Awards

2017 GOLD MEDAL CITATION

The 2017 Gold Medal, the Australian Institute of Architects highest honour, is awarded to Peter Elliott AM LFRAIA. The Gold Medal recognises distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture or endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner. Remarkably, Peter Elliot has excelled in all these areas through his consistent practice of architecture in the public interest over many years.

Peter has made an exceptional contribution to the profession as a highly regarded and awarded architect, as a scholar with a long involvement in design teaching, and as an active and valued participant in support of the profession through the Institute, government, and in the broader community. A clear focus, gentle tenacity, integrity, and generosity of spirit underpin Peter’s approach to life and practice.

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Best known for his capacity to navigate the complexities of public commissions with diplomacy and tact while ensuring the highest design standards are sustained, his work extends beyond architecture into the realm of landscape and urban design. Peter has completed an impressive and diverse range of projects throughout Melbourne, large and small, in his own right and also in association with others. Notable projects include Victoria University Law School, Deer Park by-pass, Melbourne Grammar Memorial Hall, and numerous buildings and urban spaces for the RMIT city campus. His focus on public, educational and urban projects of exceptional quality is evidenced by his achievements in the state and national architecture awards programs, with almost annual acknowledgement since the 1970s. In all, he has been recognised with in excess of 40 Institute Awards and received over 20 other industry awards. Peter has also served the profession extensively through membership of jury panels within the awards program.

Peter has participated frequently in exhibitions accompanied by the work of other named and distinguished peers: he has lectured frequently both within and outside the profession: he has authored an extensive series of articles on contemporary architectural design and philosophy while being recognised as a leading practitioner. His recent publication “Episodic Urbanism’ characteristically focuses on a place rather than his practice, yet this story of a twenty year transformation of RMIT’s inner Melbourne campus demonstrates an insightful and sensitive understanding of urban transformation at its best.

His work has been widely published and he has been a finalist in major architectural competitions. Peter’s contribution to architecture and public housing was recognised in being awarded an Order of Australia at the unusually early age of 37. He has extended his professional career into advice to government, secondary and tertiary education institutions, the arts and local government organisations, particularly through urban design and conservation advice, where he has made a valued contribution.

Peter Elliott’s leadership also encompasses his extensive role as a teacher. He commenced teaching in 1974 at The University of Melbourne and later at the RMIT University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor from 1994 to 2000. Peter is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Monash University Department of Architecture. His teaching both in the Schools of Architecture and within his own studio has influenced and encouraged numerous students, many of whom are now practicing in their own right and are a testament to his interest in the profession. His passion for the education of architects and upholding the standards of the profession extends to serving on the University of Melbourne’s Department of Architecture and Building, Architecture Advisory Board (1985 to 1988) and the Architect’s Registration Board, as AACA examiner in Architectural Practice.

Peter’s intelligence, humanity and humility has endeared him to many in the profession, and earned him the highest respect within government and the community. The breadth and depth of his intrepretation of the human experience of the city provides an exemplary model for architectural practice. Peter Elliot is a most worthy recipient of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal by his exceptional contribution through design, to architectural education, leadership within the profession, and promotion of architecture within the community.

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AIA Gold Medal 2017

Peter Elliott - Winner

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The Cornish Family Prize for Art & Architecture – Finalist

Episodic Urbanism: The RMIT Urban Spaces Project 1996-2015

2016
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AIA National Architecture Award: Education

Architecture Commendation

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AIA Educational Architecture Award

Architecture Award

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AIA Heritage Architecture Award

John George Knight Award

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AIA Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media

Episodic Urbanism: The RMIT Urban Spaces Project 1996-2015

2015
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Mornington Peninsula Heritage Award

Restoration of a Heritage Place - Excellence

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AIA Urban Design Award

Architecture Award for Urban Design

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AIA Sustainable Architecture Award

Commendation

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ATW Tapestry Design Prize for Architects

Third Prize Winner

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Australia Award for Urban Design

Small Scale - Commendation

2014
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AIA Urban Design Award

Architecture Award for Urban Design

2012
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Intergrain Timber Vision Awards

Landscape Award

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AIA Urban Design Award

Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design

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AIA Urban Design Award

Architecture Award for Urban Design

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AIA Small Projects Award

Architecture Award

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Victorian Coastal Awards

Coastal Building & Design Award

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AIA National Urban Design

National Commendation

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AIA National Urban Design

Walter Burley Griffin Award

2010
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ASI Steel Awards

Steel Clad Structures Building Design Award

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ASI Steel Awards

Creative Innovations Steel Design Award

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RAIA Urban Design Award

Architecture Award for Urban Design

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RAIA Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

Architecture Award

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RAIA Institutional Alternations & Extensions Award

Architecture Award

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RAIA Heritage Award

John George Knight Award

2008
2006
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RAIA The Regional Prize

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RAIA National Award

Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage

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RAIA Institutional Alternations & Extensions Award

Architecture Award

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The Adelaide Prize

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AILA National Landscape Architecture

Merit

2005
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C&CAA Public Domain Awards – Precincts Category

Commendation

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BDP Australia

Urban Design Award

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C&CAA Public Domain Awards – Streets Category

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AILA Project Award of Design Excellence

2004
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RAIA Institutional Architecture Award

Architecture Award

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RAIA Heritage Architecture Award

Architecture Award

2003
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C&CAA Public Domain Awards – Precincts Category

Commendation

2002
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Australian Timber Design Awards

Highly Commended

2001
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RAIA Institutional Award

Commendation

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RAIA National Award – Public Buildings

Commendation

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RAIA (Tasmania) Public Buildings

Merit

2000
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The BDP Urban Design Award

Commendation

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RAIA National Award

Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design

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RAIA Urban Design Award

Joseph Reed Award

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RAIA The Melbourne Prize

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RAIA Institutional Award

Merit

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AISC Architectural Steel Design Award

Architecture Award

1999
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Australian Council of Building Design Professions – Urban Design in Australia Award

Commendation

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RAIA Urban Design Award

Commendation

1998
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RAIA National Award

Lachlan MacQuarie Award for Conservation

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RAIA Institutional Award

Merit

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RAIA Conservation Award

John George Knight Award

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RAIA The Melbourne Prize

Commendation

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Property Council of Australia Award

Refurbished Buildings

1997
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RAIA Institutional Award

William Wardell Award

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RAIA Urban Design Award

Collective projects, The University of Melbourne - Merit

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RAIA Commercial Award

Robbie Barker Hair Salon, Toorak - Commendation

1996
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RAIA New Institutional Award

Merit

1995
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RAIA New Housing Award

St. Mary's College, Principal's Residence - Commendation

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AISC Victorian Award – Architectural Steel Design Award

The Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, Ballarat

1992
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RAIA National Award – Interior Architecture

Minchin Apartment, Fitzroy

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RAIA Interior Architecture Award

Minchin Apartment, Fitzroy - Merit

1991
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RAIA Victorian Award Medal

Carlton Baths & Community Centre

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RAIA New Institutional Award

Carlton Baths & Community Centre - Merit

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BHP Steel Profile Architecture of the Decade Awards 1981-1991

Carlton Baths & Community Centre - Highly Commended

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BHP ‘Award of Merit’

Steel Sheet & Coil Products Division & Metal Building - Merit

1988
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RAIA Conservation Award

Osborne House, Fitzroy Rooming House - Merit

1987
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RAIA Rejuvenated Housing Award

Professor George Seddon Residence, Richmond - Merit

1985
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RAIA National Awards – Robin Boyd Award

Knox Schlapp Housing Project, Port Melbourne - Finalist

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ACI Architecture Award for Innovation in Architecture

Knox Schlapp Housing Project, Port Melbourne

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RAIA New Housing Award

Knox Schlapp Housing Project, Port Melbourne - Merit

1984
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RAIA New Housing Award

MacLatchy Residence, Fitzroy - Merit

1981
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RAIA Rejuvenated Housing Award Medal

McCutcheon Residence, Clifton Hill

1980
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RAIA Rejuvenated Housing Award Medal

Whitelaw and Newhouse Residence, Lethbridge

1979
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RAIA Urban & Community Design Award Medal

Fitzroy Housing Repair Advisory Service

1975

RAIA Community Design Award

Playground design at the Victorian School for Deaf Children