2017 American Architecture Prize Announcement

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Congratulations to iredale pedersen hook architects, recipients of prizes in the 2017 American Architecture Prize for Walumba Elders Centre and Perth Zoological Gardens Orang-utan Exhibit and Boardwalk Experience. The awards celebrate creativity and innovation in the fields of architectural design, landscape architecture and interior design.

Completed in August 2014, Walumba Elders Centre provides a new home and services to Warmun residents after the community was inundated by catastrophic flooding in March 2011, resulting in the evacuation of 400 people, destruction of 85 houses and major damage to infrastructure. The Centre is designed specifically to respect the cultural needs of the Giga people and enable the elders to pass their knowledge onto to young people. Raised by 3m, the new structure stands above the flood level, and is linked to the ground by walkways and stairs.

The Perth Zoo Orang-utan Exhibit upgrade includes an animal exhibit within the primates section of the zoo, a boardwalk rising 2.1m above the ground, a viewing bay, night quarters, nesting platforms and interpretive exhibit elements. Completed in April 2014, the exhibit plays an important role within the zoo, where they are recognised as world leaders in captive breeding of the critically endangered Sumatran Orang-utan.

Pritchard Francis was proudly involved as structural and civil engineer for these projects.

We congratulate iredale pedersen hook architects and Perth Zoo on these outstanding achievements and look forward to future work together.

Further information is available at:

American Architecture Prize



Walumba Elders Centre




Perth Zoo Orang-utan Exhibit upgrade