The 2018 Country Division Architecture Awards were announced on Thursday 4 October in the Hunter Valley as part of the NSW Regional Conference, with fifteen projects recognised across twelve categories.
Fisher Design and Architecture had three entries in the awards this year – the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club Refurbishment, the Jetty4Shore Revitalisation Project, and the Jetty4Shores Stage.
The Urban Design Award was given to the Jetty4Shores Revitalisation Project by Fisher Design and Architecture with Mackenzie Pronk Architects and Coffs Harbour City Council.
The Jetty4Shores Stage by Fisher Design and Architecture with Mackenzie Pronk Architects, was awarded a commendation in the Small Project Architecture category.
Christian Fisher accepted the awards, acknowledging the outstanding collaborative effort of Coffs Harbour Council with the team of architects, engineers, artists, construction contractors, and the community, to revitalise the precinct integrating landscape, art and built form to create places for people to live and engage with each other.
NSW Chapter President, Andrew Nimmo, congratulated all of this year’s award winners and noted the important contribution the architectural profession as a whole was making to deliver more sustainable, cohesive communities.
‘Architects apply design thinking to everything they do in order to do more with less and help clients realise opportunities that they did not know existed,’ said Mr Nimmo. ‘This is just part of the value we describe when we speak of the design dividend, and each year we see the bar raised when it comes to the innovative design solutions and practices architects are implementing across regional NSW.’