THE Levee and Riverlink Building has taken out the nation's top honour in urban design at the 2019 AIA awards.
The Australian Institute of Architects announced the winners of its 2019 National Awards at an industry event held at Brisbane's Howard Smith Wharves on November 7.
The design was one of 76 entries shortlisted across 14 categories.
Designed by McGregor Coxall and CHROFI, the project took home the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design.
"We are thrilled to see Maitland Levee and the Riverlink Building continue to deliver as an exemplar of regional urban design and renewal in Australia", McGregor Coxall founder and global director of design Adrian McGregor said.
"We enjoyed working with our client Maitland City Council and our collaborators CHROFI. The council embraced our plan that juxtaposes an elegant, high tech public domain with the City's grand heritage fabric."
The new Riverwalk located on the flood embankment and Riverlink public building, designed by CHROFI, successfully reconnect the precinct to the adjacent Hunter River.
The national jury, led by Immediate Past President Clare Cousins, was encouraged by the volume and strength of projects in regional and remote locations across the country.
"In selecting the most outstanding projects from around the country we were heartened that such meaningful and transformational work is being commissioned in regional areas where projects have the capacity to act as incubators for regional growth and to stimulate community engagement," Ms Cousins said.