JPW | National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is the most significant new national institution to be constructed in the Parliamentary Triangle in the past 20 years. The design draws inspiration from Canberra’s climate and unique natural light and embraces its setting with views into the landscape from transition spaces and controlled natural light illuminating the galleries.
Canberra, Australia


“The National Portrait Gallery had a very clear set of ideas for its purpose-built building, and the building conceived by JPW embodies all of these ideas. But since the building has been opened it has shown another, less tangible but ultimately important side of its character that I can only describe as a sense of well-being, lightness, optimism that touches visitors as they enter and experience it.”
Andrew Sayers, Director, National Portrait Gallery


  • 2010 IES Lighting Design Award of Excellence – National Portrait Gallery, jointly awarded to Steensen Varming and JPW
    2009 National Architecture Award for Interior Architecture, AIA National Architecture Awards
    2009 National Winner, Institutional Design, idea 09 Interior Design Excellence Awards
    2009 Best of State for Commercial Design – ACT, DIA Interior Design Awards
    2009 Kevin Cavanagh Medal for Excellence in Concrete, Concrete Institute of Australia