Western Australia took out three gongs at the UDIA National Awards for Excellence 2023, held right here in Perth on Wednesday night.

The national awards program recognises the very best in the urban development sector across the country.

Rosewood West Perth by Rosewood Care Group won the Award for Excellence in Seniors Living; Park Terraces in Shenton Park by Celsius Developments took out the award for Best Small Scale Development and WA young professional Rachel Ezzard was honoured as the National Young Leader for 2023.

Rosewood in West Perth is a showcase of modern seniors living, effectively integrating the project with the surrounding community.

The National Award judging panel noted that Rosewood demonstrates a significant transformation in community focused residential aged care by featuring a range of meaningful design elements that maximise resident independence, safety, dignity, enjoyment and opportunities for meaningful connections and interactions with the local community.

“Rosewood has been sensitively designed and there are 27 customisable configurations for residents to choose from that really reflects the developers dedication to delivering a liveable, comfortable and supportive environment for those calling the development home,” UDIA WA CEO Tanya Steinbeck said.

“The developers have balanced the internal needs of residents while delivering a welcoming contribution to the local streetscape and community,” Ms Steinbeck said.

The project also incorporates an array of innovative features including the installation of two robots to undertake back of house activities.

Park Terraces in Shenton Park is a beautiful and unique infill development that is also adding to the local streetscape.

“Quality infill development is so critical to Perth’s future growth,” Ms Steinbeck said. “It is projects like Park Terraces that are a fantastic demonstration of medium density, infill development done well.”

The National Judging panelists noted that the developer’s passion for this project is clearly evident by the striking, high-quality aesthetic and well executed delivery of the 12 architecturally designed terrace homes.

Reflective of the nearby heritage character of Shenton Park, the project incorporates reclaimed bricks at the ground floor, balanced against a contemporary architectural second floor.  The blend of private courtyards with internal living spaces increases the feeling of openness and serenity within the Park Terraces.

The judges were highly impressed with the quality of internal finishes, generous volume and liveability of the project, along with a strong focus on sustainability.

Winner of the Young Leaders’ Award, Rachel Ezzard, is a Development Manager at Stockland in Western Australia.

Ms Ezzard has worked on a range of major masterplanned communities in and around Perth and has a passion for sustainability and innovative thinking.

Rachel reflects genuine leadership qualities, her passion for mentoring, and her proactiveness to improve industry is impressive and inspired the judges.

“Rachel was very open with the judging panel in sharing her success and learnings from her career to date and recognises the importance of celebrating progress,” Ms Steinbeck said.

“She has a desire to do things differently, particularly in the areas of sustainability to address the climate crisis and future proofing housing for the next generation which is impressive and timely,” Ms Steinbeck said.

In awarding Ms Ezzard, the judges said that she demonstrates the attributes of a great leader, while being authentic to herself to establish rapport and trust amongst her peers. She is respectful of other perspectives and encourages a variety of voices to be heard. Rachel is progressive in her thinking and application, engaging her team to collaborate and brainstorm ideas that enhance outcomes.

“I am so proud that Western Australian projects and people are being recognised among very elite peers on a national stage,” Ms Steinbeck said.  “Our winners are a fantastic example of where our industry is moving.”


  • Young Leaders’ Award Winner: Rachel Ezzard, Stockland, WA
  • Women in Leadership Award Winner: Michele Adair, Housing Trust, NSW
  • Award for Marketing Winner: Altura, West Village – Sekisui House Australia, Qld
  • Award for Seniors Living Winner: Rosewood West Perth – Rosewood Care Group, WA
  • Diversity in Development Award Winner: Lendlease
  • Award for Social and Community Infrastructure Winner: Activating reservoir reserves for healthy communities – SA Water, SA
  • Award for Sustainability Winner: Nightingale Ballarat – Hygge Property with Nightingale Housing, Vic
  • Award for Urban Renewal Winner: Midtown Centre – AsheMorgan & DMann Corporation, Qld
  • Award for Affordable Housing Winner: Daly Street – Otello, SA
  • Award for Residential Development Winner: Catherine Park – Harrington Estates & The Fairfax Group, NSW
  • Award for Masterplanned Communities Winner: Harmony by AVID Property Group – AVID Property Group, Qld
  • Award for Small Scale Development Winner: Park Terraces – Celsius Developments, WA
  • Award for Medium Density Development Winner: Parkridge Noosa – Altum Property Group, Qld
  • Award for High Density Development Winner: Treehouse by Aria – Aria Property Group, Qld
  • Award for Design Winner: Sofitel Adelaide – Palumbo Group, SA
  • Project of the Year Winner: Harmony by AVID Property Group – AVID Property Group, Qld


Gemma Osiejak

Executive Manager Communications & Marketing
P: 0421 506 819
E: gosiejak@udiawa.com.au