RMIT’s New Academic Street wins 2018 Victorian Architecture Medal

RMIT New Academic Street, Photographer - Peter Bennetts

Image above: RMIT New Academic Street, Photographer - Peter Bennetts

Who won the Australian Institute of Architect’s 2018 Victorian Architecture Medal sponsored by OVGA? Congratulations to RMIT New Academic Street designed by Lyons with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects. This exciting project respectfully reconfigures a number of existing buildings along Swanston Street to create a series of connections, internal streets and interconnected spaces that opens up the heart of the campus to the city. The sequence of new interventions celebrates existing built fabric to create a dynamic dialogue between the university and its surrounds, transforming the student experience and enriching our experience of the city’s Swanston Street pedestrian spine. 

We commend the vision and collaborative enterprise of the architects and the ambition and commitment of the client, RMIT University. Design excellence, civic character, architectural etiquette and diversity are in the DNA of the RMIT New Academic Street and these qualities are offered to the greater public realm of the city.

Architecture Design Competitions – A guide for government

Federation Square Melbourne, Photographer: Trevor Mein

Are you considering running a design competition for a project? The OVGA's new publication, Architecture Design Competitions - A guide for government, provides guidance and advice to government organisations on how to enable high-quality design outcomes as a procurement method.

Competitions can generate excellent outcomes for clients and a quality built legacy, but the process must be robust. Architect Sir Norman Foster stated that "Any competition is only as good as the way it is run, as good as the people organising it, writing the brief, selecting the people to judge it and the process for judging it." These guidelines seek to ensure that government is an informed client and that the opportunities afforded by a competition can be realised.

The guide has also been featured in ARCHITECTUREAU, read more here

Image above: Federation Square Melbourne, Photographer - Trevor Mein

Victorian Government Architect presents at Knowledge of Design Week Hong Kong 2018

KODW - Vision for Future Cities, Graphic Capture of Forum, Photographer - Jill Garner

 Image above: KODW - Vision for Future Cities, Graphic Capture of Forum, Photographer - Jill Garner

In June 2018, Hong Kong hosted Knowledge of Design Week, inviting 30 local and international experts from various industries to share their diverse perspectives on the concept of liveability. Design for Liveability was a fascinating, diverse dialogue with a common theme - how design-driven vision can enable people to lead fulfilled lives. 

Jill Garner, our Victorian Government Architect, shared insights on what it is that has made Melbourne special, highlighting the city’s evolution over the last 30 years into a place that has been labelled the world’s most liveable city with a reputation as a premier design destination. Her discussion considered the characteristics that make a great city for living in and contemplated whether successes are achieved through luck or by design. 

For an overview of the Jill’s presentation, read more here.

OVGA is proud to sponsor the Victorian Architecture Medal

OVGA is proud to sponsor the Victorian Architecture Medal – awarded by the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects for the most outstanding project out of the entire field of entries. The award recognises the design of a building of exceptional merit and architectural etiquette that offers its qualities to the greater public realm of a city.

The winner of the 2018 Victorian Architecture Medal will be announced at the AIA’s Victorian Chapter Awards Presentation Dinner this Friday 29th June 2018. The Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner will present the award to the winner of the Medal.  A full list of 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards Winners will be available on the AIA’s website at 11pm on Friday 29th June 2018. Stay tuned!

Refresh of Good Design Publication

Hamer Hall Redevelopment, Photographer - John Gollings

 Image Above: Hamer Hall Redevelopment, Photographer - John Gollings

Have you ever wondered what good design is? The OVGA have refreshed the Good Design publication which aims to raise awareness of quality design, its value and how to achieve it. Good design creates a legacy that ensures Victoria is a place that is vibrant, economically thriving, healthy, sustainable, loved by its citizens, great to live in and visit.

The publication highlights that good design adds significant value. It illustrates the contribution good design makes to our public places, infrastructure and buildings. Seven principles are identified that are key to achieving high quality design outcomes.

You can access the refreshed publication here and the full Good Design series here.

Jill Garner - Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects

Congratulations to the Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner who was recently elevated to a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Read more: VIC Chapter

Melbourne Design Week - Good Design and Heritage

As part of Melbourne Design Week the OVGA is supporting a presentation on Good Design and Heritage. Heritage buildings and places are loved by the general public but as the world and our lives change they sometimes need to be re-imagined. Good design married with existing heritage can result in design effects that have profound impacts on cities and communities. Emma Telford from Open House Melbourne is joined by leading heritage and architectural experts including Stuart MacIntyre, Jill Garner, Philip Goad and Peter Lovell in a one hour panel session for Melbourne Design Week looking at some great examples and principles behind good design and heritage.

Read more: Good Design and Heritage Event

Patrik Schumacher and Jill Garner MPavilion Recording

Zaha Hadid Architects - Patrik Schumacher in conversation with Jill Garner on Saturday 4 November 2017

Read more: MPavilion discussion and recording

Open Space Designs Released - Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

Final designs have been released for the linear public open space that integrates with the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project currently under construction.  The design of the open space by Aspect Studios has been through an extensive consultation process with Councils and the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) chaired by Tim Entwisle the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

COSEP included local representatives, local Councils, Victoria Police, Bicycle Network and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) with Jill Garner, Sophie Patitsas and the Victorian Design Review Panel's Jon Shinkfield and Michael Walker.

When the design vision for this project was first released in early 2016 the OVGA emphasised the importance our continued involvement in the design development and refinement of the entire project to ensure that design excellence and quality was protected.  Community and expert advice provided to the architects and landscape architects through COSEP and through the OVGA has been critical and enriched the design process ensuring the final design is inclusive, relevant to local communities and high quality.

Read more: Architecture AU media coverage 

Good Design and Heritage Publication

An enduring legacy of any government is reflected through its heritage places.  The publication 'Good Design and Heritage' is the seventh in a series that is helping to raise awareness of good design and promote discussion about its benefits and value.  'Good Design and Heritage' has been developed together with Heritage Victoria, the Heritage Council of Victoria and heritage architect Helen Lardner.  As noted by Heritage Council Chair, Stuart Macintyre AO "Victoria's built heritage speaks eloquently of a rich history marked by constant growth and renewal.  As its beneficiaries we seek to maintain and augment this legacy for future generations, and in making our contribution we enhance our appreciation of it".

Read more: Good Design and Heritage Publication

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