Emerging Architect Prize



WHAT // Emerging Architect Prize
WHO // The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

Entries Open // 27 February
Nominations Close // 10 April


The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. Entrants need to be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. This prize is sponsored by Architectural Window Systems (AWS).

How to enter the 2017 / 2018 Emerging Architect Prize //


Entries Open // 27 February
Nominations Close // 10 April
Entry System Closes // 17 April


Entry into the Emerging Architects Prize is a two-step process.


Nomination // Eligible candidates are nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects via the online entry system.


Submission of entry material // Nominated candidates will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination, the nominee will be asked to submit the entry material listed under 'entry requirements' via the online entry system.


Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architects Prize.


Entry Requirements // 


The nominator // 


Australian Institute of Architects members wishing to nominate an individual or collaboration are asked to submit the following via the online entry system. Nominators will be asked to provide the following information:


  • the nominator’s name and contact details

  • the nominee’s name and contact details

  • a brief (max 150 words) outlining the reason for the nomination


    The nominee //


    Once a nomination has been made, the nominee will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination; the nominee will be asked to submit the following entry material via the online entry system:


    • a statement addressing each of the key criteria items outlined in the judging criteria: two A4 pages maximum

    • a resume: four A4 pages maximum (please ensure you provide the architectural registration number, date of registration and date of graduation for each individual being nominated)

    • a portfolio of works: this can include built and unbuilt work (five A4 pages maximum)

    • two references: from an employer or clients

    • photo of entrant(s) – this can be uploaded separately to the requirements above

    • entry requirements listed above must be uploaded on a single PDF document and must not exceed 5MB

    • finalists may be asked by their local Chapter to submit additional materials to the local jury including CDs or hard copies


    Check with the AIA SA Chapter for more information.


    Eligibility & Criteria //


    Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfil the following prize criteria:


    (i)       Must be within 15 years of graduation and have first been registered as an Architect anywhere, not more than 10 years ago.


    (ii)     Must enter in the Chapter in which they are currently residing.


    (iii)    Must be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the Institute (if a non-member is nominated, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2).


    (iv)    Once nominated, must complete the required entry form.


    (v)      A minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the Jury may decide not to award a winner.


    (vi)    The Chapter Jury may choose not to award a state winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfil the judging criteria.


    (vii)  Previous recipients of the Chapter or National Prize are not eligible to enter.


    (viii) Submission must be received by the closing date determined by each Chapter.


    Judging Criteria //


    State and national juries will judge entries based on the following criteria:


    • excellence in architectural practice, research or education

    • involvement in Australian Institute of Architects activities and/or forums of similar professional bodies

    • contribution to architecture through leadership within the profession

    • contribution to community activities such as charity and voluntary work related to the profession is not essential but would be judged favourably

    The Prize //
    State Winner
    • $1000 cash prize

    • Sponsored to attend the National Architecture Conference

    National winner

    • $2000 cash prize


    The 2017 National Emerging Architect will be announced later in 2017, chosen from the 2016 Chapter Winners.

    Meet the 2016 National Emerging Architect // Amy Muir




    Amy Muir is awarded the 2016 Emerging Architect prize in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession through design excellence, education and industry leadership. Amy graduated from RMIT University with First Class Honours in 2002 and was awarded both the Anna Butler Award and Association of Women in Architecture Award for her final thesis project.


    Following graduation, Amy worked for Carr Design for seven years during which time she was elevated to Director of Architecture. In 2011, Amy established MUIR, running the practice as the sole Director. Amy’s outstanding work with MUIR has been the subject of numerous publications and articles and the practice have been recognised with awards at State and National level.


    Amy is committed to supporting the education of young architects and has guest lectured at various universities with significant contributions in design education through her role as an Associate Lecturer at RMIT.


    Amy is a passionate Member of the Victorian Chapter Council and co-chairs the Victorian Smaller Chapter Forum which has grown substantially in participation during her hands on involvement. Amy demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and natural generosity through a clear commitment to the value of knowledge sharing.


    Amy is widely recognised as a great role model for young architects and she is a deserved winner of the Emerging Architect Prize for 2016.



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