Lysaght completed 100 years of Australian manufacturing earlier this year. To celebrate this significant milestone, the company has expanded the Lysaght Inspirations Design Awards to include an exciting new category for 2021.

The new category is in recognition of the CUSTOM ORB corrugated profile – a flagship product and also the first that Lysaght manufactured in Australia.

Now in their fourth year, the popular Lysaght Inspirations Design Awards (LIDA) is set to push the total prize pool to new heights after the addition of the CUSTOM ORB category, with cash prizes of $55,000 to be won.

The Awards are open to Australia-based architects and design professionals, and also include a category to recognise the work of the country’s many talented architectural and design students.

First held in 2018 to showcase innovative projects that incorporated LYSAGHT steel building products, LIDA continues to draw interest from industry professionals with the 2021 edition expected to again attract dozens of high quality submissions.

Lysaght national sales, marketing and innovation manager Matt Lloyde said that the 2021 Awards would be particularly special, given that the company was celebrating 100 years of Australian manufacturing.

“It’s always exciting to begin receiving submissions for LIDA, and to see the new ways and combinations in which architects and building designers have used LYSAGHT steel building products to fill their briefs,” Lloyde said.

“The quality of entrants never disappoints and I know that this trend will continue in 2021. Also, to commemorate Lysaght’s 100-year anniversary as a local manufacturer, we’re delighted to introduce the CUSTOM ORB category and cannot wait to see how this profile is showcased.”

In deciding the category winners, Award nominations will be evaluated by a panel of Lysaght technical and product design experts.

2021 competition categories

Celebrating CUSTOM ORB: Acknowledges the use of CUSTOM ORB corrugated profile.

Commercial and Industrial Design: Celebrating design in public, sporting, institutional, educational, retail and office buildings.

Residential Design: Recognising design in new houses, multi-residential buildings, alterations, additions, heritage, restoration and aged care dwellings.

Regional Projects: Acknowledging building design in regional Australia.

Student Design: Open to all architectural and design students currently enrolled at Australian universities, as well as recent graduates.


The 2021 Awards attract a $10,000 cash prize for each of the four open awards categories. The overall 2021 LIDA accolade will be awarded to the category winner judged as showcasing the finest example of design featuring LYSAGHT steel building products, and will be presented an additional $10,000 cash and complimentary annual membership to the Australian Institute of Architects.

The student category winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. All winning projects will also feature in the 2022 edition of Lysaght’s annual ‘Design Inspiration’ publication and will be promoted through Lysaght’s social and other media communications.

The entry period for the Awards spans from 2 August 2021 until 15 October 2021. The competition is open to projects completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2021 and clearly displaying a significant proportion of LYSAGHT steel building products.

Entries can only be submitted on the dedicated Awards website:

Image credits:

Winner – Residential Category - 2020 Lysaght Inspirations Design Awards

Project Name: Blue Wren

Architect: Stuart Ponsford – Get Smart Constructions

Builder: Andrew Ponsford – Get Smart Constructions

Products featured:


Winner – Overall Winner - 2020 Lysaght Inspirations Design Awards

Project Name: Goodna State School

Architect: arkLAB Architecture

Builder: Kane Constructions

Products featured:

LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305 cladding in COLORBOND steel Surfmist

LYSAGHT WEATHERLINE cladding in COLORBOND steel Surfmist

LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB corrugated cladding in COLORBOND steel Monument