Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture (SPAA)
Congratulations to Peter Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture which was announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards on 29 April 2016. Entries for the 2017 Prize are now closed.
This prize is for a most outstanding contribution by an individual student/SONA member towards the advancement of architecture in the areas of leadership, publication, community or education. The aim of the prize is to recognise those whom:
- provide leadership amongst fellow students and/or within the profession
- promote the appreciation and advancement of architecture
- provide a forum for discourse and networking
- promote architects in the community
- advance the education of Australian architecture students
The nominee should demonstrate high achievement in one or preferably more of the following categories:
Leadership – chairing forums; organising student groups; effective representation of students on Institute and/or university committees; organising student activities such as conferences, competitions, camps, architecture weeks, exhibitions, architecture revues, guest lecture programs.
Publication – editing, designing and/or producing a student or professional publication; student design and theory work; student opinion; student reviews of works of architecture; letters to the editor in prominent newspapers; articles in Architecture Australia and/or Chapter magazines; articles in student (campus-based) newspapers/magazines; digital publications.
Community – promoting architecture and/or architects to the public; involving students with community issues; involving the community with architectural issues.
Education – involvement in education activities that have consistently advanced architecture.
Who can enter?
Current financial student/SONA members who have advanced architecture in the previous two years may be nominated or self-nominate for this prize. The work must have been undertaken while still a student or while the student has deferred the course (with the intention of finishing their architecture study in subsequent years).
Nominations can be made by SONA members, SONA Executive, NEC members and Australian Architecture Schools/Programs. When nominated by other than the applicant, two nominators are required.
Current National Councillors, Australian Institute of Architects staff members and current Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture jurors may not take part in the application/nomination process.
Achievements of the entrant considered by the Jury must relate to the advancement of architecture in leadership, publication, community or education activities other than those that form part of the role of SONA President.
How to enter
The 2017 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture entries closed on 16 August 2016.
The online entry form must be completed with the following details:
- A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the selection criteria (teaching, research, community engagement, scholarship, leadership). The statement should be a maximum of one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication (PDF is preferred).
- A CV of no more than two A4 pages referencing the nominee/applicant's educational qualifications, career history, teaching positions and experience (where applicable).
- Contact information of two referees/nominators. If you are self-nominating, please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators.
- An image of the nominee (individual or group).
A strong advocate for Australian students of Architecture, Peter Nguyen from the University of Sydney received the 2016 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture.
Going above and beyond his role as a SONA leader, Peter spearheaded a survey which revealed that Australian students required more opportunities for educationally-productive work and pushed for the establishment of internship electives at universities. A leader among his peers, the Jury were most impressed with his commitment to students’ rights, playing a large part in advocacy in relation to unpaid internships, with implications for students across the country.
Former SONA President Barnaby Hartford-Davis was the recipient of the 2015 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture.
In 2011, Hartford-Davis co-founded the One:One student and architect design-build event in Sydney which has since expanded to nearly every state. The jury were impressed with Hartford-Davis’s ‘major role in advocating for the student body in addressing unpaid internships and highlighting students’ rights at work’.
An asset to both the local and global design community, HY William Chan from the University of Sydney was a most outstanding candidate and a very worthy recipient for the 2014 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture graduate’s contribution to the architecture industry, the broader community and interdisciplinary initiatives associated with sustainable design and emergency humanitarian aid work has been extensive. Click here for the full citation.
Emerging Architect Prize
The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. Entrants need to be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. This prize is sponsored by Architectural Window Systems (AWS).
Congratulations to this year's Chapter Emerging Architect Prize Winners!
|ACT ||Erin Hinton of Hinton Architects |
|NSW ||Anita Panov and Andrew Scott of Panov Scott |
|QLD ||Matthew Eagle of ME |
|SA ||Anthony Balsamo of Walter Brooke & Associates |
|TAS ||Bek Verrier of Preston Lane |
|VIC ||Michael Roper of Architecture Architecture |
|WA ||David Weir of David Weir Architects |
Entry into the Emerging Architects Prize is a two-step process.
- Nomination – eligible candidates are nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects via the online entry system.
- Submission of entry material – nominated candidates will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination, the nominee will be asked to submit the entry material listed under 'entry requirements' via the online entry system.
Winners at a Chapter level proceed to be considered for the National Emerging Architects Prize.
Australian Institute of Architects members wishing to nominate an individual or collaboration are asked to submit the following via the online entry system. Nominators will be asked to provide the following information:
- the nominator’s name and contact details
- the nominee’s name and contact details
- a brief (max 150 words) outlining the reason for the nomination
Once a nomination has been made, the nominee will be invited to continue with the submission. Should they wish to accept the nomination; the nominee will be asked to submit the following entry material via the online entry system:
- a statement addressing each of the key criteria items outlined in the judging criteria (two A4 pages maximum)
- a resume: four A4 pages maximum (please ensure you provide the architectural registration number, date of registration and date of graduation for each individual being nominated)
- a portfolio of works: this can include built and unbuilt work (five A4 pages maximum)
- two references: from an employer or clients
- photo of entrant(s) – this can be uploaded separately to the requirements above
- entry requirements listed above must be uploaded on a single PDF document and must not exceed 5MB
- finalists may be asked by their local Chapter to submit additional materials to the local jury including CDs or hard copies
Check with your local Chapter for more information.
Eligibility & criteria
Entrants, as an individual or as part of collaboration, must each fulfil the following prize criteria:
(i) Must be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
(ii) Must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
(iii) Must be within 15 years of graduation and 10 years of registration.
(iv) Must enter in the state in which they are currently residing.
(v) Must be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects (if a non-member is nominated, they will be given the opportunity to become a member before submission of stage 2).
(vi) Once nominated, must complete the required entry form.
(vii) A minimum of three (3) eligible entries must be received by the closing date or the jury may decide not to award a winner.
(viii)The state jury may choose not to award a state winner if they feel the entries received are not of a high enough standard or do not fulfill the judging criteria.
(ix) Previous recipients of the state or national prize are not eligible to enter.
(x) Submission must be received by the closing dates specified by each state or territory.
State and national juries will judge entries based on the following criteria:
- excellence in architectural practice, research or education
- involvement in Australian Institute of Architects activities and/or forums of similar professional bodies
- contribution to architecture through leadership within the profession
- contribution to community activities such as charity and voluntary work related to the profession is not essential but would be judged favourably
- $1000 cash prize
- Sponsored to attend the National Architecture Conference
- One year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects* (contact your local chapter for further details)
- $2000 cash prize
- An additional year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects*
*Conditions apply to free membership and are dependent on your membership type; please contact the National Awards and Prizes Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The 2016 National Emerging Architect was announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards on Friday 29 April in Adelaide. Check with your Chapter for next year’s opening dates.
The 2016 state winners all go into the running for the 2017 National Emerging Architect Prize.
2016 National Emerging Architect, Amy Muir
Amy Muir - http://www.muirarchitecture.com
Amy Muir is awarded the 2016 Emerging Architect prize in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession through design excellence, education and industry leadership. Amy graduated from RMIT University with First Class Honours in 2002 and was awarded both the Anna Butler Award and Association of Women in Architecture Award for her final thesis project. Following graduation, Amy worked for Carr Design for seven years during which time she was elevated to Director of Architecture. In 2011, Amy established MUIR, running the practice as the sole Director. Amy’s outstanding work with MUIR has been the subject of numerous publications and articles and the practice have been recognised with awards at State and National level. Amy is committed to supporting the education of young architects and has guest lectured at various universities with significant contributions in design education through her role as an Associate Lecturer at RMIT. Amy is a passionate Member of the Victorian Chapter Council and co-chairs the Victorian Smaller Chapter Forum which has grown substantially in participation during her hands on involvement. Amy demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and natural generosity through a clear commitment to the value of knowledge sharing. Amy is widely recognised as a great role model for young architects and she is a deserved winner of the Emerging Architect Prize for 2016.
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For further information, please contact your local Chapter or the National Awards and Prizes Officer:
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BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize
2017 BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize
The BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established in 2005 to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture. The prize is presented every second year.
Entries are now closed.
The Australian Institute of Architects would like to take this opportunity to thank BlueScope Steel for their continued support of the Institute, and the architecture profession.
ABOUT THE PRIZE
The Australian Institute of Architects BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was established to recognise outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture.
On behalf of the Institute (as administrator), BlueScope Steel (as the Institute’s Principal Corporate Partner), and Glenn Murcutt (as patron), we wish to thank you in advance for your time, effort and energy dedicated to nominating your outstanding students and for helping to support and celebrate the achievements of the newest generation in architecture.
Each Institute recognised architecture school is invited to select 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 total entries.
2. Schools with 500 or more students enrolled may select up to two nominees from their total entries.
Selection procedures and jury members are at the discretion of each architecture school, but entries are judged based on the entry criteria outlined in the prize conditions. Nominees are submitted to the Australian Institute of Architects via an online entry system.
The National Jury will meet to select finalists and a final prize winner from the nominees put forward by the Universities.
The selection criteria used by both the University 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.
The 2017 BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize is open to:
- Students who have completed an Australian Institute of Architects /SONA recognised Australian architecture course in 2015/16;
- Undergraduate or Masters students enrolled in an Australian Institute of Architects /SONA recognised Australian architecture course during 2015/2016.
For the purposes of the prize, students at Australian Architecture schools represented on the Australian Institute of Architects/SONA national committee are considered eligible to enter this competition.
Design work submitted by students is to have been undertaken within an Australian architecture course in either 2015 or 2016. Only one entry per person may be submitted. Group entries are not permitted.
Submissions are to be made digitally via an online portal and each nomination is to provide the following relevant supporting material:
- Up to 12 scanned or digital images of the project
- A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to place
- A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to technology
- A written statement (max 150 words) describing how the project demonstrates excellence in response to Australian Culture
- A letter of support from the entrant's University
The Prize is a cash prize of $8,000 to the winner, and the costs of attending the 2017 National Architecture Conference in Sydney.
Selected finalists will also, at the Institute’s discretion, receive tickets and travel to attend the 2017 National Architecture Conference.
For the first time, in 2015 the biennial BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize was jointly awarded. Matthew Hyland from the University of Tasmania and Jin Chen Lee from the University of New South Wales were praised for their submissions which each ‘responded to two very different conditions, yet both displayed depth of understanding for place-making and each achieved authenticity,’ the jury noted.
Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize
The Australian Institute of Architects are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize. The Prize aims to recognise exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architectural practice, education and governance. The prize is an initiative of the Institute's National Committee for Gender Equity.
Entries for the 2017 prize are now closed.
The Prize will be awarded based on demonstrated national or international peer recognition of a contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture through:
- policy development
- community engagement
Submissions are made via an online portal and each nomination is required to provide relevant supporting material that addresses the judging criteria, including:
- A statement of excellence addressing one or more of the eligibility criteria (creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education, development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy, and development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community). The statement should be a maximum of one A4 page and be in a format suitable for publication.
- Address the Judging Criteria; each relevant Judging Criterion (education, research, advocacy, policy development, community engagement, leadership) individually with each as its own subheading. Total length of no more than two A4 pages.
- A curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two A4 pages, referencing the nominee/s’ educational qualifications, career history, positions and experience.
- Contact information of two referees / nominators. If you are self-nominating, please provide the contact information of two referees. If you are nominating someone please provide contact information of two nominators. These may be the same or different from your references.
- An image of yourself or the group.
Individuals and/or groups demonstrating exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity may be nominated or may apply (self-nominate) for the prize. Nominations are sought for excellence in achievement in one or more of the following areas:
- creation and advancement of knowledge through research and education
- development and deployment of effective advocacy and policy
- development and implementation of effective practice, engagement of industry and/or community