The shortlist for the 2018 Sustainability Awards has been announced, and from what was a robust initial field of nearly 200 initial entries, we now have 35 highly admirable and eminently worthy shortlisted finalists ready for our Gala Night on October 11, at The Star in Sydney.

In category terms, this year there were a few things that we added that in some ways had a significant effect on the outcome of the final mix of the shortlist.

The-General.jpgThe General by C. Kairouz Architects. Photo: Peter Clarke.

For example, we added a handful of new categories this year - Green Building and Smart Building, both of which garnered a healthy volume of entries.

Wallan-vetinary-hospital.jpgWallan veterinary hospital by Crosshatch. Photo: Jaime Díaz-Berrio.

The former also found a very receptive audience across the whole spectrum of the built environment and as such, became one of our biggest categories in terms of entries submitted.

Macquniincubator-1.jpgMacquarie uni incubator by Architectus. Photo: Brett Boardman.

Then there was another ‘new’ category, this time in the form of healthcare. The entries for this category were , compared to last year, perhaps the most elusive, yet, we still managed to get a number of high-quality projects.

Barwon-Water-1.jpgBarwon Water HQ by GHD. Photo: Trevor Mein. 

However some things remained the same as last year. For example, there was a comparatively large number of residential entries, which once again I’ll contend underlines a push for sustainable design coming from the public.

In 2018, we also decided to launch our Emerging Architect of the Year – a category that in many ways encapsulated the very best the industry has to offer - a fact patently evident in our three shortlisted finalists.

Vasey-House.jpgVasey House by Lighthouse Architecture. Photo by Ben Wrigley.

For this year’s Sustainability Awards, we took the advice of last years’ judging panel to heart and as such, we were far more discriminating in our approach to who can and cannot enter – in effect, we ensured that while the shortlisted quantity went down, the overall quality of finalists went very much up.

Foreshore-amenites-1.jpgForeshore activities by Zen Architects. Photo: Jack Lovel.

Insofar as the entire Awards’ program was concerned, this year, when it came to our esteemed judging panel, we were not only blessed with a bounty of talent, but also had at our disposal a veritable platoon of high-calibre industry stars from all over the country.

This judging panel consisted of Jeremy Spencer, Caroline Pidcock, Rory Martin, Kerryn Wilmot, Robin Mellon, Jeremy Mansfield, Suzanne Toumbourou, Steffen Welsch, Kate Harris, Tim Horton, Mike Faine, and head judge Dick Clarke, all of who managed to complete the judging of the 2018 Sustainability Awards in a timely and efficient manner – for which I am very grateful.

Finally, a huge thank you also needs to go out to the 2018 Sustainability Awards sponsors - Tarkett, Arcpanel, Gerard Lighting, Woven Image, Hyne Timber, Stormtech, Forest and Wood Products, Elton Group, HP, Premier Hydropavers, CSR Viridian, Innowood, Kingspan Environmental EBSA and, of course, our overall event sponsor Zip.


Jean Graham, director of Winter Architecture.

And as a last word from the whole team here at Infolink and Architecture & Design, we’d like to wish all the finalists the very best of luck on the night and may the very best entry win.

The Shortlist for 2018 Sustainability Awards


2018 Shortlist

2017 Winner

Smart Building

  • 8 Chifley Square
  • Smart Home

New category.

Single Dwelling, New

  • Drumkerin
  • Jenny’s House
  • The Shed

Downsize Up(Grade) House

Single Dwelling, Addition/Alteration

  • Passive Butterfly
  • L-House
  • Vasey House

Cheese House

Public & Urban Design

  • Krakani Lumi
  • Foreshore Amenities

Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Multiple Dwelling

  • The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide
  • Clyde Mews
  • The General

Gen Y Housing


  • Phoenix Rooftop
  • Bendigo Garden for the Future
  • The Burcham

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wetland

Interior Architecture

  • The Burcham
  • Italianate House

Henry Street House


  • e-Board
  • The Footprint Calculator
  • The Greenbook

La Trobe University Integrated Stormwater Management Project


  • Wallan Veterinary Hospital
  • Melrose Health

New category.

Green Building of the Year

  • The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide
  • The Beehive
  • The Burcham

New category.

Education & Research

  • Macquarie University Incubator
  • Synergy, CSIRO
  • Sustainable House

Charles Sturt University School of Engineering


  • One Malop Street
  • The Beehive
  • Barwon Water HQ

EY Centre, 200 George Street

Emerging Architect of the Year

  • Jean Graham, Director of Winter Architecture
  • Mathew Hinds, Architect/Director of Taylor and Hinds Architects
  • Sarah Lebner

New category.


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