About the Awards

The 2021 Woollahra Design Excellence Awards highlight and acknowledge examples of buildings and places that make an excellent contribution to the unique character and heritage of Woollahra.

Local residents and their architects, planners, builders or consultants are encouraged to nominate projects from within the Woollahra Local Government Area completed within the last five years, up to 29 March 2021. Category winners will receive official recognition through the presentation of the Award at a private ceremony in July 2021.

Judges

The judging of the Woollahra Design Excellence Awards is undertaken by a panel of independent, expert judges. The 2021 panel consists of:

CEO, Principal, Design, Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C)

AJ+C’s recent projects led by Michael have won World Architecture Festival future project of the year, World Architecture Festival best masterplan, shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival Housing category for a luxury house in Kiama, World Architecture News best sports building of the year, an IOC silver medal for architecture and AIA NSW best education building.

Michael has been an international judge chairing juries at the World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin and Amsterdam from 2010 to 2019, as well as a judge at the World Architecture News awards in London, AIA International, and NSW Chapter Juror in 2015 and 2017.

He has extensive experience in driving large complex projects in urban regeneration, mixed-use developments, transport related uplift and housing developments, and was the design architect for the Woollahra Council chambers in Double Bay.

AJ+C strive to make every project creative, sustainable and innovative in artistic, conceptual, technical and economic terms.

Director Heritage Asset Advisory for NSW Public Works Advisory

Bruce Pettman is the Director Heritage Asset Advisory for NSW Public Works Advisory. He has managed its team of conservation architects and heritage specialists since 2000. He has 46 years professional experience as an architect/heritage architect and the last 36 have been involved specifically with the design, implementation and management of historic public building conservation projects and programs and advisory services within South Australia and New South Wales governments.

He is a member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Approvals Committee, is a member of and the immediate past Chair of its Technical Advisory Group, a former Chair of its Fire, Access & Services Advisory Panel and was also the Honorary Architect for the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney for 12 years. He is a member of the NSW Community War Memorials Fund Committee.

Bruce’s areas of expertise cover building and urban conservation including the protection, repair, adaptation and adaptive reuse of culturally significant buildings and sites. Bruce is the director overseeing the ‘Minister’s Stonework Program’ which is progressively conserving the state’s 800 historic sandstone public buildings and structures. Since 1993, Bruce has also provided heritage conservation capacity building in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia through the delivery of projects for the World Bank, for UNESCO, for national government cultural agencies, NGO’s and for private sector projects. In 2003 he received a Centenary of Federation Medal for services to the conservation of historic buildings.

Director, PIDCOCK PTY LTD

Caroline Pidcock was born in Grafton and raised in Sydney, and has been shaped by their mighty water systems. She is passionate about architecture, biophilic design and systems thinking, and how she can help co-create an abundant living future. Her authentic interest and experience in sustainable built environments has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a diverse range of professional, academic and community commitments.

In addition to her own practice which is now focusing on strategic advice, other roles Caroline currently enjoys include being Chair of 1 Million Women, member of Renew (previously ATA) Board, Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) Design Review Panel, North Sydney Council Local Planning Panel and Liverpool Design Excellence Panel. She is also a member of Sacred Heart Education Ministry Board.

Michael Heenan

CEO, Principal, Design, Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C)

AJ+C’s recent projects led by Michael have won World Architecture Festival future project of the year, World Architecture Festival best masterplan, shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival Housing category for a luxury house in Kiama, World Architecture News best sports building of the year, an IOC silver medal for architecture and AIA NSW best education building.

Michael has been an international judge chairing juries at the World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin and Amsterdam from 2010 to 2019, as well as a judge at the World Architecture News awards in London, AIA International, and NSW Chapter Juror in 2015 and 2017.

He has extensive experience in driving large complex projects in urban regeneration, mixed-use developments, transport related uplift and housing developments, and was the design architect for the Woollahra Council chambers in Double Bay.

AJ+C strive to make every project creative, sustainable and innovative in artistic, conceptual, technical and economic terms.

Bruce Pettman

Director Heritage Asset Advisory for NSW Public Works Advisory

Bruce Pettman is the Director Heritage Asset Advisory for NSW Public Works Advisory. He has managed its team of conservation architects and heritage specialists since 2000. He has 46 years professional experience as an architect/heritage architect and the last 36 have been involved specifically with the design, implementation and management of historic public building conservation projects and programs and advisory services within South Australia and New South Wales governments.

He is a member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Approvals Committee, is a member of and the immediate past Chair of its Technical Advisory Group, a former Chair of its Fire, Access & Services Advisory Panel and was also the Honorary Architect for the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney for 12 years. He is a member of the NSW Community War Memorials Fund Committee.

Bruce’s areas of expertise cover building and urban conservation including the protection, repair, adaptation and adaptive reuse of culturally significant buildings and sites. Bruce is the director overseeing the ‘Minister’s Stonework Program’ which is progressively conserving the state’s 800 historic sandstone public buildings and structures. Since 1993, Bruce has also provided heritage conservation capacity building in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia through the delivery of projects for the World Bank, for UNESCO, for national government cultural agencies, NGO’s and for private sector projects. In 2003 he received a Centenary of Federation Medal for services to the conservation of historic buildings.

Caroline Pidcock

Director, PIDCOCK PTY LTD

Caroline Pidcock was born in Grafton and raised in Sydney, and has been shaped by their mighty water systems. She is passionate about architecture, biophilic design and systems thinking, and how she can help co-create an abundant living future. Her authentic interest and experience in sustainable built environments has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a diverse range of professional, academic and community commitments.

In addition to her own practice which is now focusing on strategic advice, other roles Caroline currently enjoys include being Chair of 1 Million Women, member of Renew (previously ATA) Board, Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) Design Review Panel, North Sydney Council Local Planning Panel and Liverpool Design Excellence Panel. She is also a member of Sacred Heart Education Ministry Board.

Award Categories

Heritage including heritage items and heritage conservation areas
Design - Alterations and Additions other than multiple housing
Design - New Buildings other than multiple housing
Design - New Buildings - Multiple Housing

Other Awards

Sustainability Award
Mayor’s Award
People’s Choice Award
View the judging criteria

Awards Ceremony

Tim Ross

Winners of the Woollahra Design Excellence Awards 2021 will be announced and celebrated at a private awards ceremony on 21 July 2021.

This year we are pleased to welcome comedian and architecture enthusiast, Tim Ross, as our guest speaker.

"I don't think you can truly celebrate exceptional Australian design enough and I applaud Woollahra Council for their commitment to this cause. It's my absolute pleasure to be taking to the lectern this year and make a small contribution to this endeavour." - Tim Ross

All winners will receive official recognition through the presentation of an award certificate and can select a charity of their choice to receive a $500 donation.

Key Dates 2021

Nominations open
29 March
Nominations close
21 May
People's Choice opens
15 June
People's Choice closes
7 July
Awards Ceremony
21 July