From world-class hotel redevelopments to smart one-bedroom makeovers, it’s been a good 12 months for thoughtful architecture out west. This purple patch is reflected in the record 132 projects submitted for this year’s Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards, the local industry’s annual celebration of great building design.

Although many of these projects have quickly become part of our day-to-day – the City Beach surf club redevelopment, say – the awards’ exhibition of entries brings all this work together in the one place. It provides a snapshot of where residential, commercial, heritage and sustainable architecture is at, and the entries in this year’s awards speak to the changes and challenges faced by today’s architects.

“As an architect, one must be involved in the whole building process, from design to project management, and ultimately, see the project through to completion,” says Brian Wright, the awards’ jury chair. “With the prospect of anything from rotating skyscrapers to invisible buildings, architects must embrace and understand new and developing technologies to ensure they remain on top of their game.”

This year’s winners will be announced at a presentation evening on Friday July 1 with state winners progressing to the national awards.

The Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards entries exhibition is showing weekdays from 8.30am to 5pm in the lobby of Central Park, 152–158 George Terrace, Perth. Entry is free and the exhibition runs till Friday July 8.

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