OVGA Intern Experience

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Image above: Bendigo Hospital Site Visit. Photo by Sophie Patitsas

A site visit to Bendigo Hospital was one of many highlights for summer intern, Yiling Shen, who has just completed a 3 month placement with the OVGA. In her time with the OVGA, Yiling assisted across a range of projects, from writing and research for advocacy publications to helping with the Victorian Design Review Panel. Her favourite parts of working at the OVGA have been site visits to RMIT New Academic Street and the Caulfield to Dandenong rail project in order to write a series of case studies for the office. Yiling also undertook research on the benefits of good design in healthcare. “This experience has really made me realise how important good design is for our communities and how difficult it is to achieve,” says Yiling. "I'm grateful to everyone at the OVGA for making my time so enjoyable."

Tanderrum Bridge recognised by American Institute of Architects

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Image above: Tanderrum Bridge. Photo by Kristoffer Paulsen

Tanderrum Bridge, with its treetop pedestrian experience connecting Birrarung Marr to Melbourne & Olympic Park, has been honoured with an award in urban design from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

The bridge was part of the Victorian Government’s $338M Stage 2 redevelopment of M&OP and the successful outcome of a design competition judged by the OVGA’s M&OP Design Quality Team, who continue to provide design advice to Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust on further stages of the precinct vision.

Congratulations to John Wardle Architects, NADAAA and Oculus for international recognition of their fine contribution to Melbourne’s urban realm.

MRelay – The Future is Gender-Neutral Design

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Image above: Courtesy of State Library Victoria

Gender affects our perceptions and experiences of the way cities are designed. Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, will be participating in the MRelay, The Future is Gender-Neutral Design. MRelay is an intellectual team sport, where instead of batons, ideas are passed between leading thinkers, philosophers, architects, activists and provocateurs in a fast-paced but marathon conversation. The speakers will discuss how gender has affected the design of places and whether there is potential for a gender-neutral approach to the design of our cities.

Join Jill and her other MRelay team members from 11:00am-1:30pm on Saturday 2 February 2019 at MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.        

Ballarat GovHub appoints construction team


Image above: Courtesy of Development Victoria

Did you know that Ballarat GovHub will be the third largest commercial timber structure in Australia? Kane Nicholson Joint Venture were recently appointed to deliver the project designed by John Wardle Architects. Development Victoria is leading the development of the new government office precinct on the Civic Hall site located in Ballarat’s CBD, in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Ballarat City Council.

Ballarat GovHub will accommodate 1000 government employees, and will help to revitalise Ballarat’s CBD. The Office of the Victorian Government Architect appointed a Design Quality Team to provide design advice to Development Victoria throughout the project.

NGV 2019 Architecture Commission Competition Opens

NGV Photographer_Susan_Galbraith Image above: 2018 NGV Architecture Commission - Doubleground by Muir and Openwork. Photo by Susan Galbraith

The National Gallery of Victoria recently launched the design competition for the 2019 Architecture Commission which is part of the State Government’s annual Victorian Design Program. The Commission invites proposals from architect-led design teams to activate the Grollo Equiset Garden with a temporary structure or installation. The jury, which will be chaired by Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, includes Corbett Lyon (Lyons Architecture), Clare Cousins (Clare Cousins Architects and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects), Andrew Clark (Deputy Director of NGV) and Timothy Moore (Sibling Architecture). Registrations for the competition close on 21 January 2019, with the winner announced on 23 March during Melbourne Design Week. 

Celebrating 2018

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2018 has been an exciting year for design in Victoria, as reflected by the Australian Institute of Architect’s national awards. 15 Victorian projects won awards this year, highlighting the high calibre of architecture and urban design across public and private projects throughout the state. The OVGA commends the design teams and clients that worked on these projects. We look forward to a promising year ahead for design excellence.

The Victorian Architecture Awards for 2019 are now open, with entries closing Wednesday 13 February 2019. 

Read more: Celebrating 2018

AIA Life Fellow - Jill Garner and Donald Bates

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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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