NGV announces 2017 NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition

NGV 2016 Architecture Commission photo by Sean FennessyThe National Gallery of Victoria invites all registered architects within Australia to participate in the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition – calling for innovative proposals for the activation of the Grollo Equiset Garden, one of Melbourne’s great civic spaces, through the intervention of a participatory, evocative and thought-provoking work of site-specific, temporary architecture.

For 2017, competitors are encouraged to explore and reveal progressive thinking and approaches to activation and audience engagement; materials and systems; manufacturing and fabrication; technology; sustainability; and cultural resonance. While all teams must be led by an architect registered in Australia, competitors are encouraged to collaborate with other cultural, creative and industry professionals, both within Australia and beyond, and to engage with the dynamic global forces that are shaping the world around us.

The Competition will be held in two stages. An anonymous Stage One calls for high level design proposals, of which up to five will be chosen to proceed to a paid Stage Two. These five shortlisted submissions will be further developed and refined in Stage Two, for presentation to the competition jury.

2017 NGV Architecture Commission Jury includes: Jill Garner, Government Architect (Chair); Corbett Lyon, Architect and National Gallery of Victoria Trustee; Ewan McEoin, Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, National Gallery of Victoria; Amy Muir, Architect and AIA Victorian Chapter Councillor; Naomi Stead, Academic, scholar and critic; and SueAnne Ware, Educator, academic and critic.

The jury will select a winner, who will be commissioned by the NGV to complete the design development and delivery of the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission. Led by the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, the NGV Architecture Commission process is developed and delivered by CityLab, and has previously been designed by John Wardle Architects (2015) and M@ STUDIO Architects (2016).

The 2017 NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition registration period is now open to 6 March. Stage One period runs: 1 February – 13 March, with the shortlist announced during Melbourne Design Week: 16 – 26 March 2017.

For more information or to register for the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition, visit: For more information about the the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission, Haven’t you always wanted…? by M@ STUDIO, visit: for details.

Image: Haven’t you always wanted…? by M@ STUDIO – photo by Sean Fennessy