Peter Elliott wins the Gold Medal, the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour

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With a career spanning over more than four decades, Peter Elliott’s iconic designs for public buildings and spaces across Melbourne have earned him Australian architecture’s highest honours, the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal.

Portrait of Peter Elliott

Peter’s early projects, including children’s playgrounds, childcare centres, public housing and a few private houses, established his credentials not only as an outstanding architect but also as a community advocate. His focus on public, educational and urban projects of exceptional quality is demonstrated by his achievements in the state and national architecture awards programs, with almost annual acknowledgement since the 1970s. In all, he has been recognised with in excess of forty Institute awards and has received more than twenty other industry awards.

Spencer Street Footbridge, 1998

A growing portfolio of city making education and infrastructure projects led to Peter been described as an ‘urban surgeon’. Peter’s commissions have included a large-scale RMIT project, the Victoria University Law School, the Melbourne Grammar School Memorial Hall, the Visual Arts Centre for Latrobe University in Bendigo and the School of Performing Arts and Creative Education for Geelong Grammar School. VicRoads Principal urban designer Lorrae Wild says Peter’s ‘timeless and elegant designs’ have ‘changed the face of the Western suburbs of Melbourne, with striking noise walls, bridges and interchanges along the Deer Park Bypass and Western Ring Road.’

Deer Park Bypass, 2009

RMIT A’Beckett Temporary Urban Square, 2014

The Gold Medal recognises distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture or endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner. Congratulations to Peter Elliott AM for winning Australian architecture’s highest honour.

William Buckley Bridge, Barwon Heads, 2012

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