WINNER! Sustainability Awards 2020

I was thrilled to recently announced as a finalist in two categories at the national Sustainability Awards 2020

  • Emerging Sustainable Architect/Designer
  • Women in Sustainability

I was very grateful to WIN what we like to call the “rising star” award (a.k.a. the Emerging Sustainable Architect/Designer!)

The other finalists all do inspiring work, so I was surprised to hear my name read out! It’s a real honour to be recognised by industry peers for the work I’ve been doing – both in my practice, and as a passionate advocate for sustainable design.


WINNER: Sustainability Awards 2020: Emerging Sustainable Architect/Designer

Thanks to the sponsors: Caroma.

This Award is for a registered architect and/or firm that has demonstrated a measurable contribution to the profession of architecture.

Talina Edwards is an emerging leader, known for her passion for sustainable architectural projects within her practice and being a powerful advocate for building a better future. Talina has made meaningful contributions to sustainability with innovative Passive House projects, and by regularly sharing insights and promoting the benefits of sustainable design.
Talina established her architectural practice in regional Victoria. She is passionate about creating healthy, beautiful, functional, comfortable and sustainable architecture. She’s an internationally Certified Passive House Designer, which requires rigorous training to deliver the healthiest, highest-performing and lowest-energy buildings in the world.
Talina is a leader and organiser of Australian Architects Declare, on the ArchiTeam Advocacy committee, is actively involved with the Australian Passive House Association, and is co-curator of the ‘Ballarat Architects’ Regional Practice Forum.

Talina Edwards was one of the first woman architects in Australia that qualified as a Certified Passive House Designer and designed a home that successfully achieved Passive House Certification. The award-winning “Owl Woods Passive House” is a ground-breaking project demonstrating leadership with world’s best practice in terms of sustainability, performance, efficiency, resilience, durability, quality, beauty, comfort and occupant health.

It proves what is achievable, but also necessary for more climate-responsive and responsible buildings. Edwards has played a leading role promoting sustainable architecture by sharing her knowledge, experiences and passion to inspire others through presentations, articles, podcasts and social media.


FINALIST: Sustainability Awards 2020: Women in Sustainability

Thanks to the sponsors: Knauf.

The most exciting talent in sustainable architecture & design over the past 2 years. This is open to architects, designers, engineers and even students who have influenced and / or added to the world of design by their ideas, innovations and concepts.

CONGRATULATIONS to the deserving winner Nadine Samaha who chairs the AIA Vic chapter Sustainable Architecture Forum. And congrats to Kate Nason for being shortlisted too – who is doing amazing things with her leadership in the Passivhaus community in her roles as an APHA board member and as a Sustainability Consultant!

You can read interviews with all the Women in Sustainability finalists that the Knauf crew arranged – here’s mine:

5 QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES: Talina Edwards


The Sustainability Awards 2020 ceremony was held on Thursday 12th November (online) and it was inspiring to see so many projects that excel in sustainability being recognised across the country!

Congratulations to all the deserving winners!

Special shout out to Paul Haar who won the Lifetime Achievement Award!  Paul taught me at uni years ago – one of my favourite design studios that focused on sustainability – I learnt so much from him that helped me on my sustainable-architecture journey! We recently reconnected through the Architects Declare movement and his generous sharing of his research for the Mullum Creek eco village.

Also, Congratulations and special mention to the Certified Passivhaus projects that won awards – there were lots!

And finally, to the BIG winner of the night – BEST OF THE BEST! for Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre
NH Architecture with Russell & George and Frasers Property Australia (This is no ordinary shopping centre – it was designed to meet the strict sustainability criteria of the Living Building Challenge and is wonderful! Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre is a self-sufficient, doesn’t exceed the resources of its location and contains socially equitable, culturally rich and ecologically restorative spaces that connect people to light, air, food and community. It produces more energy than it consumes, captures and re-uses all the water it needs, incorporates biophilic design, avoids the use of toxic and worst-in-class building materials, and has a net positive waste impact. 

I look forward to visiting it one day soon – perhaps after the Christmas-shopping-madness!


Congratulations again to ALL the winners – who are all leading our profession with their passion for better buildings and a better future!


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