Australian Library Design Awards Conference 2017

The Library Design Award winners will be announced at the library design conference, to be held on Monday 19 June 2017, at Library at the Dock. Melbourne with a celebration reception to follow. Registrations have now closed.



Take a look at the gallery of all 33 nominations for the awards.


Click here to view the conference program.


Professor Rob Adams, City of Melbourne - Rob is currently the Director City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne and a member of the Cities of the Future Council of the World Economic Forum. With over 45 years' experience as an Architect and Urban Designer and 33 years at the City of Melbourne, Rob has made a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of central Melbourne. His recent focus has been on how cities could be used to accommodation and mitigate rapid population growth and the onset of climate chance. He has published and presented extensively on the subject of 'Transforming Cities for a Sustainable Future'.


Richard Leonard, Hayball - With extensive architectural experience in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdon, Richard is internationally recognised as an expert in helping schools integrate contemporary teaching and learning philospohies into creative design responses. A strong advocate for collaborative and research driven design, he regularly collaborates with leading education specialists.


Hamilton Wilson, Wilson Architects - Hamilton Wilson is the Managing Director of Wilson Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. A fourth generation architect, his firm work within the education sector and have, for the past ten years, been fascinated with university libraries and learning environments and their relationships to both technology and the IT savvy student. His interest in the process of interaction of students and information has lead Hamilton into creating design solutions that help meet students diversity in study behaviour. After co-developing the University of Queensland’s initial library re-planning, the opportunity to refine this model with the University Librarian, Janine Schmidt, on more branch libraries has resulted in highly developed library planning strategies.


Kylie Legge, Place Partners - Kylie Legge is a founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary place making consultancy based in Sydney Australia. The company’s focus is planning for new communities and public spaces that creating meaningful relationships with the people who use them, and that are socially, economically, environmentally and culturally rich and sustainable.

Kylie’s passion is building the relationship between people and their environments through a fuller understanding of their physical, intellectual and spiritual needs. She has been a professional place maker for over 9 years, working on projects across Australia, in Asia and the Middle East; and at range of scales – from main street to mall, to mixed used developments and whole of city projects. Kylie is the author of the Urban Trends book series, and has published ‘Doing it Differently’ and ‘Future City Solutions’ over the last 2 years. In 2012 she was a guest panelist at the US Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale and in 2013 and 2014 a speaker at the UN Habitat sponsored ‘Future of Places’ conference in Stockholm and Buenos Aires respectively.

Kylie brings a wealth of education and experience to the complex task of place making. She is a graduate of Architecture, with a Graduate Certificate in Planning and holds a Masters in Social Science (Env&Plan) from RMIT. 


Cecilia Kugler, CK Design International - In 1999 Cecilia Kugler established CK Design International in Sydney NSW to focus on interior architecture and design, to develop her speciality in library planning and design. Always the emphasis is on improving operations and efficiency, and achieving cost effective solutions.

Cecilia has over 29 years of space planning and interior design experience having completed over 80 projects including large and complex facilities as well as smaller libraries and customer service centres for councils, universities, schools, and private organisations. Many of her projects are refurbishments such as Randwick library (1000 m2), Gordon and Bowen Libraries (1800 m2) and State Library of NSW public areas at 5400 m2.
Designing new libraries from the inside out is also a great opportunity to explore new ways of operating. Cecilia works closely with organisations to maximise novel and customised solutions also during the process of planning and designing new libraries such as award-winning Katoomba library, Rockdale Library and Customer Service centre, Riverwood Library and Community Hub, Wentworth Point Library and Community Centre range between 1000 and 3200 m2. All tailored to the identity of the client.
Cecilia’s experience also includes producing accommodation master plans for The State Libraries of New South Wales (35,000 m²) and South Australia (over 25,000 m²), and Melbourne University Campus (up to 25,000 m²), and office spaces such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio at Ultimo (6,000 m²).
Prior to establishing CK Design International, Cecilia worked for leading logistics and architectural firms designing corporate, hospitality and retail environments.
Karen Latimer, Designing Libraries Advisory Board - Karen currently chairs the UK Designing Libraries Advisory Board and chaired the IFLA Library Buildings & Equipment Standing Committee from 2007 - 2011. She is a member of the LIBER European Research Libraries Architecture Group and a founder member and past secretary of the UK Architecture Librarians Group, ARCLIB.  She was also Chair of Hearth Housing Association and Revolving Fund, a building preservation trust which restores historic buildings for social housing or resale, from 200-2015.

Karen has published widely on a range of library and architectural topics and frequently speaks at national and international conferences.  Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, an honorary member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to architectural heritage.


Justine Hyde, State Library Victoria - Justine Hyde is director of library services and experience at the State Library Victoria where she leads the library’s onsite and digital user experience, collections, public programs, exhibitions, publishing and education programs. Justine is a library evangelist and a regular speaker on the topic of transforming libraries for the 21st century. She is also a freelance writer published in The AgeMelbourne ReviewWomen’s Agenda and many library journals.


Graham Legerton, Thomson Adsett - Graham is Group Director of Education and Communities at ThomsonAdsett, one of Australia’s leading architectural practices. He has an international portfolio, encompassing projects in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

He is a specialist in all aspects of education design who understands the importance of visionary ideas, strategic thinking and ‘human centred’ design processes.  Recent innovative works include the Griffith University Library Extension and Gumurrii Centre (Overall CEFPI Australasia Winner 2014), Deakin University Cube, Burwood Central Plaza and the CSU Engineering Precinct.  All of these projects have transformed existing assets, created unique learning settings and embraced experimentation through collaboration.

Graham was invited to deliver a Plenary at the Nobel Forum of Future Learning Environments in Sweden and a resultant paper published by the Journal of Interprofessional Care is one of many published works.

He has successfully led his team to 15 awards in the last 5 years and passionately believes in designing experiences for people, with people.  He also strongly advocates listening and sketching to truly engage people on design journeys.

Today’s talk on the ACU Mercy Building with client Chris Gill epitomizes their collaborative approach.


We have a fantastic program of libraries to visit at you own pace. Click here to download the tour program. You don't have to be a conference delegate to take advantage of these free library visits.


The event is being held at Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Victoria.

Please check their website for information on parking and facilities.


About the awards

The Australian Library Design Awards have been created to showcase the best in contemporary library interiors and exteriors in Australia, and to celebrate the investment in libraries made by our nation's institutions, corporations, local, state and territory governments.

They have been developed in the context of other competitions internationally, including the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Awards and the Danish Agency for Culture Model Programme for Public Libraries Public Library of the Year Award

The entries, shortlisted and winning designs will provide case studies in excellent library design for the 21st Century. They will be submitted for consideration for the UK’s Designing Libraries website. There will also be media coverage for the finalists.

The awards are organised by the Australian Library and Information Association in partnership with the Australian Public Library Alliance and Council of Australian University Librarians. The organising committee includes senior library leaders from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, acting on behalf of colleagues nationally.

More than 30 stunning libraries have been entered for the inaugural Australian Library Design Awards 2017. Public, school, academic and special libraries all feature in the entries. The winners will be announced at the library design conference to be held on Monday 19 June 2017.

The awards are kindly supported by, City of Melbourne and Raeco.


The judging panel comprises independent design professionals and senior library leaders. More information here.

  • Janine Schmidt, IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Standing Committee (Chair)
  • Susan Ashcroft, University Librarian, Murdoch University
  • Marisa Dellaca, Asia Pacific Library & Research Manager, Ashurst
  • Philip Follent, Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • Anne Girolami, Chair, ALIA Schools
  • Anne Kovachevich, Australasian Leader, Arup Foresight + Innovation team
  • Karen Latimer, Chair, UK Designing Libraries Advisory Board
  • Kylie Legge, Director, Place Partners
  • Christine Mackenzie, IFLA Governing Board

Entries will be assessed on how well the designs have met their objectives and specifically on the basis of the following three criteria:

  • Design: including interior, exterior appearance, visual impact, flexibility, innovation, and integration into the local environment.
  • Strategic relevance: including approach to achieving the objectives, response to special considerations or challenges, sustainability and value for money.
  • Impact: including user experience, efficiency, functionality, delivery of services, meeting community needs and accessibility.

The judges’ decision will be final.

More information

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