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Architectus celebrates three AIA National Award wins

We are proud to announce that three of our projects – Rockhampton Museum of Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney Modern building, and Cranbrook School Horden Oval Precinct Redevelopment – have been recognised for their design excellence, each conferred with national awards at the Australian Institute of Architects 2023 National Architecture Awards, with the Thomas Dixon Centre receiving a commendation.

The Rockhampton Museum of Art was honoured with the prestigious Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture. Commenting on the project by Conrad Gargett (now merged with Architectus), Clare Design (Lead Design Architects), and Brian Hooper, the jury described the Museum as a true public building, saying, ‘The design is contemporary, refined, and elegant with beautiful simplicity both inside and out. Well-loved by the community, the museum is bringing immeasurable cultural and economic benefits to Rockhampton.’

Celebrating a second win in the same category, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney Modern building won a National Award for Public Architecture. Designed by SANAA with Architectus as Executive Architect, our dedicated project team played a key role working alongside the Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architecture practice to deliver one of the most significant cultural additions to an Australian city in recent years. The Art Gallery also took out the highest award in the Public Architecture category at the NSW Chapter Awards earlier this year, being conferred with the Sulman Award.

Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney Modern building. Photography by Iwan Baan

Our Cranbrook School Horden Oval Precinct Redevelopment project won a National Award for Educational Architecture. Designed by Architectus, the Cranbrook School Redevelopment responded to both the site and the school’s objectives, creating a diverse collection of spaces that allows students to gather, perform, play, compete, nourish, and replenish at any time of the day. This award follows Cranbrook School’s recognition at the NSW Chapter Awards where it received the highest award in the Education category with the William E Kemp Award.

Cranbrook School Horden Oval Precinct Redevelopment. Photography by Brett Boardman.

The heritage-listed Thomas Dixon Centre also received recognition with a National Commendation for Heritage. Home to the Queensland Ballet, the site has been revitalised as a centre of wellness, art, and performance, allowing them to further expand and shine on the global stage.

Commenting on the awards, Architectus CEO Ray Brown said, “In our first year as a unified practice with Conrad Gargett, these three wins are testament to our shared vision for achieving design excellence in everything we do. We are thrilled to be honoured and recognised for our team’s outstanding work across multiple projects in the prestigious AIA National Architecture Awards.”

Thomas Dixon Centre.