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National Biophilic Design Awards 2023

The Living Future Institute of Australia is hosting the first National Biophilic Design Awards in 2023

The awards will recognise achievements in Australian buildings, interiors, and communities, that demonstrate the principles and benefits of biophilic design. National winners will automatically be entered into the International Living Future Institute’s Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award in 2023.

National Biophilic Design Award applications open 1 December 2022 and close 28 February 2023.

Awards Closed.


Interior and Renovation

Winner: Pavone House

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Building Scale Projects

Winner: Taronga Institute of Science & Learning

Community and Urban Scale Projects

Winner: Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge

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1 December 2022 – Entries Open

28 February 2023 – Entries Close

March/April 2023 – Judging

27 April 2023 – In-Person Awards Ceremony, Sydney

Category Judges

Interiors and Renovations

Angelica Rojas-Gracia


Anne Clisby

Anne Clisby Architects

Anne Clisby is established architect with a 25-year track record of driving successful design and delivery for complex architectural solutions. Anne’s portfolio of projects have been awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects across public, education, commercial, interiors, residential and urban design categories. With degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design and a passion for landscape, Anne works across projects of all scales. She is a regular presenter, panelist, writer and invited critic who believes in giving back to the profession, to ensure our cities and architecture benefit future generations. Following an extensive career some of Australia’s most recognised design firms of Denton Corker Marshall, Fender Katsalidis and Woods Bagot, Anne established Anne Clisby Architects in 2022 to follow her values and passion about designing human environments from the inside out, and linking architecture and nature through landscape and environmental design.

Joe Snell

Studio Snell.

Matthew Fellingham

Fellingham Consultancy and Design

Sacha Coles - Panel Chair

ASPECT Studios

Sacha delivers innovative design within a social framework, reinforcing the role that cities can play in creating economic and social opportunity. His work promotes uplifting quality of life, encouraging social equity, and elevating the spirit through design.

Building Scale Projects

April McCabe - Panel Chair

The Planning Studio

As an urban planner and policy specialist, April is an advocate for people-focused cities through the development of planning and design policies that positively influence how we experience, connect and function within cities and places.

Dr Fiona Gray


Dr Fiona Gray is the CEO of Renew, a national not-for-profit organisation that provides expert, independent advice on sustainable solutions for the home to households, government and industry. Fiona has more than 25 years’ experience as a registered practising architect, urban ecologies researcher, executive leader, and board member. Her previous roles include Executive Manager of City Design at the City of Ballarat, and the Founder and Director of Civic Collective, an urban research and design consulting agency. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures at Deakin University, a Living Future Accredited professional, and an expert advisor to the Heritage Advocacy Committee for National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Hannah Tribe

Tribe Studio Architects

Hannah Tribe is the Principal of Tribe Studio Architects. Established in 2003, Tribe Studio is recognised for design excellence in its built and conceptual work in residential and urban design, education, commercial, heritage, installation and interiors. Hannah is an energetic and innovative designer and leader, who works across all scales from city planning to detailed design.

Hannah has taught at the University of Sydney, UTS and UNSW. She has tutored in design and lectured in design and design communications. She has sat on the NSW Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects. She has been an invited juror on awards panels, including the Australian Institute of Architects Awards and the IDEA Awards and the Houses Awards. In 2020 she curated the Sydney Architecture Symposium, and she sits on the NSW State Design Review Panel (SDRP) and the NSW Health Infrastructure SDRP.

Wayne Sanderson


Wayne Sanderson is Regional Director | Australia & New Zealand, based out of the Melbourne office. His remit includes overall responsibility for the region’s design and operational direction, assuming general responsibilities including design direction, leadership, management and strategy for our Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland offices.

Bringing a wealth of experience, as a registered architect in Victoria (Australia) with more than 25 years’ experience, Wayne’s reputation is based on his specialisation in large-scale, transformative projects. Wayne’s architectural career has centred on façade design, involving complex geometries and progressive thinking. With experience in Australia, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and China, his design-led approach influences each aspect of a project’s development.

He has a specific interest in materials technology, emerging prototyping techniques and the future opportunities for integrating materials sourced from non-building specific industries into building cladding systems.

Wayne’s passion is to provide quality façade solutions that influence the future built environment. Having led some of the regions most celebrated architecture practices in producing ground-breaking architectural icons, his passion for façades and strong commercial acumen are a natural synergy with Inhabit’s progressive approach to the facade industry.

Community and Urban Scale Projects

Barbara Schaffer

Government Architect NSW

Paul Stoller

Atelier Ten

As managing director of Atelier Ten’s Australian offices and a global leader of our Benchmarking practice, I contribute sustainability planning and design consulting to environmentally ambitious campuses, precincts, and buildings. My areas of expertise include high performance facades, advanced HVAC systems, sustainable master planning, and resilient design.

Richard Mullane


Richard is a master planner and urban designer at Hassell with extensive experience working across Australia, China and the United States. He established Hassell’s Environment and Communities sector – working with communities on projects of combined environmental and social value.

A strong advocate for collaborative and site-responsive design, Richard is passionate about unlocking the potential of cities by creating unique and sustainable design solutions through close engagement with local communities. Most notably, Richard led Hassell’s team in the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge – resulting in an award-winning, beloved public space and planning frameworks that support the San Francisco Bay Area’s long-term resilience.
Stephen’s work has included the development of global environmental assessment methods, designing and managing buildings and masterplans, embedding sustainable development into educational curriculum, and leading projects to achieve the Living Building Challenge.

Dr Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard

Landscape Architecture, UNSW

Sara is a Registered Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). She is Director of the Landscape Architecture Program and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. Sara has practiced in Denmark, Europe and Perth, Western Australia and taught Bachelor and Masters Programs at the University of Western Australia and UNSW. Sara has held leadership positions with AILA including State President of the WA Chapter and has served two terms as Director and Company Secretary on the National Board. Sara is co-convenor of the ‘Urban-rural linkages’ working group of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Sustainable Cities and Landscapes (SCL) Hub based out of the University of Oregon, Eugene. Her current research interests focus on landscape performance; peri-urban and rural-urban linked landscapes and Indigenising curriculum in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Sara was awarded a PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2020.

Stephen Choi - Panel Chair

Architecture for Change

Stephen Choi is an architect, Project Manager, and musician, based in Naarm (Melbourne). He co-founded not-for-profit environmental building consultancy, Architecture for Change, has been a long-time ambassador for the Living Future Institute in Australia, and delivered Australia's first Biophilic Design workshops across the country.

Stephen’s work has included the development of global environmental assessment methods, designing and managing buildings and masterplans, embedding sustainable development into educational curriculum, and leading projects to achieve the Living Building Challenge.

Awards Celebration Event

Join us for an evening of biophilic design excellence as we celebrate all of our award applicants, and of course, announce the winners of the inaugural awards! In the spirit of biophilia, expect the celebration to be less like an awards presentation and rather, an opportunity to meet and celebrate biophilic design with fellow practitioners.


Date: Thursday, 27th April

Time: 6-7:30 PM (AEST)

Location: COX Architecture, 70 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

About the Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Awards

The Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award is administered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). It acknowledges Kellert’s legacy as a pioneer in articulating and applying biophilic design principles to the built environment. His advocacy has encouraged the widespread adoption of the practice of design for human-nature connection.

The ILFI Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award 2023 is in recognition of achievements in the built environment, including buildings, interiors, and communities, that demonstrate the principles and benefits of biophilic design.