The 50 winners across the six major categories for the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards have been announced, including a host of stunning architecture.

The MDAs are open across six major categories – Space, Visual, Object, Fashion, Experience and Marketplace and feature a wide range of sub-categories covering excellence across fields including products and furnishings, architecture, interiors, landscape design, advertising graphic design, fashion, photography and digital media. 

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan won Architecture - Residential  - Constructed.

'Living Places' Suburban Revival by BENT Architecture also won in Residential  - Constructed.

Jackson Clements Burrows Architects with Keast Park Commnity Pavillion in Architecture - Mixed - Use – Constructed.

Sustainable Company Headquarters Birkenstock Australia by Melbourne Design Studios won in Architecture - Commercial - Proposed.


The awards were announced by Mark Bergin, Creative Director, design100 on Wednesday 19 September at the Business and Investment Centre, Melbourne.

A record number of 225 shortlisted entries were drawn from 550 entries that were received for this year’s Award.

The winners are judged by industry and the general public - the market place. Over 4500 online industry votes along with close to 4000 market place votes were received.

“The awards finalists and winners represent the best of the best in their specialty, the design marketplace is a broad landscape and it’s a pleasure to be able to recognize a wealth of talent’, says Bergin.

‘We’ve been overwhelmed with the input from the industry, with over 4000 votes and a 50 strong judging panel. The awards have captured a wide survey of industry opinion. Beyond that we’ve had over 100 per cent increase in marketplace input, with voting, sharing and entries from the marketplace.

The vision behind the awards has been to grow the conversation around design, champion and celebrate both those that commission design and also create design, our 2012 mission has been a great success. And 2013 is already in planning’.

Now in its 3rd year the MDAs and are open to emerging and professional designers and to those who commission design. 

A full list of winners is available at

The Melbourne Design Awards were announced in conjunction with the Premier’s Design Awards, which recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably to deliver business impact.