Design and Development Awards 2024

The awards promote outstanding urban design, architecture, heritage, public space, sustainability, interior architecture and urban art.

Great design raises the quality of life for everyone in our City. It is more than just aesthetics (although it is that too), it encourages creativity, can help lead to a feeling of safety and can create sustainable spaces that lead to a greener city. Through design, we shape our City and conserve our heritage. In short, it’s worth celebrating!

That’s why we’re proud to call on architects to help us celebrate the incredible work they do designing our City spaces.

About the awards

Since 1998, the City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards has encouraged and celebrated design excellence in the City of Port Phillip.

The Awards are free to enter and held in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Design Week in May.

Many thanks to all entries and shortlisted projects over the years, it is your contribution and enthusiasm that makes programs like this possible, and helps build amazing cities like ours.

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2024 Design and Development Award recipients announced

We were proud to celebrate local design excellence at our awards night on 28 May 2024.

At the event we spotlighted the shortlisted finalists and announced the winning designs for 2024.

In total, we handed out 23 winner and commendation awards.

2024 Awards

Jury Panel

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Director, MGS Architects

Catherine Ranger

“I care deeply about the experiences of people who interact with our buildings. I am proud that our buildings speak to their context, their fellow buildings, and to an optimistic vision of our cities.”

An experienced architect and design lead, Catherine has been critical to MGS Architects’ emergence as one of Australia’s preeminent creative practices. She is a driving force behind MGS’ design success, working at every level of the practice and across all projects to embed innovation, invention and impact.

Catherine cultivates good relationships that enable teams to go above and beyond to unlock the most creative result for each project.

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Acting Director Planning and Portfolio Development, Homes Victoria

Margie McKay

Margie is currently Acting Director Planning and Portfolio Development at Homes Victoria, who are responsible for managing the State Government of Victoria’s social housing portfolio. With over 20 years’ experience in architecture, urban design and strategic development, Margie is passionate about urban design’s role in improving social outcomes.

Margie was joint inaugural president of Urban Design Forum in 2021, a non-profit organisation that supports public interest outcomes in our cities. She is also an Industry Adviser for the Master of Urban Design program at RMIT University. Margie has focused her career on design leadership roles within government, believing that creative, courageous approaches are critical to solving our complex city challenges.

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Director, Grant Amon Architects

Grant Amon

Grant Amon, BArch, ARAIA, registered architect is the founding director of Grant Amon Architects (GAA) and has 30 years of experience in the fields of commercial, community, residential and interior design. Grant has been a St. Kilda resident since the early 1980’s and founded GAA office in the George, St. Kilda in 1993. Grant is the recipient of numerous design awards and has completed many local and international projects, including in Japan and Macau.

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Councillor Gateway Ward and Mayor, City of Port Phillip

Cr Heather Cunsolo

Cr Heather Cunsolo is the Mayor of City of Port Phillip and a Gateway Ward councillor. With a background in architecture, small business and mediation, Heather looks forward to the Design and Development Awards continuing to build bridges between residents, designers, businesses and Council. Heather has experience in bringing people together to see vibrancy in the City’s streets and the beautification of public spaces.

As the City of Port Phillip grows, she is also keen that the Awards continue to support and celebrate quality property development as an example to the industry.

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Head of City Design, City of Port Phillip

Craig McLean

Craig has led the City Design team at Council for seven years. During this time, he has also had roles leading teams across transport, design, sustainability and planning.

Prior to working at the City of Port Phillip Craig worked in Amsterdam for 10 years on public space, transport, spatial planning and design research projects. This international background provided a solid foundation for engaging with community and stakeholders to deliver high quality and sustainable outcomes across disciplines.

Craig focuses on leading teams to collaboratively deliver a portfolio of complex urban design projects, policies and strategies. He is passionate about cities, the public realm and the power of design to improve places, processes and lives.