government regulations and guidelines

“Caroline Pidcock has shown that architects must attack the agenda through civil society,” the Institute said. 

Mr Wheeler has similarly been an advocate for change, helping shape national policy on how to achieve sustainability in the built environment, including the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) and the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX).

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