Country Division Awards, presented at the annual Country Division Conference, are a celebration of the best works of regional practices that have their primary office in the Country Division area. The award categories have been structured to allow recognition of the broad range of project size, scale and budget that practices are commissioned to design.
This year’s projects represent that range, with winners including small budget alterations and additions to high-end new houses, a public amenities block to a community-trust-funded medical centre. The quality of entries was extremely high with entries from across the state.
The awards were presented at a formal dinner on 29 September at Mantra on Salt, Kingscliff. Jury Chair, Russell McFarland noted: There was a strong emphasis on satisfying the client’s needs and aspirations across the field and a deep understanding of their regional context. The introduction last year and growing popularity of the People’s Choice Award shows an increasing interest and knowledge of design.
Tricia Heylar, NSW Country Division Chair
Russell McFarland (Chair, Austin McFarland Architects)
Marcus Piper (Mezzanine magazine)
Katharina Hendel (Takt Studio)
Carolyn McFarland (Austin McFarland Architects)