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.