Thursday 18 March 2010
Five young Australian architects will embark on the world trip of their dreams - visiting architectural marvels and master architects across Europe – after winning the Australian Institute of Architects 2010 Dulux Study Tour.
Presenting the honour at the first people-based Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAA) ceremony in Brisbane tonight (Thursday 18 March), Australian Institute of Architects National President Melinda Dodson said she was proud to announce the winners were Mark Berlangieri (Adelaide), Thomas Ferguson (Sydney), Josephine Hurley (Sydney), Michael McPherson (Newcastle) and David Sutherland (Sydney).
The Dulux Study Tour is an initiative of the Institute in collaboration with its Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN). The 2010 Study tour is made possible by Dulux and Davis Langdon, with all travel provided by Virgin Atlantic. Under the program, five young architects intending to be leaders in the profession are given a unique opportunity to visit recent projects in Britain, France and Spain, and to connect with top architectural practices while there.
The jury said entries for the 2010 tour revealed strong emerging talent in the profession, and reflected the wonderful opportunities available in the design and construction sphere over the past decade. Disappointingly, there were very few entries from South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT, and no entries from Western Australia and the Northern Territory. In describing the winning team, they said:
Mark Berlangieri has degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Adelaide and is proceeding to masters degrees in both. He has received numerous awards and prizes, including the 2008 Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship. He is currently an Associate at Walter Brooke and Associates and is responsible for a range of projects from new housing to a college master plan.
Thomas Ferguson is a graduate from the University of New South Wales. He worked for 10 years with Sydney architects Cracknell Lonergan before launching his own practice in 2007. While at Cracknell Lonergan he won the Bathurst Visitor Centre competition, and worked with them on numerous indigenous exhibitions and projects.
Josephine Hurley graduated with first class honours and the University Medal from the University of Sydney, receiving numerous prizes for academic achievement. She is an Associate with Tribe Architects, being responsible for the design of a number of houses and retail outlets, and for contributing to numerous installations and competitions. She is also currently undertaking a private residential commission.
Michael McPherson graduated from Newcastle University with first class honours. He joined Suters Architects in 1999, graduating in 2002. He is now an associate and a shareholder in the practice. He has played a key role in schemes for the Taree Waterfront and the Mildura City Centre, the revitalisation of Newcastle’s CBD, and the creation of University City Campus, as well as the design of new educational and office buildings, and related fit-outs.
David Sutherland graduated with first class honours and the University and Dean’s Medal from Newcastle University. Medal. He joined Tanner Architects in 2002 and became a Senior Associate in 2009. Key projects include the competition-winning design for a regional library; a pavilion suitable for receptions linked to the NSW Biennale; a ballroom for events and weddings; and many new houses.
Focusing on people, the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards have been designed to bring together a suite of existing architecture prizes. Headlined by the Gold Medal for Architecture, the Awards include the Glenn Murcutt Student Prize, COLORBOND® steel Student Biennale Prize, Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture, and Leadership in Sustainability prize.
The Institute would like to thank the jury - chair Howard Tanner, Mark Bray, Anthony Balsamo, Ross Clark, Nick Larkworthy and Phil White; and supporters of the 2010 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards – the Institute’s Principal Corporate Partner, BlueScope Steel; Supporting Corporate Partners, Dulux, Autodesk and Virgin Atlantic; and Program Sponsor Davis Langdon.
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