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    Top architecture students recognised at annual AIA NSW awards

    Australian Institute of Architects

    The Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter has announced the winners of the annual NSW Graduate and Student Awards, celebrating excellence in architectural scholarship.

    Recognising the work of the state’s top architecture students and graduates, the winners of the NSW Design Medal, the NSW First Degree Design Prize, the Structural Innovation in Architecture Prize, and the Digital Innovation in Architecture Prize were announced as well as the winner of the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia Travel Bursary Scholarship.

    The Rafiq Azam Travel Bursary Scholarship includes economy return airfares and two weeks of accommodation in Dhaka, Bangladesh as well as work experience with renowned architect Rafiq Azam at his practice Shatotto.

    Below: The 2014 NSW Design Medal went to Felix Saw of University of NSW. His graduate works included the  redesign of a Vietnamese community building in Cabramatta. Image: Felixsaw.com

    In selecting the recipient of the Scholarship, the jury sought to identify a graduating student whose entry for the NSW Design Medal exhibited and explored an interest in some of the issues confronting Bangladesh such as urban planning, social and political concerns, water management and/or urban agriculture and food supply.

    Alex Kibble from Tanner Kibble Denton Architects was this year’s jury chair and said that much deliberation was given to each of the nominated projects.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NSW Design Medal winner Felix Saw's graduate portfolio includes 'Reform', a botique hostel design in Sydney's Chinatown. Image:  felixsaw.com

    He said the winners of this year’s Awards are people who represent the future generation of architects. The jury acknowledged the great number of educators who have encouraged and assisted these students in the preparation of their entries and during their studies as well as their parents and peers who enable these future professionals to get through their courses and commence their careers.

    The jury for this year’s Awards comprised of Alex Kibble, Tanner Kibble Denton Architects (jury chair); Joe Agius, NSW Chapter President/Cox Richardson; Dr Diego Ramirez- Lovering, Monash University; Matt Allen, Bates Smart; Michael Wiener, Mirvac Design; and engineer, Mark Smith.

    NSW Design Medal

    Winner – Felix Saw, University of New South Wales

    The NSW Design Medal recognises and celebrates excellence in design for a design project undertaken in the final year of the Master of Architecture degree. The recipient receives $7500, a certificate and one-year membership of the Australian Institute of Architects.

     

    NSW First Degree Design Prize

    Winner – Nicolas Cheuk Hang Wong, University of Sydney

    This prize is awarded to a student of architecture who has successfully completed their first three years of study. This prize identifies emerging design talent and encourages students to pursue their personal development through their second tier of study. The recipient receives $3000, a certificate and one-year membership of the Australian Institute of Architects.

     

    Digital Innovation in Architecture Prize

    Winner – Oliver Bennett and Michael Fitzgerald, University of Technology Sydney

    Created in 2011, this prize is for a project that demonstrates outstanding architectural design with computational, material and/or experimental engagement. The prize is given to an individual student or group of students for work done in their Design Studio during either year of the Masters program. The recipient receives $3000, a certificate and one-year membership of the Australian Institute of Architects.

     

    Structural Innovation in Architecture Prize

    Winner – James Moulder and Andrew Nicolle, University of Sydney

    The recipient receives $3000, a certificate and one-year membership of the Australian Institute of Architects.

     

    Bangladeshi Architects in Australia Travel Bursary Scholarship

    Winner – Felix Saw, University of New South Wales

    A travel bursary scholarship for a graduating student whose entry for the NSW Design Medal exhibits and explores an interest in some of the issues confronting Bangladesh including urban planning, social and political concerns, water management or urban agriculture and food supply. The recipient receives an economy return airfare and two weeks of accommodation in Dhaka, Bangladesh as well as work experience with renowned architect Rafiq Azam at his practice Shatotto.

     

    Masters Graduate of the Year Prize

    Recipients:

    Poppy Bevan, University of Newcastle

    Boris To, University of New South Wales

    Chloe Rayfield, University of Sydney

    Joshua Harrex, University of Technology Sydney

     

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