Waverley Heritage & Design Awards

This year, we celebrated 10 years of Waverley Council’s Design and Heritage Awards. To memorialise this milestone, we launched a special book showcasing the designers, builders and owners who have received awards over the past 10 years. Being one the oldest local government areas in Australia, Waverley has one of the most eclectic mixes of old and new architecture.

The Awards

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.

Residents, owners, architects, designers, project managers and community groups have been invited to nominate buildings and projects that meet the established eligibility criteria.

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. 


There are two categories for the awards:

  • Contemporary DesignThis category is for any contemporary project or study and may include the design of public places.
  • HeritageThis category is for any built heritage conservation project or study, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure

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 Book

Since 2006, the Waverley Design and Heritage Awards have recognised outstanding contributions to the built environment through heritage conservation and innovative contemporary design. The Awards have been won for simple homes through to multi unit developments. They have been won for adaptive reuse, inspiring design and beautiful heritage projects. These designs have added to Waverley's unique cultural and magnificent natural environment of beaches, cliffs, gullies and many inspiring views.

This book highlights ten years of the Awards and acknowledges those designers, builders and owners who have received awards and their pursuit for excellence in the built environment. Each winning entry was chosen to recognise the expert skill and thoughtful approach taken in order to achieve excellence in design and conservation.

Digital copy of the book "Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence"

Need planning advice?

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  • Phone 9083 8484
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