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Architectus projects shortlisted for four awards in the Victorian Architecture Awards

We are delighted to have two Architectus projects shortlisted for four awards at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter Awards. The Clendon Centre has been shortlisted for Education Architecture. Bendigo TAFE City Campus Revitalisation by Architectus with Six Degrees Architects has been shortlisted for Urban Design, Regional prize, and Heritage design. 


The revitalisation of the City Campus of Bendigo TAFE has created a stimulating educational environment where a diverse range of students are empowered as agents in their education, training, and work futures by expanding their choices about how, where, and when they learn.  

Two heritage buildings are retained, and reimagined, new insertions are made to a 1990s building, and two new three-level buildings complete the campus streetscapes and put TAFE’s hallmark hands-on learning on display from the street and within the porous, light-filled atria. A delicate landscape strategy knits the buildings together as a campus for investigation and delight. 

Woven into the historic fabric of Bendigo, the new City Campus celebrates TAFE’s industrial heritage and champions its ongoing contribution to regional prosperity. It communicates to prospective students, industry partners and the broader community that Bendigo TAFE is an industry-focused, future-focused, approachable and inspiring place to learn. 

Learn more about the Bendigo TAFE City Campus Revitalisation here 

Bendigo TAFE Revitalisation Project

The Clendon Centre is a new learning and home base for Loreto Toorak’s Years 7 to 9 students, and the third major project on campus completed by Architectus over the last 12 years. There are six floor levels, three of which are below ground.  

The new building has been designed to maximise the development opportunity for Loreto within a very restrictive physical context. The building form and materiality needed to respect the physical and visual integrity of the schools’ historic setting: Mandeville Hall designed by Charles Webb, the Chapel, the original St George’s, its outbuildings and, importantly for Heritage Victoria, the memory of the site as a residential compound. The building form is the outcome of rigorous investigation of its function and setting – a ‘Contextual Modernism’. Its functional geometry engages with its immediate physical environment while also responding to the residential scale and rhythm of Clendon Road. 

At the official opening ceremony of the Clendon Centre in March 2022, School Captain Elena, said: “The Clendon Centre is an incredible teaching, learning and working space, but it represents much more than that. It speaks to our value of education, and all the Good that is to come from what takes place within it. The building will allow us to give back to the community, and back to the school, to contribute to the next generation of Loreto, and to ensure this positive learning cycle is maintained.” 

Learn more about the Clendon Centre here 

Loreto Clendon Centre_Completed

Celebrating design excellence and its contribution to the communities across Australia and abroad, the Australian Institute of Architects is dedicated to the promotion of Australian architects and architecture in both national and global arenas.  

The Victorian Architecture Awards will be held on Friday 17 June 2022.
You can read more about the awards program here.