AA Prize for Unbuilt Work

AA Prize for Unbuilt Work

  • 31 March 2021
  • Dulux Gallery
    Ground Level G42 Building 133
    University of Melbourne, Parkville

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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 Monash's Jacqui Alexander, director at Alexander Sheridan Architecture and shortlisted entrant.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

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