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 is an outstanding work of architectural excellence and a contemporary public building worthy of Australia’s National Capital.””
Canberra Medallion Jury Citation, ACT Architecture Awards, 2009″


  • 2011 Best Public Building, Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards
    2009 Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Best Public Building, AIA National Architecture Awards
    2009 Building Project Winner, Concrete Institute of Australia,
    2009 Canberra Medallion, ACT Architecture Awards
    2009 Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture, ACT Architecture Award