Judging Process

The judging process is anonymous and confidential.  To ensure anonymity in judging, no names of applicants or collaborating parties may appear on submitted images, drawings or written support materials.

Jurors and their practices are not permitted to enter the Houses Awards in the year they are participating in the program. Jurors must declare any other perceived conflict of interest regarding an entry and step down from the panel for assessment of that entry.

The Jury reserves the right to re-classify the project to a more appropriate category, if deemed necessary.

Jury decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2018 Jury

Kerry Clare

Director, Clare Design (NSW)

Kerry and Lindsay Clare have been in practice together for more than thirty-five years. Their work includes a diverse range of architectural projects, from major urban and public buildings to small self-sufficient remote houses. Architecturally, they are consistently acknowledged for a rare combination of design excellence and high-level environmental performance. The 2010 RAIA Gold Medal jury noted that, “Kerry and Lindsay Clare have made an enormous contribution to the advancement of architecture and particularly sustainable architecture, with a strongly held belief that good design and sustainable design are intrinsically linked.” Their buildings allow occupants to engage with architecture and the world outside, reinforcing the essential connection with place. Lindsay and Kerry were jointly awarded the RAIA Gold Medal in 2010 and have more than forty RAIA awards for built works. Their practice is now based in Sydney and the Gold Coast to undertake selected projects across Australia’s eastern seaboard. Alongside practice Lindsay + Kerry continue their review roles for the City of Sydney, Randwick Council and Waverley Councils and teaching as professors at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle.

Albert Mo

Director, Architects EAT (Vic)

Based in Melbourne, Architects EAT has developed both a reputation in residential and apartment projects, and at the same time specialises in the hospitality and retail sector projects. Albert was a chapter councillor on the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and maintains guest critic positions in various architecture school across Australia. Albert’s architectural skills range from creative conceptual design to detailed project design and his work has been recognised by awards and by articles in both Australian and international architecture journals.

Jennie Officer

Director, Officer Woods Architects (WA)

Jennie is a director of Officer Woods Architects, a practice based in Fremantle, Western Australia, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Western Australia.  Jennie graduated from UWA in Architecture in 2000 and worked in research and practice locally before establishing Officer Woods in 2007. The diverse work of the practice has been awarded in state and national awards across categories including public architecture, single and multiple residential design, small project architecture, suburban renewal, sustainability and steel architecture. Officer Woods’ work is recognised for its analytical, relevant and ideas-led responsiveness to contemporary issues at all scales.

Jennie is a previous winner of the WA State Emerging Architect award (2010) and The Gil Nicol Travel Prize (2013) for enhancement of the built environment in WA, and has regularly served as a jury member for the AIA(WA) awards across multiple categories.

Stuart Vokes

Director, Vokes and Peters (Qld)

Stuart Vokes lives, teaches and practices architecture in Brisbane. After graduating with honours from the Queensland University of Technology in 1994, Stuart designed the Bald Knob House, which received a commendation at the 1997 RAIA Sunshine Coast Regional Awards.

In 2015 Stuart co-founded the practice Vokes and Peters with long-time collaborator Aaron Peters.

Vokes and Peters is better known for its private houses and sustained research in suburban Brisbane, but the practice is currently working on a range of cultural and commercial projects including a studio for a local government office of innovation, a seniors housing project, a private gallery for contemporary art and a public community centre.

As well as teaching design at both the University of Queensland and Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University, Vokes and Peters curate and host a talk series titled Garden Variety. The line-up of past speakers includes urban designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, makers, tailors, architects, exhibition designers and brand advisors.

Stuart has served as juror on the AIA national architecture awards program and the Deputy Premier’s inaugural Awards for Urban Design. He is also a member of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel, Abedian School of Architecture Advisory Board, and is registered with the Board of Architects in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

Katelin Butler

Katelin Butler

Editor, Houses magazine (Vic)

Katelin is the editor of Houses and writes regularly for the magazine. Prior to her appointment as editor, she was the assistant editor of Architecture Australia (2005–2009) and wrote book, exhibition and project reviews for the publication. She has coedited two books, The Forever House: Time-Honoured Australian Homes (2014) and The Terrace House: Reimagined for the Australian Way of Life (2015), both published by Thames and Hudson.

Katelin holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Architecture from the University of Melbourne. She has been a peer juror, guest university critic and speaker at various industry events. Katelin is interested in the role of ideas, experimentation and innovation in residential architecture, and how a house, through occupation, becomes a home.

Architectural Advice in Heritage Category

Peter Williams

Founding Director, WilliamsBoag Architects (Vic)

Peter is a highly regarded practitioner who successfully combines the responsibilities of heading a prominent architectural firm and membership of allied professional bodies and other organizations within the community. Peter was a member of the Victorian Heritage Council 2002-2008.

Under Peters guidance WBa has been acknowledged by 40+ design awards at National, State and local government levels including the prestigious RAIA Architecture Medal in 1994, the international Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities program in 2002 and both State and National awards in 2 separate categories in 2005.