Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture (SPAA)
The winner of the 2016 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture will be announced on March 31st
2016 at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. Entries will open for the 2017 prize in late 2016.
This prize is for a most outstanding contribution by an individual student/SONA member towards the advancement of architecture in the areas of leadership, publication, community or education. The aim of the prize is to recognise those who:
- provide leadership amongst fellow students and/or within the profession
- promote the appreciation and advancement of architecture
- provide a forum for discourse and networking
- promote architects in the community
- advance the education of Australian architecture students
The nominee should demonstrate high achievement in one or preferably more of the following categories:
Leadership – chairing forums; organising student groups; effective representation of students on Institute and/or university committees; organising student activities such as conferences, competitions, camps, architecture weeks, exhibitions, architecture revues, guest lecture programs.
Publication – editing, designing and/or producing a student or professional publication; student design and theory work; student opinion; student reviews of works of architecture; letters to the editor in prominent newspapers; articles in Architecture Australia and/or Chapter magazines; articles in student (campus-based) newspapers/magazines; digital publications.
Community – promoting architecture and/or architects to the public; involving students with community issues; involving the community with architectural issues.
Education – involvement in education activities that have consistently advanced architecture.
Who can enter?
Current financial student/SONA members who have advanced architecture in the previous two years may be nominated or self-nominate for this prize. The work must have been undertaken while still a student or while the student has deferred the course (with the intention of finishing their architecture study in subsequent years).
Nominations can be made by SONA members, SONA Executive, NEC members and Australian Architecture Schools/Programs. When nominated by other than the applicant, two nominators are required.
Current National Councillors, Australian Institute of Architects staff members and current Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture jurors may not take part in the application/nomination process.
Achievements of the entrant considered by the Jury must relate to the advancement of architecture in leadership, publication, community or education activities other than those that form part of the role of SONA President.
How to enter
The 2017 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture entries will open in late 2016.
Once open, the online entry form must be completed with the following details:
- A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the selection criteria (teaching, research, community engagement, scholarship, leadership). The statement should be a maximum of 1 x A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
- A curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee's/applicant's educational qualifications, career history and teaching positions and experience (where applicable).
- Contact information of two referees/nominators. If you are self-nominating please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators.
- An image of yourself or the group.
Former SONA President Barnaby Hartford-Davis was the recipient of the 2015 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture.
In 2011, Hartford-Davis co-founded the One:One student and architect design-build event in Sydney which has since expanded to nearly every state. The jury were impressed with Hartford-Davis’s ‘major role in advocating for the student body in addressing unpaid internships and highlighting students’ rights at work’.
An asset to both the local and global design community, HY William Chan from the University of Sydney was a most outstanding candidate and a very worthy recipient for the 2014 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture graduate’s contribution to the architecture industry, the broader community and interdisciplinary initiatives associated with sustainable design and emergency humanitarian aid work has been extensive. Click here for the full citation.
BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize
2015 BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize Winner
For the first time, the biennial BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was jointly awarded. Matthew Hyland from the University of Tasmania and Jin Chen Lee from the University of New South Wales were praised for their submissions which each ‘responded to two very different conditions, yet both displayed depth of understanding for place-making and each achieved authenticity,’ the jury noted.
The BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established in 2005 to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture. The prize is presented every second year, at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAA).
The Australian Institute of Architects would like to take this opportunity to thank BlueScope for its continued support of the Institute, and the architecture profession.
Please see the BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student website for further details.
Emerging Architect Prize
WA Chapter Councillor and director of WA practice Post-, Nic Brundson, was honoured with the 2015 National Emerging Architect Prize.
Brundson is also the co-founder of Spacemarket, a urban program that pairs empty urban spaces with potential tenants.
The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. Entrants need to be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. This prize is sponsored by Architectural Window Systems (AWS). Scroll down for 2016 Emerging Architects Prize Dates.
The 2015 State winners are:
- ACT Chapter – Rob Henry
- NSW Chapter – Shaun Carter
- NT Chapter – Rossi Kourounis
- Queensland Chapter – Kim Baber
- SA Chapter – Matt Davis
- Tasmanian Chapter – Peter Booth
- Victorian Chapter – Melissa Bright
- WA Chapter – Nic Brunsdon
Entry into the Emerging Architects Prize is now a two step process.
- Nomination – eligible candidates are nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects via the online entry system.
- Submission of entry material – nominated candidates will be invited to continue with the submission; should they wish to accept the nomination the nominee will be asked to submit the entry material listed under 'entry requirements' via the online entry system.
Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architects Prize.
Australian Institute of Architects members wishing to nominate an individual or collaboration are asked to submit the following via the online entry system. Nominators will be asked to provide the following information:
- the nominator’s name and contact details
- the nominee’s name and contact details
- a brief (max 150 words) outlining the reason for the nomination
Once a nomination has been made, the nominee will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination; the nominee will be asked to submit the following entry material via the online entry system:
Entries will open again in March of 2016. Check with your local Chapter for more information.
- a statement addressing each of the key criteria items outlined in the judging criteria (two A4 pages maximum)
- a resume: four A4 pages maximum (please ensure you provide the architectural registration number, date of registration and date of graduation for each individual being nominated)
- a portfolio of works: this can include built and unbuilt work (five A4 pages maximum)
- two references: from an employer or clients
- photo of entrant(s) – this can be uploaded separately to the requirements above
- entry requirements listed above must be uploaded on a single PDF document and must not exceed 5MB
- finalists may be asked by their local Chapter to submit additional materials to the local jury including CDs or hard copies
Eligibility & criteria
Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfill the following prize criteria:
- must be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects
- once nominated, must complete the required entry form
- must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- must have graduated from a two-tier or five year Bachelor of Architecture or Masters course up to 15 years prior to the year of entry
- must enter in the state in which they are currently residing
- must be a registered architect in the state in which they are entering the prize, and have first been registered not more than 10 years ago
- a minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the jury may decide not to award a winner
- the state jury may choose not to award a state winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria
- previous recipients of the state or national prize are not eligible to enter
- submissions must be received by the closing date specified by each state or territory
State and national juries will judge entries based on the following criteria:
- excellence in architectural practice, research or education
- involvement in Australian Institute of Architects activities and/or forums of similar professional bodies
- contribution to architecture through leadership within the profession
- contribution to community activities such as charity and voluntary work related to the profession is not essential but would be judged favourably
$1000 cash prize
Winners will be sponsored to attend the National Architecture Conference and will receive one year free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects. The winners will receive an additional year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects. Contact your local chapter for further details.
$2000 cash prize and sponsorship to attend the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. If won by a collaboration, the prize will be split. The National winners will receive an additional year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects.
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For further information, please contact your local Chapter or the National Awards and Prizes Officer
Australian Institute of Architects
1/41 Exhibition Street Melbourne 3000
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The Institute's Graduate Program provides encouragement and support for architecture graduates as they embark on their professional careers. Graduate Prizes vary from state to territory. For more information on the prizes available, contact your local chapter. If you were awarded a graduate prize prior to 2009 please contact the National Prizes Office.