Hospitals 17 May 2023

VHBA projects shortlisted for Victorian architecture awards

Four Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) projects have been nominated for awards from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

Shortlisted projects in the Victorian Architecture section in the following categories include:

Public Architecture

Interior Architecture


The Victorian Heart Hospital has also been nominated for Social Infrastructure Development of the Year in the Urban Developer Awards. The project was nominated by builders John Holland and engineers AECOM.

Acting VHBA CEO Deanne Leaver said the nominees were fine examples of the industry-leading work VHBA is doing. They show public buildings could also be exciting. ‘I’m so proud of everyone involved in these projects. This is a great show of the excellence we’re striving to achieve.’

Victorian AIA chapter president David Wagner said the standard of submissions this year is extremely high. There are sophisticated responses to context, form, space, materiality, technology and sustainability.

‘Those shortlisted are commonly amazing projects that have been thoroughly considered, designed and have come together to create a special outcome for the client,’

David Wagner, Victorian AIA chapter president

Chair of juries Ingrid Bakker said, ‘The overall quality is really high, and this is a real credit to the industry as many of the projects were both designed and realised during the pandemic.

There is a focus on place – many of the buildings strongly relate to the context they are in, both through how they are sited and in the materiality. There is also an increase in First Nations engagement which is creating a real richness to the projects.’

The winners will be announced on June 16 2023.

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