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Urban Design Awards

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The Gold Coast Urban Design Awards 2020 are now open and we’re calling for entries. 

The Gold Coast Urban Design Awards is a triennial event celebrating the best of our built environment and excellence in urban design throughout the Gold Coast. 

Since its inception in 1998, this awards scheme has grown in prominence to where today it has become a prestigious platform of recognition for 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 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 policymakers, 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 Parklands project, Gold Coast Light Rail, and Broadwater Parklands.

The entries will be judged by an eminent selection panel from the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and construction. The panel will be headed by renowned architect, Dr Michael Lavery FRAIA, Director, m3architecture and President of the Queensland Chapter Australian Institute of Architects.   

Jury panel profiles

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Dr Michael Lavery
Director m3architecture and President of Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter

Dr Lavery is an architect with a 30+ year career focussed on public buildings and the public realm. As a director of Brisbane based m3architecture his projects have won national urban design and architecture awards, with the work located in Brisbane and throughout regional Queensland.

He is a member of several industry advisory boards and is the current President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Chapter.


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Ms Wendy Evans
Partner Planning and Environment, AJ & Co Lawyers and Queensland President, Planning Institute of Australia

Wendy Evans is the world’s most passionate planning lawyer. She started life as a town planner, and having realised her intense driver is for excellent outcomes for places we all live, work and play – converted to the legal profession where she could truly stand as an advocate, and deliver town planning through the law.

She acts for developers, local governments and the State covering application structuring, due diligence, legal advice, project management, enforcement, infrastructure and litigation. She has also developed a niche practice area in statutory planning.

Wendy has been the Queensland Division President of the Planning Institute of Australia since 2018, and was elevated to a Fellow member in 2017.


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Mr Jason Murdoch
Development Executive, Sunland Group and Branch-President, Urban Development Institute of Australia

A civil engineer, his experience extends to providing consultancy, advisory and project management services to a variety of development companies, state authorities and local councils.

Projects of significance include Varsity Lakes, Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island Canal and Royal Pines Resort, as well as numerous master planned communities, housing, commercial and industrial developments across the Gold Coast and South East Queensland.


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Mr Craig Addley
Urban Design and Development Manager, Walker Corporation and President, Urban Design Alliance Queensland

Craig is an urban designer with other 20 years’ experience across a range of mixed use, residential and city shaping projects in Australia, the UK and South East Asia. He has worked within leading consultancies, government bodies and private development companies, delivering complex and challenging projects that have an inherent focus on innovation, resilience and quality.

Working within markets and locations that are rapidly growing and changing has focussed this experience towards the delivery of city-shaping projects that will respond to our future lifestyle needs, environmental qualities and economic imperatives.

His role as president of the Urban Design Alliance also presents an opportunity to represent the interests and collective experience of Queensland’s leading urban design, master planning and place making experts. Craig is also an accomplished artist with works represented in various public institutions and private collections. 


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Mr David Uhlmann
Director, Environment & Sustainability, Wolter Consulting Group, and President, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Queensland

David is the current Queensland state chapter President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and Director of Environment & Sustainability at Wolter Consulting Group.

David has 28 years industry experience across Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Precinct Sustainability, including as public realm discipline leader for the $2bn Gold Coast University Hospital precinct.


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Mr Ian Ainsworth
Principal, Queensland Buildings, ARUP

Ian Ainsworth is a Principal of Arup, based in Brisbane. During more than 35 years with the firm he has worked in Arup offices in Australia, UK, UAE, Singapore and USA, making major contributions to some of the most significant projects undertaken by the practice.

Ian is a structural engineer by training, who has broadened his scope to encompass managing the multi-disciplinary design of all types of buildings, with particular expertise in cultural, sport and education buildings, high rise and long-span structures, footbridges and transport buildings. Ian is renowned as an innovative designer and a hands-on project leader with a reputation for reliable delivery of even the most challenging and complex projects. Ian’s international project credits include Intelsat HQ (Washington DC), Stansted Airport (UK), UOB Plaza (Singapore), Ben Gurion Airport (Israel), Abu Dhabi International Airport (UAE), and Singapore Sports Hub.

Ian’s Queensland project credits include Kurilpa Bridge, Goodwill Bridge, Suncorp Stadium, Metricon Stadium, Anna Meares Velodrome, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, One One One Eagle Street, Millennium Arts Project, Cairns Convention Centre and the recently opened Qld Country Bank Stadium in Townsville. Ian’s current projects include the new Performing Arts Venue at QPAC in Brisbane.

Ian has had the privilege of collaborating with many leading Australian and international architects, and is a firm believer in the value of good design.

Entries close on 21 August 2020. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Friday 9 October 2020.

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 visit Gold Coast Urban Design Awards – Entry information and guidelines.

Past Urban Design Awards winners

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

For further information, please contact our Office of City Architect on 07 5582 8875.

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Sponsor - Planning Institute of Australia
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Sponsor - Australian Institute of Architects
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Sponsor - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

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