The former Dean of UNSW Built Environment, Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes, has been awarded Australian architecture’s highest honour, the Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Gold Medal.

Awarded since 1960, the AIA Gold Medal recognises distinguished service by architecture practitioners who have designed and executed buildings of high merit and produced works of great distinction that have furthered the advancement of the architecture profession or field. 

‘The outstanding contribution Alec Tzannes has made to the architectural profession exemplifies the highest level of achievement within each of the criteria,’ the jury stated.

Professor Tzannes, who was the Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment between 2008 and 2016, has had a distinguished career in architecture and has given exemplary service and leadership within the profession, academia and related fields.Some of his best known works include the Federation Pavilion and Federation Place at Centennial Park, Overflow Park at Homebush, commercial buildings in Surry Hills, Woollahra and Double Bay, and numerous residential major works such as the Stonecutters (Sydney) and a residential precinct in the city of Newcastle (NSW).

Professor Tzannes is the current chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation and a member of the UNSW Foundation Board of Directors. In recognition of his service, the UNSW Council conferred the degree of Doctor of the University, honoris causa on Professor Tzannes in 2017.