In the year of the built environment (YBE), the WA Royal Institute of Architects awards have a special significance in recognising design that reflects the capacity to affect the way that Western Australians live, work, play and interact with their enviro
Designs reflect lifestyle
In the year of the built environment (YBE), the WA Royal Institute of Architects awards have a special significance in recognising design that reflects the capacity to affect the way that Western Australians live, work, play and interact with their environment.
RAIA president Pat Pinder said a record 77 nominations had been received this year, showing a range of design skills and covering categories from commercial to residential, heritage and interior.
“It’s a particular point of pride among WA architects that YBE was a Western Australian initiative, first raised by the then State president, Warren Kerr, who is now the institute’s national president, and then enthusiastically embraced by the WA Government, which has committed substantial resources to the concept,” he said.
The institute’s awards celebrated their 73rd year last Friday, showcasing Western Australia’s finest architecture.
Winners were announced by Housing and Works Minister Nick Griffiths.
Mr Pinder said it was important the awards moved with the times, addressing key social issues, where good design had the potential to make a lifestyle contribution.
“This year, for the first time, we have introduced an award for ‘universal access’, recognising the fact that using and enjoying the built environment is the right of all Western Australians, including people with disabilities,” he said.
Nominated designs included wineries, universities, residences, office buildings, churches, libraries, a pump station, and bars –scattered throughout WA.
All category winners will automatically be nominated for the national competition in Canberra in October.