Built Environment Awards

Saturday 4 May 2019
Kirkbride Theatre and Foyer, Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road, Rozelle

Submissions now open

Submissions are now open for the 2019 Marrickville Medal for Conservation, the 2019 Sustainable Building Awards, and the 2019 Urban Photography Competition.

The theme for 2019 is Reclaim and Restore.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 3 March 2019. Late applications and those which do not meet the entry criteria (including completion of entry form and submission of images) cannot be accepted.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 3 March 2019. Late applications and those which do not meet the entry criteria (including completion of entry form and submission of image) cannot be accepted.

About the Built Environment Awards

The Built Environment Awards are three separate programs that contribute to and celebrate our understanding of the inner west's built heritage and sustainable practices and includes the Marrickville Medal for Conservation, Sustainable Building Awards and Urban Photography Competition.

The Marrickville Medal for Conservation has been awarded annually since 1995 and was one of the first of its kind in New South Wales. It celebrates built conservation works that contribute to the understanding and preservation of the Inner West’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.The Built Environment Awards are three separate programs that contribute to and celebrate our understanding of the inner west's built heritage and sustainable practices and includes the Marrickville Medal for Conservation, Sustainable Building Awards and Urban Photography Competition.

The Sustainable Building Award recognises the contribution sustainable architecture and building works make to our community while the Urban Photography Competition encourages residents to engage with the Inner West Council urban landscape.

The 2018 Built Environment Awards will be presented on Saturday 4 May 2018 at the Kirkbride Theatre, Sydney College of the Arts.

2018 winners and finalists

Marrickville Medal for Conservation

The Marrickville Medal for Conservation has been awarded annually since 1995 and was one of the first of its kind in New South Wales.

It celebrates built conservation works that contribute to the understanding and preservation of the Inner West’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.

The award coincides with the state-wide National Trust Heritage Festival held in April–May every year.

Eligibility and judging

The award is open to all building works, completed in the past three years, having positive conservation outcomes. Conservation includes any of the following approaches:

  • Preservation
  • Restoration
  • Reconstruction
  • Adaptation
  • Interpretation

Works can be large or small, private or public, but the judges will be looking for thoughtful and innovative outcomes.

The three-person judging panel comprises: an owner/designer of the winning property from the previous year, a member of the Marrickville Heritage Society, and a conservation architect.

The theme for 2018 was Recognition and Repurpose.

Inner West Urban Photography Competition

The Inner West Urban Photography Competition is open to people of all ages and abilities, and encourages people to engage with the Inner West Council urban landscape.

Eligibility and judging

Inner West Urban Photography Competition images must in some way feature, reference or comment on the older attributes of our built environment (pre-1960) within the Inner West Council local government area.

The municipality is full of uniquely interesting places, spaces, and details which may evoke strong emotive responses.

The competition specifically seeks a contemporary perspective on the layers of urban fabric around us.

The judging panel may include two or more of the following judges: a photographic teacher or curator, Council's Cultural or Heritage Advisor, a member of the local heritage societies, a commercial photographer or head of photography, and/or an LRAC member.

The theme for 2018 was Recognition and Repurpose.

Inner West Sustainable Building Award

The Marrickville Sustainable Building Award was held for the first time in 2016.

The Award recognises the contribution sustainable architecture and building works make to our community.

Eligibility and judging

In 2018, submissions were open to building projects completed within the Inner West Council local government area in the last five years with positive sustainability outcomes.

These could include:

  • ecosystem benefits;
  • reduced carbon emissions;
  • improved air and water quality;
  • resource conservation; and
  • reduced pollution or waste.

The judging panel comprised experts in sustainable building design and architecture.

The theme for 2018 was Recognition and Repurpose.

The Built Environment Awards are part of the National Trust’s 2018 Australian Heritage Festival which runs throughout April and May.

Additional information about the Heritage Festival can be found at the National Trust website.

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