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.

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.

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.