AA Prize for Unbuilt Work Past Event

Presented by Architecture Media and Melbourne School of Design

The AA Prize for Unbuilt Work promotes debate and generates ideas about architecture in Australia by rewarding compelling work in its conceptual stages. Presented by Architecture Media and the Melbourne School of Design, this exhibition showcases the 40 shortlisted entries for this year’s prize.  

From big-picture thinking and provocations to schemes with conceptual depth and rigour, the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work shortlist demonstrates the many ways that architects and designers can explore, advocate and address the serious challenges we face in the world today. 

The 2021 jury included Rory Hyde, Abbie Galvin, Carroll Go-Sam, Alec Tzannes and Katelin Butler.

Panel discussion
Can schematic ideas provoke real world solutions to crises present in the world today? Will the value of the unbuilt ever be as influential as a built project? During a time when business is not as usual, architects are positioned to lead the way by collectively drawing on a unique capacity for imagination and pragmatism. 

To celebrate the relaunch of the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work after a decade-long hiatus, Architecture Australia presents a discussion that explores the many ways in which architects engage with serious world challenges. Rory Hyde, 2021 AA Prize for Unbuilt Work juror, is joined on the panel by Julian Anderson, director at Bates Smart and winner of the 2021 AA Prize for Unbuilt Work; Lauren Garner, architect at Kerstin Thompson Architects and shortlisted entrant; and Jacqui Alexander, director at Alexander Sheridan Architecture and shortlisted entrant.


Katelin Butler

Katelin is the editorial director at Architecture Media. Prior to her appointment as editorial director, Katelin was the design portfolio manager at Architecture Media, editor of Houses (2010-2018) and assistant editor of Architecture Australia (2005–2009). She has coedited three books, been a peer juror, exhibition curator, guest university critic and speaker at various industry events and conferences.

Rory Hyde

Rory Hyde is a designer, curator and writer based in Melbourne. His work is focused on new forms of design practice for the public good, and redefining the role of the designer today. He is associate professor of architecture (Curatorial Design and Practice) at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne; and a design advocate for the Mayor of London. From 2013 to 2020 he was the curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Jacqui Alexander

Jacqui Alexander is a senior lecturer in architecture at Monash Art Design and Architecture, and director of Alexander & Sheridan Architecture. Jacqui is also founding editor of POST Magazine, an independent Melbourne and Paris based architecture magazine. Her doctoral research explores the influence and potentials of digital platforms to shape future living and future practice.

Julian Anderson

Julian Anderson is a director at Bates Smart and has extensive experience in leading large architectural teams. With experience in Australia and the UK, Julian has a passion for projects that provide an opportunity to shape our cities and improve how our communities work, live and play. His broad sector experience incorporates commercial, residential, hospitality, infrastructure and urban design projects.

Lauren Garner

Lauren Garner is an architect at Kerstin Thompson Architects. She has undertaken practice, research, and studies in Melbourne and overseas. She is interested in the role infrastructure plays in the making of societies, and how to find meaning in modern times. Lauren gained substantial experience working for Snohetta on the proposed masterplan and redevelopment of Arts Centre Melbourne, QPAC in Brisbane, and is currently working on the Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre. She is a sessional tutor at RMIT University, where she received the inaugural Peter Corrigan Medal for her Thesis, Civic Interruptions, the project of her extended investigation, and AA Unbuilt submission.

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