Now in their 15th year, the 2021 Sustainability Awards are perhaps more important than ever. The last 24 months, with widespread humanitarian and natural disasters, has given us a dire look into the future, and has positioned us – as stalwarts of an industry that emits masses of CO2 emissions – as a powerful impetus for change.

This is perhaps why the 2021 Awards have received their highest ever number of entries, with a diversity and range that have yet to be surpassed in the 15 years these awards have run.

As we unveil the shortlist for this year, we celebrate those architects, builders, designers, contractors and (important) clients who are committed to perpetually aiming higher in the world of sustainable built design. It is their innovation and commitment to change that continues to elevate design that is considered in its application and outstanding in its function. We congratulate not only our shortlist, but all our entrants on a fantastic year. 

This year, for the second year running, the Shortlist was chosen via our live (on Zoom) judging day – which was also once again, proudly supported by Alspec, who, along with out events and IT teams, have ensured that the day went off without a hitch.

All up, this bodes very positively for the upcoming Gala Awards night on November 11 and will once again confirm the Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards as the paragon of sustainability awards in Australia’s built environment.

Registrations for the Digital Gala are now open. We invite you to complete your free registration for the evening Awards, or purchase your full day ticket to experience both the Gala and the 2021 Sustainability Summit. 

Featuring keynotes from Abbie Galvin (NSW Government) and Angelique Edmonds (University of South Australia, School for Creating Change) and speakers from the likes of John Wardle Architects, Bates Smart, NMBW, fitzpatrick + partners and many more, the 2021 Summit brings you the latest knowledge around Sustainable design and architecture in an all-new dynamic digital event platform. Earn up to 5 formal CPD points, network with the speakers and go in the draw to win some amazing door prizes. 

Purchase your ticket here.


So, now it’s time to announce the shortlist.

2021 Sustainability Awards shortlist


Adaptive Reuse

Proudly partnered by Havwoods International

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Goodman Headquarters – The Hayesbery. By Intermain with Woods Bagot. Image by Nicole England.


Clifton Hill House

Winter Architecture


Goodman Headquarters – The Hayesbery

Intermain with Woods Bagot


nettletontribe Brisbane studio



Newman Heritage House

Peter and Jan Newman with Gerard McCann



Mirvac with Grimshaw Architects & Carr


Smart Design Studio

Smart Design Studio


Commercial Architecture (Large)

Proudly partnered by Interface

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Dexus 180 Flinders St. By SJB. Image by Derek Swalwell


51 Langridge



Dexus 180 Flinders St




Mirvac with Grimshaw & Carr


Smart Design Studio                    

Smart Design Studio


Commercial Architecture (Small)

Proudly partnered by Autex Acoustics

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Rosby Cellar Door and Gallery. By Cameron Anderson Architect. Image by Amber Hooper.


Buckettys Brewery                    

North by North


CITIZEN Coffee Pavillion

ZWEI Interiors Architecture


Gurriny Yealamucka Health and Wellbeing Centre    

POD (People Oriented Design) with Coburn Architecture


Ona Coffee Melbourne                



Rosby Cellar Door and Gallery            

Cameron Anderson Architects


Sarah & Sebastian                    

Russell & George


Education & Research

Proudly partnered by Alspec 

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Korayn Birralee Family Centre. By Brand Architects. Image by Blue Tree Studios


Ainsworth Building, Macquarie University        



Korayn Birralee Family Centre                

Brand Architects


La Trobe University Sports Park            

Warren and Mahoney with MJMA Toronto


Palmview State Primary and Special School        

FKG Group with MODE Design Corp


Susan Wakil Health Building                

Billard Leece Partnership with Diller Scofidio + Renfro


Emerging Sustainable Architect / Designer

Proudly partnered by Cosentino

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Work by Shannon Battisson (The Mill: Architecture + Design). Image by PJ Lily.





David Coates                        

Sustainable Building & Design 


Mia Radic                        

Talina Edwards Architecture


Shannon Battisson                    

The MILL: Architecture + Design





Green Building Material

Proudly partnered by Big Ass Fans 

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SMaRT Apartment at Pavilions Residences. By Mirvac Design (Green Ceramics by Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW). Image courtesy of Mirvac.


AMPAN Particle Board                        



Compostable Insulation                

Mycoeden & Urban Moments


Contemporary Bamboo Cladded Villa        

House of Bamboo


ECOPact and ECOPact Zero                

Holcim (Australia)



HVG Facades


SMaRT apartment at Pavilions Residences        

Mirvac Design (Green Ceramics by Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW)


Lifetime Achievement Award 

Proudly partnered by BlueScope 

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Treetop House. By Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Image by Michael Nicholson.


Lang Walker                        

Walker Corporation


Nigel Richmond Bell                    

ECOdesign Architects + Consultants


Peter Stutchbury                    

Peter Stutchbury Architecture


Tone Wheeler                        

Environa studio


Multi-residential Dwelling

Proudly partnered by Electrolux 

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La Trobe University North and South Apartments. By Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Stantec & ASPECT Studios. Image by John Gollings.


Breese St by Milieu                    

DKO Architecture & Breathe with Milieu Property


Cremorne Duplex                    

Hebden Architects


Glen Iris Garden Homes                



La Trobe University North and South Apartments    

Jackson Clements Burrows Architects with Stantec & ASPECT Studios


LIV Indigo                        

Mirvac Design & BVN


Miller Social Housing                    

Stanton Dahl for the NSW Land and Housing Corporation


Public Urban & Landscape

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Gosford Leagues Club Park. By Turf Design Studio & Kevin (Uncle Gavi) Duncan. Image by Guy Wilkinson.


Cobar Miners Memorial                

Stephen Pearse Architect


Gosford Leagues Club Park                

Turf Design Studio & Kevin (Uncle Gavi) Duncan


Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre    

Andrew Burges Architects with Grimshaw with the City of Sydney


People Parkers                

Alexander Symes Architect with People Parkers


Waterfall Valley Hut - Overland Track        

Green Design Architects


Single Dwelling (Alteration / Addition)

Proudly partnered by Stormtech 

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Chelmer Flood House. By JDA Co. Image by Scott Burrows.


Chelmer Flood House                



Hamilton Courtyard House            



Light House                    

Alexander Symes Architect 


Little Loft House                

Light House Architecture and Science


Sol House                    

Anderson Architecture


Suburban Sanctuary                

Adapt Architecture


Single Dwelling (New)

Proudly partnered by Wattyl 

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Garden House. By Austin Maynard Architects. Image by Derek Swalwell.


Garden House                    

Austin Maynard Architects


LiveWorkShare House                

Bligh Graham Architects


Off Grid FZ House            

Anderson Architecture


Rainbow House                

Light House Architecture and Science


The Adaptable Living Range            

Breathe with Spacecube


Urban Green Home Build            

Sustainable Building & Design


Smart Building Ideas

Proudly partnered by ASP Access Floors

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Smart Design Studio. By Smart Design Studio. Image by Romello Pereira.


ForestOne Offices                   

ICON Interiors


Legacy Living Lab                    

Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute with Fleetwood Building Solutions



Mirvac, Grimshaw Architects & Carr


Smart Design Studio                    

Smart Design Studio


Urban Green Home Build                

Sustainable Building & Design


Women in Sustainability

Proudly partnered by Siniat 

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Gurriny Yealamucka Health and Wellbeing Centre. By POD & Coburn Architecture. Image by Scott Burrows.


Arianna Brambilla                        

The University of Sydney


Belinda Allwood & Dr Shaneen Fantin            

POD (People Oriented Design)


Bonnie Herring                        



Milica Tumbas                            

Lovell Chen


Sara van der Meer                        



Tatiana Schonhobel                        

Integral Group


Best of the Best

Proudly partnered by Alspec 

(To be chosen on the Gala Awards night)


Lastly, these awards would not be possible without the support of our partners and sponsors, who help make all this possible. The Sustainability Awards would like to thank our partners, strategic partners and trophy partner for their support of the 2021 program. 


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