Bundanon wins 2024 RIBA International Award for Excellence

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Awards for Excellence have selected Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge as one of their winners for 2024. Twenty-two projects were chosen from 14 countries, and each was visited in person by local ambassadors appointed by RIBA.


“Each project is an example of the highest calibre of architectural response to social, cultural and environmental challenges. Irrespective of style, complexity and size of both scheme and budget, successful projects demonstrate visionary or innovative thinking and excellence of execution.”

The jury cited;
The masterplan offers a paradigm shift in the way we think about landscape, from the purely picturesque to an ecological one. Ultimately Bundanon is extraordinary for the manner in which it attunes the visitor to the landscape, and in so doing to nature and climate, place and time.

With thanks to RIBA and the jury for nominating Bundanon.

Link to all winners
Link to ArchitetcureAU article on Australian winners

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Winners Announced _2024 Victorian Architecture Awards

We have received four commendations at the AIA 2024 Victorian Architecture Awards:

The Round – Public Architecture + Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture
Dandenong High School Design & Technology Hub – Educational Architecture
Preston South Primary School – Sustainable Architecture


With thanks to the juries and all involved, including our clients, extended project, and consultant teams, for their support and collective efforts.

The Round, public jury citation
“The Round has a dignified civic presence with its high level of architectural virtuosity and built craftsmanship in becoming a new cultural hub for the Whitehorse community. Engaging thoroughly with local Indigenous connections and histories, this sophisticated building with its diverse program seamlessly integrates landscape, ecology, sustainability, and infrastructure to become a premier event and performance facility.”

Link to all winners

Image of The Round

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2024 Dezeen Awards _Kerstin on Judging Panel

Kerstin has been selected as one of the judges for the 2024 Dezeen Awards.
“Dezeen Awards will be judged by an international panel comprising 90 leading figures from the architecture and design world.”


Kerstin joins a stellar lineup of architects, designers, sustainable developers and design entrepreneurs as judges for this years Dezeen Awards.

We are thrilled that Kerstin will be a judge, alongside Ben Edwards, Jonas Pettersson, Jonathan Smales, Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat.

There are 41 project categories in total: 15 architecture categories, nine interior categories, 11 design categories and six sustainability categories. Longlists will be announced in September, shortlists November and winners in November.

Link to details


Reimagining Where We Live

The Australian Government has announced the winners of the ‘Reimagining Where We Live’ aged care design ideas competition. The competition challenged architects and designers to reimagine the future of aged care accommodation design.


Kerstin was selected as a member of the jury for the competition. The jury selected four winners across the two competition categories – urban metro and regional town. The quality of the entries was impressive with innovative designs showcasing aged care homes that are welcoming, safe, accessible, dementia friendly and consider small-home models.

Congratulations to the teams, visit the link competition website
Link to ArchitectureAU article showcasing the winning designs

Urban Metro Category:
1_ Scales of Care by LM2A with Super Natural
2_ Connection, Community and Movement by Walter&Walter

Regional Town Category:
1_ Manu Place by Monash Urban Lab with NMBW Architecture Studio, BoardGrove Architects, BLOXAS and Glas Landscape Architects
2_ All Together Now by Other Architects, Openwork, Andy Fergus and Alicia Pozniak

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2024 Social Impact Awards _Shortlist

The 2024 Social Impact Awards have announced the shortlisted projects, and Booboop Narrkwarren Nagarra-jarra-noun (The Family Healing Centre) is one of the 32 projects.


The award “recognises architectural work that promotes the common good and preferences empathy over aesthetics.”
We would like to extend our thanks to our collaborating partner Anthony Clarke, BLOXAS, and clients Austin Health and Victorian Health Building Authority.
The awards finalists will be announced on July 4.

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National Gallery of Australia Cafe

Concept design phase has commenced for a new hospitality venture at the National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri / Canberra. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with this important cultural institution, aiming to enhance visitor experience and foster deeper connections within the gallery grounds.


Excerpt from media release

“Director Dr Nick Mitzevich said, ‘The National Gallery is thrilled to have KTA on board to deliver a new dining destination here at the National Gallery.’

‘The National Gallery looks forward to creating a new dining venue to add significant dimension to the amenity and the experience of the National Gallery – great food and beverage served in an inspiring new space will provide new opportunities for connection, reflection and enjoyment,’ said Mitzevich.”

Link to media release

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AIA VIC Chapter Awards Shortlist

We have had four of our projects shortlisted for the 2024 AIA VIC Chapter Awards. It is worth mentioning that Victoria received 228 submissions across 15 categories this year, making it the state with the highest number of entries.


Shortlisted projects and categories:
Preston South Primary School – Educational Architecture + Sustainable Architecture
Dandenong High School Design &Technology Hub – Educational Architecture
Wirrng Wirrng – Public Architecture + Regional Architecture
The Round (with BKK Architects) – Public Architecture + Melbourne + Colourbond

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in June.

Link to full list

Australian Interior Design Awards Shortlist

The Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) have announced their shortlist for 2024, and we’re delighted to see Antara 128 made it onto the hospitality category shortlist, and The Round on the public category shortlist.


“The AIDA recognise and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, the professional body representing Australian designers.”

AIDA winners of the will be announced June 14.

Image of Antara 128

Link to all shortlisted projects


IWD 50 Most Powerful Women

Dezeen compiled a list of 50 powerful women in honour of International Women’s Day 2024.


And selected Kerstin as one of their 50 most influential and powerful women from around the world .
List includes; Carol Ross Barney, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Anne Lacaton, Lesley Lokko, Yasmeen Lari and many more

Link to full list

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RIBA 100 Women: Architects in Practice

The recently published ’100 Women: Architects in Practice’ by the RIBA has included Kerstin on their list!!
The book celebrates and acknowledges a rich, diverse, and fascinating survey of exceptional women architects from around the world and their contributions to the built environment.


Multiple award winner and leading industry voice Professor Harriet Harriss, together with senior academics and writers Naomi House and Monika Parrinder and multi-award-winning architecture journalist and editor of Dezeen Tom Ravenscroft, showcase the largely overlooked stories of 100 women currently making their mark in the architectural world.

Geographically balanced to feature architects across six continents from no less than 79 countries, from Argentina to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between. The book explores “the different worlds, different forms of architecture and the place-sensitive approaches” each architect has taken to fulfil their vision through a series of insightful profiles and inspiring imagery.

With many thanks to the authors Harriet Harriss, Naomi House, Monika Parrinder, and Tom Ravenscroft

Available via RIBA books


KTA Laneway Event _Talking Gold

Parlour and KTA to kick-start the year with an invigorating conversation between three gold medallists in the KTA laneway!
We are delighted to welcome Carol Ross Barney on her brief (and first) visit to Australia. Hailing from Chicago, Carol is the recipient of the 2023 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. She is recognised for her bold body of work, her dedication to the design of public spaces that improve everyday lives and her determined advocacy – “excellent design is a right, not a privilege”.


Maggie Edmond is the recipient of the 2003 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, awarded retrospectively in 2023, and Kerstin Thompson is the 2023 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medallist.

Gather in KTA’s laneway for a prize-winning conversation about architecture, practice, equity and the direction of the profession, chaired by Justine Clark of Parlour

When: Thursday 8 February, 6–8pm

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Architectural Digest AD100

Thanks AD100 for including Kerstin Thompson on your 100 list for 2024.

Each year Architectural Digest Germany chooses 100 ‘top talents and icons from design, interior and architecture’ from around the world. AD note the ‘visionary designers are currently setting the tone worldwide and shaping our world with their work.’


We also want to acknowledge our fellow Australians who also made the 100 list Other Architects, Kennedy Nolan and YSG Studio.

Link to article