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VCCC Wins AIA Awards

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre has won two awards, including the top prize, the Victorian Architecture Medal, at the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards. Designed by an architectural team of Silver Thomas Hanley, DesignInc and McBride Charles Ryan (STHDI+MCR), the VCCC beat more than 200 entrants for the medal, and also won the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture.

Run by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the annual awards recognise the best in Victorian architecture. Sixteen category winners were presented at a ceremony in Melbourne on June 30 2017. The AIA noted a strong showing of health projects at the awards was an acknowledgement by both government and the design profession of the importance of quality design environments in ensuring positive health-related outcomes.

The jury noted in a world where research institutes and cancer hospitals compete to attract the best researchers, the architecture assists in establishing a compelling image for the VCCC. The VCCC was described as a handsome new addition to Victoria’s notable public buildings, becoming a magnet for the world’s best cancer researchers and is testament to the skill and imagination of STHDI+MCR. 

“It is an exemplary building which will serve the Victorian community for decades to come,” the jury noted.  AIA Victorian Chapter President Vanessa Bird said this year’s awards winners focused on designing healthy, liveable spaces. “Living and working in well-designed buildings influences the way we think and feel,” Ms Bird said. “It inspires and uplifts us, promotes well being and health and can bring us together in new ways. The value of good architecture is about creating places for people". 

View the Australian Institute of Architects media release.
Photo by Peter Bennetts