Study Tour supporting next generation of architectural talent forges ahead: winners

The Australian Institute of Architects is pleased to announce that Carly Martin, Simon Rochowski, Nick Roberts, Madeline Sewall and Elizabeth Walsh have been selected to join the 2021 Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour. 

In what will be the 13th tour since the program commenced, despite ongoing travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic this year it is forging ahead and pivoting from an international to a local model.

For the first time, the tour will give some of Australia’s brightest emerging architects the opportunity to explore the very best of Australian architecture and meet inspiring Australian architects in November this year.

The program fosters Australia’s next generation of architectural talent with winners helping to curate the tour and having the opportunity to experience firsthand some of Australia’s best architectural sites and practices.

Jury Chair and Australian Institute of Architects National President Alice Hampson congratulated this year’s winners for their success from such an outstandingly competitive field of applicants. 

‘The jury was impressed by the depth of skill, talent, passion and the dedication to the architectural profession exhibited by all entrants,’ Ms Hampson said.

‘Selection for the award acknowledges early-career architects for their individual achievements and contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement.

‘The Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour is one of our most coveted awards. It celebrates the importance of experiencing architecture first-hand by our most promising practitioners.

‘The prize has been run since 2008 and has fostered some of the most promising fledgling architects in the nation.’

Ms Hampson strongly encouraged those eligible members not successful this year to apply in the future.

‘We thank Dulux for its continuing generous support, and my fellow jurors for their rigour, guidance and insightful contribution to the selection process.’

Architects from New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania were successful in being chosen for the 2021 Dulux Study Tour. Full Jury Citations of the winners are included below.

2021 Jury Members

Alice Hampson | (Jury Chair) President, Australian Institute of Architects | Alice Hampson Architect

Jevan Dickinson | General Manager, Trade, Dulux

Peter Wood | National Commercial Business Manager, Dulux

Julia Cambage| CEO – Australian Institute of Architects

Peter Walker | Previous Dulux Study Tour Winner | Director, Cumulus Studio

Erin Crowden | EMAGN President | Architect, Williams Burton Leopardi


Carly Martin
Akimbo Architecture, NSW

Carly is a Founding Director at Akimbo Architecture, a regional practice based in Albury-Wodonga. She was previously a Senior Architect with Casey Brown Architecture, where she led a range of award-winning projects, including the highly acclaimed Crackenback Stables. She was also a keynote speaker in Milan for the PLAN Perspective Architectural Conference 2015.

Carly has a Masters of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Sydney. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community and is currently Co-Chair of the Border Architects’ Forum and Director of Affordable Housing at one of Victoria’s largest affordable housing providers, Beyond Housing. Her interest in sustainability led to an incredible year in Germany in 2006 where she worked with some of the long-term unemployed teaching young children about sustainability and the environment.

Her list of awards is impressive and includes: 2019 Habitus People’s Choice Award ‘House of the Year’, Hart House; 2018 German Design Award, Crackenback Stables; 2017 International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum and European Centre for Architecture and Art, Crackenback Stables; 2016 Australian Steel Institute National Steel Excellence Award, Crackenback Stables, Australian Steel Institute NSW & ACT Steel Excellence Award, Crackenback Stables, Australian Institute of Architects NSW Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture, Crackenback Stables. The jury is confident that the Dulux Study Tour will enable Carly to further contribute to the community and profession in a meaningful way.

2021 Australian Institute of Architects' Dulux Study Tour winner | Carly Martin
2021 Australian Institute of Architects' Dulux Study Tour winner | Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts
Roberts Gray Architects, VIC

Nick Roberts is both a founding director of his own fledgling practice, Roberts Gray Architects, as well as a Design Lead for John Wardle Architects.  Born in New Zealand, Nick now resides in Victoria after having studied and practiced overseas.  He graduated at both Victoria University of Wellington and University of California, Berkeley, and has worked internationally including Wellington and Amsterdam (as a design leader at UNStudio).

A highly motivated Designer, Nick’s contributions to the profession also include exhibited work at the Venice Biennale, winning the Lodge on the Lake competition for the Australian Prime-Minister’s residence, writing a monograph, and running a Harvard GSD design studio on Health with Ben van Berkel.  His ongoing engagement with Architectural education includes leading recent Design Studio’s at RMIT and University of Melbourne.

Projects Nick is currently involved in include large scale Education buildings at JWA – as part of the University of Tasmania’s Northern Transformation Program – as well as a mix of public and private work through his own practice.  The jury believes taking part in the Dulux Study Tour will greatly benefit the evolution of his Nick’s own practice.

Simon Rochowski
studioplusthree, NSW

Simon is a founding director of studioplusthree, an architecture studio based in Sydney, working across arts, cultural and architectural projects. Since its establishment in 2014, the studio has continued to explore a multi-disciplinary approach that combines quality, craft and innovation.

Simon brings an international perspective having graduated with a MSc.Arch – TU Delft 2010 and a BSc.Arch – University of Sheffield 2005. Simon is an active member of our architectural community; he is co-chair of the Institute’s NSW Small Practice Forum, and has been a committee member for the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN), a Juror for the Australian Institute of Architects NSW ‘Best in Practice’ Prize Jury, and member of the Gender Equity Taskforce. He remains a firm believer in the relationship between architectural practice and education. He is currently a Mentor with the Institute’s Mentorloop system and has been an architectural design studio teacher at the UTS.

Studioplusthree has been recognised with Australian and International awards. These include receiving the 2020 Houses Award for Cremorne Point Apartment and the NSW Architecture Award for Small Project Architecture in 2016.

The jury believes Simon will greatly benefit from taking part in the Dulux Study Tour and will use this opportunity to further his passion for architecture and leadership skills.

2021 Australian Institute of Architects' Dulux Study Tour winner | Simon Rochowski
2021 Australian Institute of Architects' Dulux Study Tour winner | Madeline Sewall

Madeline Sewall
Breathe Architecture, VIC

Growing up in California and studying both at University of Florida and University of Melbourne, Madeline building on her community mindset with her work with Breathe Architecture in her role as Associate Head of Houses. She has worked on notable and industry award winning projects, notably Nightingale Village and Skye house as Project Architect and has been instrumental in establishing benchmarking documents for the entire development.

Madeline’s work outside her practice includes involvement in awards juries, mentoring and co-establishing the Victorian Gender Equity Taskforce. She has contributed to numerous publications advocating for sustainable and meaningful development and continues to bring her passion to the architectural profession through pro bono work for Architects Assist, education through Architects Declare and wider community engagement through an upcoming television series and call to arms. Madeline is enthusiastic and energetic and will benefit greatly from this experience with her openness to learn from peers and leading industry professionals. Given her desire to see the sustainability at the forefront of the architectural profession, the DST will no doubt lead to further develop her knowledge and leadership potential within the profession.


Elizabeth Walsh
Cumulus Studio, TAS

Originally from regional Victoria, Elizabeth graduated as a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture with 1st Class Honours from the University of Tasmania, enriching her architectural education with a sabbatical at New York and Newfoundland, and studying at the Utzon International Workshop, Morocco, the UTAS Study Abroad Program, and the Summer School, India. In 2011-12, Elizabeth joined UTAS as research assistant, was shortlisted in the Capithetical International Design Competition and won the AIA Tasmanian Chapter Graduate Prize.

Walsh’s dedication to the AIA, education and community engagement has been deep and long evidenced by her dedication to roles as AIA Tasmanian Chapter Jury Member, NAWIC Tasmanian Chapter Strategy Co-chair, AIA Tasmanian Chapter Awards Co-curator, AIA Tasmanian Chapter Emerging Architecture State Chair, Emerging Architects Tasmania Communication Chair, and Graduate Tutor and Examiner at UTAS.

As an Associate and Project Architect at Cumulus Studio, Elizabeth distinguished herself with exceptional integrity and design excellence, strongly influencing the practice’s design direction while working on projects meriting National awards and international publication. In parallel, she established a private practice in 2015 with Alex Neilson, ‘Works by Liz and Alex’ (later renamed SO.Architecture), to pursue small, exquisitely-detailed private commissions. Two projects, #TheBaeTAS and #TheBarnTAS, attracted an impressive array of State awards, a National Award for Interior Architecture and the Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Projects.

2021 Australian Institute of Architects' Dulux Study Tour winner | Elizabeth Walsh