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ArchitectureAu Award for Social Impact 2024

The Booboop Narrkwarren Nagarra- jarra-noun (Family Healing Centre) has received a commendation at the 2024 ArchitectureAu Award for Social Impact. The project is a collaboration with Anthony Clarke, BLOXAS. The awards recognise ‘projects that demonstrate the potential for widespread, nationally applicable impact, and the transferability of their design strategy across different built environments, beyond their immediate contexts and communities’.


From 104 entries from across Australia, 32 were shortlisted, 5 received commendations with 1 winner.

Jury citation
Part of Austin Health in Victoria, Booboop Narrkwarren Nagarra-jarrda-noun (Family Healing Centre) is a mental health recovery and support facility for children who have experienced trauma. Importantly, it also supports their families in a care model that reflects the recommendations of the 2021 Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system.

The jury commends the design’s sensitivity, elegance and fine resolution, which has resulted in a calming, de-institutionalised, home-like environment of independent living units and consulting spaces, encircled by a safe, private, landscaped garden.

This groundbreaking project, developed in close consultation and co-design with clinicians, occupational therapists and youth advisors, is the first of its kind in Australia. Booboop demonstrates an innovative and transformative approach to the ongoing support and care of affected children and their families. The jury agreed that the approach and its manifestation in this sophisticated design could be a widely adopted template for a profound shift to a more positive model of care.

Thanks to the jury and awards program, it’s great to ‘celebrate good design for the common good’.

Link to award winners