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Following a break during the pandemic, the Boroondara Urban Design Awards returned in 2023. Winners were announced on 26 June. 

The 2023 Boroondara Urban Design Awards received over 60 nominations across 6 categories, including the newly introduced Best Sustainable Development award. 

The nominations were assessed against criteria such as: 

  • contribution to the public realm 
  • access and inclusion 
  • excellence in design 
  • sustainability. 

The judging panel consisted of City of Boroondara councillors Cr Lisa Hollingsworth, Cr Wes Gault, Cr Garry Thompson and Cr Nick Stavrou and urban design experts Rob McGauran, Director of MGS Architects, and Craig Czarny, Director of Hansen Partnership. 

Best heritage extensions, additions and alterations

Award winner: 74 Charles Street, Kew
Entrant: Robson Rak Architecture and Interior Designers

Special commendation: 35 Elgin Street, Hawthorn
Entrant: Rosstang Architects

Commendation: 20 Studley Avenue, Kew
Entrant: Robson Rak Architecture & Interiors

Commendation: 9 Randolph Street, Hawthorn
Entrant: Riofrio Carroll Architects

Best small-scale residential development  

Award winner: 46A Kinkora Road, Hawthorn
Entrant: Clinton Murray Architects

Commendation: 56 Park Crescent, Kew
Entrant: Kathie Mathes and Andrew Simpson Architects

Commendation: 17 Manningtree Road and 2A Thomas Street, Hawthorn
Entrant: Ascui and Co Architects

Best medium-scale, multi-dwelling residential development 

Award winner: 15–19 Fenwick Street, Kew
Entrant: ANGLE and Edition Office

Commendation: 177 Auburn Road, Hawthorn
Entrant: WAF Constructions and Splinter Society Architecture

Best non-residential development

Award winner: 254–262 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Entrant: Idle Architecture Studio

Commendation: Balwyn High School B and C wings, 40 Buchanan Avenue, Balwyn North
Entrant: Balwyn High School and Brand Architects

Commendation: Carey Grammar School Centre for Creativity and Collaboration, 349 Barkers Road, Kew  
Entrant: Carey Grammar School and Architectus

Best apartment or mixed-use development

Award winner: 14 Elizabeth Street, Glen Iris
Entrant: BASScare and Smith + Tracey Architects

Commendation: 469–471 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East
Entrant: Pitch Architecture and Design

Best sustainable development

Award winner: 2 Amy Street, Camberwell
Entrant: Homeowners Maria and Carl, Neil Architecture and Phillip Johnson Landscapes

Commendation: 13 Sunbury Crescent, Surrey Hills
Entrant: Parallel Group and Zen Architects


View a carousel of the 6 winning entries below.

The image at the top of this page is of 15–19 Fenwick Street, Kew, by ANGLE and Edition Office.

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