The Victorian architect who was fined for “stupid” construction has been rewarded with an award from the Victorian Building Authority.
The Architectural Design Foundation (ADF) on Wednesday said the award is “well deserved” after the Victorian Government announced the fines would be handed down.
“It is a commendable achievement for the Victorian Department of Planning and the ADF to recognise that an architect’s contribution to our cityscape is important,” ADF chief executive John Molloy said.
“This award recognises the work that this architect has done to ensure that the Victorian capital retains its character and character of character, the quality of our architecture, and the ability to deliver a city of sustainable design for the future.”
Mr Mollory said the awarding of the award, made to Mr John Cairns, a former assistant general manager at the ADP, was “a fantastic recognition of the efforts he and his team have made to build a great city”.
“John has had a tremendous career in the construction industry and he has worked in the past as a senior architect and designer in Melbourne, so this is a recognition that he has put into place to continue that legacy,” Mr Mollories said.
Mr Cairn said he was happy with the award and had “no plans to challenge it”.
“I think it’s a great achievement for me,” he said.
The ADF’s award is for work “that has been done with such good results, and which has shown the integrity of the building’s design”.
Mr Cairs said the ADB had been working with the ADM on the building.
“We have been working together for some time on this project and it’s been really positive and productive,” he told AAP.
“I’ve had a great time and I’m really looking forward to seeing it in the grand scheme of things.”
Mr Cawsons building in the CBD was one of two that were to be demolished by the ADZ.
It is the first to be closed after the completion of a major redevelopment of the city centre, and was also demolished to make way for a shopping centre and residential development.
The city’s building approvals authority approved the building for demolition earlier this year.
“The ADB is delighted that this award recognizes the ADR’s significant contribution to building Melbourne’s CBD, and has ensured that a good deal of the work undertaken in this project has been successful,” the ADW said in a statement.
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