Congratulations to Alysia Bennett and Keith Westbrook
Students from the University of Tasmania scooped two of the three major prizes announced at the inaugural Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAA), with the third going to Melbourne University. Announcing this year’s winners, Australian Institute of Architects National President Melinda Dodson said the country’s top three student prizes were going to:
Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture, Ms Dodson said the prize had been awarded to Alysia Bennett of the University of Tasmania for “a significant contribution to architecture through her outstanding support for the architectural student community and her local design community”.
- Alysia Bennett of the University of Tasmania – winner of the Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture; and
- Keith Westbrook of the University of Tasmania – winner of the 2010 COLORBOND® steel Student Biennale Prize.
- Fiona Lew, Melbourne University - winner of the BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize;
The annual Student Prize encourages leaders in the profession and acknowledges the value of their efforts to advance architecture. The jury said: “Always with the goal of collaboration, Alysia has undertaken a variety of initiatives which successfully connected students with each other and with local practitioners. She understands the social and architectural benefits of bridging the gap between students, graduates and architects and her focus on engaging international students is to be commended. Alysia has collaborated on design competitions, the graduate exhibition (with the Architecture Student Society), the ArchiForum series (with UTAS), Pictures at the Pub (with the Institute), movie nights, student balls (with the Architecture Student Society) and ‘SUPER TUESDAY’.”
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”.
They said: “By rejecting the Hobart City Council’s proposal for an interpretive centre in favour of a live and meaningful use, a renewed relationship is provided between this part of the city and the water”. They added: “With its elegant balance between forms and spaces, the project displays great sensitivity to the landscape setting, and provides a coherency from the overall composition right through to the fine details. In challenging restrictive planning schemes and tackling conservation in a refreshingly unapologetic manner, Keith provides a model for active urban re-interpretation that is practical and poetic.”
Presentations to Jury Day - Saturday March 27, 2010
The Awards Entries 2010 will be presented to the Jury on Saturday March 27 at 9.30 am till 3.30 pm and the public are welcome to attend the FREE event. Architects from around the country will speak about the projects they have entered in the Tasmanian Awards 2010. The Jury is being chaired by Ian Moore of Ian Moore Architects and fellow jurors include; Peter Walker of Morris-Nunn + Associates, Tony Purse of Loop Architecture, Rachel Hurst of University of South Australia and the lay juror is Sean Kelly of Moonah Arts Centre.
The Awards 2010 entries include the following 22 projects, entered in 25 categories;
Atelier Apartments + Offices - Birrelli Architects
Cimitiere House - Glenn Smith Associates
Cloudy Bay House - 1+2 Architecture
Fahan Gymnasium and Performing Arts Centre - Jawsarchitects
Horton Residence Swansea - Architectsdesignhaus
J Boag & Son New Brew House - Birrelli Architects
Launceston Regional Aquatic Centre - Peddlethorp / Architectsdesignhaus / Birrelli architects in association
Makers' Workshop - Terroir
Me Wah Restaurant - BYA Architects
MONA Pavilions - Fender Katsalidis in association with Antarctica Group
Richmond Extension - Preston Lane Architects Pty Ltd
Rocherlea Primary School - Jawsarchitects
Rockwall Bar and Grill - Dock4
Rocky Hills Retreat - Rosevear Architects
State Government Offices, 10 Murray Street - Hartley Wilson & Partners
Strangio House - Maria Gigney Architects
The Nagle Centre, St Mary's College - BYA Architects
Transend Primary Store - HBV Architects
Trial Bay House - HBV Architects
UTAS - Medical Science 1 - Lyons
UTAS School of Furniture Design - Six Degrees Pty Ltd and Sustainable Built Environments, architects in collaboration
UTAS Sport and Recreation Redevelopment - Jawsarchitects
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