The third edition of the annual Cemintel 9 Dots Award was launched in April 2014 to bring to the forefront, some of the upcoming stars of the Australian architectural and design industry.

For the third consecutive year, Cemintel™ has assembled an esteemed judging panel consisting of a harmonious blend of well-respected industry peers and mentors to select a winner in both the professional and student categories.

Judges Malcom Carver, Melonie Bayl-Smith, Michael Holt and Marissa Looby have more than 100 years of combined experience under their belt and university degrees from all four corners of the globe, and are recipients of numerous awards and scholarships.

Student runner-up at last year’s competition, Peter Brown values the fact that 9 Dots is judged independently by architects and people that work in the industry.

Johannes Lupolo-Chan, the 2013 9 Dots winner, credits the realism of the award design process as a unique point of difference compared to other architectural design competitions. Participants are encouraged to integrate actual Cemintel products from the creative range into the overall design and thinking.

Submissions to the 2014 9 Dots Award can be made in a PDF format direct to Cemintel before 28 August 2014.

Entries for both the professional and student categories must incorporate the creative range of Cemintel products such as Designer Series, BareStone, Edge Vertical Cladding or Expresswall, into a design possibility that will redefine the typological ideas of the tight, urban block.

The winner in the professional category will receive a 17-day architectural study tour of Japan and China valued at $16,000, while the student category winner receives $2,000 towards their study tuition and the highly commended recipient wins a $500 cash prize.