City of Adelaide Prize

The City of Adelaide Prize recognises and awards projects that bring the streets and public spaces of Adelaide alive and make it a great place to live, work and have fun.

The Prize is a category within the prestigious South Australian Architecture Awards Program.

Established in 1997, the prize recognises innovative projects that enliven the city’s public spaces and actively engage with the community. It includes projects such as buildings, landscape works, public art and temporary contributions of the City’s public spaces. The City of Adelaide and the Australian Institute of Architects work together to support the enhancement of public spaces in the city as South Australia’s capital. Best of all: entry is free.

The winners of the City of Adelaide Prize will be announced at the annual South Australian Architecture Awards to be announced in a YouTube livestream on Thursday 10 June on the AusArchitects channel.

City of Adelaide Prize 2021

To be eligible to enter, the project must display innovation and excellence in enhancing the public realm of the city. It must be located within the City of Adelaide (Adelaide and North Adelaide) and have been completed in the past two years.

Potential entries may include:

  • buildings
  • landscape works
  • public art installations
  • performance spaces
  • any other built projects that enhance public experience.

Individual stages or components of projects are also eligible for entry as are projects undertaken by or for the City of Adelaide, State Government and/or Federal Government.

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:


  • enhances the public experience of the City
  • activates and enlivens public space
  • user friendly and creates a positive experience
  • offers equity and community benefits (particularly to disadvantaged groups)


  • environmentally sustainable
  • retains/re-uses heritage fabric
  • enhances water quality, ecological systems and biodiversity


  • contributes to the economic growth of the City
  • enhances tourism opportunities and experiences
  • timely delivery
  • quality for cost (including lifecycle considerations)

Design process

  • exhibits innovation and creativity in design
  • demonstrates collaboration between professionals
  • engages the community

People's Choice Award

The people of Adelaide have the chance to vote for their favourite entry for the City of Adelaide Prize within the South Australian Institute of Architecture Awards. 

The City of Adelaide Prize recognises projects that enhance the public realm by bringing the streets and spaces of Adelaide City alive and making it a great place to live, work and have fun!

Vote now for your favourite entry and a chance to WIN $100 voucher to Part Time Lover and a set of three books from the Jam Factory’s Art Design Architecture collection: Concrete. Steel. Glass.

This year’s nominees include:

  • Hidden Gem at dwell East End Adelaide by Tapiwa Hwata
  • Modernist Adelaide by Stuart Symons
  • Sheridan Kiosk by BB Architects
  • Sky City Expansion Project by BUCHAN
  • Gawler Place Upgrade by City of Adelaide, ProcurePM, WGA, URPS, BMD
  • Vietnamese Boat People Monument – Guiding Light by Tony Rosella and Ash Badios
  • Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopment by Cox Architecture

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is the nominee who receives the most votes!

Vote now

City of Adelaide past prize winners gallery

Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding the City of Adelaide prize, please contact Amanda McConnell:

08 8203 7536

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