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The University of South Australia's Design Construct program has been shortlisted in the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards for the successful Fish River Ranger Accommodation project.
Building on a history of Indigenous housing in remote locations, the Indigenous Land Corporation invited the Design Construct program to propose upgrades to the Fish River Ranger Accommodation. The project aimed to improve the living conditions of the rangers by retrofitting existing structures to address the extreme climatic conditions of the Northern Territory.
Following successes at the Northern Territory iteration of the Awards earlier this year, with the Fish River project taking out both the Yali-McNamara Award for Small Project Architecture and the Indigenous Community Architecture Award, the project was eligible for consideration in the national awards that recognise high-level achievement and innovation across the country.
78 entries spanning 14 categories have been shortlisted for the 2019 program, the winners of which will be announced in a ceremony on November 7 in Brisbane. The jury, chaired by AIA immediate past president Clare Cousins, includes representation from across the country and across architectural disciplines.
The Fish River project is shortlisted in the Small Project Architecture category, where it is joined by Doubleground by Muir + Openwork (VIC) and Jock Comini Reserve Amenities by Kerstin Thompson Architects (VIC).
View the full shortlist here.