Hear from the entrants in the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards as they present their projects to the jury.

The Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects invites the public to attend the presentation to the jury event to see the latest architecture that is being produced in the state.

This event allows architects with projects entered in the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards to present their project to the jury. The event will take place in Hobart at the Tasmanian Chapter office, at 1/19a Hunter Street, commencing at 10 am, and concluding at 4:30 pm. All are welcome to attend to watch the presentations at any time during the day. Presentations will also be live-streamed enabling people to watch via their device anywhere in the world.

A total of 24 projects are entered across ten categories, ranging from houses to public architecture. Each project will have five minutes to explain their project, accompanied by a slide show presentation, and the jury will then follow with five minutes of questions.

Following the presentations, the jury will formulate a shortlist of projects to visit in early April. The recipients of the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards will then be announced at an event in the north of the state on June 6.

‘Many of the projects entered into the awards haven’t yet been published elsewhere, so this is an opportunity to hear about the newest architecture in Tasmania first. Hearing architects explain their work first-hand is an invaluable experience,’ say Tasmanian Chapter Executive Director, Jennifer Nichols.

The 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury consists of Jury Chair, Lucy Burke-Smith, Bevan Rees, Will Harkness, Bek Verrier and Bernadette Wilson.

Lucy Burke-Smith RAIA – Purcell

Lucy is a registered architect with specialist experience in built heritage and post graduate qualifications in heritage conservation. She has over 15 years’ experience in the delivery and management of complex, large-scale conservation and infrastructure projects and extensive experience as a participant in, and leader of, multidisciplinary teams. In previous roles, Lucy acted as custodian and manager of significant government property portfolios of The Rock’s and Port Arthur Historic Sites.

Lucy has lectured at the University of Sydney and the Planning Institute of Tasmania on various topics covering design responses in Heritage settings and undertook the role of competition advisor for the Cascades Female Factory Design Competition.

Lucy is an Associate with the International architectural practice Purcell.

Bevan Rees FRAIA – Bevan Rees Architect

Bevan looks back on over fifty years in architecture. He was a founding principal of Heffernan Nation Rees Viney, a practice whose residential and commercial work in a white idiom is seen and described as a significant phase in Australia’s architectural history. For the past twenty five years he has worked as a sole practitioner in collaboration with his partner, artist Yvonne Rees-Pagh, in work embracing architecture, conservation, urban planning and public art. In both his current and previous practice involvement Bevan has received RAIA Tasmania award in all categories, along with HIA, AILA and ATDA awards. He has previously served on state and national award juries.

Will Harkness RAIA – JAWS Architects

Will Harkness is a Project Architect at JAWS Architects in Hobart where he is involved in a diverse range of projects across a number of sectors; including a new research station at Macquarie Island for the Australian Antarctic Division.

Will is a registered architect and studied Architecture and Landscape Architecture at RMIT in Melbourne, graduating with Honours in 2006. He has previously worked for practices in Hobart, Melbourne and Scotland, in addition to working as a sole practitioner after hours. 

Will has a keen interest in detail resolution, materiality and construction technology.

Bek Verrier RAIA – Bence Mulcahy

Bek Verrier is an Associate at Bence Mulcahy, one of Hobart’s newest emerging practices. Bence Mulcahy is a small office with big energy and is passionate about making valuable contributions to the public realm.

As a practising architect at Bence Mulcahy and previously Preston Lane Architects, Bek has worked on a variety of typologies varying in complexity, scale, program and procurement.

Bek’s enthusiasm and energy for design is exemplified by her generosity to the local architecture community.  She has been involved with Emerging Architects and Graduate Network Tasmania (EmAGN), The Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Awards Task Group, Chapter Councillor, a Mentor, a co-creative director with Liz Walsh for the 2018 Tasmanian Architecture Awards and one of the co-founders of The Findlay Project.  In 2016 Bek was awarded the Tasmanian Emerging Architect Prize.  

Bek believes successful working relationships lead to great built outcomes.  Through her endeavours Bek is nurturing a generous, supportive and inclusive culture within the architectural community because she believes there are lasting benefits for not only the profession itself, but for the broader community on the whole.

Bernadette Wilson – Design Institute of Australia

Bernadette is the Victorian & Tasmanian Manager of the Design Institute of Australia. Bernadette has worked within the architecture profession across various practices, design disciplines, creative industries and peak bodies within Australia and internationally. Most recently she was the Creative Director on multiple AIA Dulux Study Tours, and DIA Dulux DIAlogue on tours.

Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tasmania and registered as an Architect in Victoria in 2008. She has been a peer juror, exhibition curator, guest university tutor and speaker at various industry events.

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