About the Future Homes project
The Future Homes Project will produce better apartment designs that support the building of apartments that become world leaders in design, sustainability and liveability.
The project has 2 phases:
- competition phase: a competition for Victorian architects and building designers to create plans and designs for apartment buildings. A student competition will also target up and coming leaders in design and architecture.
- planning implementation phase: implementing the designs, including changes to the planning system, such as possible fast track planning processes.
Competition timeline update
We understand how difficult it is for business and the community at the moment, and the safety of the community is our number one priority. For this reason, and to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate, we have extended the Stage One submission date by two weeks. The new closing date is now 3pm, Thursday 7 May 2020.
More information is available to Competitors via the Ansarada data room.
The department is now accepting registrations of interest to participate in the upcoming Future Homes Design competition. To be eligible, registrants must be a practicing architect or building designer registered in Victoria. Other participants may take part by partnering with a Victorian architect or building designer.
Stage one of the competition will open 12 March 2020 at which time all registrants will be provided with access to a data room to access competition documents. Stage one will run for 6 weeks and close at the end of April. Registrations of interest will remain open until 10 April 2020.
Data room access will be sent via email to the contact person and contact email address listed on the registration form. Confirmation of your registration will be processed within 5 days. It is the sole responsibility of registrants to ensure the contact information provided is up to date.
We are delighted to announce that as of 12pm, Thursday 12 March 2020 the Future Homes design competition is open.
The Future Homes design competition is your opportunity to shape the future for apartment lifestyles in Melbourne. Your designs will set new benchmarks in apartment design, sustainability and liveability and to meet the long-term needs of Australia’s fastest growing and most liveable city.
For those who have registered to participate, the competition documents are now available on the competition data room, Ansarada. If you have not received your login details please email: . For those yet to register, please register online:
In accordance with the competition conditions, all communication related to this competition must now be directed via the data room Q&A page. With the exception of RSVPs to the competitor briefing session no direct contact with any of the officers involved is permitted.
The jury for Victoria’s exciting Future Homes design competition has been confirmed and features seven local and internationally renowned and award-winning industry professionals.
Each jury member has extensive experience in the architecture, environment, landscape or planning industry. Their combined wealth of knowledge makes these 7 jury members best placed to select the winners and to potentially implement the designs into the planning system.
Jill Garner, Chair
Victorian Government Architect
Jill took the helm of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect in 2015, stepping into the role as a public advocate for architecture and design after more than twenty years in practice. As an architect, her practice Garner Davis has received numerous industry awards for delivering sensitive, crafted public and private work. As a design advisor and advocate in government, she strongly promotes the value of contextual, integrated design thinking and a collaborative approach across design disciplines.
Jill has taught at both RMIT and Melbourne University in design, theory and contemporary history; she is one of the first graduates of the innovative practice-based Masters by Design at RMIT; she is a past board member and examiner for the Architects Registration Board Victoria; she chaired the national Committee for the Venice Architecture Biennale Committee and she is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Jury Member, Missing Middle Competition (NSW)
Jan McCredie is a highly respected Urban Designer, Urban Planner and academic. She is currently the Principal of Jan McCredie Urban Design and the Urban Design Manager at the City of Paramatta. McCredie has a wealth of expertise in middle suburbs and mid-density housing, an interest and knowledge which she brought the Missing Middle Competition Jury Panel. Jan McCredie has presented a number of keynote lectures on urban design, for example the Higher Density Living Conference.
Director, Officer Woods Architects, 2010 Emerging Architect prize for Western Australia winner, Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia
Jennie graduated from UWA in Architecture in 2000 and worked in research and practice locally before establishing Officer Woods with Trent Woods in 2007. The firms is known for engagement with local circumstances, diverse working modes and a strong collaborative approach to project delivery. Jennie has won multiple awards for her design work and has been a presenter at DoubleTALK and other public lectures.
Officer Woods has been widely regarded for their work with multi-residential projects, pushing the parameters of housing density and typology. They won the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing: National Commendation from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2012 for '58 Stevens Street.'
Koos de Keijzer
OVGA Design Review Panel, Principal, DKO
Koos de Keijzer, founding partner and Principal of DKO Architecture, has built a highly regarded role as an urban designer and architect, with a particular expertise in residential developments. DKO Architecture is an award–winning design practice with offices in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam. As Principal of DKO, Koos heads team of over 200 designers whose expertise spans urban design, master planning, architecture and interior design. Koos has grown a dynamic design practice that’s core strength lies in innovative design and effective delivery.
Prior to establishing DKO Architecture in 2000, Koos was a Director at HPA Architecture, spending 12 years designing and managing some of the Mirvac Group’s most complex architecture and urban projects in Australia. Koos has been involved in several award–winning projects such as The Melburnian and Beacon Cove, in Melbourne, Raleigh Park in Sydney and the Saville Apartments in Brisbane.
Director Development Approvals & Urban Design, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Matt Cohen heads up the Victorian Planning Minister’s Statutory Planning team as Director of Development Approvals and Design. Backed by two decades of Statutory Planning experience including time spent at Bayside, Manningham, Moonee Valley and Yarra councils, Matt thrives on the challenge of working through difficult planning applications to improve outcomes and create better places. Matt leads a team responsible for large-scale central city applications; iconic Melbourne precincts such as Fisherman’s Bend and the Docklands; Port of Melbourne, Central Geelong and Dandenong, Alpine resorts, wind farms and the expansion of non-government schools.
Sadie Morgan (UK)
RIBA National Awards Advisory Panel, Director, dRMM
Sadie Morgan is a founding director of London-based design practice dRMM, who was the recipient of RIBA’s Sterling Prize in 2017. Sadie has undertaken a number of prominent advisory roles, including appointment as the London Mayor’s Design Advocate from 2017, chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two, and is a commissioner of the National Infrastructure Committee. She sits on competition jury and advisory panels including the RIBA National Awards Advisory Panel, and lectures internationally on the role of architects in society and the importance of infrastructure in connecting people and places.
In 2013, Sadie became the youngest president of the Architectural Association and one year later was short-listed for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year award. She was named New Londoner of the Year at the New London Awards in 2017 for her work in ‘championing the importance of design at the highest political level’ and won the inaugural Female Architectural Leader of the Year at the BD Architect of the Year Awards. In addition to receiving the AJ100 Contribution to the Profession Award last year, Sadie was appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to the Homes England Board, which is the public body responsible for funding new affordable housing in England.
Robin Boyd Foundation Chairperson, Former Director, Kane Construction
Tony Isaacson has been a lead figure of Kane Constructions since 1979, as Managing Director from 2001 – 2016 and remains as a Non-Executive Director. His expertise is in construction with a special interest in restoration and construction management. He has managed projects in Australia and overseas including Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Pakistan, China and the Pacific. Tony joined the Robin Boyd Foundation board after transitioning from his long-term role as Managing Director for Kane Constructions and is now Chairperson of the board. Tony Isaacson was the winner of the Professional Excellence Award for Infrastructure at the 2018 Australian Institute for Building Leaders in Construction Awards.
In light of recent events, a number of competitor teams have informed the department that they will no longer be able to attend the briefing session that was scheduled for Thursday 19 March 2020.
To ensure all competitors receive equal access to all competition information, the briefing session will now be delivered through a pre-recorded online video. A link to the video will be provided to all competitors via the Ansarada data room on the morning of Friday 27 March 2020.
To ensure your questions are answered and in line with the competition conditions, competitors are to log questions via the Q&A function in Ansarada. Questions must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020 to ensure a response can be delivered in the online video. Questions received after this date will be responded to via Ansarada.
The best architects and building designers across the industry will participate in a design competition to produce exemplar apartment designs that support better developments in Melbourne's suburbs.
Designs will be:
- liveable – high internal amenity, social spaces, natural light, good outlook.
- cost effective – access to good design for everyone.
- buildable – realistic projects suitable for construction.
- replicable – approaches to adapt to a range of typical locations in suburban Melbourne.
- good neighbours – look after the amenity of the street and surrounding residents.
- enduring – family friendly, sustainable, safe and adaptable.
- meeting a need – responsive to the needs of industry and consumers
A share in a prize pool and honoraria of $500,000 will be awarded at the end of the competition.
Winners of this phase will have the opportunity of ongoing work (at a fee for service) through the planning implementation phase. A demonstration project may be constructed as part of this phase.
A university student competition will be opened in semester 2 of the academic year. The student competition aims to harness the skills and experience of our up and coming leaders in design and architecture.
More information on student participation will be available in mid 2020.
All Victorian architects and building designers are now able to register their interest to participate. Registrants will then receive a design brief that sets out the design competition requirements. The replicability of these exemplar designs across typical suburban lots is key to this competition.
A jury will select up to 8 finalists who will then compete in a second stage to further refine proposals to create replicable, better apartment designs that will form the basis of our world-leading, liveable and sustainable homes.
At the end of the competition, winners will have the opportunity to undertake further work with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to inform potential planning reforms. Alongside consultation with local government, stakeholders and industry groups, DELWP will work to facilitate a streamlined planning process for apartment developments which utilise the exemplar designs produced from the competition.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect are partnering with competition advisor, CityLab, and probity advisor Pitcher Partners.
Reviewed 25 March 2020