The lasting success of the 2022 Sustainable Development Trophies

Success takes many shapes and forms. Great success, as they say, has many mothers and fathers. This year’s awards – our 16th to date – have been a great success. It’s also proven to be our most measurable sustainability awards we’ve had to date; and by that I mean in terms of the volume of data that we managed to collect.

In terms of base numbers, there was a grand total of 202 entries, of which 70 were shortlisted. In the evening we saw 16 winners, while 10 entries came highly recommended. The facts and figures we got on what participants liked and disliked were nothing short of staggering. These will be useful for 2023 price planning.

2022 Sustainability Summit

Prior to this event, I also wrote and predicted that “For the past 16 years, Architecture & Design magazine has presented the Sustainability Awards – Australia’s longest running national sustainability awards program dedicated to recognizing excellence in sustainability in our built environment.

But in many ways, my words may well have been a gross understatement.

Watching the one-day Sustainability Summit, with its seven sessions, 40 speakers and 300 in-person attendees, as well as 320 online attendees, the feedback I and many of those working on the awards received was simply exhilarating. And that’s not even mentioning Minter Ellison’s Phoebe Roberts keynote, perhaps one of the best debuts of a summit since its inception in 2016.

Minter Ellison’s Phoebe Roberts

Almost every attendee I spoke to said something like, “It’s the only event of its kind in Australia and it’s exactly what the industry needs.”

In other words, the industry has shown both in words and in high physical attendance that our National Sustainability Awards are an industry event that should be firmly on everyone’s calendar. .

As for the awards gala night, well, all I can say is “What a night!” Considering the quality of this year’s winners and the number of entries of the highest caliber, it is safe to say that sustainability is at least on the right track in the built environment.

But in many ways, that might well have been an understatement. Looking at the one-day portion of the Awards Sustainability Summit, with its seven sessions, 40 speakers and 300 in-person attendees, plus 320 online attendees, the feedback I and many who work on awards received were simply exhilarating. And that’s not even mentioning Minter Ellison’s Phoebe Roberts keynote, perhaps one of the best debuts of a summit since its inception in 2016.

Almost every attendee I spoke to said something like, “It’s the only event of its kind in Australia and it’s exactly what the industry needs.”

Marni Reti of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture (Best Emerging Architect/Designer)

In other words, the industry has shown both in words and in high physical attendance that our National Sustainability Awards are an industry event that should be firmly on everyone’s calendar. .

As for the awards gala night, well, all I can say is “What a night!” Considering the quality of this year’s winners and the number of entries of the highest caliber, it is safe to say that sustainability is at least on the right track in the built environment.

For the full list of winners, click here.

2022 Sustainable Development Awards gala evening

As an example, the overall winner (Best of the Best) – Alexander Symes Architect’s Pepper Tree Passive House was breathtaking to say the least. Winners in the People categories – Marni Reti of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture (Best Emerging Architect/Designer) and Chris Nunn of AMP Capital (Lifetime Achievement) described pretty much all night – pedigree, caliber and potential – honorable and worthy sentiments that we will be taken into account in the planning for 2023.

Pepper Tree Passive House by Alexander Symes Architect, Best of the Best winner. Photo: Barton Taylor

This year we also had another new category – Editor’s Choice – chosen by yours truly, with the winner being Bay Pavilions Arts + Aquatic by NBRS in collaboration with Donovan Payne Architects. Photo: Alexandre Mayes

What we will also consider in planning for the years to come is the importance of our sponsors and partners – without whom we could not have had such a successful day and evening.

So what made the 2022 Sustainability Awards such a success? People. The people who designed the actual rewards, who implemented the rewards program, the people who planned and helped organize the event, the people who promoted the event widely, those who are featured as attendees and our panelists and moderators and of course, gala guests, as well as the wonderful management and staff of Sydney’s iconic Shangri-la Hotel.

All of these people deserve gratitude and praise from everyone here at Architecture & Design.

And believe it or not, planning for future years’ sustainability awards has already begun, so resting on our laurels is certainly not something we could be accused of doing.

AMP Capital’s Chris Nunn (Lifetime Achievement Winner)

While I’m not sure what exactly the awards for the next few years will focus on, what I can tell you is that people will feature more prominently in the 2023 awards, which means that not only will we honor those who help make our awards even better. – to use a well-known phrase – but we will also seek to reward those who have given their all, and then some, to help make sustainability the goal of everything we do in both our industry and our lives at large.

In summary, congratulations to everyone involved in the planning and/or those who attended the 2022 Sustainability Awards – just remember it’s almost the end of the year and very soon we’ll be talking about the 2023 Awards .

For me, I can’t wait!

For more information on the 2022 Sustainability Awards, visit: https://www.sustainablebuildingawards.com.au/2022-winners/

For initial inquiries regarding the 2023 Sustainability Awards, email our sales team at [email protected]

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