The 2014 Student Design Awards
An image from Tom Dobinson's 2014 award-winning project.
A multi-layered project that combines an appreciation of the character of Lyttelton with a proposal to physically reconnect the town to the port has won Victoria University of Wellington student Tom Dobinson the 2014 NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Award.
For Norman Wei, from The University of Auckland, impending inundation was the central concern of his highly commended work, Super-Pacific City: The Saga of Lomipeau, which turned to Tongan mythology for inspiration in creating another floating world. Ji Min An, from Unitec, took an ongoing, slow-motion crisis as the subject of her highly commended project, Korea/Korea, which posited a building in the demilitarised zone to be shared by North and South Korea. Find out more about all the works below.
Overview & judges
One of the aims of the Student Design Awards is to expose graduating students to high-level professional inquisition. Accordingly, the finalists in the awards programme present their projects to, and are interrogated by, a judging panel with strong vocational and academic qualifications. The other side of this coin is that the awards are an opportunity for the profession to connect with the schools and their students...