ArchiTeam Awards

ArchiTeam Awards 2018 – People’s Choice – NOW  – Closing Wednesday 31 October

Book to attend the Awards night here

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Meet the 2018 Judges here

The ArchiTeam Awards provides members with an opportunity to be a part of an architectural awards program suited to small, medium and emerging practices.

The ArchiTeam Awards opening night and exhibition have become the highlight of the ArchiTeam calendar.

The awards celebrate our members contribution to the Australian design community in a public forum, as well as creating an opportunity to showcase innovative and cutting edge design by Australia’s small practices to the larger architectural and design community, and the general public.

Originally starting out as a modest bi-annual program, our awards now receive over 100 entries annually showcasing projects across Australia. Since launching, the ArchiTeam Awards have been judged by many eminent industry professionals such as Dr Shane Murray, Mel Bright, Katelin Butler, Stuart Harrison, Vanessa Bird, Jill Garner, Jeremy McLeod, Rachel Nolan, Phillip Thalis, Juliet Moore, and Dr Peter Raisbeck. The Awards exhibition receives a healthy number of visitors and also features a series of co-hosted events which are run in conjunction with the exhibition.

The ArchiTeam Awards are geared towards supporting emerging, small and medium practices that may be overlooked in larger award programs; often however, it is at the grass roots level that we find real change and innovation. Past winners of the ArchiTeam awards have been from prominent small and emerging Australian practices.

All ArchiTeam members receive one free entry to the annual awards, subsequent entries are $88 each. (2018Conditions of Entry)



Winners of this category have shown creativity and innovation, as well as working with the unique aspects of their site and budget. Past winners and commended entries have ranged from million-dollar new builds to modest buildings tackling challenging site constraints.

Residential projects nurture families through different stages of life and create the backdrop for many enduring memories. Great design turn houses into homes and provide inhabitants with an adaptable, functional and inspiring space to call their own. 


  • Bellerine Pavilion House – Tecture Architecture and Interior Design
  • Blinco Street House – Philip Stejskal Architecture
  • Coogee House II – Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
  • First Lessons House – Ray Dinh Architecture
  • I.V.E. X FIVE – Megowan Architectural
  • High Noon at Wonwondah – Cooper Scaife Architects
  • Oikos @ Breakneck Gorge – Robert Nichol and sons
  • Residence J&C – Open Studio Pty Ltd
  • Triangle House – Molecule


Commercial projects entered into the ArchiTeam Awards can include offices, restaurants and cafes, retail shops, architectural studios, as well as warehouses and industrial projects. Projects can be new builds, fit outs or temporary structures such as pop-up shops.

 Past winners of the commercial category have included members’ own work studio, restaurants, retail, product showroom, and a brewery canteen. The architectural design of a commercial project has the potential to set the business apart from its competitors, add to the business branding and provide a highly desirable working environment for staff and visitors alike.


  • Fonda Bondi – Studio Esteta
  • Caroma on Collins – Archier
  • Classic Cinemas – ITN Architects
  • Jacky Winter HQ – Nest Architects
  • NExT Lab: New Experimental Technology Lab – Ample Architecture
  • Noriter Early Learning Centre – Nest Architects
  • Polyglot – mcmahon and nerlich
  • Surry Hills Surry Hills (Little Albion Guest House) – Terence Yong Architecture, Shed (Architecture) with Archemy, Space Control (Interior Design)


A diverse range of projects fit within the Community category, but they can all be defined as being available for public use. Community projects may also include projects that are more abstract but for the service of a community or the broader public.

 Examples of past ArchiTeam Community Award winners and commendations have been places of worship, a cubby within a child care centre, a school library and a temporary architectural installation in a public space.

The Community category celebrates architecture that help shape neighbourhoods and support our communities.


  • Free to Feed – Circle Studio Architects
  • Glenlyon Shire Hall Upgrade – brad hooper architect
  • Kingston City Hall Urban Plaza – Nest Architects
  • Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre – bud brannigan architects
  • Northside Boulders – Green Sheep Collective


As above, winners of this category have shown creativity and innovation, as well as working with the unique aspects of their site and budget. Past winners and commended entries have included extensions to existing houses, renovations to a studio apartment and an attic conversion.

A project with a broader budget may not outweigh a smaller addition that has excelled against the odds of budget or site constraints.


  • Albert Park – Chiverton Architects
  • Art House – Winwood Mckenzie Architecture
  • Carlton House – Tom Robertson Architects
  • Downside Up House – WALA
  • Falconer Street Residence – Sonelo Design Studio
  • Green Shutter House – OOF Architecture
  • Holly Residences – Tom Robertson Architects
  • Manly House I – EM Architects
  • Monkey House – EM Architects
  • Outside In House – MODO Architecture Pty Ltd
  • The Taranaki Rift – Architecture Architecture
  • Tudor Revival – Warc Studio
  • Type Street Apartments – Tsai Design


Entries in the Unbuilt category can reflect unrestrained conceptual ideas, not-yet-realised architectural projects, or designs in other mediums based on architectural principles. These projects can be drawn from an unrealised ‘real world’ client brief, or a purely hypothetical project exploring issues of interest to you. They can also be architectural competition entries, such as a single house, a mixed-use development, a public building or even master planning for a better community. Past winners in this category have included projects that have gone on to be built, projects that were never meant to be built, competition entries as well as flat pack furniture.


  • Amber Road Trekking Cabins – Kuzman Architecture
  • Warne Street Residences – sonelo design studio


CONTRIBUTION & INNOVATION AWARD (new Award category this year)

This new Award is to recognise contribution and innovation to architecture beyond the design and production of buildings. An entry is eligible to win this Award if it contributes to the industry discourse be it in a written form via a blog, publication, or organised tour or broadcast – either by a member, by a group that includes a member; or alternately a member may nominate a special initiative that is outside the ArchiTeam co-operative for special recognition.

 Additionally, a member can be awarded within this category if they have been outstanding in contributing to the Architecture industry through their actions in promoting and advocating. An architectural building may be awarded in this category only if it exemplifies a high contribution to the industry and promotes the profession of Architecture through provoking discussion or public interest.


  • Accessibility in the Built Environment – Visionary
  • New Architects Melbourne – NAM
  • Sydney Architecture Walks – Eoghan Lewis
  • Our City Our Square campaign – Citizens for Melbourne



Book to attend the Awards night here

All entries are eligible to win this Medal and an award must be given in this category. This medal is to be judged on the above criteria as well as showing sensitivity to sustainability principles. This can be quite general – from innovative re-use of an existing structure through to a more complex response to sustainability.

All entries under the size of under 80sqm and/or $150,000 are eligible to win this Medal and an award must be given in this category. This award is to be judged on the general criteria as well as showing innovation within the constraints of space and possibly budget by developing a complexity and inventiveness in small design.

All entries are eligible to win the ArchiTeam Medal and an award must be given in this category. The judges may award this to an entry of general excellence, or for something more specific, from any category.

This category awards the best overall architecture as decided by the ArchiTeam membership and the public.



The judging will be based on the following criteria.

  • An award to be given to the best entry in each category
  • More than one award can be given in each category, or one award and Commendation at the discretion of the judges
  • A shortlist of up to 5 projects is to be selected for each category
  • Excellence in Design
  • Consistency and completeness in expressing the relationship between concept, form and structure
  • The building in its context
  • Response to site constraints and opportunities
  • Functional resolution of the brief
  • Organisation of spaces and functions inside and outside
  • Integration of building systems
  • Response to project cost issues
  • Sustainability, both at the construction stage and for the end user
  • Innovation: design; creative use of materials; planning; sustainability
  • Aesthetics: form; style; colour; etc
  • Contribution of others, including engineers, landscape architects, artists and other specialists to the outcome


See coverage of our past awards:

ArchiTeam 2017 finalists revealedAustralian Design Review

2017 ArchiTeam Awards Highlights – The Design Files

Revealed: 2017 ArchiTeam Awards shortlist – Architecture & Design

2017 ArchiTeam Award Winners announced – Green Magazine

Architecture Architecture’s ‘Dark Horse’ leads the herd at 2017 ArchiTeam Awards – ARCHITECTUREAU


2016 ArchiTeam Awards

Victorian firms dominate 2016 ArchiTeam Awards

A nostalgic angle: Acute House

2015 ArchiTeam Awards

Little firms, Big Ideas

Who Are The Winners From The 2015 ArchiTeam Awards?

House with its own skin wins architectural award

Retrofit of suburban home wins ArchiTeam sustainability award

2015 ArchiTeam Winners Announced

It’s a small world: 2014 ArchiTeam Awards