History of Awards
In 1982, as the property industry gathered to present its first annual awards for excellence and innovation, many of the buildings that now shape our skylines, bring life to our cities and energy to local economies were still distant dreams or sketches on the drawing board.
Since then, the Property Council of Australia (originally the Builders Owners and Managers Association) has been recognising and rewarding excellence. And Rider Levett Bucknall has been the proud sponsor and supporter of the awards program for each of these 39 years.
In 1991, the Property Council's state-based award programs were amalgamated into a national program to recognise excellence across the country.
From 1991, the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year has been presented to some of the nation's most iconic buildings.
The bronze sculpture ‘Aspiration’ was selected from 12 designs entered into a competition conducted by the Property Council of Australia, RLB, and the Art Gallery of NSW in Australia to recognise achievement in commercial property excellence.
2018 Front Cover Design
In 2006 our awards program evolved once more, rebranded as the Innovation and Excellence Awards to celebrate leading-edge practice and inspire innovation within our industry.
Excellence was recognised across 12 categories:
- Office Developments
- Shopping Centre Developments
- Emerging Assets
- Tourism & Leisure Development
- Business or Industrial Parks
- Residential Development
- Government Leadership
- Heritage and adaptive Reuse
- Master Planned Communities
- Mixed Use Development
- Public Buildings
- Sustainable Developments
As Australian cities continue to expand, our industry responds to myraid challengers - from delivering affordable housing to supporting Australians as they age, and from improving the environmental sustainability or buildings or creating a rich and diverse workforce.
As a result, a number of new categories have been introduced.
In 2007, we began to recognise our next generation of talent through Future Leader of the Year Award. In 2010, the Retirement Living and office Workplace categories were introduced, and the following year the Sustainable Development category was expanded to recognise the different approaches taken on new and existing buildings.
In 2012, the Award for Innovation first gained its moment in the spotlight and has since transformed into two awards: one for Project Innovation and another for Development Innovation.
The Award for Best affordable Housing Development was presented in 2015, while the Award for Diversity, introduced in 2016, has been split into two categories in 2017 in response to the number of entries.
While the categories and number of entrants have grown, and the quality and sophistication of the entries have increased, the underlying aim of the awards remains the same: to support and showcase the developments creating brilliant places for all Australians.
RIDER LEVETT BUCKNALL AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Each year the Property Council's national judging panel awards an Australian Development of the Year winner. Some of Australia's most iconic developments have been awarded throughout the years:
1991 Advance Bank Centre, ACT
1992 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
1993 Carindale Shopping Centre, Carindale and 120 Collins Street, Melbourne
1994 Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Gold Coast
1995 Governor Phillip Tower, Sydney
1996 Whitford City Shopping Centre, Perth
1997 St Patrick’s Estate, Manly
1998 Network 10 Headquarters, Sydney
1999 Admiralty Quays, Brisbane
2000 Riverside Corporate Park, North Ryde
2001 No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney
2002 Aurora Place, Sydney
2003 120 Edward Street, Brisbane
2004 University Square, Melbourne University
2005 30 The Bond, Sydney
2006 Lyell McEwin Hospital Redevelopment, Adelaide
2007 Deutsche Bank Place, Sydney
2008 Riparian Plaza, Brisbane
2009 Rouse Hill Town Centre, NSW
2010 One Shelley Street, Sydney
2011 ANZ Centre, Melbourne
2012 Fairfax Media House, Melbourne
2013 Darling Quarter and Commonwealth Bank Place, Sydney
2014 Brookfield Place, Perth
2015 8 Chifley, Sydney
2016 50 Martin Place, Sydney
2017 5 Martin Place, Sydney
2018 Barangaroo South, Sydney
2019 International House Sydney, Barangaroo
2020 Investa's Barrack Place, Sydney