dWELL design competition

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elk Our homes are central to our lives. They reflect our lifestyle and contribute to our wellbeing.

We want to set the benchmark for future housing, creating a more liveable City where sustainability and wellbeing are priorities.

About the competition

dWELL is a $40,000 nationwide home design competition to showcase next-generation urban housing in Australia.

We've asked industry professionals and tertiary students to design a new style of home with wellness, innovation, affordability and sustainability at its heart.

The dWELL competition has two categories: one for professional architects and building designers, the other for teams comprising at least one architecture student (or similar relevant discipline).

Entries are currently being judged by a panel of experts, industry leaders and community representatives.

Winning entries will be showcased nationally as an example of what is possible, what is practical and what is affordable in providing future housing for all Australians. We aim to work with the winner to make their vision a reality, creating a bricks-and-mortar home based on their winning design on a parcel of Council-owned land in Dudley.

Stage 1 submissions closed 5pm Friday 2 October.

Shortlist entries- stage two

Congratulations to the six teams who have been shortlisted to progress to the second round of the competition. The leading entries have extended beyond traditional urban housing models and taken into consideration how dwellings could be thought of and used in the future.

Stage Two will be judged in February and March, with winners expected to be announced on Monday 22 March.

Shortlisted winners
Student teams
 Professional teams

Matthew Hurley, The University of Newcastle


ELK Design

Wade Fairley, Tim Graham,Peter Golema,
Clint Stephenson, Ayrton Di Paolo and Daniel Hadley


Natalie Keynton
The University of Melbourne

Riley Sherman
The University of Melbourne  

Robert Snelling
The University of Melbourne


Ben Berwick
Prevalent Architecture

Brooke Jackson
Informal Architects/University of Technology Sydney

Arianna Brambilla
The University of Sydney


Hugh Beale, The University ofSydney

Jacob Bucci Ainsworth, The University of Sydney

Hugh Roberts, The University of Sydney


Curious Practice

James Ellis, Warren Haasnoot, Greg Lee and Luke Grey


Please submit further enquiries to dWELL@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

View the competition brief(PDF, 6MB) Read our FAQs


Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment
University of Newcastle

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Juliet Grant

NSW President
Planning Institute of Australia (NSW)

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Steve Mann

Chief Executive Officer
Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW

Maxine Stokes

Maxine Smith

Block contestant 2014

Karstan Smith

Karstan Smith

Block contestant 2014 and carpenter