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Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas has been awarded a Commendation for Heritage Architecture – Creative Adaptation at the 2021 NSW Architecture Awards.

Jury citation reads:

“Central to Judith Neilson’s vision for the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas is the concept of understanding history and influencing the future of society through independent, investigative journalism and the discussion of ideas. These objectives neatly align to the conservation, restoration or adaptation of two heritage listed buildings and the addition of a new element.

The architecture is created from an understanding of place and community. Precolonial history is acknowledged at the front door. Postcolonial history is represented by the interweaving of historic fabric with new interpretative elements including contemporary alterations and additions. New and old elements are designed to be in a conversation to convey ideas about time, past and present.

The sympathetic combination of new and historic architecture, unique to Chippendale, projects a distinctive and memorable global identity.”