Nighttime aerial view of Parramatta © Airview Aerial Photography
Internationally-acclaimed American architect Jeanne Gang, along with Kim Crestani, City Architect – City of Parramatta and David Riches, Head of Projects NSW, are the final jurors confirmed for the Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta International Design Competition, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced today [28 February 2019].
Minister Harwin said the group will join Naomi Milgrom AO, Australian entrepreneur and collector (Jury Chair); Wendy Lewin, Australian Architect; David Gianotten, Managing Partner – Architect at OMA; and Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, in selecting the winning design for the iconic new museum, public space and pedestrian bridge.
“We have assembled an impressive and highly-experienced group of professionals whose diverse experience, passion and dynamism will prove invaluable in creating this major new cultural institution in Western Sydney,” Mr Harwin said.
“I am especially delighted that Jeanne Gang, designer of Chicago’s world-renowned Aqua Tower and one of the most prominent architects of her generation, has accepted our invitation to join the Jury for this once-in-a-generation project.”
The NSW Government Architect and Sarah Lynn Rees, a Palawa woman and Cambridge graduate, have also been appointed special advisors to the Jury and will join Craig Limkin, Executive Director, Create Infrastructure, and Malcolm Reading, architect and Competition Director, in providing support to the Jury.
To date, the competition has attracted interest from 117 countries. The deadline to enter the first stage of the competition is 22:00 AEDT / 11:00 GMT Monday 18 March 2019. Further details, including how to enter, are provided on the competition website.
A panel including Jury members and Special Advisors will select at least five teams to develop design concepts at the second stage of the competition. A final announcement is expected in the second half of 2019.
The designs produced by the shortlisted teams during stage two will be shown to the public in a physical exhibition and online gallery and the project client, Create Infrastructure, will be seeking public feedback on the proposals before the international Jury meets. Updates including the announcement of the shortlist and final winner announcement will be posted on the competition website.