UNSW buildings win at the AIA 2016 NSW Architecure Awards

Posted 27 July 2016

UNSW buildings take out a double win at the Australian Institute of Architects' 2016 NSW Architecture Awards. 

The winners of the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards were announced on Friday 1 July.

The buildings on campus that received an award in the category of ‘Educational Architecture’ were: School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering by Bates Smart and the Materials Science and Engineering Building by Grimshaw.

A total of 79 projects from a pool of more than 170 entries were shortlisted, and selected by a team of 19 jurors through a process of presentations and site visits. Quality economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes were the key themes present among the projects shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards. NSW Chapter President of the AIA, Shaun Carter says: “The projects highlighted in this year’s shortlist demonstrate excellence across all four of these key characteristics and embody the true meaning of value in an architectural project.”

The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering precinct entered a new era with the completion of the cornerstone Ainsworth Building and Willis Annexe connected by an awning over Willis Lane. In recognising this precinct for the award the jury cited: “This is a project of small, complex and rich gestures. Its careful retention and reconsideration of existing buildings draws reference from the University’s modest beginnings, and in doing so demonstrates a refreshing confidence of purpose.”

The Materials Science and Engineering Building provides new infrastructure for the University to build on its position as an Australian leader in materials science engineering and research and related physical sciences. The jury cited: “The success of this project comes from its instrumentality at two scales. As a piece of urban machinery in the functioning of the campus master plan and as part of the consolidation of the new science precinct…”.

The winning of these awards is testament to the ambitious and transformational campus development program underway by Facilities Management to create a world-leading campus for the 21st century.

View the full list of 2016 award winners.

For more information on these UNSW projects, please refer to Campus Development.