Architecture and design

Architecture and design

Awards for our parks and public spaces

Sydney Park at St Peters and the Napier Street Reserve in Paddington have both won gold prizes in their categories at the 2015 LNA Master Landscapers Association.

The Sydney Park project (pictured, right) won 3 awards for contractor Design Landscapes: a gold award for best commercial sustainable landscapes project as well as a silver for best commercial civil project over $1 million, and a silver for best open space parklands.

The park’s wetlands project uses scenic cascades to create one of the largest stormwater harvesting systems in Australia, while also creating a haven for native frogs and birds and encouraging bush regeneration.

Napier Street Reserve’s upgrade includes large paved areas and beautiful landscaped gardens that replaced the dusty surface that previously sat beneath fig trees near the UNSW Art & Design campus.

The reserve upgrade won 2 awards for its contractors, Hargraves Urban: a gold award for best commercial civil project and the prestigious Graham Ross Commercial Award.

The landscaping by Hargraves Urban surrounding artist Tony Albert's Yininmadyemi artwork for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Diggers at Hyde Park South won the bronze Local Council Government Award.

Sydney Park pond

Sydney Design Advisory Panel

An independent panel of experts help the City of Sydney to continually improve the quality of private development and our own urban design and public projects. Members of the panel are:

  • Professor Ken Maher (Chair), Fellow, Hassell Studios
  • Maria Atkinson AM, Director, Maria Atkinson Consultancy Pty Ltd
  • Professor Kerry Clare, Director, Clare Design
  • Professor Richard Johnson AO MBE, Director, Johnson Pilton and Walker Pty Ltd
  • Elizabeth-Ann Macgregor OBE, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • Peter Mould, (Deputy Chair) Former NSW Government Architect
  • Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect, Government Architect's Office
  • Professor James Weirick, Program Director, UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment

The Sydney Design Advisory Panel was first appointed in April 2007.

In December 2015, Council re-appointed the panel for a further 2 years.

The panel members support the City's commitment to design excellence.

It meets regularly and the panel is guided by terms of reference approved by Council.

Since it was established, the panel has assessed more than 80 private sector buildings and 50 City of Sydney projects.

Last updated: Wednesday, 6 January 2016