Award presentation builds a celebration of student success

19 July 2017

Outstanding student achievement was in the spotlight at Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment awards night.

More than 180 people – students, staff, sponsors, local industry members, family and friends – attended the evening at the Geelong Waterfront Campus in May.

‘The awards night represents the highlight of the year for our very best students,’ says Head of School Professor Anthony Mills.

‘It’s an important opportunity for our sponsors, stakeholders and partners to meet with the best and brightest achievers from the School Architecture and Built Environment.’

Forty-five students received awards, covering the range of disciplines within the school and supported by 24 sponsors.

New this year was the Peddle Thorp Scholarship in Masters of Architecture. This industry scholarship will be awarded annually to two students who have completed the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management and are enrolling in the Master of Architecture the following year.

Valued at $3,500 per student, the scholarship recognises the recipients’ commitment to developing their full academic potential and also their involvement in extracurricular activities relating to development as a future professional architect.  The inaugural winners of this scholarship were Jessica Chapman and Darcy Dunn.

Also new was the K2 Planning Award for Urban Dynamics and Change. This award recognises the most outstanding Urban Dynamics and Change student in the Master of Planning (Professional) degree. John Jehu won the award, which was presented by Kate Kerkin, Director of K2 Planning.

The Wai Shuen Kang Award is awarded to the ‘most outstanding student who contributes to the spirit, learning and career advancement of students in the School of Architecture and Built Environment’.  The award is in memory of past student Wai Shuen Kang and was presented by her mother Mrs Chon Bee Kang to this year’s winner Vere Longmore.

Another awards highlight was the IGNITED scholarships. IGNITED is a scholarship and mentoring program for female engineering, information technology, and construction management students. This year the school had five recipients: Chelsea Clarke, Sadie Mason, Elisabetta Truglio, Meg Wilson and Stephanie Wowk.

The awards ceremony was followed by a celebration in the A+B Gallery and launch of  A+BOUT, the School of Architecture and Built Environment's annual student publication.

A+BOUT 2016 highlights and displays the diversity of student work, as well as offers a singular interpretation and categorisation of the projects.

It identifies four distinct categories as the elemental and fundamental components of the built environment including Forum (place), Cogitatum (deliberation, thoughts and reflections), Terranum (earth, land and country) and Tignum (building materials, posts, beam and floor). A+BOUT 2016 presents the curated selection of projects from the school, according to the presence and relevance of each of these four categories in their conception and design.

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