Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects is a highly regarded consultancy, recognised for its independent standpoint and design quality across a range of project types and scales


Hill Thalis offer an extensive range of specialist knowledge

Residential Architecture

Medium and high density housing, Apartment refurbishments and interiors, Aged Housing and Individual dwellings

Public Projects

Places of Public Entertainment, Recreational Facilities + Public Domain Projects, Educational Buildings + Campus Planning

Commercial Architecture

Mixed Use Developments, Commercial Fitouts and Interiors

Urban Projects

Master Plans and Structure Plans, Development Control Plans, Public Domain Improvement Plans, Infrastructure Projects, Estate Plans and Subdivisions

Adaptive reuse

Adaptation, Heritage Studies and Conservation Plans, Urban Research and Historical Interpretation

Design Advisory Services

Design Review panels, Peer Review, Policy review and advice, Competition Juries, Land and Environment Court Appeals


Team Hill Thalis


Select Awards


Escarpment Boardwalk

NSW AIA Award for Urban Design
Powerhouse Award
Good Design Award Gold
Consult Australia Innovation Award
IPWEA NSW/ACT Engineering Excellence Award
Hill Thalis, Jane Irwin, McGregor Westlake + Tonkin


Campbell Section 5

Australia Awards Commendation Urban Design
PIA National Award From Plan to Place

Llandaff Street

AIA NSW Commendation Multiple Housing
Hill Thalis, McGregor Westlake


Verve Towers

Blacket Prize for Regional Architecture
Bolot Award for Multiple Housing
Newcastle Medal
Residential Architecture – Housing Multiple
Sustainable Architecture Commendation
with CKDS Architecture

Ballarat House

NSW AIA Architecture Award for Heritage

Studio Apartments

Romberg Award for Residential Architecture
NSW AIA Architecture Award for Multiple Housing

Foveaux Commercial Suites

NSW AIA Commendation for Commercial Architecture

Campbell Section 5

ACT Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design 2020
AIA National Award for Urban Design 2020
PIA ACT Award for Planning Excellence 2020


Canterbury Road

Canterbury Road Corridor

PIA NSW Awards for Excellence – Hard-won Victory Category
with Tim Moore, WWW, SGS, GHD

#horizonhouse #hillthalis

Horizon House

Horizon House

Shortlist – Habitus House of the Year Awards


Constitution Avenue

AIA ACT Awards
The Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design
The Canberra Medallion

Hassett Park, Campbell Section 5

Good Design Australia Awards
Best In Category
Urban Design + Public Spaces
202020 Vision Green Design Award
with JILA, Cardno

Catalina Apartments

Kuring-gai Architecture + Urban Design Awards
Highly Commended – Contemporary Design
with Hill Architects


K2K Competition

International Competition – Outright Winner
Kingsford to Kensington (K2K)
with JMD and Bennett + Trimble

Lennox Bridge Portals

AIA National Awards – Urban Design Award
AIA NSW Awards – Urban Design Award
AIA NSW Awards – Creative Adaptation Award
CCF Overall Best Civil Project In NSW
IPWEA Engineering Excellence Award
with Design 5, Abergeldie, Mott Macdonald and Parramatta City Council

Hassett Park, Campbell Section 5

AILA ACT Award Of Excellence
Parks And Open Space
with JILA, Cardno

Public Sydney

AIA Adrian Ashton Prize
Writing And Criticism
Special Jury Award
Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill


Studios 54

AIA NSW Aaron Bolot Award
AIA NSW Multiple Housing Award
AIA National Multiple Housing Award


Public Sydney

AIA Awards
Bates Smart National Media Award
National Trust NSW Heritage Award
Co-authored with Peter John Cantrill

Merewether Beach Improvement

PIA NSW Awards – Planning Excellence
Plan to Place
Merewether Beach Public Domain Improvements (with JILA)

Lemur Forest Adventure

Commendation for Innovative Use of Steel
AILA NSW People’s Choice Award
MBA Awards
Award for Public Buildings $5-10M
With JILA and Fiona Robbe and Stephen Edwards Constructions


The Majestic Theatre

Commendation NSWAIA Architecture Awards Heritage Creative Adaptation
Commendation NSWAIA Architecture Awards Multiple Housing
Highly Commended – Regeneration and New Development Category – National Trust Heritage Awards
Highly commended – Marrickville Medal

Linking Canberra to the Lake

Australia Award for Urban Design Policy


Pirrama Park

AILA National Award for Design
with Aspect Studios and CAB


St Peter's Green

Commendation 2011 NSW AIA Awards – Multiple Housing


Pirrama Park

AIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design
AIA NSW Chapter Architecture Award – Urban Design
Pirrama Park

Pirrama Pavilion

Master Builder’s Award for Excellence in Construction Public Buildings 2010
Master Builder’s Award Best use of Concrete – Joint Winner 2010
Canopy and belvedere

Planning Institute of Australia Award for Planning Excellence 2010
Merewether Public Domain Plan


CCAA National Public Domain Award
CCAA State Public Domain Award
CCAA Precinct Public Domain Award
Pirrama Park

Commendation – Austalia Award for Urban Design 2009
Sustainable Sydney 2030

President’s Prize
Australian Institute of Architects – President’s Award
Awarded to Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill


Australian Institute of Architects – NSW Chapter Awards – Commendation Small Project
Red Wall, Jack Floyd Reserve, Redfern

Australian Institute of Building Award for Excellence $2.5m to $10m Category
with Beach Constructions for Rose Bay Apartments


AILA NSW Planning Excellence Award
With ASPECT Studios and CAB Consulting for the Pirrama Park Master Plan (with Aspect Studios and Craig Burton)


Winner National Trust Heritage Award
With Design 5 architects for the Conservation Management Plan of Parramatta Civic Place

Winner Stage 2 – International Urban Design Competition
Design of 22 hectares of Barangaroo, Sydney for NSW State Government (with Paul Berkemeier + Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture)


Winner (equal), International Urban Design Competition
Design of 22 hectares of Barangaroo, Sydney for NSW State Government (with Paul Berkemeier + Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture)

Commendation RAIA NSW Chapter Awards – Multiple Housing
Substation No. 175

Master Builders Associations – Excellence in Housing Awards
Adaptive Reuse over $500 000
Substation No. 175


Randwick City Council Urban Design Awards – Masterplans
Randwick subdivision (with BBC Planning)

Randwick City Council Urban Design Awards – Heritage Items
Giles Gym Portico + Stair to Ocean Pool, Coogee

AILA State and National Merit Awards, for Planning in Landscape Architecture
Wollondilly Vision Plan 2025 (with Aspect Sydney Landscape)

AILA Merit Award for Planning in Landscape Architecture
Chatswood Rail Link Epping Surface Works (with Aspect Sydney + Richard Goodwin)

Special Commendation, Invited International Competition
Parramatta Road Urban Design Competition for IMROC / DUAP / RTA (with Paul Berkemeier, Aspect Sydney Landscape + Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture)


Commendation, Urban Planning Achievement, Royal Australian Planning Institute
Double Bay Centre (DCP & PDP) (with Jane Irwin + Hill PDA)


State and National Urban Design Awards, Royal Australian Planning Institute
Parramatta City Centre Plan (DCP & PDP)


Plan Making Award, Royal Australian Planning Institute
Presidents Special Award, Royal Australian Planning Institute
Smart Growth Plan for new residential release areas (with GHD)

Urban Design Award, Royal Australian Planning Institute
Rose Bay Development Control Plan (with Jane Irwin, Hill PDA + JBA Planners)

Urban Design, Hurstville City Council Award
Cross Street Apartments


Commendation, Alexandra Canal Invited Competition
Alexandra Canal and environs Master Plan for South Sydney Development Corporation (with Paul Berkemeier, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture + ACOR consultants)


Commendation RAIA NSW Chapter Awards
Pair of Houses Northbridge (with Peter John Cantrill).


Winner (equal), National Olympic Village Competition
Design of 87 hectare Sydney Olympic Village Homebush for RAIA/Sydney Olympic Bid Ltd (with Peter John Cantrill, David Haertsch and Peter McGregor)


Winner (equal), Woolloomooloo Ideas Competition 1991
Restructuring of the Woolloomooloo basin and waterfront for RAIA


Short listed project, National Architecture Competition
Kirrawee Housing Competition for Royal Australian Institute of Architects (with Richard Francis-Jones)


Short listed project, National Architecture Competition
Tusculum Royal Australian Institute of Architects Headquarters for RAIA (with Richard Francis-Jones)

Select Publications

    Hill Thalis Projects

    Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects -Monograph
    Uro Publications – Andrew Mackenzie Editor
    Minimono Volume 2
    Link to Purchase

    Little Bay Cove Master Plan
    with Candalepas Associates and McGregor Coxall
    Landscape Australia 2017

    Kingsford to Kensington (K2K) Competition
    with JMD and Bennett + Trimble
    Architecture AU 2016

    Lennox Bridge Portals, Parramatta
    with Design 5 Architects
    Architecture AU 2016

    Studios 54, Surry Hills
    Architecture Australia Volume 105
    Review by Peter Smith

    The Majestic – Conversion
    Apartment Buildings by Braun Publishing 2013
    2012 Archdaily Architizer Archilovers MIMOA HQRoom Inhabitat

    Jacobs Street Apartments (with Redshift)
    Architecture Australia Volume 100
    Review by Tom Rivard

    Pirrama Park
    2010 Inspire – Australian National Architecture Awards 2010
    Architecture Australia Volume 99
    Review by Olivia Hyde
    Indesign – Review by Tempe McGowen
    Landscape Architecture Australia
    Article by Tempe McGowen (#124 November 2009)
    Monument #92 – Article by Julian Raxworthy
    Abundant – Venice Biennale Catalogue

    Sustainable Sydney 2030
    Architecture Bulletin May/June 2008

    Jack Floyd Reserve
    Architecture Bulletin July 2008
    Think Brick website – project profile

    Rose Bay Apartments
    Houses Magazine Issue 61 – by Adam Haddow
    Think Brick website – project profile

    Barangaroo / East Darling Harbour Competition
    Topos 58 2007 Review by Scott Hawken
    Monument Magazine February/March 2006
    Architecture Bulletin May/June 2006
    Architecture Australia July/August 2006
    Review by Elizabeth Mossop
    Architecture Review Australia Issue 094
    Review by Peter John Cantrill
    Architecture Australia Nov/Dec 2005
    Review byElizabeth Farrelly
    Architecture Bulletin November 2005
    Topos International Issue 52, 2005
    The Architecture Bulletin November/December 2005

    Substation No 175, Surry Hills
    Architectural Review Australia, June 2005
    Review byDr Naomi Stead
    Architecture Bulletin, July 2005 – RAIA Awards
    Australian Architecture Association
    Surry Hills Walks 2005
    Focus Tour, Sydney Open
    The Historic Houses Trust 2004

    Rooftop Apartment, Sydney
    Australian Architecture Association Residential Tour April 2005
    ‘Raise the Roof’ Feature in Domain, SMH June 2005
    by Jane Burton Taylor

    Warehouse Conversion, Surry Hills
    Feature in Domain, SMH, August 2001

    Riverwood Case Study
    Featured in Residential Flat Design Code
    Planning NSW / UDAS (2002)

    Pair of Houses, Northbridge
    The Architecture of Eastern Australia, MacMahon, B 1999
    Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart / London 2001 1997
    A Guide to Sydney Architecture, Jahn, G. Watermark Press, Sydney 1997
    Architecture Bulletin, July 1995 – RAIA Awards

    Carriage Works, Eveleigh
    Architecture Bulletin April 1996

    Quay Street Project, Sydney
    Sydney Spaces City of Sydney (1995)

    Sydney Olympic Village
    Housing the Olympics at Homebush
    POLIS (with PJ Cantrill) 1994
    Olympic Village Competition Winning Schemes
    Architecture Bulletin August 1992



Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects Pty Ltd is on the NSW Register of Architects and bound by the NSW Architect’s Code of Professional Conduct

Nominated Architects

Philip Thalis NSW ARB #6780
Sarah Hill NSW ARB #5285
Philip Thalis NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act #0001821

Professional Affiliations

The practice is an A+ Member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
The practice is a member of the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA)

Carbon Neutral Certification with Climate Active

Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects Pty Ltd have Climate Active Certification as a carbon neutral organisation from since 2019. Hill Thalis is committed to taking ongoing climate action and reducing our carbon footprint.

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