The Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects announced the winners of its Regional Architecture Awards via a virtual ceremony on May 8, a first for the 81 years old awards program.
The awards acknowledged exemplar projects located in Brisbane, Central Queensland, Darling Downs and West Moreton, Far North Queensland, Gold Coast and Northern Rivers, North Queensland and the Sunshine Coast. More than a dozen projects from Brisbane were recognised, with the Queensland University of Technology’s Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct by Wilson Architects and Henning Larsen Architects awarded the highest honour, Building of the Year.
In Central Queensland, the Mon Repos Turtle Centre by Kirk won Building of the Year, while in the Darling Downs/West Moreton region Sims White Architects took home three awards for its design of Toowoomba City Hall’s new auditorium and annex. In Far North Queensland, five projects were recognised, including a new home, a community education and disaster coordination centre, a Cairns based research laboratory and a Catholic college.
“Naturally, our architects are accustomed to adapting to changing environments and they embraced the online celebration with a fervour and camaraderie that is indicative of Queensland designers,” Queensland Chapter President Michael Lavery said of the unusual circumstances surrounding the awards ceremony.
Other Brisbane awards included the Brisbane House of the Year, which went to the Park Road House by Lineburg Wang. The Lord Mayor’s Brisbane Buildings that Breathe Architecture Prize was awarded to Lucent by Plazibat Architects. For commercial architecture, the Camp Hill Marketplace by Arkhefield and The Fantauzzo by SJB both won awards.
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