Bluescope
Glenn Murcutt
student prize

Coastal Garden House | Neeson Murcutt Architects | Photographer: Brett Boardman

About the Prize

The bluescope Glenn murcutt student prize

The Australian Institute of Architects BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize has been established to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture.

The prize is presented every second year, with a cash prize of $8,000 to the winning student!

Students who have been nominated by their tertiary institution, please complete the online entry form.

Entries are open until 11.59pm AEDT Friday, 13 November 2020.

find out more

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI with McGregor Coxall | NSW | Photographer: Simon Wood

The Prize is open to students who have completed an  Australian architecture course and Undergraduate or Masters students – specified dates apply

Denton Corker Marshall Studio | Denton Corker Marshall | Vic | Photographer: Shannon McGrath

Submissions are to be made digitally via an online portal .

King Bill | Austin Maynard Architects | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

Each Institute recognised architecture school is invited to select one or two nominees to be considered by the National Jury.

Sobi Slingsby | Photographer: Alejo Achaval

Find out more about our 2019 winner Sobi Slingsby

Eligibility

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI with McGregor Coxall | NSW | Photographer: Simon Wood

Who can participate

The 2021 BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize is open to Architecture students who meet all the eligibility requirements below:

  • Current student (SONA) members of the Institute
  • Architecture student who have completed or are currently enrolled in:
    • An undergraduate degree (with a pathway to completing am accredited Master of Architecture) during 2019/2020 or
    • Accredited Master of Architecture Students enrolled during 2019/2020
  • Design work submitted by students is to have been undertaken within an Australian architecture course in either 2019 or 2020.
  • Only one entry per person may be submitted. Group entries are not permitted. 

Please note student do not self-nominate for this prize. A student needs be nominated by their tertiary institution and supply a letter of endorsement from the Head of School/lecturer with their entry.

For the purposes of the prize, students represented on the Australian Institute of Architects/SONA national committee, excluding SONA National President, are considered eligible to enter this competition.

judging criteria

Blackwood St Bunker | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Lisbeth Grossman

what the Judges look for

JUDGING CRITERIA
The selection criteria used by both the tertiary institution and National juries shall include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Degree of complexity of the program. 
  • Sensitivity and communication of response to place and environment. 
  • Practicality of approach to technology and feasibility of construction demonstrating an appreciation of build ability, structure and services requirements. 
  • Sensitivity of response and relevance to Australian culture. 

Nominate

About the process

STEP 1: University judging

Each Australian tertiary institutions selects one or two nominees to be considered by the National Jury. Nominee numbers from each university are determined as follows:

  1. Schools with less than 500 students enrolled may select one nominee from their eligible students.
  2. Schools with 500 or more students enrolled may select up to two nominees from their eligible students

Selection procedures are at the discretion of each tertiary institution, but entries are judged based on the judging criteria.

STEP 2: Submission

Each tertiary institution invites their nominee to submit their entry to the Australian Institute of Architects via an online entry system. Each nominee is to provide the following relevant supporting material:

  • Up to 12 scanned or digital images of the project
  • A written statement (max 450 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to place, in response to technology and in response to Australian culture.
  • A letter of support from your University, in the form of a University letterhead with a signature of the nominating Head of School/lecturer.

STEP 3: National judging

The National Jury will meet to select a final prize winner from the nominees put forward by the tertiary institutions.

The jury will consist of:

  • Glenn Murcutt or representative
  • Australian Institute of Architects National President
  • SONA National President.
Students who have been nominated by their tertiary institution, please complete the online entry form.

Entries are open until 11.59pm AEDT Friday, 13 November 2020.

The 2019 Emil Sodersten Award | Denton Corker Marshall Studio | Denton Corker Marshall | Victoria | Photographer: Shannon McGrath

2019 winner

Congratulations to Sobi Slingsby

‘The jury was unanimous in awarding the 2019 BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize to Sobi Slingsby of Griffith University for her project on Lady Elliot Island.

Sobi’s scheme is a beautifully considered architectural response to the anticipated impact of climate change and sea-level rise on a coral cay at the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The proposal is for a group of shelters, both on land and over the water, that provide the essential needs of human habitation. The land-based structures are kept below the treetops, while those on the water are raised on sturdy foundations and imagined to foster new coral growth as the coral cay adapts to climate change.

The natural world is not static – the shelters can be tuned to suit different climatic conditions and adverse weather to capture breezes, offer shade and withstand the extremes of tropical cyclones. The technologies are simple and direct, providing an experience akin to camping.  Their small footprint and elevated platforms evoke the childhood pleasures of the tree house with views over the island, surrounding reefs and ocean.

All aspects of the scheme have been carefully considered and are illustrated with outstanding drawings, eloquent narrative and refined imagery.’ – Jury Citation

Sobi Slingsby | Photographer: Alejo Achaval