AIA Life Fellow - Jill Garner and Donald Bates

Life Fellows

Images above: Courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects

Congratulations to the newest Life Fellows of the Australian Institute of Architects - Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect and Professor Donald Bates, Associate Dean and Chair of Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne. They were presented certificates at the annual AIA Life Fellow Past Presidents lunch in November 2018. 

NGV 2018 Architecture Commission Open

Peter Bennetts Doubleground  Image Above: Courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria. Photographer - Peter Bennetts

The National Gallery of Victoria’s 2018 Architecture Commission, designed by MUIR Architecture and landscape architecture studio Openwork creates a dramatic series of chasms for visitors to explore. ‘Doubleground’ is a multi-level installation that responds to the architectural elements the NGV International building designed by Sir Roy Grounds. The design references the triangular patterns of the roof and glass wall of the Great Hall.

The design competition for the annual Architecture Commission attracted 73 entries this year. The jury, chaired by Corbett Lyon (Lyons Architecture), comprised Stefan Preuss (Associate Government Architect), Eugenia Lim (Artist), Isabelle Tolland (Aileen Sage Architects), and Lisa Byrne (McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery). ‘Doubleground’ is open for the public to experience until 22 April. 

Vale Christopher Procter, 1964 - 2018


The OVGA is saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and colleague VDRP panellist Christopher Procter.

Chris was well respected for his work in the architecture and urban design industry nationally and internationally. We will miss Chris’s enthusiasm and passion for design and his invaluable contribution to the work of the OVGA.

Chris is remembered here in Architecture AU by his friend and colleague Bill Tsakalos.

Victorian Premier’s Design Award

International Indigenous Design Charter

Image above: International Indigenous Design Charter.

Are you interested in how you can respectfully integrate Indigenous knowledge through design? The ground breaking International Indigenous Design Charter was the recipient of the 2018 Victorian Premier's Design Award of the Year. The charter establishes protocol for respectful representation of Indigenous culture in design practice and education throughout the world.

 Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, was a member of the jury and chair of the Architectural Design award category.

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Image above: Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture, Photo by Peter Clarke.

Nightingale 1, a sustainable and affordable apartment building, received the architectural design award. Learn more about the design of Nightingale in this short film featuring Jill.

More information about the winners of each category are available here

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New Frankston Station Opened

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 Image above: The new station entry, with light projections at the opening. Photo courtesy of LXRA.

The Frankston Station has been re-opened with bold new buildings and upgraded passenger amenities, as a fitting centrepiece for the revitalisation of central Frankston.

Read more: New Frankston Station Opened

MPavilion 2018 Opens

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Image above: Mpavilion by Carme Pinos, Photographer - John Gollings

The 2018 MPavilion, designed by architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, is now open. The pavilion is the fifth architecture commission initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Fondation, which creates a place in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens for people to meet, learn and engage with ideas and design. From 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019, the pavilion will be the focus of cultural events, including talks, performances, workshops, installations and gatherings. The pavilion fosters conversations with the community about the role of design, architecture and culture in supporting liveable, creative and equitable places. At the end of each season, the pavilion is gifted to Victoria and relocated to a new permanent home. 

Read more about the program or pavilion.

Mernda Rail Extension Open

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 Image above: Mernda Rail Extension Project - Middle Gorge Station, Photo Courtesy of Level Crossing Removal Authority

The Mernda Rail Extension Project (MREP) opened recently with much celebration for the Level Crossing Removal Program, the local community and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. The project consists of eight kilometres of new rail line and three new stations, Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge, with an expected 8000 passengers a day.

Read more about the project here.

Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards 2018

Darebin Yarra_Trail_Link Image above: Darebin Yarra Trail Link by VicRoads, photographer - Emma Cross.

The OVGA congratulates the winning landscape architecture teams recognised in the recent Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Victorian Awards. The awards celebrate design excellence in Landscape Architecture. Several of the award winning projects were presented to the Victorian Design Review Panel, or had involvement from the OVGA. 

Bronwen Hamilton, Manager of the Victorian Design Review Panel was the awards jury chair. Bronwen was excited to see that this year’s entries “demonstrated the maturity of the profession but also investment in high-quality strategic and landscape design-led projects. We are fortunate to recognise an array of projects that enhance public spaces, engage with the community and exemplify enduring design.”

You can find out more about the award winning projects in Landscape Australia and read an interview with Bronwen speaking about her reflections on the 2018 awards here.

Film about Victoria's Government House launched

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 Image above: Victoria’s Government House and the Role of the Governor Film Series

Did you know, Victoria’s Government House, is the largest residential building in Australia? Learn more about the design of this significant heritage building and its legacy in this short film featuring Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner and the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC.

You can find out more about the history and contemporary uses of Government House, and the role of the Governor of Victoria, in the full series of films here

300th Design Review

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Image above: Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, Parks Victoria

Did you know the OVGA has a Victorian Design Review Panel? Recently we celebrated our 300th project review since the program started in 2012. We reviewed the first stage in the implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Masterplan led by Parks Victoria in August. The project encompasses a series of lookouts and a bridge along the Great Ocean Road. This will offer an enhanced visitor experience to this part of Victoria's coastline.

You can find out more about the Victorian Design Review Panel here.

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