The School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University held its annual awards night on 1 May at the Geelong Waterfront Campus. This is one of the most significant events in the a+b calendar and brings together current and past students, staff and industry partners.
The event was attended by the Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, Cr Keith Fagg; City of Greater Geelong CEO, Stephen Griffin; Deakin University Council, Mr Peter Niblett; Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Development and Training, Professor Joe Graffam; Pro Vice-Chancellor Planning and Integrity, Professor Christopher Gray and Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment, Professor Trevor Day along with many other special guest and sponsors.
Head of School, Professor Hisham Elkadi, welcomed guests and highlighted the role and direction of the School in advancing high achieving students with a vibrant, multi-disciplinary built environment approach that engages with contemporary societal and ecological challenges. Some 28 talented students were presented with awards across the Built Environment disciplines including Architecture, Construction and Facilities Management and Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design.
Many of the School awards have a strong urban design focus including the Spiire Urban and Landscape Planning Award presented by Matthew Payne, Spiire Senior Associate in Planning, to students who achieved the highest marks in Urban Ecologies. This year’s winners were Celeste Cafra, Brandon Gardiner, and Leigh Douglas. The Warralily Urban Design Award was presented by Mark Whinfield and Jeremy Minter, Armstrong Creek Development Corporation Pty Ltd, to students who received the highest marks in Urban Design Studio and the winning students were, Holly Slater, Bart Curnow and Rachel Boor. The Places Victoria Planning Award was presented by Rob Vines, Regional Director, Places Victoria to Bart Curnow the student with the highest achievement in Managing Change and Innovation.
This year’s guest lecture by Shelley Penn, National President, Australian Institute of Architects, engaged guests with a history of her outstanding career, Shelley spoke about the importance of work life balance and the role of women in architecture.
After the formalities students and their families, staff, alumni, sponsors and members of the profession moved into the a+b studio space for celebrations and drinks. All guests received a complimentary copy of the just released 2013 a+b Journal and enjoyed the creative studio space with displays of student work.