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ArchiTeam announces details for virtual 2020 awards

ArchiTeam announces details for virtual 2020 awards


ArchiTeam announces the newly shaped, completely virtual 2020 ArchiTeam Awards, including a new Passive House category for which all entrants can design the trophy. 

For 28 years ArchiTeam Cooperative has played a unique and important role for small practice architects. With over 780 members ArchiTeam is democratically run by members, for members with a mission to empower and support small practice architects to thrive. 

The 2020 ArchiTeam Awards, in their thirteenth year, will be redesigned to be completely virtual. The finalists of each category will have their award entry displayed in a 3D gallery space. 

Attendees will be able to navigate through the space which will be designed by a selection of ArchiTeam members. Attendees will be able to click through the finalists entries and before the winners are announced. The gallery space will be free to visit and will be accessible to anyone to experience and view all entries.

This year ArchiTeam announces a new Partnership with Passive House Association Australia. Entrants are invited to design a trophy for the Passive House category. The trophy does not need to be produced. Winners of this category will be awarded with a Passive House Scholarship .

The Awards are open to ArchiTeam members, and all Australian Architects are encouraged to join ArchiTeam and reap the benefits of their membership.

The People’s Choice Awards will be judged by the people from Tuesday 22 September.


Entries opened Monday 20 July
Entries are open until Monday 14 September
People’s Choice Awards opens Tuesday 22 September.
Judging occurring Friday 2 October
Finalists announced Wednesday 21 October 
Winners announced & Virtual Exhibition launched Wednesday 11 November



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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


This Award is to recognise contribution and/or 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, or 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.

Note: ArchiTeam member to nominate and prepare the application for any non-member group.


Brickworks Materiality Award (Sponsored by Brickworks)

The Brickworks Materiality Award is open to all entries of the ArchiTeam Awards whereby the entry has used Brickworks products which showcase excellence in design, innovation and sustainability. This award will be judged by the ArchiTeam Awards Judges and a representative from Brickworks.

Passive House Scholarship (NEW) (Sponsored by Australian Passive House Association)

The Passive House Scholarship will be awarded to the ArchiTeam member who designs the 2020 ArchiTeam Passive House Scholarship trophy. The trophy can be anything you think it should be – images or video of drawings, models, 3D printed objects, photos, haiku or another creative medium.

The entries will be judged by a representative of the Australian Passive House Association and the Awards Jury Chair.



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.

At last year’s ArchiTeam awards, Melbourne-based architecture studio Lovell Burton was awarded the ArchiTeam Medal for its galvanised sheet metal-clad Springhill House project in the Macedon Ranges.

Click here to submit your project for the 2020 ArchiTeam Awards before entries close Monday 14 September.


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