Matiya Marovic, a talented and creative designer from South Australia has been named by the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects as the recipient of the 2017 Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship.

Matiya’s Sans Arc Studio has already been recognised for their work, with prizes including the 2016 City of Adelaide Prize, 2016 Eat Drink Design Awards Winner for Best Bar Design and 2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards – Bar Australia/Pacific for its Pink Moon Saloon hospitality project. 

The firm also recently completed a light-filled and spacious home extension in Adelaide.

MATIYA_PROFILE.jpgMatiya plans to use the $15,000 Travelling Fellowship to explore the potential applications of timber construction in urban and regional Australia. A key objective of his research is to promote the use of renewable and sustainably farmed timber as a key component of more sustainable construction methods across Australia. Matiya’s research program will take him to Canada, China and Nepal.

The Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship was established following a bequest from the estate of the late modernist architectural figure Jack Hobbs McConnell who died in 2005 aged 92. Now in its 10th year, the Fellowship selects promising designers, who might ultimately practice in South Australia, to undertake an independent program of research or course of further study in architecture or a related field.