Thirty seven Australian projects have been shortlisted for the 2015 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards, making Australia the best represented of the 46 countries with finalists in the global architecture awards program.

A total of 388 projects have been organised into 31 categories for the 2015 program with buildings by major international firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, OMA and BIG among those announced.

Australia is best represented in the Higher Education and Research category with eight projects shortlisted, but also has good numbers in the Health and House categories with five projects announced in each.

BVN, Denton Corker Marshall, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, MHN Union, Allen Jack + Cottier Architects, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and the COX group of architects all have more than one project shortlisted, or have been listed in multiple categories.

The Australian firms shortlisted includes:

Denton Corker Marshall, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, COX Architects, Hames Sharley, Conrad Gargett, Lyons, FMD Architects, Woods Bagot, JCY Architects & Urban Designers, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, John Wardle Architects, BVN, Allen Jack + Cottier Architects, Misho + Associates, Andrew Maynard Architects, Shane Thompson Architects, Architects Corner, MHN Design Union, Lippmann Partnership, McBride Charles Ryan, NH Architecture, JCY Architects & Urban Designers, Nettleton Tribe, BKA Architecture, Greenbox Architecture and Fiona Winzar Architects.

These firms will now await the announcement of the awards at the World Architecture Festival in November in Singapore which will also run concurrently with the 2015 INSIDE Festival of Interiors Awards.

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Full list of Australian projects by Project Name, Location, Architect and Category name


  • Perth Zoo Orang-utan Exhibit- Jungle School, Perth, Australia, by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects—Display category
  • The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre, Brisbane, Australia, by Cox Rayner Architects—Health category






  • Davenport/Wilson House, Brisbane, Australia, by Shane Thompson Architects—House category
  • Project Zero, Alderely, Queensland, Australia, by BVN—House category
  • Warragul House, Warragul, Victoria, Australia, by Architects Corner P/L—House category
  • Viking by Crown, Sydney, Australia, by MHN Design Union—Housing category



  • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar Middle Girls School, Melbourne, Australia, by McBride Charles Ryan—Schools category


  • Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Adelaide, Australia, by COX—Sport category
  • Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Australia, by NH Architecture—Sport category
  • Cairns Cultural Centre, Cairns, Australia, by Cox Rayner Architects—Future Projects category
  • Quay Quarter, Sydney, Australia, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp—Future Projects category
  • Cairns Cultural Centre, Cairns, Australia, by Cox Rayner Architects—Future Projects category
  • Baldivis Secondary College, Baldivis, Australia, by JCY Architects & Urban Designers—Future Projects category
  • Griffith University Gold Coast Campus Master Plan, Gold Coast, Australia, by Cox Rayner Architects—Future Projects category
  • University of Queensland Student Accommodation, Brisbane, Australia, by Nettleton Tribe—Future Projects category
  • Mixed Development Alexandria, Sydney, Australia, by BKA Architecture—Future Projects category
  • Surgeons Rooms, Melbourne, Australia, by FMD Architects—Small Projects category
  • NextDC Data Centre S1, Sydney, Australia, by Greenbox Architecture—Production Energy and Recycling category


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