The 2021 Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour will see five early-career architects make their way across the country later this year. Cumulus Associate Liz Walsh has been awarded with a place on the tour, with the architect awarded for an already decorated architectural career.

Selected by a Jury, the study tour acknowledges early-career architects for their individual achievements and contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement. Now in its 13th year, the tour is one typically of international proportions, but with border closures in force, the tour will see Carly Martin, Simon Rochowski, Nick Roberts, Madeline Sewall and Walsh explore the best of Australian architecture and to connect with other inspiring Australian architects.

Walsh says that the tour remaining in Australia is an opportunity to connect with local architects and architecture.

“I feel so lucky to be joining the Dulux StudyTour this year and the Alumni more broadly. I am particularly excited about staying local and visiting some of our own home-grown talent. Australia is such a large and diverse nation and to have the opportunity to visit some of the more remote places and practices will be truly wonderful,” she says.

Walsh graduated as a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture with 1st Class Honours from the University of Tasmania and furthered her studies in New York and Newfoundland and studying at the Utzon International Workshop, Morocco, the UTAS Study Abroad Program, and the Summer School, India. In 2011-12, Elizabeth joined UTAS as research assistant and later won the AIA Tasmanian Chapter Graduate Prize.

Walsh is a dedicated AIA Tasmanian Chapter Jury Member, NAWIC Tasmanian Chapter Strategy Co Chair, AIA Tasmanian Chapter Awards Cocurator, AIA Tasmanian Chapter Emerging Architecture State Chair, Emerging Architects Tasmania Communication Chair, and Graduate Tutor and Examiner at UTAS.

Walsh has strongly influenced Cumulus’ design direction while working on projects meriting National awards and international publication. She also established ‘Works by Liz and Alex’ with Alex Neilson in 2015 (later renamed SO Architecture), to pursue small, exquisitely detailed private commissions. Two projects, #TheBaeTAS and #TheBarnTAS, attracted an impressive array of State awards, a National Award for Interior Architecture and the Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Projects.

Cumulus Director Keith Westbrook says the Cumulus team is ecstatic for Walsh and the experiences she will gain from the tour.

“We are all thrilled for Liz - she is thoroughly deserving and has been shortlisted a number of times. She constantly demonstrates an articulate and considered approach to architecture both within the studio and her own projects. The whole office is excited to see where the tour takes Liz later in the year.”

The 2021 Dulux Study Tour will take place in November later this year. For more information regarding the tour, visit