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City of Gold Coast is committed to combining quality urban design with measures to protect and enhance our magnificent natural environment.

Urban Design Awards

2017 Urban Design Awards

The Gold Coast Urban Design Awards 2017 are now open and we’re calling for entries.

The Gold Coast Urban Design Awards is a biennial event celebrating the best of our built environment. Since its inception in 1998, this awards scheme, that celebrates excellence in urban design throughout the Gold Coast, has grown in prominence to where today it has become a prestigious platform of recognition for design, liveability and sustainability.

The built environment of the Gold Coast is rapidly changing and growing as our population increases. As our cityscape and skyline evolve to accommodate population increase and changing demographics, Council is committed to upholding quality design principles in conjunction with our goal of protecting and enhancing our magnificent natural environment.

Established in 1998, the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards have become our city's most prestigious platform for recognition of design, liveability and sustainability.

When places are designed well, they provide measurable social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits. Good urban design offers:

  • significant benefits to the community in terms of health, wellbeing, productivity, efficiency and creativity
  • long-term cost savings and returns in the management of and flexibility of city-wide spaces and property
  • sustainable solutions in problem solving and decision making which reduce the physical impact on our environmental resources through a reduction in pollution and waste
  • encouraging innovation in design and influencing policy makers, businesses, industry and the community to make smart decisions that will support growth in the city and attract new businesses
  • city-wide brand recognition that aids local and external investment confidence.

As a community, we should all show a commitment to the future development of our city and promote excellence in design so that we can encourage social, economic and cultural prosperity in our region.

All commercial, public and community projects, from schools and streetscapes to high rise buildings are eligible. Previous winners include Gold Coast Light Rail, Capri on Via Roma, and Chinatown.

The entries will be judged by an eminent selection panel from the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and construction, and will be headed by renowned architect, Ms Caroline Stalker, Design Director Australasia, Arup and member of the Queensland Chapter Australian Institute of Architects.

Entries close on 29 September 2017. This year’s awards ceremony will coincide with the 10th International Urban Design Conference titled Disruption, Divergence and Designed Intervention – Making Change Happen. The conference will be held on 13 to 15 November 2017 at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The conference is expected to attract overseas delegates, as well as those from across Australia. The awards will feature on the first evening of the conference on Monday 13 November 2017.

We encourage design professionals and developers to enter the awards for built and unbuilt projects, which celebrate the best of the city’s built environment and recognise design excellence in public and private projects. For more information and to download the entry form see the below Gold Coast Urban Design Awards – Entry information and guidelines.

Projects are assessed by an experienced team of judges with respected urban design expertise in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, urban design and construction. See below for the jury panel profiles. 

Caroline Stalker

Design Director (urban) Australasian, Arup and representing Australian Institute of Architects
Adjunct Professor at the School of Design Creative Industries, QUT

Caroline is a highly skilled designer, communicator and leader of teams for complex architectural and urban design projects, with a career spanning over 29 years and a range of project types, including new communities and town centres, urban regeneration, transport infrastructure, universities, public spaces, public buildings, mixed use, multi-residential buildings and care buildings. Her work has received both architectural and planning institute awards, and she is an accomplished public speaker on a range of design-related topics. 

Caroline is a member of the Queensland Government Board for Urban Design and Urban Places, an honorary life fellow of the Urban Design Alliance of Queensland, a member of the international Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Urban Design Committee

Todd Rohl

Director of Strategy & Sustainability, Logan City Council and Queensland President, Planning Institute of Australia

Todd has worked in all three tiers of government - local, State and Australian Governments as well as the private sector and has over 20 years of experience in town and country planning and held several senior executive positions.

Todd Rohl is currently Logan City Council's Director, Strategy and Sustainability where he oversees areas relating to town planning and urban design policy, investment attraction, business support, property development and environment management. In his previous role as Managing Director Planning, Urban Design and Heritage at the National Capital Authority, he oversaw the approval and development of national icons such as the National Portrait Gallery and extension to the National Gallery of Australia and devised the plan in consultation with the Australian community to revitalise the heart of Australia’s capital city - Canberra. 

He also is involved in planner education where for the past 18 years he has held the role as adjunct lecturer in planning practice at James Cook University, is Acting Chief Executive Officer of Invest Logan, an investment start-up company that aims to bring investment into the City of Logan and returning benefits to its residents and works for the non-for profit Accessibili-t whose mission is to create real inclusion and accessibility in the wider community.

Jamie Franklin

Coordinator Place Making, Sunshine Coast Council and Vice-President, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jamie Franklin is the leader of the Sunshine Coast Council's Place Making Team where he focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to integrating people and places with transport infrastructure needs and the associated impacts in both coastal and hinterland communities. His main fields of expertise lie in Place Making, Community Engagement, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, where he has coordinated and delivered highly successful town centre revitalisation strategies, streetscape upgrades and regional open space master planning.

Craig Addley

Urban Design and Development Manager, South Bank Corporation and Representing Urban Design Alliance Qld

Craig is an Urban Designer with over 18 years experience in designing and delivering a diverse range of project types and places. Working with industry leading developers, Local Councils and State Agencies has provided Craig with the ability to deliver innovative and commercially responsive development outcomes that are strengthened with an understanding of the statutory approval requirements, strategic considerations and the fundamental architectural, landscape and engineering approaches, specific to the project type and location. 

A key focus of Craig’s project approach is to communicate these imperatives and translate them into easily understood plans, strategies and actions. This is an essential focus of his approach that has lead to the construction, delivery and development of a number of successful, much loved and award winning places.

Josh Spillane

Architect at Arkhefield and Representing Australian Institute of Architects Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) Committee

Josh Spillane is a registered architect at Arkhefield, with experience in hospitality, residential design, and high-density mixed use / urban design projects. He studied at The University of Queensland and often contributes to the school as a Teaching Assistant. He sits on the Institute of Architects Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) Committee and is committed to advocating for the role of architects and architectural design in society. 

Josh nurtures a strong interest in the symbiosis between architecture and our natural environments, embracing Brisbane's subtropical climate. He believes architecture plays an important role in exploring themes of humanity within an increasingly complex global setting.

Past Urban Design winners

You can view the past Urban Design winners by clicking on the links below:

For further information, please contact City of Gold Coast's Office of City Architect on 07 5582 8875.

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