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Fisher Design and Architecture accept 2018 AIA NSW Country Division Architecture Awards

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.’

NSW Country Awards 2018

Bellingen Shire Courier Sun- September 18, 2018

A diverse mix of public projects on Coffs Coast that showcase outstanding architectural design practice are competing for honours in this year’s coveted Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Country Division Awards.

“This year’s entries in the NSW Country Awards, which have been running for more than half a century now, range from finely crafted small scale projects to large, complex commercial and public buildings,” said Ashley Dunn, Jury Chair and co-director of Dunn & Hillam Architects.

Bellingen-based Fisher Design and Architecture have three entries in the awards this year – the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club Refurbishment, Jetty4Shore Revitalisation Project, and the Jetty4Shores Stage.

The proposed Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club Refurbishment by Fisher Design and Architecture provides much needed revitalisation of the existing surf club building, transforming a landmark beachside destination and an iconic public building.

The Jetty4Shore Revitalisation Project is the result of collaboration with local design professionals, artists and the community. A precinct rich in local history and highly valued by residents and tourists, the precinct has been revitalised through integrating landscape, art and built form to create places for people to live and engage with each other.

The Jetty4Shores Stage is a key part of the Coffs Harbour Jetty4Shores Revitalisation Project.  Reflecting the ‘flight of the wedge-tailed shearwater’ the structure is dynamic in form and responds to the coastal environment and the site’s history, and connects visually with neighbouring structures and shelters.

An environmentally sustainable design project in Bellingen by Tricia Helyar Architect is also competing in the Affordable Housing category.

Photos: ST Images- Jetty4Shores Stage and shelters by Fisher Design and Architecture with Mackenzie Pronk Architects.

Bellingen architects well represented in awards

Baalijin House Awarded Commendation in AIA Country Division 2013 Awards

Fisher Design + Architecture received a commendation for Baalijin House, a new home located in Bellingen, in the Residential Architecture – Affordable Housing under $350 000 section.

Nestled into a green urban hillside, Baalijin House was designed with a focus on affordability, sustainability, and appropriateness for the site. The jury commended FD+A for “combining a thoughtful layered plan with tactile materials to produce a simple, warm, well crafted house.”

The house has also been selected as one of eight finalists in the New Single Dwelling category of the 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards. “We are honoured just to be a finalist for this national award which recognizes sustainable building design” Christian Fisher said.

The Bellingen Shire Courier Sun | 16th October 2013


Muttonbird project voted NSW best

THE Giidany Miirlarl Education Space at the base of Muttonbird Island has secured another major gong.

It has won the 2012 Premier’s Prize which recognises an architect or project that has contributed to the advancement of architecture in our state.

The project is the work of locally based Fisher Design + Architecture in association with Sydney firm Mackenzie Pronk Architects.

After being short-listed as one of the three finalists by NSW Gov- ernment Architect Peter Poulet, Giidany Miirlarl picked up the biggest number of votes via an online poll.

At the presentation, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard said Giidany Miirlarl celebrated local Aboriginal culture and history and represented a healing of the scars from when Muttonbird Island was joined to the mainland in 1924.

“Importantly, the awarding of this project demonstrates our support for all regional communities and in particular Aboriginal communities across NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This modestly scaled building project has made a significant social contribution and has been a truly collaborative effort bringing the community together to tell the story of the island. I commend it as a worthy recipient of the 2012 Premier’s Prize – as selected by the people of NSW.”

Trevor Veale, Coffs Coast Advocate | 04/07/2012