Winners were announced on Friday 27 May at a special prize giving event in Sydney.
Award winners across four categories – Digital Innovation in Architecture, Structural Innovation in Architecture, the First Degree Design Award and NSW Design Medal - represent the best projects and emerging architectural talent from NSW's four major schools of architecture. Presentations were emceed by current NSW Emerging Architect Prize winner Brendan Murray of major architectural practice JPW, and attended by more than 160 people.
The most prestigious honour of the night, the NSW Design Medal, went to Hope Dryden and Robin Lloyd for their project LIGO – a transformation of the Australian Institute of Architect's NSW Chapter offices to become a library and cultural hub for architecture. Commencing with a series of reflections on the future of books and digital technology the project takes inspiration in the intersection between the traditional contents of libraries- liber (books) andthe physical matter from which books are made - lignum (pulped wood).
Medal runners-up Thomas Trudea and James Vlismas were selected for their project Legible Surface which explores alternative approaches to adaptive reuse of existing buildings, through a design proposal for White Bay Power Station. The project was recognised for its 'maturity, subtlety and nuance', the jury noting its 'potential to influence and shape further future projects'.
A special High Commendation also went to Cameron White for his project Tocal Apiary; proposing an architectural addition to the Tocal Agricultural College campus for a new type of research and education facility focused on bees and honey production. The jury noted the project's 'original research, clarity of idea, compactness of programme, and memorably evocative pencil renderings executed by a sure hand'.
These masters students are now vying for a travel bursary with Bangladeshi Architects in Australia to travel with award winning architect Rafiq Azam to see the works of legendary architects Louis Khan, Paul Rudolf and Mazharul Islam in Bangladesh.
A number of other awards were announced on the night. See attached media release for more information.
An exhibition of student and graduate work is on display at the NSW Chapter offices, Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point in Sydney until Friday 10 June.
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