Kerstin Thompson Gold Medal 2023

Melbourne-based architect Kerstin Thompson of Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) has been announced by the Australian Institute of Architects as the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal.

Each year, the Gold Medal is awarded in acknowledgement of eminent service by those who have contributed to the advancement of the architectural profession, produced work of great distinction, or endowed the architecture industry in a distinguished manner. It is recognised as the highest accolade presented by the Institute with Kerstin joining the ranks of many of Australia’s most esteemed architects previously honoured with its receipt.

The jury described Kerstin as “an outstanding architect whose design practice is renowned internationally as a significant and innovative reference point in Australian architecture and urban design.”

“Spanning varying scales, from large public projects to intricate domestic architecture, Thompson’s sublime work is at once generous, bold and highly nuanced,” said Past National President and Gold Medal Jury Chair Shannon Battison FRAIA. “Taking its cues from the context, it creates a built form that allows the setting to take centre stage,” she said.

The practice describes its approach to each project as akin to “a portrait; unique and particular to the clients, environments and purpose at hand,” leading to a portfolio encompassing a myriad of sectors and scales unified by a comprehensive integration of architecture, interior design, landscape and urban design.

In reflection of her acceptance of the Gold Medal, Kerstin says;

“I think of this milestone as an acknowledgment of past achievements but also a future challenge — to continue the purpose of the practice I founded — Kerstin Thompson Architects — with the design of buildings that meaningfully connect people with place and the fostering of a stimulating and supportive workplace culture.”

Ms Battisson said the Gold Medal recognised Ms Thompson's quality and breadth of work. “Her design ethos favours subtle expression and graciousness over force, and her propensity to address some of the biggest issues of our time,” she said.

Neometro is currently working in collaboration with KTA on a new residential project in St Kilda, and Jeff Provan, Design Director of Neometro expresses the studio’s congratulations;

“We applaud the jury’s decision in awarding the 2023 Architects Gold Medal to Kerstin Thompson whom has an incredible practice spanning more than 30 years and amassing an array of award-winning buildings. Her contribution to architecture is significant and impactful, and we are very proud and privileged at Neometro to be working with her and her team at KTA."

Congratulations Kerstin Thompson. 97 Alma Road by Neometro in collaboration with KTA is Coming Soon. Words by Tiffany Jade.