A university “free space”, policies and projects to drive more diverse and equitable housing, and planning for new ways to rebuild flood zones were among the winners of the New South Wales Student Architecture Awards for 2022.
The awards 2022 recognise the excellence demonstrated by Graduates, Undergraduates and students of Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees across the state, and from the pandemic-impacted years of from 2020 and 2021.
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter President Adam Haddow said the awards displayed the talent of architecture students in a public celebration of their success.
“Our NSW Student Architecture Awards play an important role in the growth of our profession,” he said.
“The entries submitted and awarded are full of possibilities, they present propositions that can decolonise, re-rationalise, innovate and inspire our built environment.
“Over an extraordinary three years where much of learning was done remotely, we are encouraged by your resilience and purpose. I look forward to seeing the continued contributions from this cohort to our profession through thoughtful practice.”
University of NSW student Natalie Wing Sum Ho jointly won the NSW Graduate Medal for her project, Stayin’ Alive, which sought to establish an on-campus “free space” for creative and community pursuits.
Nestled within the current university grid, it used a slab and tower to extend the public domain.
The other joint winners were Calum York, Hannah Clifton and Raphael Newell for their Policy Defining Dwelling and Domestic Formalities.
This set out novel housing parameters and identified a range of specific urban sites in Sydney to develop higher sleeping density rather than building density.
The NSW Undergraduate Medal was awarded to Michael Connolly for his speculative project The Motion Repository.
It is a theatre built into the Glebe Island Peninsula, a marine setting that becomes part of the performance.
Tyla Venish won the NSW Architectural Technologies Award for her project Revive 75 for her alternative build-to-rent sustainable housing model.
Kevin Hwang’s Allegory of the Museum of Fiction won the NSW Architectural Communication Award and the Rafiq Azam Travel Bursary for the journey of an architectural concept from its historical context, to its reinterpretation, to its architectural realisation, and ultimately to its abandonment and extinction.
Gracie Grew’s High Watermark – An Evolving Landscape Legacy project was also awarded the Rafiq Azam Travel Bursary for her envisaging of a residential development in a challenged site.
The Brian Patrick Keirnan Prize was awarded to a project on how to rebuild after the devastation of the 2022 Northern Rivers floods, and this was the focus of Carmelo Nastasi’s project Build back better; urban resilience for the township of Lismore.
He sought to co-develop improved architectural forms for consistently flood-affected properties in the town.
Thanks to the NSW Student Architecture Awards partners Mirvac Design and Bates Smart, and University Prize partners fjmtstudio and Turner, jury members and the academic and administrative staff of the University of Newcastle, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, and Western Sydney University.
Images of the projects are available through this link.
For further information, please contact: Rosanne Barrett on behalf of the Australian Institute of Architects
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