Awards, Projects

Darebin Intercultural Centre Wins the Dulux Grand Prix!

On 11th May, Sibling attended the Dulux 2023 Colour Awards where our Darebin Intercultural Centre was crowned the winner of the Grand Prix prize!

“The deliberate avoidance of any recognizable cultural representation placed greater importance on the form and material palette, and we applaud the strong tie to the brief, achieved through the push and pull of colour and texture,” said the judges.

Read all about the win on ArchitectureAU, along with a list of all the other winners at the 2023 Dulux Colour Awards.



Regional Museum Conference

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of welcoming delegates from the Regional Public Galleries NSW conference for a site walk through the nearly complete SECCA/Bega gallery 😀We also joined gallery director Iain Dawson, artist Liam Benson and Cayce Hill on a panel to discuss what it takes to create equitable and accessible cultural spaces. Looking forward to the gallery opening later this year!


Houses Magazine Profile

“Rich in invention, the singular, socially minded homes of this practice are not only intensely personal to the clients, but also intricately connected to community.” Thank you Peter Davies for profiling us in this issue of Houses magazine !!!

Being profiled in Houses magazine is a real honour for us! Over the years it has been a go-to resource in our library for the best in residential architecture and design, so to be published let alone profiled as a practice in this publication is a real highlight.
Whilst we work across a diversity of public sector projects from education, arts and culture and community; we also highly value working on housing. The opportunities to test new ideas for dwelling come in many forms; from multigenerational living arrangements, to ageing in place, to how the private domestic spaces can engage with the surrounding community. In essence, these ideas are all about how we can live together, better. 

A big shout out to all of our clients, consultants and builders who we have worked with over the years to makeeach of these special residential projects come to life.


Rushworth Commencement

Kicking off the year on site is our new technical campus building for Rushworth P-12 College!
Located on Taungurung Country, 180km north of Naarm/Melbourne, the former gold-mining town is now a small community of little more than 2000. The new campus building will provide new technical learning and community spaces that will be utilised by the wider public, whilst creating opportunities for primary and secondary students to interconnect.

Looking forward to sharing construction progress throughout the year!


Place Debate at EDDY

Over the last 12months we have been working closely with Transport for NSW and Right Angle Studios on the place activation and strategy for the Eddy precinct at Central Station. Watch this space for our latest project updates!

To launch the precinct, Right Angle hosted the Place Debate, on site at Eddy with Rob Stokes, NSW Tranport Minister opening the event.
Qianyi Lim on behalf of Sibling was invited along with five other city makers to debate the topic ‘ A great city should never sleep!’
Appointed to the negative side of the debate with Sacha Coles, Director of Aspect Studios and Sam Davison, Creative Director at Right Angle; we argued that quite simply, cities, like all living organisms, need to take rest and be restored in order to function. Whilst it is valuable for our cities to offer a myriad of spaces for entertainment, for leisure, for work, for learning– there is a danger that our cities become places focused around constant consumption and production. Places where commercial values take priority over social, community and emotional wellbeing. It is crucial that our cities are balanced with spaces for turning off; for rest and respite; spaces where we can retreat and do nothing.
As cities across the globe move towards 24hour connectivity, we need to make sure that the city, with its own circadian rhythms, offers a diversity of spaces, that are inclusive, safe and accessible for all of us, to turn off for a bit and retreat throughout the day.

Arguing for a great city that never sleeps was Jess Miller, Michaella Sola March and Barrie Barton, who emphasised the importance of night time economies in supporting essential workers with services as well as harnessing the cultural capital that a 24hr city can bring.
The winners of the debate were decided by crowd cheering and needless to say, we won! However both sides could agree that  a great city needs to accommodate and provide space for a diversity of communities, uses and programming across a 24hour day, whether that be for work, rest or play.



Progress at Wangaratta District Specialist School!

We love to see the progress on our delicious brick layer cake at Wangaratta District Specialist School.
When complete this learning hub will provide space for students to develop skills that encourage independent living through carefully crafted spaces and sensory design devices. It’s so exciting to see the new school building, landscape and sports court come to life, Watch this space!

Really looking forward to seeing the rest of our Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) school get on site!


Work with us in Melbourne

Sibling Architecture is searching for an outstanding and passionate project architect with 7+ years experience to join our team in Melbourne.

Why work for Sibling?
Sibling Architecture is one of Australia’s freshest design practices founded in a spirit of collaboration. This social desire to engage in open debate, and with contemporary architectural practice, is reflected in our strong mix of projects in the educational and cultural sectors, and underpinned by our experience in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design. We are seeking someone interested in leading a variety of projects in scale, type and sector: from educational and civic buildings, to urban design, residential architecture,design research and exhibition design.

You will be responsible for and have experience in:
Leading and coordinating the design and documentation of multiple projects at various stages of a project lifecycle
Overseeing projects during the contract admin phase, including responding to RFI’s, EOT’s and progress claims.
Planning and managing the documentation fl ow of projects and the team
Managing the exchange and coordination of documentation with the consultant team.
Producing documentation models with a high degree of accuracy
Effectively managing clients and have excellent communication skills
Conducting regular reviews and quality assurance with your project team
Nurturing graduates to grow their skillset
Working closely with the leadership team to contribute to business development and advocate for Sibling Architecture
Contributing to our studio culture of research and learning

Skills & Experience
Degree/s in architecture with a vast knowledge of building codes and standards
Registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, or equivalent 7+ years experience post-graduation in an architectural practice, including the delivery of projects
Rights to work in Australia
Proficiency in Revit and Rhino is advantageous

About You
Highly proactive and self driven
Strong time management skills including the capacity to work across multiple projects at various stages
Keen design eye with attention to detail

The Offer
Flexible working conditions
Convenient Swanston St Studio location
A dynamic, driven and inclusive working environment
Salary commensurate with experience
Professional Development opportunities

To apply for this position, please forward your CV and portfolio with ‘Project Architect’ in the subject heading to prior to Friday, September 9th 2022.
Interviews will be held up to and after this date.


Qianyi Lim awarded NSW Emerging Architect Prize

In July Sibling Co-director Qianyi Lim was awarded the NSW Emerging Architect Prize! We are so proud of Qianyi and are thrilled for the recognition of Qianyi’s immense contribution to our studio and the profession through practice, education and advocacy.

Jury Citation:
Amongst a group of highly talented nominees, the jury considered that Qianyi’s impressive and rounded career portfolio that spans across private practice, education and advocacy made her the ideal candidate for this prize. Qianyi has used her reach in the profession to champion diversity and advocate for women in architecture through invited panels and talks. Further to this, her built work puts Sibling’s research into practice exploring relevant societal themes such as models of home ownership, ageing and multi-generational housing.

Qianyi’s contribution and esteemed expertise to the wider profession is through her involvement co-chairing the AIA NSW Education and Research committee, award juries and as panel member on the State Design Review Panel. Most notably, after years of teaching at various universities in Melbourne and Sydney, her appointment as Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Building and Planning sees Qianyi contributing directly to the development of the masters curriculum and shaping the next generation of architects.

The jury congratulates Qianyi Lim on this well deserved recognition of her extensive contribution to the profession.


Stable House receives top honours at the AIA Awards!

We are excited  to share that Stable House has received the prestigious Wilkinson Award at the AIA NSW Awards!

To be awarded the highest accolade for new residential architecture in NSW, and recognised amongst architects we deeply admire and respect is truly humbling. we are so grateful for the Jurors and all the team involved to make this project a reality!

Jury Citation:

Stable House is a small family home that pops with joy and colour. Sibling Architecture has created an incredibly adaptable house with an eye to the future, without losing sight of the past.

​It belies its small footprint, with a series of overlapping spaces, artful voids and curated views of greenery. The house weaves within the skin of the existing stable wall creating a delightful quality of natural light and depth of texture. The folded roof form is both a sensitive design response to neighbours and a delicate canopy of light.

​Central to the home is the kitchen. Designed with memories of extended family gathering around for meals – the space is perfectly proportioned to fulfil this function in a small footprint.

​Jurors agreed that the house is an inspirational model for how pockets of forgotten space in densely populated areas can be transformed into calm sanctuaries for living


Arts Project Australia picks up a Commendation at the AIA VIC Awards!

We are thrilled to share that Arts Project Australia has received a Commendation for Small Project Architecture at the AIA Vic Awards!

This unique project for a wonderful client, Arts Project Australia, was completed during the pandemic; so it is great to see it be recognised for its clever use of space and uplifting design.

Jury Citation:

Small only in its scope and budget, Arts Project Australia achieves a lot with very little – leveraging its smallness with a humble material palette that cleverly references past utility, and by carving a new entry that meets requisite DDA compliance and provides a clear sequence of arrival and departure that was previously absent. In so doing, what was an underutilised car park is now transformed into a delightful undercroft that is immediately welcoming to both artists and the public.

Read more about the project here. 

Sibling is an architecture practice that cares about making people’s lives better. We do this by creating environments, experiences and strategies that respond to social needs and desires, making everyday life easier, more engaging, and more fun.

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