High Commendation at IDEA for St Stephen’s School

We are delighted with the news that our refurbishment of an nondescript and underutilised atrium at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig was highly commended at Friday’s Interior Design Excellence Award’s in Sydney! These awards celebrate the best of Australian interior design and attract hundreds of entries each year. It’s particularly thrilling given the incredibly high standard of shortlisted projects in the Public Design category. A complete list of winners and commendations can be read here.

Sen. Ludlam awarded by the Planning Institute of Australia


Last Friday, CODA Director, Kieran Wong, was proud to accept an Honorary Fellowship from the Planning Institute of Australia on behalf of Senator Scott Ludlam.

Ludlam has been awarded the fellowship for his contribution to the ground breaking report #designperth, which was released in June this year as a collaboration between the Australian Greens, CODA, the Property Council of Australia (WA) and the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP).

Kieran said the report delivered a comprehensive comparison between the cost of residential development in infill areas and greenfield sites.

“In addition to demonstrating the economic benefit of urban infill, the report discusses the positive impact of creating denser communities that are well serviced by public transport, in which people can live, work and connect,” he said.

“Senator Ludlam has made an incredible contribution to the planning profession in Western Australia, and to increasing the profile of conversations about the future development of Australian cities more broadly.

“I commend Senator for his visions and contribution to the #designperth report, propelling this important topic into both the public sphere and parliamentary debate.”

Also receiving an Honorary Fellowship was our local mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt, making the awards ceremony a thoroughly Freo affair!

WGV wins prestigious national award!

We are completely chuffed to be announced the recipients of the 2016 Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts (small scale) for our work on Landcorp’s WGV project. This award tops off an extraordinary year for WGV, with ground being broken on site (almost daily) and swag of awards to its name!

CODA was heavily involved in the seminal planning stages of this project, proposing innovative housing typologies for the site, liaising with the surrounding community to ensure that they were comfortable with the development, and preparing a comprehensive set of Design Guidelines to inform the buildings to come. We are pleased to share the award with our client, Landcorp, and co-collaborators, Urbis and Josh Byrne and Associates.

Awards patron, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, described this year’s winning projects as having the ability to ‘enhance our cities’ built environment for the people they must serve, (providing) a lasting legacy for future generations’. This is the third year that CODA has entered these prestigious national awards and the third year that we have been awarded! We are very proud of our work in this often understated facet of architecture and design.

If you’re in Perth, we encourage you to experience WGV for yourself; Josh’s landscaping has flourished in the winter rain, the Gen Y development is nearing completion and several other buildings are well under way.

More about the Australian Urban Design Awards can be read here.

BCC commended at the DIA Awards!

Last Thursday night we were thrilled to receive a commendation at the WA branch of the Design Institute of Australia for our work on Bunbury Catholic College, Mercy campus!


In a fun celebration at the State Theatre, the JV team of CODA and Broderick Architects were commended for our approach to the interiors of the school, which the jury described as ‘deceivingly simple with textural notes, an abundance of natural light and blocks of colour that brings the outside in and the small within the large.’




Congratulations to all involved!


WGV wins the Planning Minister’s Award!

On Friday we were honoured to be part of the team that received two awards at the annual WA Awards for Planning Excellence.

According to the Planning Institute of Australia, ‘the awards aim to emphasise the important role of the planning profession in the development of Western Australia’s communities and places and to heighten public awareness of good planning.’

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Our project, WGV at White Gum Valley, received both the award for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project and the Planning Minister’s Award! The project was submitted jointly by Landcorp, Urbis and CODA, and was praised for ‘its ability to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of sustainable development. It provides a range of affordable and inclusive living options, incorporates elements of the natural environment and retains a connection with the sense of place for the existing local community’.

We are particularly delighted to receive this award as WGV represents exactly the sort of work that we love doing – collaborative, community-focussed and challenging. We relish to chance to work at the front end of housing developments, as they offer bold opportunities to influence the way in which houses function and communities develop.

We are looking forward to continuing to see the project develop in our next role as WGV Estate Architect.

Awards for BCC + VQ!

It’s been a couple of months of celebrations at CODA, with two of our projects receiving major national awards!


In August, we were completely amazed to be awarded the Horbury Hunt prize for Bunbury Catholic College, our JV project with Broderick Architects. The Horbury Hunt is an annual award given out by Think Brick Australia to recognise excellence in architectural brick design.


Adding to our excitement was the fact that we shared the award with inimitable Frank Gehry for his UTS building in Sydney, which I’m sure many of you will recognise from the media:


Celebrations continued with the Victoria Quay Precinct Plans receiving the Australia Award for Urban Design in the Policies, Programs & Concepts – Small Scale category. From our studio’s vantage point opposite Victoria Quay we’ll be able to watch each precinct flourish before our eyes!


These awards are particularly important to us as they reflect the depth of interest and skill of CODA. We have shaped the practice to seamlessly deliver projects across the realms of architecture and urban design, and these awards perhaps suggest that we’re on the right path!

We’ve added these to the mantelpiece alongside our other awards for the year:

BCC Bunbury Campus, AIA (WA) Award for Education

Perry Lakes, UDIA Award for Excellence in Sustainable Urban Development

CODA, Fremantle Business Award for Professional Services

Perry Lakes wins at the UDIA awards!


This morning we were delighted to hear that the Perry Lakes development, for which we prepared the Design Guidelines and Detailed Area Plans, received the award for excellence in Sustainable Urban Development at the WA Chapter’s Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards. Sustainability, in all its forms, sits at the heart of what we do at CODA and so we’re particularly pleased to be recognised in this category and so we’re particularly pleased to be recognised alongside the fantastic consultant team for this project. Congratulations especially to our client, Landcorp for their unwavering leadership on this project.

Our involvement in this project has been long; we are still engaged as Town Architects, and now enjoying seeing our Design Guidelines put into practice! We are still proud of the way this document respected the historical narrative of the site, whilst at the same time providing a framework for contemporary design.

VQ receives a major national award!


Our Associate and Urban Design Leader, Lisa Shine, was in Melbourne last week to receive the Australia Award for Urban Design for the Victoria Quay Enabling Precinct Plans.

This award celebrates many years of design and negotiation for our studio, the client Fremantle Ports and collaborators, Creating Communities Australia and Allerding & Associates, and we are completely chuffed!

In awarding us this honour the jury wrote, the outcome recognises the historical context of the site and proposes development of the public realm in a contemporary manner involving good site analysis and a considered design response that successfully overcomes barriers to waterfront. The process utilised was collaborative, with consultation and engagement with a large number of stakeholders. It redefines underutilised spaces, incorporates art and heritage into a revitalised station hub and enables public access to waterfront as well as opening up the railway station so it becomes a fundamental part of the landscape.

From our studio’s vantage point opposite Victoria Quay we will enjoy watching each precinct flourish as we envisaged in these plans.


Bunbury Catholic College shares the Horbury Hunt award with Gehry’s UTS building!


We were completely amazed last night to be awarded the Horbury Hunt prize for Bunbury Catholic College, our JV project with Broderick Architects. To make it even more exciting we shared the award with Frank Gehry for his UTS building in Sydney!

The Horbury Hunt is an annual award given out by Think Brick Australia to recognize excellence in architectural brick design. CODA loves working with brick and is over the moon to win this award!

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An award for BCC Marist!


Bunbury Catholic College Library


CODA and Broderick Architects were delighted to receive an architecture award for our work on Bunbury Catholic College’s Marist campus at last Friday’s Institute of Architects state ceremony. The award was happily received by Emma Williamson and Eamon Broderick and stands as testament to the successful pairing of our two practices.

BCC Marist was an exciting project, giving us the opportunity to re-imagine the way in which an established campus functions in light of contemporary methods of teaching. Congratulations to the project team!