The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies.

We are delighted to confirm the Winners of RICS Australia Awards 2023.

The successful teams and individuals of this year’s Awards were announced and celebrated at a formal cocktail ceremony at the Shangri-La, Sydney on Thursday 7 September.

All entries demonstrate industry leading achievements and show the highest standards of professionalism across the built environment in Australia.

It was also our honour to announce Chris Lock FRICS, as the recipient of the most prestigious award for built environment professionals, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meet the Winners for 2023 below.

2023 Winners

Chris Lock FRICS

Chris is a Fellow of the RICS and has had a long and distinguished career as one of the most senior quantity surveying and construction professionals in Australia.

He started his career after graduating with a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying from Aston University in the UK in 1975 and went to work for John Mowlem (thereafter Barclay Mowlem) and then Balderstone Hornibrook construction contractors for 18 years.

After working on projects around the globe Chris landed in Australia in the late 1980s and went on to be a Director and Principal of Evans and Peck until becoming Chief Executive of the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation in 2005 and ultimately Deputy Director General of Transport Projects at Transport for NSW.

Chris has been involved in a number of major industry advisory bodies and boards including:

  • Chair and Member of a number of significant major project Dispute Avoidance Boards
  • The United Nations Economic Commission;  PPP Project in Urban Rail Projects
  • The Overseas Council of Australia
  • Guest lecturer at UNSW, UTS and the University of Sydney
  • and, Non Executive Director at McConnell Dowell

Chris has been a long-standing supporter of professional standards and the RICS. In addition to his work in construction he is one of two RICS Members in Australia trained to train RICS assessors. A vital role to help ensure RICS maintains the standards of entrants into the profession.

Mark Synnott

Chris Lock FRICS

Building Approvals and Advice (BA&A)

Building Approvals and Advice (BA&A) are a small team of experienced Brisbane certifiers helping professionals build safer pools and residences. They demonstrated their passion for sustainability (and commitment to the certifier’s role) to ensure the health and well-being of building occupants.

With support from industry bodies like RICS, BA&A applied the values of communication, respect and innovation to deliver approvals with exceptional professionalism. High standards of consultancy and collaboration resulted in successful project delivery. The team showcased excellence when proactively supporting stakeholders affected by significant legislative updates. Their program of CPD workshops / webinars for NCC 2022 are worthy of recognition.

Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd

Knight Frank Building Consultancy team is managed by Chris Barker MRICS who has been with the company for over 11 years. The team are a national team and undertake a variety of traditional Building Consultancy/Surveying roles in accordance with the RICS guidance and matrix. 

The 2023 submission is based on a portfolio of assets carrying our technical due diligence servicers across 4 states to deliver technical reports and include a variety of team members and specialist sub-consultants demonstrating the knowledge and breadth of the building consultancy discipline.

QV1 managed by CBRE

The QV1 Facilities Management team – Joe D’Alessandro, Ryan D’Olimpio and Simone Chiellini - have worked together for more than a decade and continually strive for excellence in their field to ensure QV1 remains industry leading. 

As a result of their commitment and passion for the precinct and the wider industry, they have been pivotal in creating a future proofed precinct that boasts considered placemaking, aesthetics and environmental responsibility, as well as honouring the building’s original intent and design philosophy.

BGIS

BGIS partnered with an innovative company - Cresstec, to bridge a gap that would make a lasting impact for their client.

REED HVAC-R is a retrofittable, refrigerant management, energy saving technology for commercial HVAC & Refrigerant equipment by utilising Artificial Intelligence. REED works by opening the systems refrigerant circuit allowing for dynamic refrigerant optimisation to perfectly match the demand and environmental requirements. REED harvests and stores refrigerant energy normally lost through system operation and uses this ENERGY to save electricity and reduce system wear.

The REED HVAC-R Artificial Intelligence continually diagnoses, predicts, and notifies stakeholders about possible faults, allowing for proactive maintenance.

Laing O'Rourke

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) involves constructing new and upgrading existing facilities and infrastructure at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in collaboration with international, Commonwealth and local stakeholders. 

The project management team engaged with the local community, structuring procurement to enable participation and achieve an 80% local spend. Collaboration with the Darumbal led to outstanding relationships between traditional owners and Laing O'Rourke, as well as an 8% Indigenous spend. 

The team proactively drove positive outcomes and is on track to finish construction on time and under budget, despite an additional $60m of variations and claims.

Turner & Townsend

Turner & Townsend was instrumental to the successful and timely delivery of the 13 floor fit-out of the new Salesforce Tower in Sydney with option studies for a further seven floors leased by Salesforce. 

In the face of global supply chain disruption and cost inflation, the world-class flexible employment space and family and leisure floors were delivered on time and on budget – setting the standard for sustainable office space with employee wellbeing at its heart.

ResolveXO

ResolveXO identified an opportunity for their client that better aligns with the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. They proposed consolidating their client's Melbourne offices, achieving economies of scale and simplifying management and operations, while fostering creativity and collaboration across the firm's subsidiaries. 

Through complex scenario modelling, the team demonstrated the move's financial and cultural wisdom, resulting in their client committing to consolidating their subsidiary brands and 900 people in a more attractive and sustainable workspace. 

This move actively encouraged people to return to the office, and positioning the client as an industry leader making a positive contribution to the rejuvenation of Melbourne’s CBD.

CoreLogic

The CoreLogic Research Team has been at the forefront of Australia’s housing analysis since 2007. They engage and educate a diverse array of industry stakeholders, clients and media about housing trends and the interplay between residential markets, demographic trends and economic factors.

Accuracy is everything, and their staunch independence, integrity and ethical compass ensures only the timeliest, unbiased and relevant research is released based on the most comprehensive data sets and sophisticated methodologies available.

JLL Australia

The JLL Infrastructure Valuation Advisory team is dedicated to collaborating with individuals, communities, and companies to plan, develop, and execute some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects. 

With a commitment to achieving national and global environmental goals, they are equipped to face the various challenges that arise in client and individual management, resource gathering, and community relationship-building in different environments. Despite the difficulties in this ever-evolving industry, the team has been successful in their efforts.

Phillipa Aiken, Colliers

With a career spanning over 20 years, Colliers Project Leaders National Director Phillipa Aiken has established herself as an admired and respected Construction Project Management professional. 

As an inspiring role model, Phillipa provided strong mentorship to junior team members across her major projects including complex assignments such as Meadowbank Education & Employment Precinct, Gosford Central Leagues Club redevelopment and the Ultimo Development for Judith Neilson. 

Phillipa was also instrumental in acquiring two significant projects – the Maltings and the West HQ redevelopment. She was awarded these appointments without a competitive process as a result of her reputation and profile within the industry.

Insaf Hussain, Laing O'Rourke

Insaf Hussain is a talented engineer and management accountant who uses his holistic understanding of construction projects to improve planning and project controls. His impressive work ethic drives innovation and resulted in the MTMS Earned Value Dashboard that combines multiple data streams for a real-time view of progress and analytics for more accurate forecasting. 

The underlying processes save team members approximately 50 hours each month by eliminating or streamlining data entry. Insaf was voted Most Innovative by his colleagues at MTMS to recognise his drive for continuous improvement.

MBM Building Consultancy Team

The MBM Building Consultancy Team has experienced growth of over 50% in the past 18 months, a result of expanding recognition of both the business unit and MBM brand. 

The diversity of services provided and asset types inspected are demonstrated via broad project experience and includes residential developments and associated defect reporting under the SBBIS Scheme, lifecycle analysis, and reporting of a national hotel portfolio, together with undertaking over 30 technical building assessments for the Australian Institute of Sport Campus in Canberra.

The repeat work and new business experienced by the team indicates strong project outcomes with high client satisfaction.

Anvelo Pty Ltd

“Was there a delay?” or, “Did someone just think there was a delay?”

That was the crux of Anvelo’s claim process and dispute resolution between CPB Contractors and Sydney Metro on the Pitt Street Station integrated station development.

Anvelo successfully decoded the complexity of the contract, proving an excusable cause of delay and loss of productivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Sydney Metro choosing to award acceleration costs and maintain the date for practical completion. 

In a second example, an adjudication defence also for Pitt Street, Anvelo’s evidence was “respectively preferred” and was used to determine the assessed value.

Turner & Townsend

EastCo is a new A-Grade 11-storey commercial tower accommodating 1,000 staff in Ringwood, Melbourne. Turner & Townsend successfully project managed the development on behalf of Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) and Department of Transport and Planning (DTP), which included six levels of commercial office space, ground and mezzanine commercial space, inclusive of a full integrated fit-out for DTP, a four-level carpark, and lower ground end of trip facilities.

EastCo achieved a five-star Greenstar Self Assessed rating, a six-star ‘World Leadership’ Greenstar rating for the fit-out and is on track to achieve a five-star NABERS energy and four-star NABERS water target rating.

Altus Group

Altus Group’s Sydney Cost Management Team contributed to the restoration and re-opening of Bondi Pavilion, a historic community centre that has been a central part of Australia's beach culture for almost 100 years.

The team was led by Director Barry McBeth (MRICS) and included Associate Patrick Ferreira and Senior Quantity Surveyor Michael Tse. The team offered full-service Quantity Surveying expertise pre and post-contract, skilfully guiding the project team through the building’s extensive redesign and restoration.

Altus’s heritage project experience provided lasting value throughout the project, which began in 2017 and opened in 2022.

Laing O'Rourke

At Laing O’Rourke our purpose is to push the boundaries of what's possible in service of humanity; together with our values of care, integrity and courage, we are unique in who we are, and the impact we want to have as a business in the world. At our core is the ambition to be a force of positive change in our industry.

We are delivering on this ambition through our focus on diversity and inclusion, sustainability, technology solutions, maintaining connectivity and knowledge sharing, and our continued investment in professional development through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Plan1 Project Management & Consultancy

With Melbourne's shopfront vacancy increasing from 3% to 30% at the height of the pandemic, Plan1 Project Management & Consultancy was engaged by the City of Melbourne shopfront activation program to revitalise the city in response to the pandemic in a world-first initiative. 

Over the length of the program, Plan1 delivered 39 activations of vacant shopfronts, resulting in 3,059sqm of space activated across 509 weeks. Following the conclusion of the program and the shopfront vacancy across the city had fallen to 15% as at March 2023.

This program and approach is now being championed across other areas suffering high vacancy rates.

Burgess Rawson NSW Pty Ltd

One of Australia’s largest locally owned real estate brands, Burgess Rawson are specialists in the sale and management of commercial investment property, with the reach, scale and capability of a large international brand and the connections and knowledge of a local specialist.

2023 Finalists

Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year 

Altus Group’s Sydney Cost Management Team contributed to the restoration and re-opening of Bondi Pavilion, a historic community centre that has been a central part of Australia's beach culture for almost 100 years.  

The team was led by Director Barry McBeth (MRICS) and included Associate Patrick Ferreira and Senior Quantity Surveyor Michael Tse. The team offered full-service Quantity Surveying expertise pre and post-contract, skilfully guiding the project team through the building’s extensive redesign and restoration.  

Altus’s heritage project experience provided lasting value throughout the project, which began in 2017 and opened in 2022.

Nominated for: Dispute Resolution Team of the Year 

“Was there a delay?” or, “Did someone just think there was a delay?” 

That was the crux of Anvelo’s claim process and dispute resolution between CPB Contractors and Sydney Metro on the Pitt Street Station integrated station development. 

Anvelo successfully decoded the complexity of the contract, proving an excusable cause of delay and loss of productivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Sydney Metro choosing to award acceleration costs and maintain the date for practical completion.  

In a second example, an adjudication defence also for Pitt Street, Anvelo’s evidence was “respectively preferred” and was used to determine the assessed value. 

Nominated for: Building Certification Team of the Year 

Approval Systems were the appointed statutory building surveyor for the construction of the new Queenscliff Ferry terminal, helping to deliver a significant piece of public infrastructure to the State of Victoria. Spectacular in form and function, its maritime position created some challenges from a compliance standpoint.  

Joe Zita and the team at Approval Systems brought experience and professional expertise to this complex project helping to deliver a building which will serve visitors to Victoria’s coastline for many years to come.

Nominated for: Innovation Award 

BGIS partnered with an innovative company - Cresstec, to bridge a gap that would make a lasting impact for their client. 

REED HVAC-R is a retrofittable, refrigerant management, energy saving technology for commercial HVAC & Refrigerant equipment by utilising Artificial Intelligence. REED works by opening the systems refrigerant circuit allowing for dynamic refrigerant optimisation to perfectly match the demand and environmental requirements. REED harvests and stores refrigerant energy normally lost through system operation and uses this ENERGY to save electricity and reduce system wear. 

The REED HVAC-R Artificial Intelligence continually diagnoses, predicts, and notifies stakeholders about possible faults, allowing for proactive maintenance. 

Nominated for: Building Certification Team of the Year

Building Approvals and Advice (BA&A) are a small team of experienced Brisbane certifiers helping professionals build safer pools and residences. They demonstrated their passion for sustainability (and commitment to the certifier’s role) to ensure the health and well-being of building occupants. 

With support from industry bodies like RICS, BA&A applied the values of communication, respect and innovation to deliver approvals with exceptional professionalism. High standards of consultancy and collaboration resulted in successful project delivery. The team showcased excellence when proactively supporting stakeholders affected by significant legislative updates. Their program of CPD workshops / webinars for NCC 2022 are worthy of recognition.

Nominated for: Real Estate Agency Team of the Year 

One of Australia’s largest locally owned real estate brands, Burgess Rawson are specialists in the sale and management of commercial investment property, with the reach, scale and capability of a large international brand and the connections and knowledge of a local specialist.

Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year 

CBRE’s Advisory & Transaction Services – Occupier team is proud to have worked with Asuria on completing a national portfolio roll out of 43 new sites on time and within budget. This required significant innovation and teamwork given the sites had to be secured in just 3.5 months.  

The new sites will provide a positive social impact in each location, including many regional areas, by providing local jobs and assisting local residents in finding and securing employment.

Nominated for: Research Team of the Year 

In a period in which global investment markets were challenged by turbulent shifts and volatility, the Charter Hall 'Why Australia' report looks through the uncertainty and provides data-driven insights on the outlook for Australian Real Estate.  
 
These insights were shared with the broader real estate community to advance the body of knowledge. Charter Hall firmly believes in extending and advancing the body of Real Estate knowledge across markets and educational bodies. The Research team runs volunteer lecturing across various universities, hosts regular insight sessions with Australia’s agencies regularly contributes to discussions around public policy and regulation.

Nominated for: Research Team of the Year 

The Charter Keck Cramer Research & Strategy team provide independent, forward-looking, evidence-based views of the Australian real estate market to help our clients with their investment and development decisions.  

The Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane State of the Build to Rent (BTR) and Build to Sell (BTS) Apartment Market Reports and events showcase excellence in housing market research and analysis. Charter Keck Cramer’s Proprietary National Apartment Database, provides unrivalled data, and continues to be the best in the industry. A trusted resource, the data has been featured across multiple media publications and has been referenced by industry leading stakeholders.

Nominated for: Research Team of the Year 

The CoreLogic Research Team has been at the forefront of Australia’s housing analysis since 2007. They engage and educate a diverse array of industry stakeholders, clients and media about housing trends and the interplay between residential markets, demographic trends and economic factors.  

Accuracy is everything, and their staunch independence, integrity and ethical compass ensures only the timeliest, unbiased and relevant research is released based on the most comprehensive data sets and sophisticated methodologies available.

Nominated for: Building Consultancy Team of the Year 

The Cushman & Wakefield national Building Consultancy team carried out a portfolio assessment program on behalf of architectural consultancy, Public Realm Lab and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).  

The project made a vital contribution in forming the business case for submission to the Victorian Government in securing crucial funds for redevelopment of the organisation’s portfolio.  
The planned improvement works will revitalise these important community service facilities that are in urgent need of rejuvenation and will benefit the indigenous community. The portfolio consists of Childcare Centres, Medical Clinics, Youth Services/Healing Centres, Wellness and Family Services Centres across Victoria. 

Nominated for: Valuation Team of the Year 

The Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) Valuation & Advisory group provides sophisticated valuation advice to owners, investors, financiers and developers across their portfolio of real estate assets nationally. Our approach to valuation is based on developing a deep understanding of market conditions relating specifically to the client's asset class.  

This approach is supported by our market knowledge and analysis of transactional evidence across Australia. This submission details the team’s excellence in 2022 for the work Cushman & Wakefield undertook with regard to the Snowy Hydro 2.0 HumeLink infrastructure project. Our involvement in the project will assist in a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Nominated for: Facilities Management Team of the Year 

Cygnet West Facilities Management has demonstrated excellence in expertise through projects such as 99 St Georges Terrace, where it implemented a customised upgrade, reduced operating costs, and improved tenant satisfaction. The team is also dedicated to problem-solving, sustainability, and continuous improvement, demonstrated through helping commercial property managers obtain higher Green Star and NABERS ratings. 
 
Cygnet West's professionalism is evident in its adherence to RICS ethics, its approach to procurement, and its ability to resolve disputes. The team’s innovation is evident through its use of an Energy-as-a-Service agreement and the implementation of industry-leading building management technology platforms. 

Nominated for: Innovation Award 

Cygnet West is an independent Western Australian firm leading the way in asset management innovation, with a best-in-class software suite – carefully selected in alignment with its corporate vision of innovation, agility, customer focus, and responsiveness – consistently delivering unmatched results. 
 
By replacing outdated systems with cutting-edge, cloud-based technologies, it has streamlined processes, empowered clients with real-time information, and provided customised consultancy for evidence-based solutions. The dedicated team's commitment to innovation, agility, and customer focus sets it apart, making Cygnet West the first choice in delivering exceptional service and results to its valued clients.

Nominated for: Building Certification Team of the Year 

Hendry Group excels in compliance, ensuring safety and efficiency at every asset lifecycle stage. Their professionalism is unmatched and they are a worthy nominee for an award recognising outstanding achievement and dedication to their profession. Their dedication to their client's safety and well-being is evident in their ability to identify compliance shortfalls and collaborate with all parties involved in the compliance process to rectify them.  

Moreover, the team's professionalism is unmatched, as evidenced by their expert use of surveying knowledge and professional expertise, adherence to RICS ethics, and ability to resolve disputes.

Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year 

With advisors in all major capital cities armed with deep market and industry expertise, JLL provides best-in-class office strategies tailored to client requirements. Leveraging strategic insights, relationships and market knowledge to find the best real estate solution, JLL’s Tenant Representation team is always successful in achieving flexibility, savings, and reimagined workplaces. 
 
This submission details the team’s excellence in the representation of a major occupier in NSW. By working collaboratively with JLL experts across workplace strategy and sustainability, a partnership model was adopted with the occupier and landlord to achieve a lease outcome the first of its kind in this market. 

Nominated for: Valuation Team of the Year 

The JLL Infrastructure Valuation Advisory team is dedicated to collaborating with individuals, communities, and companies to plan, develop, and execute some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects.  

With a commitment to achieving national and global environmental goals, they are equipped to face the various challenges that arise in client and individual management, resource gathering, and community relationship-building in different environments. Despite the difficulties in this ever-evolving industry, the team has been successful in their efforts.

Nominated for: Building Consultancy Team of the Year 

Knight Frank Building Consultancy team is managed by Chris Barker MRICS who has been with the company for over 11 years. The team are a national team and undertake a variety of traditional Building Consultancy/Surveying roles in accordance with the RICS guidance and matrix.  

The 2023 submission is based on a portfolio of assets carrying our technical due diligence servicers across 4 states to deliver technical reports and include a variety of team members and specialist sub-consultants demonstrating the knowledge and breadth of the building consultancy discipline.

Nominated for: Innovation Award 

Koste's Asset Software, Kapal has streamlined the surveying process by utilising AI technology, resulting in 99% accuracy and compliance with ATO legislation.  

This has not only saved clients billions but has also reduced pollution by enabling virtual survey data collection. The collaboration between Quantity Surveyors and software developers has led to the development of new features that promote sustainability and better places for future generations. The team's commitment to diversity and inclusion and effective stakeholder management further highlights their dedication to excellence. 

Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year 

Koste Chartered Quantity Surveyors is not your typical quantity surveying practise. Our focus is on adding value to second-hand assets throughout the life of the property. Through innovative technology, such as our built-in asset software solution Kapal, and our commitment to sustainability, Koste sets the standard for excellence in the industry.  

Our virtual site inspections have resulted in a saving of 60t of CO2 annually, and our paperless operations are reducing our environmental impact.

Nominated for: Project Management Team of the Year 

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) involves constructing new and upgrading existing facilities and infrastructure at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in collaboration with international, Commonwealth and local stakeholders.  

The project management team engaged with the local community, structuring procurement to enable participation and achieve an 80% local spend. Collaboration with the Darumbal led to outstanding relationships between traditional owners and Laing O'Rourke, as well as an 8% Indigenous spend.  

The team proactively drove positive outcomes and is on track to finish construction on time and under budget, despite an additional $60m of variations and claims. 

Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year 

At Laing O’Rourke our purpose is to push the boundaries of what's possible in service of humanity; together with our values of care, integrity and courage, we are unique in who we are, and the impact we want to have as a business in the world. At our core is the ambition to be a force of positive change in our industry. 
 
We are delivering on this ambition through our focus on diversity and inclusion, sustainability, technology solutions, maintaining connectivity and knowledge sharing, and our continued investment in professional development through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Nominated for: Valuation Team of the Year 

M3 Property’s Specialised Assets team comprises sought-after industry leaders with an experienced, senior team who are often able to resolve disputes and achieve outcomes even when others cannot.  

Covering four key asset classes: childcare, hotels, service stations, and self-storage, plus further asset sub-classes, they provide a highly specialised range of valuations. Whether working with clients that range from multi-nationals to individual property owners, the team cares deeply about their clients and strives to ensure the best possible outcomes.  

From leveraging innovative technology to delivering industry-leading 10-day valuation turnarounds, the quality and dedication from M3 Property’s Specialised Asset’s team is unparalleled.

Nominated for: Valuation Team of the Year 

Marsh Valuation Services (MVS) specialises in financial reporting and insurance valuations for property, plant and equipment across Australia and NZ. Our experienced and qualified team undertakes the valuation of over $400 billion of assets annually.  
 
In today’s hard insurance market, businesses are at greater risk of underinsurance, making accurate valuations critical. Responding to market needs, MVS has been nominated for our exemplary work in this area - accurately valuing Charter Hall’s extensive property portfolio.  
 
The project involved significant stakeholder engagement and planning along with structured and detailed reporting and analysis to negotiate favourable insurance terms and assist with claims following losses.

Nominated for: Building Consultancy Team of the Year

The MBM Building Consultancy Team has experienced growth of over 50% in the past 18 months, a result of expanding recognition of both the business unit and MBM brand.  

The diversity of services provided and asset types inspected are demonstrated via broad project experience and includes residential developments and associated defect reporting under the SBBIS Scheme, lifecycle analysis, and reporting of a national hotel portfolio, together with undertaking over 30 technical building assessments for the Australian Institute of Sport Campus in Canberra. 

The repeat work and new business experienced by the team indicates strong project outcomes with high client satisfaction. 

Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year 

Altona Pier is located 12km west of Melbourne’s CBD and is being redeveloped as part of State Government’s Better Piers and Waterside Facilities program. As Quantity Surveyor on the Altona Pier Redevelopment Project, North provided cost planning, cost management, programming and risk management services.  
 
Whilst the project was demonstrated to be over budget, North worked collaboratively with all stakeholders to undertake value management and develop design and scope alternatives, while still enabling the project to achieve its vision. North continues to work with the Team and contractor as the project moves into construction with completion planned for late 2023.

Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year 

With Melbourne's shopfront vacancy increasing from 3% to 30% at the height of the pandemic, Plan1 Project Management & Consultancy was engaged by the City of Melbourne shopfront activation program to revitalise the city in response to the pandemic in a world-first initiative.  

Over the length of the program, Plan1 delivered 39 activations of vacant shopfronts, resulting in 3,059sqm of space activated across 509 weeks. Following the conclusion of the program and the shopfront vacancy across the city had fallen to 15% as at March 2023. 

This program and approach is now being championed across other areas suffering high vacancy rates.

Nominated for: Building Certification Team of the Year

Professional Certification Group’s results speak for themselves. We have built long lasting relationships with our clients, issuing tens of thousands of Building Approvals across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

We have given back to local communities through our donations, sponsorships and time invested into multiple charity organisations.

Professional Certification Group has been an integral part of the construction industry through our involvement in industry associations and committees. This has helped PCG stay an industry leader.

Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year 

PwC Real Estate Advisory (VIC) were appointed by Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, to support one of Australia’s largest retail transformation programs. Providing both pre-implementation due diligence and strategy support, PwC Real Estate Advisory subsequently led the implementation of insourcing its complete branded retail footprint of over 300 stores. This included circa 200 stores operated by independent licensees, and circa 100 stores licenced by ASX-listed Vita Group. This strategic move was underpinned by PwC’s data-driven and innovative approach which enhanced Telstra’s control of its retail operations, delivered material capex and opex savings, improved operational efficiencies and modernised its retail fleet.

Nominated for: Facilities Management Team of the Year 

The QV1 Facilities Management team – Joe D’Alessandro, Ryan D’Olimpio and Simone Chiellini - have worked together for more than a decade and continually strive for excellence in their field to ensure QV1 remains industry leading.  

As a result of their commitment and passion for the precinct and the wider industry, they have been pivotal in creating a future proofed precinct that boasts considered placemaking, aesthetics and environmental responsibility, as well as honouring the building’s original intent and design philosophy.

Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

ResolveXO identified an opportunity for their client that better aligns with the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. They proposed consolidating their client's Melbourne offices, achieving economies of scale and simplifying management and operations, while fostering creativity and collaboration across the firm's subsidiaries.  

Through complex scenario modelling, the team demonstrated the move's financial and cultural wisdom, resulting in their client committing to consolidating their subsidiary brands and 900 people in a more attractive and sustainable workspace.  

This move actively encouraged people to return to the office, and positioning the client as an industry leader making a positive contribution to the rejuvenation of Melbourne’s CBD.

Nominated for: Research Team of the Year 

The nominated team applied immersive technology in research projects and created innovative, pragmatic, and cost-effective solutions to enhance construction professional training. Their initiatives received tremendous support from the industry and their innovative ideas benefited thousands of students and young quantity surveyors in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  

Built on their achievements during the pandemic, their research has been extended to integrate BIM with AR/VR technologies in construction safety training. The recent Victorian Building Authority Research Grant success reaffirms and strengthens the team’s leading role in leveraging immersive technology to create a new dimension of professional training in surveying and construction.

Nominated for: Project Management Team of the Year 

The Paradise Centre Eastern Precinct project (managed by Challenger) presented an opportunity to revitalise the prime retail and tourism site located at Surfers Paradise. This historic site transformed from a derelict concrete jungle into a vibrant beach side dining & entertainment precinct, providing a much-needed local urban renewal and tourism investment.  

The project required Savills to constantly maintain an open mind, sense of humour and most importantly a collaborative wholistic team culture. The collaborative approach of Savills managing and conducting the head contractor, consultants, operations team and client saw the team proactively and collaboratively solving problems together on a daily basis.

Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year 

The Systech team has received high praise from the client for their exceptional professionalism. Their technical expertise, sound advice, and attention to detail in their reports have been especially noted and appreciated.  

The Systech team's commitment to quality and the presentation of their work have set them apart and earned them commendations from the client. The client has been impressed with the team's ability to deliver results and provide valuable support, making them a vital asset to any project they are involved in.

Nominated for: Project Management Team of the Year 

EastCo is a new A-Grade 11-storey commercial tower accommodating 1,000 staff in Ringwood, Melbourne. Turner & Townsend successfully project managed the development on behalf of Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) and Department of Transport and Planning (DTP), which included six levels of commercial office space, ground and mezzanine commercial space, inclusive of a full integrated fit-out for DTP, a four-level carpark, and lower ground end of trip facilities. EastCo achieved a five-star Greenstar Self Assessed rating, a six-star ‘World Leadership’ Greenstar rating for the fit-out and is on track to achieve a five-star NABERS energy and four-star NABERS water target rating. 

Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year 

Turner & Townsend was instrumental to the successful and timely delivery of the 13 floor fit-out of the new Salesforce Tower in Sydney with option studies for a further seven floors leased by Salesforce.  

In the face of global supply chain disruption and cost inflation, the world-class flexible employment space and family and leisure floors were delivered on time and on budget – setting the standard for sustainable office space with employee wellbeing at its heart.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Autumn has always been a determined woman since she left her family in China and moved to Australia alone at the age of 16. With English being her second language and now a mother of two, Autumn still managed to become a trusted QS expert on many iconic projects.  

She has achieved extraordinary success in her 13 years with MBM, from Cadet to Associate Director mentoring and leading her team of 8. Clients praise her for proficiency in budget controlling, ability to quickly identify solutions to obstacles, and extensive industry knowledge. Autumn is a respected leader and role-model at MBM.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Elly Wallace is a Senior Project Manager, education sector co-lead at Turner & Townsend for Victoria and chartered as a Project Manager with the RICS. Since 2021, Elly has worked with the Department of Education to project manage the construction of a new main block for the Puckapunyal Primary School in regional Victoria.  

Leveraging her RICS standards, Elly has enabled significant cost savings and shorter program to ensure that the students and teachers could move into their new learning centre at the earliest possible opportunity.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Harrison Henry is a Consultant at ResolveXO who has displayed outstanding performance in the projects he has worked on, including financial and market analysis, financial modelling, and negotiation. He has been instrumental in winning two projects for the company, and his attention to detail has been invaluable in complex research and analysis.  

Harrison's professionalism and expertise have been demonstrated in his successful management of difficult situations, such as his handling of a landlord's withdrawal of a deal. Harrison's exceptional skills and abilities have made him an asset to ResolveXO and his clients, earning him an enviable reputation.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Insaf Hussain is a talented engineer and management accountant who uses his holistic understanding of construction projects to improve planning and project controls. His impressive work ethic drives innovation and resulted in the MTMS Earned Value Dashboard that combines multiple data streams for a real-time view of progress and analytics for more accurate forecasting.  

The underlying processes save team members approximately 50 hours each month by eliminating or streamlining data entry. Insaf was voted Most Innovative by his colleagues at MTMS to recognise his drive for continuous improvement.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Isabella Carter is a fourth-year student completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) Honours at Curtin University and works full-time as a cadet cost manager at Turner & Townsend. She has gained extensive experience working across the infrastructure education, retail, commercial, defence, local and state government sectors providing pre- and post-construction cost management services.  

Her professionalism is recognised in the industry through several awards including Australian Association of Project Management, Australian Institute of Building and the National Association of Women in Construction.

Nominated for: Woman of the Built Environment Award 

Lorine Liu, a Consultant Quantity Surveyor at Systech International, has showcased her excellence in managing procurement and contracts while working on several projects. Her work has resulted in cost savings for her clients, as well as streamlining processes to make time savings.  

Lorine's expertise in technical, financial, legal, environmental, building regulation, sustainability, and restoration areas has enabled her to provide cost-effective solutions, ensure compliance with legal requirements, and incorporate sustainable building practices. Lorine has demonstrated a strong adherence to RICS ethics and understands the importance of selecting the most appropriate procurement method.

Nominated for: Woman of the Built Environment Award 

Nirvana provided the cost estimates for different design milestones and compared these estimates to the tender design figures using various differing data sources and utilising 3d information and metadata where possible. She managed to communicate and collaborate with multiple design teams to fully understand the contents of the design.  

She conducted herself in a professional manner whilst always looking to innovate and bring efficiencies to the project.  

The Waurn ponds duplication project which is a major rail project in Melbourne's second city in Geelong. It includes two new rail stations and two level crossing removals. 

Nominated for: Woman of the Built Environment Award 

With a career spanning over 20 years, Colliers Project Leaders National Director Phillipa Aiken has established herself as an admired and respected Construction Project Management professional.  

As an inspiring role model, Phillipa provided strong mentorship to junior team members across her major projects including complex assignments such as Meadowbank Education & Employment Precinct, Gosford Central Leagues Club redevelopment and the Ultimo Development for Judith Neilson.  

Phillipa was also instrumental in acquiring two significant projects – the Maltings and the West HQ redevelopment. She was awarded these appointments without a competitive process as a result of her reputation and profile within the industry.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Ryan Gerrish is nominated for The Young Achiever of the Year Award for founding a new firm in the real estate professional services sector, Gerrish Real Estate Advisory, becoming one of the youngest Principals of a firm regulated by RICS.  
 
Ryan brings a wealth of experience gained at global real estate and consulting firms in Australia and the UK, which together with his focus on providing the highest professional and ethical standards in the real estate industry, he aims to provide innovative and flexible solutions for his clients, disrupting the traditional professional services firm model. 

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Before turning 30, Seán became a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and established himself as a testified quantum and technical registered expert witness in Australasia. Seán is currently in the final stages of a Professional Diploma in Forensic Quantum Analysis and is on target to become an International Arbitrator in 2023. 
 
Seán has extensive experience and provides professional services to local and global clients. Currently, Seán is working on a large transport infrastructure project in Sydney, managing the upstream claims management in alignment with other projects and packages to ensure successful delivery.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Sophie, an Associate at Project Cost Management Group, is an accomplished quantity surveyor (QS) with diverse experience in roles such as Principal Cost Manager, Consultant QS, and Cost Assessor.  

Her success is supported by awards such as winning the RICS QS Team of the Year 2020 Australia and being a Finalist in 2022. She is committed to mentoring the next generation of QSs, evidenced by her guest lectures and industry panel discussions at leading universities in Victoria. Sophie's innovative approach to explaining the profession in a relatable and engaging manner has increased awareness amongst both the industry and general public.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

Tracy managed the smart building platform (OBSI), integrated communications network and server environment at the Barangaroo South commercial precinct from 2015 to 2022. Today the OBSI is a shining example and modern day aspiration of a successful implementation of an integrated building system platform. This is testament to her passion for innovation and tenacity to achieve outcomes through collaboration.

Having started in real estate seven years ago with no experience in the industry, she is now the regional Property Technology Innovations lead for APAC and considered a spokesperson and leader.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

William Gibson Garcia, a legal professional with construction law and quantity surveying skills, has shown exceptional competence, professionalism, and dedication during his time at Systech International.  

He has contributed to successful projects, overcoming complex challenges and managing costs effectively. William's legal expertise and attention to detail have prevented potential disputes and ensured compliance with contractual obligations. His excellent communication and negotiation skills have established positive relationships with clients and stakeholders, resulting in client satisfaction and positive social impact.  

William's ability to manage time effectively and deliver measurable success against targets makes him a valuable asset to any team.

Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year 

Yuli is working as a Senior Investment Analyst in the Dexus' Retail Management Platform (formerly AMP Capital Shopping Centres). Yuli provides comprehensive investment analysis to a range of key stakeholders over a multi-billion shopping centre portfolio strategically located in AUS and NZ.  

Yuli has also been serving as a member of the RICS Victoria MEG (Member Engagement Group) since 2018 and his contribution within the group has led to him being selected as the RICS MEG Co-Chair as of January 2023. Yuli brings high energy, passion, professionalism and leadership skills with him to the work and also to the broader industry.

Category

Description

Criteria

Building Certification Team of the Year

Recognising companies, teams or consortia responsible for consultancy advice or assessment in certification of building projects in Australia. This award highlights the crucial role of building certification to ensure the health and wellbeing of building occupants post-construction.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

Building Consultancy

Team of the Year

Focusing on excellence in the building surveying sector. This award recognises companies, teams or consortia who have demonstrated excellence in the provision of advice or services related to any aspects of the building surveying sector.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Awarded to a company, team or consortia responsible for outstanding dispute resolution in land, property or construction. The award recognises the provision of services in any of the following; expert determination or expert witness, adjudication, arbitration, mediation, claims advice or conflict avoidance.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

Facilities Management Team of the Year

Awarded to a company, team or consortia responsible for outstanding facilities management, the award recognises the provision of services to end-users.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

Project Management Team of the Year

Acknowledging companies, teams, in-house teams, the service provider or contractors who were engaged in project management of a construction project during 2022. The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in such areas as quality control, time management, budget control, procurement and commercial management to deliver the outcome sought by the client.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

 

Property Management Team of the Year

Awarded to a company, team or consortia responsible for outstanding tenant relationship management, financial management and asset management throughout 2022.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

Quantity Surveying

Team of the Year

Celebrating excellence in quantity surveying, this award recognises companies, teams or consortia engaged in outstanding quantity surveying work in 2022. This includes but is not limited to cost planning and control and commercial management.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

Real Estate Advisory

Team of the Year

This award recognises excellence in the provision of real estate consultancy advice (not covered in other categories). It includes tenant advisory services, strategic portfolio advice, land and property development advice and related feasibility and business case work.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

Real Estate Agency

Team of the Year

This award acknowledges companies, teams and/or consortia demonstrating excellence in providing agency services related to the acquisition, sale, or leasing of properties in the office, retail, industrial or residential sectors.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

 

Research Team of the Year

Acknowledging teams, consultancies, academic institutions and agencies responsible for engaging in research projects associated with the built environment.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

 

Valuation

Team of the Year

The Valuation Team of the Year recognises a company, team or consortia providing excellence in valuation services which uphold international standards and give confidence to end-users for their objectivity, independence and reliability on both commercial and/or residential projects.

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Outcome and achievement – 25%

·        Teamwork – 25%

·        Innovation – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

 

Category

Description

Criteria

Innovation Award

Future proofing the profession is a key challenge in a time of rapid changes. The Innovation Award recognises teams, companies and consortia engaged in developing innovative solutions, to sustain the profession for the future.

·        Innovation – 40%

·        Outcome and achievement – 20%

·        Professionalism – 20%

·        Teamwork – 10%

·        Sustainability – 10%

 

Sustainability Award

This award demonstrates how innovation, design or construction techniques have been utilised by a team or client to address environmental challenges and improve the sustainability of the project outcome.

·        Sustainability – 40%

·        Outcome and achievement – 20%

·        Professionalism – 20%

·        Teamwork – 10%

·        Innovation – 10%

 

Category

Description

Criteria

Young Achiever of the Year

The future of our profession rests on the shoulders of emerging professionals. The Young Achiever of the Year Award acknowledges one outstanding individual who has achieved excellence in their field. The individual selected will embody the highest standards of professionalism, be a role-model for their peers and be capable of making an outstanding contribution to the profession in the course of their future career.

·        Outcome and achievement – 40%

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Innovation – 20%

·        Sustainability – 10%

 

Woman of the Built Environment Award

The Woman of the Built Environment Award recognises the outstanding contributions and achievements of senior women to our industry. The award celebrates inspirational role models to inspire the next generation of diverse professionals. Women from all disciplines of the industry are encouraged to enter.

 

·        Outcome and achievement – 40%

·        Professionalism – 30%

·        Innovation – 20%

·        Sustainability – 10%

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognising commitment to RICS and the wider profession, the Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award for built environment professionals. The presentation of this award is subject to the determination of the judging panel that the recipient is worthy of this significant honour.

RICS will provide recommendation(s) on the worthy recipient for the judging panel’s consideration.
  • Professionalism
    • Use of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise in areas such as technical, financial, legal, environmental, building regulation, sustainability and restoration where applicable, to achieve outcomes.
    • Demonstrated adherence to RICS ethics.
    • Demonstration of using the most appropriate procurement method for engaging contractors and suppliers (if applicable).
    • Demonstration of the ability to resolve disputes.
    • Demonstration of how international standards have been adopted will be an advantage.
  • Outcome and achievement
    • Measurable success of nominated initiative(s)/project(s)/team(s) against a predefined target.
    • Challenges overcome in the process relative to complexity. What were the or unique challenges? How were these challenges overcome?
    • Cost effectiveness. How was cost managed effectively against a target?
    • Client satisfaction and positive social impact.
    • Timely completion. Demonstration of how the project is managed effectively with respect to time?
    • How to minimise disruption to the ‘neighbours’?
    • Submission of letter(s) of commendation will be highly regarded
  • Teamwork
    • Effective coordination of skillsets among team members and with stakeholders.
    • Demonstration of change management process and minimising disruption.
    • Resources How were resources effectively pulled and utilised to overcome the identified challenges and difficulties against a predefined target?
    • Demonstration of commitment to diversity and inclusion of the team or project team will be highly regarded.
  • Innovation
    • Was an innovative approach used to deliver the outcome?
    • Was an innovative outcome generated?
    • How was technology applied to deliver the outcome?
    • Was any innovative technology applied to enhance site safety (if applicable)?
    • Was any smart information technology applied for document control and communication to enhance productivity?
  • Sustainability
    • Quantitative analysis on sustainability considerations and achievements.
    • Demonstration of creating better places and spaces for future generations.
    • Demonstrated adoption of sustainable development principles.
    • Social Impact. How did the nominated team promote and educate stakeholders about sustainability in the community and improve the community more broadly?

The judging panel will consider nominations against the following criteria, weighted based on the category of the award.

All nominations should demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics and a commitment to the highest ideals of professionalism. Further details about RICS’ commitment to ethics can be found at rics.org/ethics

Team awards

Nominations in the team awards category are assessed with a weighting against five categories:

  • Professionalism – 30%
  • Outcome and achievement – 25%
  • Teamwork – 25%
  • Innovation – 10%
  • Sustainability – 10%

Special Category Team Awards

Innovation Award:

Nominations for the Innovation Award category are assessed with a weighting against five categories:

  • Innovation – 40%
  • Outcome and achievement – 20%
  • Professionalism – 20%
  • Teamwork – 10%
  • Sustainability – 10%

Sustainability Project

Nominations for the Sustainability Award category are assessed with a weighting against five categories:

  • Sustainability – 40%
  • Outcome and achievement – 20%
  • Professionalism – 20%
  • Teamwork – 10%
  • Innovation – 10%

Individual awards

Nominations in the individual awards category are assessed alongside two overarching criteria:

  • Recognised outstanding performance and achievement in the workplace; and
  • Recognised contribution to the profession and the wider community with a weighting against four categories, which are:
          
  • Outcome and achievement – 40%
  • Professionalism – 30%
  • Innovation – 20%   
  • Sustainability – 10%

Professionalism

·        Use of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise in areas such as technical, financial, legal, environmental, building regulation, sustainability and restoration where applicable, to achieve outcomes.

·        Demonstrated adherence to RICS ethics.

·        Demonstration of using the most appropriate procurement method for engaging contractors and suppliers (if applicable).

·        Demonstration of the ability to resolve disputes.

·        Demonstration of how international standards have been adopted will be an advantage.

Outcome and achievement

·        Measurable success of nominated initiative(s)/project(s)/team(s) against a predefined target.

·        Challenges overcome in the process relative to complexity. What were the or unique challenges? How were these challenges overcome?

·        Cost effectiveness. How was cost managed effectively against a target?

·        Client satisfaction and positive social impact.

·        Timely completion. Demonstration of how the project is managed effectively with respect to time.

·        How was disruption to the 'neighbours' minimised?

·        Submission of letter of commendation will have bonus marks.

Teamwork

·        Effective coordination of skillsets among team members and with stakeholders.

·        Demonstration of change management process and minimising disruption.

·        Resources optimisation. How were resources effectively pulled and utilised to overcome the identified challenges and difficulties against a predefined target?

·        Demonstration of commitment to diversity and inclusion of the team or project team will be highly regarded.

Innovation

·        Was an innovative approach used to deliver the outcome?

·        Was any innovative outcome generated?

·        How was technology applied to deliver the outcome?

·        Was any innovative technology applied to enhance site safety (if applicable)?

·        Was any smart information technology applied for document control and communication to enhance productivity?

Sustainability

·        Quantitative analysis on sustainability considerations and achievements.

·        Demonstration of creating better places and spaces for future generations.

·        Demonstrated adoption of sustainable development principles.

·        Social Impact. How did the nominated team promote and educate stakeholders about sustainability in the community and improve the community more broadly?

Team and company awards

  1. Nominated project(s) and major/key team member(s) must be located or operated in the Awards region being submitted for.
  2. Nominations can be made by the nominee (team, company or consortia) or a third party.
  3. The project(s) which is the subject of the nomination must have been worked on within the 2022 calendar year, though not necessarily completed.
  4. Nominations must be based on at least one but no more than three projects within the calendar year (nominating party to select).
  5. A company may submit a joint nomination however, where a joint nomination is submitted a subsequent, stand-alone application from the same company, on the same project(s) and in the same category is not allowed.
  6. Nominations must be submitted via the online submission platform. Where multiple nominations are being submitted by the one organisation, a separate online submission will need to be completed for each nomination.
  7. Nomination must be accompanied by a 100-word summary for marketing purposes.
  8. Other relevant supporting materials/documents are optional but welcomed. These should be limited to a maximum of five additional photographs, three additional pieces of supporting material/documents and three testimonials. (Documents and testimonials should be in PDF format.)
  9. A logo must be provided as well as a photo of the team or individual This will be used for marketing purposes and during award presentations.
  10. Information provided within the submission may be used by RICS for the purpose of the judging or promotion of the Awards. Any confidential information must be clearly stated within the submission.
  11. The jury panel’s decision on eligibility of the nominations shall be final and is non appealable.
  12. Any category which receives less than 2 nominations will not be awarded a winner, exceptions made at the Judge’s discretion.

Individual awards

  1. Nominated individual must be currently located/operating/have worked in the Awards region being submitted for.
  2. The project(s) which is the subject of the nomination must have been worked on within the 2022 calendar year, though not necessarily completed. However, submissions for the Woman of the Built Environment Award and Lifetime Achievement Award can reference achievements throughout the nominee’s entire career.
  3. Nominations must be based on at least one but no more than three project(s) (nominating party to select).
  4. Nominations must be submitted via the online submission form. Where multiple nominations are being submitted by the one organisation, a separate online submission form will need to be completed for each nomination.
  5. Nomination must be accompanied by a 100-word summary for marketing purposes.
  6. Other relevant supporting materials/documents are optional but welcomed.  These should be limited to a maximum of five additional photographs, three additional pieces of supporting material/documents and three testimonials. (Documents and testimonials should be in PDF format.)
  7. A logo must be provided as well as a photo of the team or individual nominated. This will be used for marketing purposes and during award presentations.
  8. Information provided within the submission may be used by RICS for the purpose of the judging or promotion of the Awards. Any confidential information must be clearly stated within the submission.
  9. The jury panel’s decision on eligibility of the nominations shall be final and is non appealable.
  10. Any category which receives less than 2 nominations will not be able to award a winner, exceptions made at the Judge’s discretion.

Young Achiever of the Year Award

  1. In addition to the individual award criteria, the Young Achiever of the Year must have been born on or after 1 January 1987 (i.e. be aged 35 or under during the 2022 calendar year) to be eligible.

Nomination check list

  • An online submission is completed for each nomination.
  • For team awards, at least one but no more than three projects have been included in the nomination.
  • Supporting material may include testimonials, photographs, technical documentation, media clippings, floor plans, etc. to support the adjudication process.
  • Supporting material is limited to a maximum of five additional photographs, three additional pieces of relevant material/documents and three testimonials.
  • In addition to the nomination and supporting materials, the nomination is accompanied by at least 1 photograph of the team/individuals nominated, the project(s) nominated and includes a copy of the nominee’s company logo (as appropriate).
  • Confidential information is clearly labelled ‘RICS Awards in Confidence’.

“Chairing the judging panel for the RICS Awards provides a great opportunity to see the wide and creative range of ways in which sustainability is being addressed by participants, together with the importance placed on ethics and diversity by participants in their daily business, offering inspiration and direction to both the wider profession and business world in general.”

Dr David Parker FRICS

Chair of the Judging Panel

Judging Panel

Acting Commissioner, Land & Environment Court of NSW

Dr David Parker is an internationally recognised property industry expert and highly regarded property academic with forty years’ experience in property including being Valuer General of NSW, Professor of Property at the University of South Australia and an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Dr Parker is a Visiting Professor of Property at the Henley Business School, University of Reading and has published several books and numerous academic papers, being a regular expert witness on property funds management and property valuation matters in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court. Further information concerning Dr Parker may be found at: davidparker.com.au.

Director, In-Touch Advisory

Stephen Ballesty is both an RICS Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered FM Surveyor, and holds AIQS and IFMA certified designations.

Additionally, he has served on multiple industry boards including being Past Chairman of FMA Australia, IFMA Foundation, and IFMA Research Committee; and former Deputy Chairman of the Australian Government’s FM Action Agenda. He is currently serving as the Regional Director – Australasia & Southeast Asia of IFMA's Facility Management Consultant Council (FMCC). Since 2012, he has been a member of Standards Australia’s MB-022 committee, and an Australian delegate to ISO/TC 267 developing the ISO 41000 series of FM standards.

In-Touch Advisory connects stakeholders with life cycle solutions for the Built Environment.

Director J Goddard & Co - Building Consultancy, Sustainability Advice and Project Management

Independent building consultant, project manager and sustainability advisor in commercial property. Sole trader since 2007, before which he established and ran Building Consultancy Australia developing technical due diligence in Australia and project managing commercial building refurbishment.

John is a strong advocate for high standards of sustainability in existing commercial property - the other 98%. He worked closely with the GBCA on their Green Star Performance tool.

John is currently the Chair of the RICS NSW Member Engagement Group and has previously chaired the RICS Sustainability Group Oceania promoting sustainability and producing guides including:

  • Green Roof Guide
  • Greening Make Good
  • Valuer’s Guide: Sustainability & Valuation of Commercial Property
  • Choosing & managing energy efficient space

Managing Director, Wholesale Securities Pty Ltd

Tim is a seasoned professional with 30+ years' experience in property funds management, operations, investment, and development across Australia. As principal of Wholesale Securities, a renowned commercial real estate fund manager, Tim brings extensive expertise. He previously held a senior executive position at the Sarich Family Office, playing a pivotal role in establishing them as a leading private property investor. Tim also served as Director at Macquarie Bank, overseeing projects valued at over $800 million. With exceptional leadership and strategic acumen, he successfully established property funds management businesses at Goldmate Property Group and PrivateInvest. Tim holds a Bachelor's degree in Business/Commerce, prestigious professional affiliations, and licenses. He continues to contribute significantly to Australia's property landscape.

Senior Lecturer – Property, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

Dermot has been a Property academic for the last 14 years predominantly at University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architectures, Building and Planning. Dermot led the undergraduate Property Major for 8 years from 2012 to 2020. He has taught across development, feasibility, planning, market research, risk, investment and  finance and project management.

Dermot had a 30-year career across property consulting, property development, and banking and finance, quantity surveying, commercial management, contract claims and litigation support, and project management to director and general management roles. Clients including large healthcare entities, constructor’s association, international hotel group, property entities, builders and sub-contractors.

Managing Director, GM Growth Consulting

Glen is a versatile property professional with over 20 years management and operational experience successfully leading teams and completing major projects to achieve stakeholder objectives. He has expertise in working closely with a diverse range of people, communities, customers, stakeholders and developing mutually beneficial relationships.

Principal, OCE Advisory Pty Limited

Matt is an experienced quantity surveyor and lawyer with 25 yrs of experience in the construction, infrastructure and property sector across Australia. 

Matt provides legal and / or commercial support to clients, including owners, contractors and subcontractors, during project procurement and delivery and is a registered adjudicator and expert determiner.

Director - Civil, ANZ VSA, Victoria, AECOM

A Chartered Surveyor since 1994, Brigitte has significant experience in business planning, operations management, strategic planning and advisory, project management, contract management, design management and facilities management. As a senior leader in AECOM Brigitte currently leads a team of over 100 airfield, civil and geotechnical engineers in Victoria working on some of the region’s largest infrastructure projects with a strong focus in the energy, transport, aviation and government sectors. She also sits on Steering Committees for multi-billion dollar Transport programs in Victoria. Prior to this Brigitte led the AECOM Project and Program Management team of 85 staff across the southern region.

National Leasing Manager, Stockland Pty Ltd

In her role as National Leasing Manager for Stockland. Tracy is currently leading Stockland’s flagship workplace development leasing strategy at MPark. Through her international experience, Tracy has developed a broad range of property skills over her 25 years in the industry.

From mixed-use development valuation in the Middle East and Africa, to Investment Management in the United Kingdom, to delivering commercial outcomes on behalf of owners and occupiers across New Zealand and, more recently, formulating and executing occupier office leasing strategy throughout Australia.

Tracy is also supporting the next generation of RICS professionals via her role chairing assessment panels.

National Commercial Manager, DT Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Liam is a commercial manager and quantity surveyor with 20 years’ experience across infrastructure and building sectors. After navigating family life and a move across three countries, he joined RICS as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 2018. His passion lies in conflict avoidance and dispute resolution, where he utilises his expertise to mitigate risk and tackle challenging situations. Liam leverages his knowledge to guide others and promote the adoption of a traditional quantity surveying skillset within the Australian construction industry. His commitment to excellence and driving positive change has earned him respect in the field.

National Operations Manager, Pre-Construction, Mirvac

Michael is a chartered Quantity Surveyor who has practiced nationally and internationally for 29 years and has experience in the design and delivery of residential build to sell, residential build to rent, office, mixed use, retail and industrial projects of varying complexity and size.

Michael leads the Mirvac Pre-Construction team comprising of over 50 Project Managers, Project Design Managers and Cost Planners.  This team is responsible for all Mirvac’s pre-construction activity (excluding housing) from project inception and into delivery.  During his almost 20 years at Mirvac Michael has been involved in a vast array of iconic Build to Sell Apartments, Build to Rent Apartments, Office, Mixed Use, Retail and Industrial projects in NSW, VIC, QLD and WA.

Michael is passionate about the built form and how teams come together to deliver projects that inspire, are safe, sustainable and that the team are all always proud to walk past after delivery.  He a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FAIQS).

“Our partnership with the RICS supports our aim to achieve the highest professional qualifications and standards for our people, as well as our role in driving positive change in the construction and engineering sector. I am so proud of our commitment to professional development and to be a part of the RICS community.”

Andrew Jeffrey

Commercial Director, Laing O’Rourke

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