Waverley Heritage & Design Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Waverley Heritage and Design Awards are now open!

First held in 2006, the Awards initially promoted Waverley's rich heritage through acknowledging projects which conserved, maintained and adapted heritage listed places. The Awards subsequently evolved to recognise excellence in contemporary design. They have attracted more than 140 submissions over the ten years with 28 winner and eight commendations.

The Awards acknowledge the building works, special accomplishments, projects and efforts which have furthered the goal of excellence in design and heritage conservation in Waverley. They recognise excellence and inspire better building design by promoting community awareness and acknowledging the architects and designers involved in enhancing distinctive character. The Awards have had a positive impact on the design standard, products and sustainability of environment.

In 2019, a new category for Contribution has been established to recognise the efforts of an individual or group who have made a contribution to our heritage. This can include volunteers, professionals, organisations, community groups as well as events which showcase and promote our history, heritage and culture.

The winners will be announced at the Awards night on 29th April 2019. Nominations in all categories will also be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Any member of the public can vote on this award during the exhibition at the Waverley Library Gallery, 2 May – 23 May 2019.

Residents, owners, architects, designers, project managers and community groups are invited to nominate places and projects that meet the established eligibility criteria. Nominations close on 1st March 2019.


There are three categories for the awards:

  • Contemporary Design: Any contemporary project or study, including the design of public places.
  • Heritage: Any built heritage conservation project or study, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.
  • Contribution: Any individual or group who have made a contribution to our heritage.

Judging Criteria

In general, the following criteria has been applied to assessing the Awards submission:

  • Response to category: Underlying principles and core ideas.
  • People: Innovation in design that satisfies the functions and needs of today.
  • Place: Excellence in creating places in a manner that responds to and enhances the significance of Waverley.
  • Product: Excellence in design and sustainability.

The contribution category will consider an individual or groups’ role in managing, conserving or promoting Waverley’s history and heritage.

Questions? Please call 9083 8325. Submissions can be sent to lisa.sturis@waverley.nsw.gov.au

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