City of Port Phillip's Design & Development Awards 2018 now taking registrations

The City of Port Phillip's biennial Design & Development Awards 2018 are entering their final weeks, with a number of projects already submitted for consideration.

The awards celebrate design excellence within the City of Port Phillip, and council are encouraging projects completed within Port Phillip between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 to enter. Eligible projects should clearly demonstrate how they have contributed to the vibrancy of Port Phillip in the following areas: urban design, architecture, heritage, public space, sustainability, interior architecture and urban art.

A jury of highly esteemed industry representatives and Councillors from within Port Phillip will decide on a shortlist of projects. The winners will be announced at a free public presentation as part of NGV Melbourne Design Week on 20 March 2018, which all shortlisted entrants will be invited to. attend

All details regarding categories, key selection criteria and terms and conditions can be found in the guidelines at

To have both Professor Bates and Ms Penn lead the assessments is real coup and adds further lustre to what’s already a significant event for high achievers in the design industry.

Online nominations are open until 24 November, so don’t waste any time putting your best foot forward in one of the seven categories. These awards always attract a quality field of architects, urban designers, interior designers, artists and many other skilled practitioners vying for recognition within the private and public spheres.

- City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss

2014 Best Sustainable Development: Paul Morgan Architects, South Melbourne Market Roof. Photo: Peter Bennetts

The City of Port Phillip Design & Development Awards 2018 Jury Panel will comprise the following five notable members;

  • Professor Donald Bates - Panel Chair Chair. Donald is the Chair of Architectural Design within the Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, at University of Melbourne. As well, he is a Founder and Director of the international architectural practice, LAB Architecture Studio.
  • Shelley Penn - Panel Member. Shelley is a Melbourne-based architect whose work includes strategic advice to government and the private sector on architecture and urban design at all scales. In addition to her award-winning projects, she has held a number of significant positions including Chair of the National Capital Authority, National President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Cochair of the 2011 ‘Barangaroo Review’, Deputy Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria, Associate Victorian Government Architect, and most recently, Manager of the City Design Studio at the City of Melbourne.
  • Councillor David Brand, Lake Ward - Panel Member.  David is a City of Port Phillip Councillor, representing Lake Ward. He served as St Kilda Ward Councillor for two terms between 1999 and 2005. David is an architect, and has for many years taught architecture and architectural history at Melbourne University. 
  • Councillor Katherine Copsey, Lake Ward - Panel Member. Katherine is a City of Port Phillip Councillor and Deputy Mayor, representing Lake Ward. Katherine is a former planning and environment lawyer with a love for sustainable urban design.
  • Councillor Dick Gross, Canal Ward - Panel Member. Dick is a long term council hack having served a dozen years from 1996 to 2008. He has been a three-time Mayor, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria and a Board member of ALGA and VLGA. He teaches climate change at the University of Melbourne and has written five published books and three performed musicals.

Nominations for the Design & Development Awards close 5pm, 24 November 2017.  


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.