AJ+C shortlisted for three awards at World Architecture Festival
media release 1.11.18

AJ+C shortlisted for three awards at World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF)* has announced that Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has been shortlisted in three award categories this year. The WAF will be held in Amsterdam from 28 – 30 November 2018 featuring over 530 competing projects from 57 countries.

The AJ+C category finalists are:

Urbanest Darling Square, Haymarket – Large Scale Housing (Completed Buildings)

The design for Urbanest Darling Square in Haymarket brings a contemporary context to an historic warehouse area, forming a transition between the old and new parts of the city. The building provides student accommodation.

Urbanest Darling Square, Haymarket – Innovative Use of Colour (the theme of the 2018 WAF awards)

The western façade colours of this building were inspired by the original warehouse brickwork of historic Ultimo with the eastern façade relating to the CBD evoking the shimmering effect of Sydney harbour.

Kiama House, – Villa (Completed Buildings)

Designed as the main residence on a 20-hectare horse stud farm, the project comprises a series of pavilions located in the coastal landscape of the Illawarra. Sited high on a North East facing hillside, the house takes advantage of solar access, cross ventilation and the extensive panoramic views.

For the tenth year running AJ+C director Michael Heenan has been appointed to the WAF judging panel and accompanying him to the event will be the largest AJ+C delegation to ever attend these prestigious awards.

“At the heart of the culture at AJ+C is our belief in the importance of building a cohesive and inclusive team, from our junior designers through to senior architects,” said Heenan.

In 2017 AJ+C’s Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme won both the WAF Future Project Master-planning award and the World Future Project of the Year.

For more information on the WAF Awards visit worldarchitecturefestival.com

* The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists plus global networking and an international product exhibition.

For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact:

Dimity Pinto Dimity@fredcommunications.com.au 0412 164 333

Promotions at AJ+C
media release 10.07.18

Promotions at AJ+C

AJ+C is pleased to announce the promotion of 11 of our talented people, including seven new Associates and Senior Associates. These promotions are a recognition of the high performance of these individuals and promote our active commitment to achieving greater diversity within our senior leadership roles. Four of our seven new Associates are women.

We are committed to developing and recognising great talent within AJ+C, and building the pipeline of future leaders. We thank all our promoted staff for their outstanding performance, design excellence and contributions to the business.

We look forward to their continued involvement in the future of our practice and the profession.

Michael Heenan + Peter Ireland

AJ+C’s Sports Hall wins World Architecture News Award
media release 1.03.18

AJ+C’s Sports Hall wins World Architecture News Award

Allen Jack+Cottier has beaten an international field of contenders to win the Sport in Architecture Award at the 2018 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards in London on the 28th of February.

AJ+C’s winning project, the Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields at Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga beat five other finalists vying for the prestigious award. Already a multi-award winner*, the project comprises a new multi-purpose sports hall, elevated sports field, fitness room, large flexible teaching/dance studio spaces, tiered spectator seating, amenities, viewing areas, and two large undercover car parks. Its location adjacent to the existing aquatic centre and sports oval consolidates the sporting precinct of the School.

Principal architect and CEO of AJ+C Michael Heenan attended the award presentation in London accompanied by the building’s namesake Abbotsleigh retired headmistress Judith Poole. “To see our sensitive building that sits lightly in its native Australian environment up against internationally acclaimed buildings such as the mega San Mames Stadium in Bilbao was incredible, so it was almost overwhelming when it was announced as the winner,” said Heenan.

Heenan accepted the award on behalf of the AJ+C team who started working on the building in 2012 following a three year master planning phase. The building was completed in 2015. During the shortlisting process the judging panel commented: “Its scale is appropriate within the context. It’s got large volumed spaces that have been particularly well handled” – Tom Jones, Senior Principal, Populous “It’s well placed in the landscape and so well considered” – Rasti Bartek, Partner, Cundall The other finalists included the Golden 1 Centre in Sacramento USA by AECOM, City Football Academy in Manchester UK by Rafael Vinoly Architects and the Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France by Populous. See full list of nominees

For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact: Dimity PintoDimity@fredcommunications.com.au0412 164 333

For an interview opportunity with Abbotsleigh’s current Headmistress Mrs Megan Krimmer, please contact: Alex Norton – 02 9473 7746.


Allen Jack+Cottier is a leading Australian firm offering creativity, sustainability and innovation. Since 1952 the firm has delivered award-winning residential, educational and commercial buildings.

*Previous awards for Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields

2017 · Ku-Ring-Gai Council People’s Choice Awards – Contemporary Design Commendation

2016 · Australian Institute of Architecture William E Kemp Award – Best Education Building in NSW · Australian Institute of Architecture Award Commendation for Sustainability · Timber Design Award for Timber Flooring · Learning Environments for New Construction Major Facility · ACSE Medium Projects Commendation Award

2015 · MBA of NSW Excellence in Construction Award – Best use of Structural Steel · MBA of NSW Excellence in Construction Award – Sporting Facilities

Builder: Prime Constructions Pty Ltd

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