Entries are now open for the 2024 edition of the annual Australian Urban Design Awards, a program established in 1996 to celebrate exceptional homegrown urban design projects.
The Australian Urban Design Awards were created in 1996 by then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Urban Design Taskforce.
The program was established to recognise contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality and to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country to strive for best practice in all projects.
For over 25 years the program has communicated the critical role of good urban design in the shaping of the nation and the collaborative relationships that underpin the successful development of the built environment. The Australian Urban Design Awards are co-convened by the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, with the support of five peak organisations servicing the sector.
Make a difference
The intent and scope of the Australian Urban Design Awards is wide-ranging and attracts entries for initiatives, built projects and publications that will make a significant difference to the places, spaces, buildings and infrastructure of Australian cities and towns.
There are four awards categories, including:
* Built Projects – City and Regional Scale, recognising completed built projects at a town, suburb, city or region scale;
* Built Projects – Local and Neighbourhood Scale, acknowledging completed built projects at a site, local or neighbourhood echelon;
* Leadership, Advocacy and Research – City and Regional Scale, celebrating proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a national, state, territory, regional or city scale; and
* Leadership, Advocacy and Research – Local and Neighbourhood Scale, applauding proposed projects and concepts that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a site, local or neighbourhood level.
Cox Architecture, Six Degrees Architects, Architectus, Oculus Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Aspect Studios, and SBLA Studio were among the winners of the most recent awards, last presented in 2022.
The Australian Urban Design Awards are co-convened by the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Entries will be accepted until Friday 2 February 2024. Submissions can be made via the Urban Design Awards website. Awards and commendations will be revealed at a presentation at Canberra’s Parliament House on 18 March 2024.
Learn more at urbandesignawards.com.au.