Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture (SPAA)
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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 recocgnise 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
Entries close 16 Ocotober 2014.
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.
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
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 full details in regards to the 2015 Prize.
Entries open August 7, and close November 7 2014.
Emerging Architect Prize
Entries have now closed.
Sydney architect and winner of the 2013 Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture, Andrew Burns, received the National Emerging Architect Prize for ‘his extensive involvement in local, international, public and industry engagement and his considered and thoughtful body of work showing an incredibly high standard of excellence,’ the jury noted. Click here for the full citation.
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).
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.
Nominate someone today!
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
Eligibility & criteria
|Chapter ||Opening ||Closing |
|NSW Chapter ||3 March 2014 || 11 April 2014 |
|Tasmanian Chapter ||3 March 2014 |
|15 April 2014 |
|NT Chapter ||3 March 2014 |
|30 April 2014 |
|ACT Chapter ||17 March 2014 |
|30 April 2014 |
|SA Chapter ||24 March 2014 ||30 April 2014 |
|WA Chapter ||2 April 2014 ||27 June 2014 |
|Queensland Chapter ||18 July 2014 |
|14 September 2014 |
|Victorian Chapter ||5 August 2014 ||14 September 2014 |
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
All entries received by the due date will be judged by a state jury selected by the relevant chapter. Jury members will comprise the following people:
- Chapter President or nominee
- previous Emerging Architect Prize winner
- Chair of the local EmAGN group or a nominated representative
- AWS representative
The state jury will select one (1) state winner. Each state winner then goes through to the national jury which will consist of the following:
- Institute National President or nominated representative
- EmAGN Chair or nominated representative
- previous Emerging Architect Prize winner or nominated representative
- AWS representative
Chapter winners of the Emerging Architects Prize will be awarded a $1000 cash prize, a certificate and will be sponsored to attend a local awards ceremony. Winners will also be sponsored to attend the National Architecture Conference the following year after they have been announced as a winner. Winners will receive one year free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects. If the winner is already a member they will receive free membership for the following year. If won by a collaboration, each individual will receive one year free membership. Contact your local chapter for further details.
The winner of the National Emerging Architect Prize will be awarded with a single $2000 cash prize, a certificate and be sponsored to attend the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. If won by a collaboration, it will be the responsibility of the group to split the cash prize as they see fit and to nominate an individual to be sponsored to attend the awards event. The National winner will receive and additional year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects. If won by a collaboration, each individual will receive one additional year of free membership.
2014 State winners announced!
Entries for the 2014 Emerging Architect Prize have been judged in some Chapters. These winners at a Chapter level automatically proceeded to be judged by the National Jury.
The 2014 National Emerging Architect Prize will be presented at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards in 20 March 2014.
- ACT Chapter – Andrew Verri
- NSW Chapter – Andrew Burns
- NT Chapter – no prize awarded
- Queensland Chapter – no prize awarded
- SA Chapter – Alex Hall
- Tasmanian Chapter – Peta Heffernan
- Victorian Chapter – Rebecca Naughtin
- WA Chapter – Carly Barrett
- National – Andrew Burns
These winners at a Chapter level automatically proceeded to be judged by the National Jury. The National Emerging Architect Prize was awarded to Clare Cousins at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards in Canberra on 20 March 2013.
2013 Chapter & National Winners
2012 Chapter & National Winners
2011 Chapter & National Winners
For further information, please contact your local Chapter or the National Prizes Manager:
National Prizes Manager | Australian Institute of Architects
1/41 Exhibition Street Melbourne 3000
T: 03 8620 3877 | firstname.lastname@example.org
COLORBOND® Steel Student Biennale
The COLORBOND® Steel Student Biennale, which acknowledges outstanding works of design by architecture students across Australia, was presented to Jessica Chidester of RMIT University. Commendations were awarded to Ben Juckes, University of Western Australia, and Doug McNamara, University of Newcastle.
See the full gallery here.
Since 1985 this prize has recognised outstanding works of design by architecture students across Australia. The competition represents the profession’s recognition of quality in design by students of architecture. It acknowledges outstanding design work and communicates this quality to both students and the profession. Established by the Australian Institute of Architects and sponsored since its inception by COLORBOND® steel, the competition celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. For more details, go to the COLORBOND® Steel Student Biennale site.
The shortlist for the 2014 Prize is as per below:
Bernadette Zajd – VCA Art School
James Harbard – Delirious Karratha
Jessica Chidester – '[re]activating pivotal moments….
Chris Yandle – Kissing Point Tower
Ben Juckes – A Funerary Paradigm
Steani Cilliers – The Faculty of Food
Bianca Nasato – Green Square Library & Plaza
Doug McNamara – Community Grain
Alan Lau – The invisible city
Vivian Johnny & Alan Lau – Slaughtered in Melbourne
Thank you to all of those who entered, this is such a prized competition; the entries were outstanding.
Don't forget, if you're still eligible, you can enter the 2015 Bluescope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize.
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.