Due to COVID-19 the 2021 Mosman Design Awards have been postponed until 2023

Judges & Judging

The judging of the Mosman Design Awards is undertaken by the panel of judges. Their decision is independent of Council.

The judging panel consists of three respected architects:

Gabrielle Morrish

Gabrielle is the Managing Director of GMU a leading urban design and architecture practice in Sydney. Gabrielle is a registered architect here and in the UK and has held many senior positions in Government and private practice. She has delivered many of the leading design quality codes and documents used in NSW today including the Residential Flat Design Code and Seniors Living Design Guidelines. She is also an Urban Design expert in the Land and Environment Court and is on a number of Design Review Panels and IAPs including Penrith Council, Ryde Council, Liverpool Council and Manly Council. She has been the chair and juror in many design excellence competitions as well as a juror of many design awards including the UDIA, Property Council and AILA awards. She is the winner of the UDIA Women in Development Leadership award 2010.


Renato D’Ettorre

Born in Italy, moved to Australia with his family in the 1960’s, studied architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 1984 Renato lived in Sardinia investigating many architectural sites around the mediterranean islands. He later worked for Pier Luigi Nervi and Paolo Portoghesi in Roma and Harry Seidler and Romaldo Giurgola in Sydney.

Renato started his sole practice in 1990 after a commission for a house in South Coogee. The house, with a magnificent site by the sea, inspired Renato to take the opportunity to forge a personal path within the plurality of the modern architectural milieu.

The personal path chosen has manifested itself not only in his design values, but also in the practice of his architecture; an intuitive way of working in which projects are allowed to develop in their own good time through continual revision and modification, working through the endless design possibilities in architecture.

Renato’s architecture draws inspiration from past masters and civilizations, attempting to represent the present with a desire to leave enduring buildings for the future.

Nick Tobias

As founder and principal of Tobias Partners, Nick Tobias has close to 20 years experience designing and delivering architectural projects ranging from bespoke residential commissions to high-end hospitality, retail, commercial and community projects. The firm is also known for its sensitive approach to adaptive re-use and working on sites with sensitive heritage fabrics. While most of the practice’s output is located in Sydney, projects have been completed in other Australian cities and New Zealand, Asia and the USA.

Tobias Partners has won numerous awards from esteemed organisations such as the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia. The firm’s projects have appeared in design publications worldwide.

Keen to contribute to discourse beyond practice, Nick has served as a judge for several design awards including the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award; Belle House of the Year; Wallpaper Magazine; read more


Depending on the number of entries received the judges will determine the need to short-list the properties. These short listed properties will be inspected on site by the judges in early 2019.