Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture (SPAA)
Congratulations to Peter Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture which was announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards on 29 April 2016. Entries for the 2017 Prize are open from 20 May and will close on 16 August 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 whom:
- 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 are open from 20 May until 16 August 2016.
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 one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication (PDF is preferred).
- A CV of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee/applicant's educational qualifications, career history, 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 the nominee (individual or group).
A strong advocate for Australian students of Architecture, Peter Nguyen from the University of Sydney received the 2016 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture.
Going above and beyond his role as a SONA leader, Peter spearheaded a survey which revealed that Australian students required more opportunities for educationally-productive work and pushed for the establishment of internship electives at universities. A leader among his peers, the Jury were most impressed with his commitment to students’ rights, playing a large part in advocacy in relation to unpaid internships, with implications for students across the country.
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.
Emerging Architect Prize
The 2016 National Emerging Architect will be announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards in March. Check with your Chapter for next year’s opening dates.
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).
ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN
Click here to nominate someone or to self-nominate for the Emerging Architect Prize in your Chapter.
Please see below for Chapter dates:
|Chapter ||Entries Open ||Nominations Close ||Entry System Closes ||Winner Announced |
|ACT ||07 MAR 2016 ||14 APR 2016 ||02 MAY 2016 ||25 JUN 2016 |
|NSW ||29 FEB 2016 ||22 APR 2016 ||04 MAY 2016 ||01 JUL 2016 |
|NT ||22 FEB 2016 ||TBC ||01 APR 2016 ||TBC |
|QLD ||30 JUN 2016 ||TBC ||01 AUG 2016 ||TBC |
|SA ||16 MAR 2016 ||08 APR 2016 ||22 APR ||02 JUL 2016 |
|TAS ||22 FEB 2016 ||10 JUN 2016 ||12 JUN 2016 ||25 JUN 2016 |
|VIC ||04 JUL 2016 ||31 JUL 2016 ||14 AUG 2016 ||TBC |
|WA ||1 MAR 2016 ||20 MAY 2016 ||03 JUNE 2016 ||01 JUL 2016 |
Entry into the Emerging Architects Prize is 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:
- 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
Entries are open from February 2016. Check with your local Chapter for more information.
Eligibility & criteria
Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfil the following prize criteria:
(i) Must be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
(ii) Must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
(iii) Must be within 15 years of graduation and 10 years of registration.
(iv) Must enter in the state in which they are currently residing.
(v) Must be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects (if a non-member is nominated, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2).
(vi) Once nominated, must complete the required entry form.
(vii) A minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the jury may decide not to award a winner.
(viii)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.
(ix) Previous recipients of the state or national prize are not eligible to enter.
(x) Submission must be received by the closing dates 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
- Sponsored to attend the National Architecture Conference
- One year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects* (contact your local chapter for further details)
- $2000 cash prize
- Sponsored to attend the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (if won by collaboration, the prize will be split)
- An additional year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects*
*Conditions apply to free membership and are dependent on your membership type; please contact the National Awards and Prizes Manager at email@example.com for more details.
The 2016 National Emerging Architect will be announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards on Friday 29 April in Adelaide. Check with your Chapter for next year’s opening dates.
The 2015 State winners:
- ACT Chapter – Yuri Leong, May Russell Architects Pty Ltd
- NSW Chapter – Brendan Murray, JPW
- NT Chapter – Jo Best, Troppo Architects
- Queensland Chapter – Aaron Peters, Vokes and Peters
- SA Chapter – Candy Aung, Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen Architects
- Tasmanian Chapter – Philip Dingemanse, PHILIP M DINGEMANSE ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
- Victorian Chapter – Amy Muir, MUIR
- WA Chapter – Kylee Schoonens, Fratelle Group
The 2015 state winners all go into the running for the 2016 National Emerging Architect Prize to be announced at the AAAAs in March.
WA Chapter Councillor and director of WA practice Post-, Nic Brunsdon, was honoured with the 2015 National Emerging Architect Prize.
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For further information, please contact your local Chapter or the National Awards and Prizes Officer
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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.