Date: Tuesday 24 October 2006
A PhD candidate at RMIT University has been awarded the 2006 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Lysaght Research Scholarship, the nation’s major prize for architectural research, for a project designed ‘to offer new insight into the urban character and form of Sydney’.
Announcing the winner today during National Architecture Week, RAIA National President Carey Lyon said practising architect, part-time tutor and PhD student Stephen Collier will use the $45,000 scholarship to produce an exhibition which deals with issues of the ‘urban corner in contemporary cities’.
In collaboration with well-known architectural photographer Brett Broadman, Stephen will document urban conditions in Sydney from the coastal suburb of Bondi to the western suburbs city of Parramatta.
“The outcomes of this research will be of interest to legislators of urban space, urban designers, planners, architects and those with an interest in cities and urban spaces,” Mr Lyon said.
The exhibition will be held in Sydney and extends an earlier Barcelona exhibition, ‘Cities Corners’, which was curated by Barcelona architect Manuel de Solă-Morales. Themes from the Barcelona exhibition will be built on and selected materials reproduced and displayed.
The jury said: “The 2006 Lysaght Research Scholarship will make an important contribution to Australian architectural research and will result in a valuable intellectual exchange between Spain and Australia.”
The Lysaght Research Scholarship is to provide future architects with substantial resources to enable them to engage in relevant and much-needed research.
Stephen Collier received the 2005 RAIA Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize, awarded for demonstrated national and international peer recognition or contribution to teaching, scholarship or research in Australia, and was one of four short-listed entrants in last year’s inaugural Lysaght Research Scholarship. He is currently working on his PhD under the supervision of Professor Leon van Schaik and Associate Professor Shane Murray.
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