Sir John Sulman Medal

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Sir John Sulman Medal
Australian Academy of Science 3.jpg
Awarded forArchitectural merit
Presented byRoyal Australian Institute of Architects (NSW)
First awarded1932

The Sir John Sulman Medal is an architectural prize presented by the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects since 1932.[1] The medal is sometimes referred to as the Sulman Award and now recognises excellence in public and commercial buildings in either New South Wales or in the Australian Capital Territory. Before the advent of the Wilkinson Award it was on occasions presented to domestic projects.

The medal is presented in memory of the Australian architect Sir John Sulman (29 August 1849 – 18 August 1934).[1] Sulman was born in Greenwich, England, and emigrated to Sydney in 1885. From 1921 to 1924 he was chairman of the Federal Capital Advisory Committee and influenced the development of Canberra.


Year Winner Project name Image Location Notes
1932 Peddle Thorp & Walker Science House 157-169 Gloucester Street and Essex Street, The Rocks [2]
1933 Budden & Mackey Primary Producers’ Bank 105 Pitt Street, Sydney (demolished 1964)
1934 Professor Leslie Wilkinson House, 6 Wiston Gardens 6 Wiston Garden, Double Bay, New South Wales (2012-06-04).jpg Double Bay [3]
1935 Fowell & McConnel St. Anne's Shrine St Anne's Catholic Church Bondi-1.jpg 60 Blair Street, Bondi [4]
1936 Budden & Mackey Transport House, Sydney
also known as NSW Government Railways Offices
Railway House (1936) in Sydney.jpg 19 York Street, Sydney [5][6]
1937 J. D. Moore & V. L. Dowling West Wing, Frensham School Frensham.jpg Mittagong
1938 F. A. Scorer City Incinerator Newcastle (demolished 1989)
1939 Eric W. Andrew Surf Pavilion South Steyne, Manly (demolished 1980)[7]
1940 G. H. B. McDonell House, 67 Elgin Street Gordon
1941 Stephenson & Turner King George V Memorial Hospital for Mothers and Babies Missenden Road, Camperdown
1942 Professor Leslie Wilkinson St. Michael's Church Complex Additions Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse
1943 Fowell, McConnel & Mansfield Orient Line Building 2-6 Spring Street, Sydney
1944 No award made
1945 Sydney Ancher House, 3 Maytone Avenue Killara
1946 Stephenson & Turner Concord Repatriation General Hospital Crgh multibldg.jpg Hospital Road, Concord
1947 Stafford, Moor & Farrington Wormald Bros. Pty Ltd 208 Young Street, Waterloo (demolished)
1948 A. H. A. Hanson House, 55 Illeroy Avenue Killara
1949 No award made
1950 Spencer, Spencer & Bloomfield Top Dog Men's Pittwater Road, Dee Why (substantially altered)
1951 Harry Seidler Rose Seidler House RoseSeidlerHouseSulmanPrize.jpg 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga historically referred as North Turramurra
1952 Peddle Thorp & Walker Royal Swedish Legation Canberra
1953 Professor Brian Lewis University House Great Hall, University House, ANU.JPG Australian National University Canberra
1954 Stafford Moor & Farrington Boots Pure Drug Company 376 Eastern Valley Way, Roseville (demolished)
1955 Canberra Branch Commonwealth Dept of Works Canberra Olympic Pool Central Park, Canberra
1956 Baldwinson, Booth & Peters Hotel Belmont Belmont
1957 John Allen & Russell Jack House 62 Boundary Road, Wahroonga
1958 Architect's Branch Sydney City Council Florence Bartley Library Fitzroy Gardens, Potts Point (demolished 1995)
1959 Grounds, Romberg & Boyd Australian Academy of Science Shine dome.jpg Canberra
1960 Ancher Mortlock Murray & Woolley Badham House 89 Dolan's Road South, Caringbah
1961 Bunning & Madden Liner House Liner House.jpg 13-15 Bridge Street, Sydney [8]
1962 Ted Farmer & Tom O’Mahony, NSW Government Architect Fisher Library Fisher Library, University of Sydney.JPG University of Sydney
1963 Ian McKay & Philip Cox St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Leppington
1964 Ted Farmer, NSW Government Architect Goldstein Hall University of New South Wales
Hely, Bell & Horne 75 St John's Road & Glebe Point Road Glebe
1965 Ian McKay & Philip Cox C. B. Alexander Presbyterian Agricultural College Tocal, Paterson [9]
1966 Edwards, Madigan, Torzillo & Partners Warringah Shire Library Pittwater Road, Dee Why
1967 Harry Seidler & Associates Australia Square Australia Square Sydney 2007.JPG George Street, Sydney
1968 No award made
1969 Ted Farmer, NSW Government Architect Marsden Retarded Children's Centre Mons Road Parramatta
1970 Edwards, Madigan, Torzillo & Briggs
in conjunction with Ted Farmer, NSW Government Architect
Student Residence 'A' Mitchell College of Advanced Education Bathurst
1971 No award made
1975 Charles Weatherburn, NSW Government Architect Art Gallery of New South Wales additions Art Gallery Road, Sydney
1976 No award made
1978 Ian Thomson, NSW Government Architect Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education Eaton Road, Lindfield
1979 No award made
1981 Ian Thomson & Chris Johnson, NSW Government Architect Hampden Park Primary School Hampden Road, Lakemba
Harry Seidler & Associates Office Building, 2 Glen Street Milsons Point
1982 No award made
1983 Harry Seidler & Associates MLC Centre Mlc center syd.jpg Martin Place, Sydney
John Andrews International Pty Ltd American Express Tower King Street, Sydney
1984 Ian Thomson, NSW Government Architect Parklea Prison Sunnyholt Road, Parklea
1985 Ian Thomson, NSW Government Architect
in association with Vivian Fraser
Wharf Theatre Pier 4, Millers Point
Glenn Murcutt Zachary's Restaurant Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
1986 Ian Thompson & Colin Still, NSW Government Architect City Council Library & Regional Gallery Orange
1987 Rice Daubney
in association with Stephenson & Turner
Queen Victoria Building restoration Interior of the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney.jpg George Street, Sydney
1988 Ian Thompson, NSW Government Architect Powerhouse Museum Powerhouse entry.jpg 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
1989 Lindsay Kelly, NSW Government Architect Art Gallery of New South Wales extensions & alterations Art Gallery Road, Sydney
Philip Cox Richardson Taylor Partners Sydney Exhibition Centre Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.jpg Darling Harbour, Sydney (demolished 2014)
1990 Bligh Robinson Architects Lake Crackenback Village Alpine Way, Thredbo
1991 Harry Seidler & Associates Grosvenor Place 225 George Street, Sydney
1992 Jørn Utzon Sydney Opera House Sydney (Commemorative Award)
1993 No award made
1994 Denton Corker Marshall Governor Phillip Tower Govenor Phillip Tower.jpg 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
1995 No award made
1996 No award made
1997 Grose Bradley Architects Architecture Studios University of Newcastle
1998 Hassell Olympic Park railway station Olympic Park railway station.jpg Homebush, Sydney
1999 Glenn Murcutt, Wendy Lewin, Reg Lark Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre Illaroo
2000 MGT Architects The Scientia UNSW stairs to the Scientia.jpg University of New South Wales
Bligh Voller Nield Tennis Centre
2001 Suters Architects with Stutchbury & Pape Life Sciences Building University of Newcastle
2002 Hassell
in association with Peter Armstrong Architecture
National Institute of Dramatic Art NIDA 1.JPG Anzac Parade, Kensington, New South Wales
2003 Bligh Voller Nield and Woods Bagot University of Technology Sydney, City Campus, Building 10 Ultimo UTS Fairfax.JPG Broadway, Sydney
2004 Renzo Piano Building Workshop
in association with Lend Lease Design
Aurora Place Aurora Place 3.jpg 88 Phillip Street, Sydney
2005 Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp The Mint, Historic Houses Trust of NSW Sydney Mint.jpg Macquarie Street, Sydney
2006 Bligh Voller Nield 36/37 Squadron Headquarters, RAAF
2007 No award
2008 Kennedy Associates Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan Mount Annan
2009 Candalepas Associates All Saints Primary School
2010 Hassell Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Intermediate Stations North Ryde station entrance.jpg
2011 Bligh Voller Nield Brain and Mind Research Institute, Youth Mental Health Building Camperdown, Sydney
2012 BVN Architecture Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School for Girls Ravenswood School for Girls.jpg Gordon, Sydney
2013 Collins and Turner Architects Waterloo Youth, Family and Community Centre Waterloo, Sydney
2014 Neeson Murcutt Architects in association with City of Sydney Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade Surry Hills, Sydney
2015 BVN Westmead Millennium Institute Westmead, Sydney
2016 Neeson Murcutt Architects Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club Crescent Head
2017 Crone Architects Orange Regional Museum Orange
2018 Candalepas Associates Punchbowl Mosque Punchbowl, Sydney

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  1. ^ a b 80th anniversary of the Sulman Medal
  2. ^ "Science House (including original interiors)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01578. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Houses". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00209. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  4. ^ "St. Anne's Church". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01706. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Transport House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01271. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Former Railway House (Part of Transport House) Including Interiors". New South Wales Heritage Database. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Manly Life Saving Pavilion, Manly Sydney Australia" (PDF). International working party for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Liner House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00589. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  9. ^ Bleby, Michael (20 August 2016). "Architect Philip Cox delivers upfront on architecture's deficiencies". Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 20 August 2016.

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