Presented by the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV), the awards evening showcased creativity and excellence across a wide range of categories.

Two projects from Collingwood architecture firm, EME Design, were crowned joint winners in the “˜Excellence in Use of Timber’ category.

The South Yarra project ‘Heritage Re-Invention’, a residential extension to a heritage home, and the “˜Anderson Project’, a residential home located in Grey River, Victoria, both took out the category for effective use of timber within contemporary building design.

Recycled timber supplier Timber Zoo provided the flooring used in the “˜Anderson Project’, while high-performance, double glazed timber windows were installed in “˜Heritage Re-Invention’ – as part of the project’s strategy to apply sustainable building practices.

BDAV President Alastair McDonald said the Building Design Awards was an opportunity to celebrate the breadth of knowledge and creativity of the state’s top building design professionals.

“Entries this year were once again of the highest quality and the judging panel were extremely impressed by innovation and creative thinking invested in each individual project.

“It once again proves why Victorian building designers are leaders in creating exceptional designs, and are worthy of consideration by anyone looking to build or renovate their home or commercial projects,” Mr McDonald said.

A selection of winning projects will now be short-listed for the National Building Design Awards, to be held in October 2015.