Category Archives: Awards

2013 HIA Shriro Commercial Northern Rivers Home of the Year

Facey House awarded HIA Shriro Commercial Northern Rivers Home of the Year – NSW Housing Awards 2013

Facey House, a new home in Port Macquarie designed by Fisher Design + Architecture and built by Creative Works Constructions, took out the coveted title of the HIA-Shriro Commercial Northern NSW Home of the Year Award (partnered by Shriro Commercial) at the 2013 HIA-Shriro Commercial Northern NSW Housing Awards.

Judges said “the award winning builder’s own home in Port Macquarie offers an array of quality finishes, excellence in design and breathtaking views of the Hastings River. “

Congratulating Scott and Debbie on such an outstanding achievement, HIA’s NSW Executive Director, David Bare, said “the awards were an excellent display of the housing industry’s capacity, innovation and resilience in regional areas of NSW. It is encouraging to see that in challenging market conditions HIA’s builders and designers have maintained their commitment to excellence.   The calibre of entries this year shows yet again the strong support for these awards.  Each year the bar is raised higher making the judging process all the more difficult.  The Northern region continues to set a high standard within NSW.”

HIA Media Release | 6th September 2013


2012 Premier’s Prize

Giidany Miirlarl Education Space, Coffs Harbour

Fisher Design + Architecture in association with Mackenzie Pronk Architects

Jury Citation: The Premier’s Prize recognises an architect or a project that has contributed to the advancement of architecture in our State. While in the past it has been left to the personal discretion of the Premier, this year I opened up the decision to the people of NSW. And I have always been very confident that the people of NSW invariably ‘get it right’. Through an online poll, the readers of the Sydney Morning Herald voted on the three shortlisted projects nominated by the Government Architect, Peter Poulet. Although all three projects were worthy and embodied a strong social commitment, there can only be one winner. I am very pleased to award the 2012 NSW Premier’s Prize, confirmed by an overwhelming number of citizens, to the Giidany Miirlarl Education Space in Coffs Harbour. Giidany Miirlarl celebrates local Aboriginal culture and history and represents a healing of the scars from when Muttonbird Island was joined to the mainland in 1924. Importantly, the awarding of this project demonstrates our support for all regional communities and in particular Aboriginal communities across NSW. Fisher Design and Architecture in association with Mackenzie Pronk Architects were commissioned by Arts Mid North Coast, National Parks and Wildlife, and Coffs Harbour City Council to build a robust and elegant structure that provides public space, as well as an opportunity to learn about the cultural and environmental history of the site. Giidany Miirlarl successfully achieves this. Local Aboriginal stories about the island will be told in the amphitheatre and the history of the place has been inscribed for all to see on panels which spiral up the rising ramp enveloping the meeting place. Local artists Shane Phillips and Janelle Marshall have creatively interpreted traditional stories of the island and added to a place for social interaction, storytelling, learning and rest. This modestly scaled building project has made a significant social contribution and has been a truly collaborative effort bringing the community together to tell the story of the island. I commend it as a worthy recipient of the 2012 Premier’s Prize – as selected by the people of New South Wales.

2011 Australian Timber Design Awards

Design Excellence Award for Giidany Miirlarl – Muttonbird Island

Christian Fisher of Fisher Design + Architecture, and Neil Mackenzie of Mackenzie Pronk Architects jointly accepted an award for architectural design excellence in the Outdoor Timber – Stand Alone Structures category, at the Australian Timber Design awards dinner in Melbourne on 18 October 2011.

The award is an important recognition of the value of public architecture in Coffs Harbour and on the mid north coast, and provides a place for the people of Coffs Harbour to experience cultural events, music and performances in a space which is vibrant, encouraging and respectful.

2011 Australian Timber Design Award Winners

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2008 UDIA NSW Best Residential Development

North Sapphire Beach: Winner UDIA NSW Best Residential Development 2008

Judges Comments: “The highlight is the Beachstone Café and its seamless integration with the children’s playground…This is an intelligent and sensitive design. Attention to detail, use of locally sourced materials and the quality of works is outstanding, setting a new benchmark for masterplanned coastal developments.”