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.

2020 Jury

Barrie Marshall

Founding partner, Denton Corker Marshall (Vic and NSW)

Barrie Marshall established Denton Corker Marshall with John Denton and Bill Corker in 1972 and has become a recognized leader in architectural rendering and perspective techniques. He has an interest in all aspects of design, spanning architecture, the urban environment, landscape and furniture.

Barrie’s specialist input sets and maintains the design narrative and his focus on design excellence is reflected in the consistent design quality that is the hallmark of the practice’s work.

The success of projects such as the Australian Pavilion Venice and the Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre, are owed in significant degree to Barrie’s ability to seamlessly integrate the design concept from inception through to completion.

Barrie shares in the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, awarded to the practice’s three founders in 1996.

Poppy Taylor

Founding director, Taylor and Hinds Architects (Tas)

Poppy Taylor is a founding director of Taylor and Hinds Architects which was formed with Mat Hinds in 2013. The Tasmanian based practice has since established a national reputation for a body of work that is strategic, technically rigorous, experientially rich and is highly awarded. Poppy was the recipient of the 2011 AIA Tasmanian Chapter Emerging Architects Prize. In 2018 the practice was awarded both nationally and internationally for its project ‘krakani lumi’ with the aboriginal land council of Tasmania.

James Russell

Principal, James Russell Architect (Qld)

James Russell is the principal of Brisbane-based practice James Russell Architect. Using traditional pen on paper and cardboard models through early stages of design, James Russell Architect uses building as a tool for investigating and developing knowledge of a material and the way it is put together, exploring architecture through making.

The practice has received successive Australian Institute of Architects state and national awards and has been a Houses Awards Australian House of the Year winner.

Hannah Tribe

Hannah Tribe

Principal, Tribe Studio Architects (NSW)

Hannah Tribe founded Tribe Studio Architects in 2003. The practice designs beautiful bespoke houses, thoughtful interiors, intelligent schools and generous masterplans. The work of the studio is underpinned by the belief that every piece of architecture and design has a responsibility to improve the public domain of the site, to contribute to a sustainable future and to enhance the lives of its users.

The studio has select projects all over the world, and has been recognized in awards at state, national and international levels.

Hannah leads the team of 15 architects at Tribe as well as designing architectural products including furniture, door hardware and fittings.

She is a lover of literature and supporter of contemporary art in Australia.

Katelin Butler

Editorial director, Architecture Media 

Katelin is the editorial director at Architecture Media. Prior to her appointment as editorial director, Katelin was the design portfolio manager at Architecture Media, editor of Houses (2010–2018) and assistant editor of Architecture Australia (2005–2009).

She has coedited three books, The Forever House: Time-Honoured Australian Homes (2014), The Terrace House: Reimagined for the Australian Way of Life (2015) and The Apartment House: Reframing the Australian Dream, all 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 was a juror for the 2018 National Architecture Awards and has also been a peer juror for other awards programs, exhibition curator, guest university critic and speaker at various industry events and conferences.

Sustainability adviser

Peter Steele

Head of Energy Services, Green Sync

Over his career Peter has continually applied a focus on ambitious pragmatism to lead, drive and integrate sustainability outcomes in buildings, precincts, infrastructure projects, city plans and strategic policy. Drawing on his study, skills and experience across design, urban planning, property and sustainability, he approaches projects with the knowledge that every project matters and that, no matter the constraints, every project can be better.

Peter's technical knowledge extends across design and technology in land-use planning, building design, energy, transport, waste, water, materials and ecology, and is complemented by a strong understanding of economic, regulatory and governance drivers.

Having spent the majority of his career in built-environment focused consulting, Peter is now proud to be applying those skills to support Green Sync, a global leader in technology and software development that is enabling the rapid transition towards a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system.

Architectural Advice in Heritage Category

Helen Lardner

Director, HLCD (Vic)

Helen is the director of HLCD Pty Ltd, a successful and innovative heritage architecture firm in Victoria. A registered architect, Helen undertook a Master of Architecture in Conservation and has over 25 years’ experience. She is the president of Australia ICOMOS and held expert appointments on the Australian Heritage Council, Victorian Heritage Council and as a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria. She is currently chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority Conservation Advisory Committee and a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel. Since 2013, Helen has evaluated new development within world heritage places and assessed places for ICOMOS, providing expert advice to the World Heritage Committee. Breathing new life into places with significant heritage and environmental values is Helen’s favourite work.

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