On Friday night I had the great pleasure of presenting the NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards.
In summary the judges were most impressed:
Again this year, the standard has been high and the jury was impressed with the strong and compelling quality of the verbal presentations and the professionalism of finalists in what can be a nerve-wracking situation. We saw a diverse array of presentations over the two days ranging from those firmly rooted in the best traditions of architecture to more theoretical speculations that questioned the boundaries of the discipline itself. The winner, however, stood out in terms of strong theoretical exploration with great breadth and depth. The scheme excelled on multiple levels from its proposition right through to the detailed resolution of the work.
However, there can only be one winner and that was Simon Harrison from Victoria University:
Encouraging formation of a genuine neighbourhood in a high-rise inner city apartment building through inclusion of quality â€˜in betweenâ€™ spaces and design measures that allow a diverse range of inhabitants.
A compelling investigation of physical, social and commercial aspects of architecture, taking a fresh look at private, public and in-between realms of high rise, high-density living.
The Highly Commended Prize was awarded to a joint entry fromÂ Sebastian Hamilton &Â Barrington Gohns of Auckland University:
Other Than Human
This highly interactive project explores sensory engagement and seeks to develop a new means of spatial engagement. It uses different technologies and tools including â€˜the hapticâ€™ to centre the user in their environment.
Good engagement in different skill sets and disciplines, a high degree of resolution in built outcome and presentation and an exemplary process of mediating between theoretical propositions about spatial engagement and working at one-to-one scale.
Over the last two days 12 students from Auckland University, Unitec and Victoria University have been presenting their final year project as part of the NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards.
Graphisoft New Zealand is extremely proud to be the sponsor of this event and I have enjoyed attending a number of the presentations.
The presentation quality of this years awards is outstanding. The diverse range of schemesÂ fromÂ theÂ Porosity of Architecture to Extra Sensory Experiences of Architecture to a collapsible WhareÂ Â is certain to make the judging interesting.
Tonight is the official award ceremony where one student will be picked as the best in New Zealand – Â I have chosen my winner but having not attended all the presentations I could well be (and mostÂ likelyÂ will be) wrong!
Congratulations must be extended to all 12 finalists as reaching this stage is a fantastic success in itself:
UNITEC Department of Architecture
- Callum Dowie
- Alisha Patel
- Jayshree Magan
- Elisabeth Tryland
AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY â€“ School of Architecture and Planning
- Sebastian Hamilton
- Barrington Gohns
- Lyannie Tran
- John Hawkins
VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON – Faculty of Architecture and Design
- Daniel Davis
- Simon Harrison
- Charlotte Hoare
- Frances Vessey
After last year only just arriving at the conference a couple of hours before it started, this year I decided to arrive a couple of days early to avoid the stress.
Yesterday two of my Swedish friends and I set off on a mountain bike around the island. We didn’t actually do a complete circuit but certainly saw an enormous part of the island.
Fortunately for me, having not been on a bike for a couple of years, the Maltese drive on the left so all I had to worry about the pot holes. However as an British ex-pat said
The British drive on the left, the Europeans drive on the right and the Maltese drive in the shade.
So there were a few hairy moments!
Anyway check out the photos below:
I am currently in Munich to catch up with some of our Cadimage Tools partners during the BAU2009 Trade Show.
To say BAU is enormous is an understatement – BAU 2009 is being held at the Munich Trade Fair Center and covers all 16 Exhibition Halls.
Not surprisingly all the big names in Architectural SoftwareÂ were there. More surprising for me was the number of other CAD solutions on offer.
However, BAU is more than just software and IT though it is all about Building and simply the sheer quantity of building products – from mail boxes to car stacking systems – was mind blowing.
During the show I got a chance to catch up with some more Kiwi’s on the FrameCAD standÂ – it was really great to catch up with another New Zealand company taking architectural software to the world. FrameCAD were very pleased with the response they were getting from the show – not only fromÂ German companies but companies from Turkey, Poland, Romania, Iran… the list goes on.