The winners of the sustainability award 2021 – people


What would architecture and design be without the people, the exemplary practitioners who advocate sustainability and set a good example?

At the Sustainability Awards 2021, architects and designers were honored with three very special awards and categories, including Emerging Architect / Designer, Lifetime Achievement and Women in Sustainability.

Although all participants deserve an award, for each of the three prizes selected by the jury, the three winners are leaders and outstanding contributions to the sustainability community.

Aspiring architect / designer

The Emerging Architect / Designer category winner, supported by Cosentino, was David Coates of Sustainable Building & Design Pty Ltd.

Coates is passionate about sustainability and delivers beautiful buildings that exceed requirements for both sustainability and practicality.

Coates specializes primarily in urban planning and has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. At the age of 16 he began his life’s work in the field of building and design as an apprentice carpenter and has refined his craft into a really innovative sustainable designer in recent years.

At the beginning of his sustainability journey, Coates initially focused on renovations, but he’s now also creating brilliant new homes that put sustainability first.

Today David’s vision is all about power efficiency, reuse and upcycling and the result always exceeds both expectations and actual sustainability requirements.

Congratulations David.

Life’s work


The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by BlueScope, is the pinnacle of appreciation and respect for a practitioner. That year the award was given to an environmentalist, Tone Wheeler from environa studio.

As a pioneer of sustainability in Australian architecture for 50 years, Wheeler is an intrepid drive for better, more sustainable practice. He is not only at the forefront in the research and development of new technologies, methods, guidelines and materials, which are taken for granted today, but also generously makes his time and expertise available, educates, promotes and leads in sustainability and practice.

Wheeler is not afraid to speak his mind and has given more than 350 presentations to architects, colleagues from the construction industry and the general public.

This is a man who is very important to sustainability in the Australian construction sector and the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes his commitment and influence to a better, more sustainable world.

Congratulations tone.

The last award in the People category of the Sustainability Awards 2021 is Women in Sustainability.

Belinda Allwood and Shaneen Fantin

That year, Belinda Allwood and Dr. Shaneen Fantin from POD (People Oriented Design) the winners of the Women in Sustainability Award. The category supported by Siniat recognizes an outstanding contribution to the sustainability sector and both Allwood and Fantin are exemplary architects and scientists in this area.

POD was founded in 2014 and advocates sustainability from a holistic perspective that encompasses social, cultural, ecological and economic pillars. You have worked with the First Nations for decades and have a deep respect and commitment for people, land and landscape.
Both practitioners are educators, hold more than 25 seminars and workshops, have also published six articles and book chapters on sustainable design, and run two pro bono projects a year for communities, the environment and First Nations.

Congratulations Belinda and Shaneen.


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