Awards honour contributions to community through architecture
An inspiring collection of students, emerging architects and professional leaders have been honoured at the 2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards presentation ceremony in Hobart on Thursday 20 March.
The annual awards recognise and reward outstanding contributions in the fields of architecture and the built environment across a range of expertise including leadership, sustainability, education and advancement.
Phil Harris and Adrian Welke (pictured), co-founders of Troppo, have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour, the Gold Medal.
Driven by a desire to produce socially responsible architecture, the pair founded Troppo in Darwin in 1980, and have since grown the practice to include offices in Perth, Adelaide, Townsville and Byron Bay cultivating a portfolio of over 2500 projects ranging from tiny remote buildings to full-scale city design.
‘Troppo’s work pioneers a unique and special Australian approach to architecture: irreverent but sophisticated, inventive with a tinge of larrikin spirit. In 34 years of practice they have evolved an architecture that deals with the heat, the rain, the place and subtleties of climate, while understanding and reviving the lessons of the Top End’s important history and legacy of projects,’ Paul Berkemeier, National President and Jury Chair said.