World-leading design professionals confirmed for Future Homes competition judging panel

The judging panel for Victoria’s exciting Future Homes design competition has been confirmed and features seven local and internationally renowned and award-winning industry professionals.  

With Melbourne’s population predicted to double to 9 million by 2056, the Future Homes design competition is inviting Victorian architects and building designers to reinvent apartment design to provide exciting new options for a wide range of households across Melbourne’s suburbs.

The competition will also provide a unique opportunity for Victorian architects and building designers to have their vision for the future of apartment living considered by a panel of world-leading design professionals.

In 2019, members of the Design Matters team campaigned tirelessly and successfully to ensure Building Design members had their work recognised in this esteemed event. As a Building Designer, and valued member of Design Matters, we encourage you to showcase your professional excellence by entering your designs in this year’s Future Homes Competition.

The  seven  member  panel includes:

Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, will chair the jury. Jill has  received  numerous industry awards for delivering sensitive, crafted public and private work and promoting the value of contextual, integrated design thinking and a collaborative approach across design disciplines.

 Sadie Morgan OBE is a founding director of dRMM and an award-winning industry leader and advocate for exemplary design and architecture. Sadie brings a wealth of UK and international expertise.

 Koos de Keijzer, founding partner and Principal of award-winning DKO Architecture.

Jennie Officer, award-winning partner of Officer Woods is widely regarded for her firm’s work with multi-residential projects, pushing the parameters of housing density and typology.

 Tony Isaacson is the Robin Boyd Foundation Chairperson with a special interest in restoration and construction management.

 Jan McCredie is a highly respected Urban Designer, Urban Planner and academic with expertise in middle suburbs and mid-density housing.

 Matt Cohen, is the Director, Development Approvals & Design, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and brings extensive practical insight into the planning and development processes within all levels of government.

Further details about the seven member panel are available at www.vic.gov.au/future-homes.

Competition winners will also have opportunity to work with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to refine designs for implementation including possible changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions, post-competition.

The Future Homes competition is an exciting opportunity to inspire a broad range of possible ideas and solutions on a challenge that needs to be solved by new design thinking – and with the opportunity to share in a $500,000 honoraria and prize pool.

Competition registrations close 10 April 2020 and final entries must be submitted by 23 April 2020.


Competitor briefing session

A competitor briefing session will be held in the second week of the competition period, all competitors are invited to attend.

At this briefing the State and its representatives will provide competitors with further information on upcoming key dates, design brief, competition conditions and lodgement of submissions. The briefing is also an opportunity for competitors to clarify any aspects of the competition which may be unclear.

Competitors are encouraged to log questions through the data room Q&A page ahead of the session to ensure responses can be coordinated.

Seating is limited so please RSVP via email by 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 March to FutureHomes@delwp.vic.gov.au

When: Thursday 19 March 2020

Time: 4.30 – 5.30pm (please allow an extra 15 minutes to collect security passes at reception)

Location: 121 Exhibition Street Melbourne

Building access information: Security passes will be provided at ground floor reception. Only those who have registered will be granted access. Please bring photo ID for entry.

To register and for further information about the competition visit www.vic.gov.au/future-homes.