Press Release: Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards: Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design

Press Release: Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards: Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design

3.11.08

A consortium of three architectural practices from New South Wales, Rice Daubney, Allen Jack+Cottier and Group GSA (in association with Civitas Urban Design and Planning), have won one of the country’s highest architectural accolades, the National Australian Institute of Architects Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design, for its work on The GPT Group’s recently launched Rouse Hill Town Centre.

The annual AIA Architecture Awards, which were held this year in Adelaide’s famous St Peter’s Cathedral, honour excellence in all areas of architecture and are the profession’s most prestigious awards. The National Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design is awarded annually from the pool of state winners announced earlier in the year.

The Award’s jury noted: “Rouse Hill breaks away from the ‘big box’ model of internal retail centres and creates a network of open and semi-open streets, lanes, squares and public spaces more closely aligned with the values of the traditional small town.

“The consortium of architects, planners and developers has worked hard to create a relaxed environment of human scale, pedestrian amenity and material quality on a large greenfield site.”

For the full jury citations, please visit the AIA website.