The inaugural Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAA) were held in Brisbane on 18 March 2010. The $8000 2010 COLORBOND® steel Student Biennale Prize was presented to University of Tasmania architecture student Keith Westbrook for the most outstanding design work from a student of architecture in 2008/2009.
A record number of entries were received for the 2010 competition, with 174 students from 16 architecture schools vying for Australia’s most recognised student design prize. The work of 10 finalists selected by the jury will feature in a Student Biennale Design Gallery website to be launched in April to celebrate the competition’s 25th anniversary.
The jury praised Keith’s project Ross Slip: Shipwright School, set around a deep cutting and remnants of the Ross Patent Slip in Hobart, as “an exemplar in its sensitive interpretation and engaging design quality”.
Three Commendations were also awarded to: James Barclay, University of New South Wales - The Nook House – Hybrid Housing Solutions; Nicholas Flutter, University of Queensland – NorthBank; and, Lachlan Seegers, University of Newcastle - Newcastle Abattoir + Beef Market.
Competition Finalists are: Lorenzo Ju, Deakin University, Project: Sensory Architecture – Hepburn Bath House Redevelopment; Zuzana Kovar, University of Queensland, Project: A Guide Book to Whimsical Development in Paddington; Peter McIntyre, Deakin University, Project: Reconstructing the Zoo; Sam Perversi-Brooks, RMIT University, Project: Institute of Marine & Antarctic Studies; Michael Sharp / Jessica In, RMIT University, Project: Living Tower; Louis Wong, RMIT University, Project: Requiem of a Dream in Melbourne.
2010 Winners/Finalists/entrants' designs are showcased at studentbiennale.com.au.