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Getting the best for our city

Prize-winning design

Cities are an enduring legacy. Great design in both buildings and public spaces encourages imagination, innovation, inspiration and pride – creating a city that people want to live and work in, as well as visit.

Over the past nine years, the City has actively encouraged quality development and pursued design excellence in urban design, not only for our own projects, public spaces and parks, but for all development within the city.

City staff work closely with leading architects, landscape architects, designers and builders to create beautiful, functional and sustainable public spaces and buildings.

Since 2004, the City has won more than 40 national and international design awards for our public projects. Here’s just a few of them:

Pirrama Park (consultants – ASPECT Studios with Hill Thalis)


  • 2007 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW Award – Planning Award for Excellence
  • 2009 Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia Public Domain Award National Winner for Best Overall Project

Sydney Park Playground (consultants – JMD Design)


  • 2010 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Design Award for Excellence
  • 2010 NSW Planning Minister’s Sydney Greenspace Award

Redevelopment of Pitt Street Mall (consultants – Tony Caro Architecture with Spackman Mossop Michaels)


  • NSW Architecture Award 2013 for Urban Design

Redfern Park and Oval (consultants – BVN Donovan Hill with Spackman Mossop Michaels)


  • 2010 Australian Institute of Architects Award for Urban Design

Paddington Reservoir Gardens (consultants – Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and JMD Design)


  • 2009 Australia Award for Urban Design
  • Best New Global Design at the 2010 International Architecture Award

Surry Hills Library and Community Centre (consultants – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp)


  • Best New Global Design at the 2011 International Architecture Award in Chicago
  • National Award for Sustainable Architecture and Public Architecture

Transformation of five inner-city laneways (consultants – ASPECT Studios)


  • 2013 Australia Award for Urban Design (for Angel Place, Ash Place, Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane).

Last updated: Monday, 14 October 2013