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2017 Student Design Awards

Project header image by Lucy Vete.

Lucy Vete of the University of Auckland has won the annual design competition for final year students from the New Zealand's three schools of architecture. Based in the ideas, stories, traditions and history of Tonga, Lucy's project, 'Shifting Grounds', imagines a trajectory of social spaces along the north western axis of Tupou Lahi road, within the heart of Nuku’alofa.

Two highly commended awards were also conferred at this year’s awards – to LiWen Choy, from the University of Auckland, and Gerard Finch, from Victoria University of Wellington.

Lucy Vete of the University of Auckland has won the annual design competition for final year students from the New Zealand's three schools of architecture. Based in the ideas, stories, traditions and history of Tonga, Lucy's project, 'Shifting Grounds', imagines a trajectory of social spaces along the north western axis of Tupou Lahi road, within the heart of Nuku’alofa.

The 2017 awards will be held at the Grand Tearoom of the Heritage Hotel in Auckland Central from 29-30 November. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Thursday 30 November. As in previous years, a three-member jury with strong ties to both academia and the profession will judge 12 student entries (four each from Unitec, The University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington). The jury will be led by NZIA President Christina van Bohemen who heads the Judging panel comprising: the New Zealand Judge, Jon Rennie from Athfield Architects; and the Australian Judge, Rachel Neeson from the Sydney practice Neeson Murcutt Architects.  Before the awards prize-giving local architects, academics and interested members of the public are able to view the exhibitions of student work before a short lecture is presented by the visiting Australian juror.

This year's finalists are:

UNITEC - Department of Architecture

  • Marisha Aya

  • Andrew Frankum

  • Hannah Stephenson

  • William Howse

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON - School of Architecture

  • Ryan McCully

  • Jessica Wright

  • Stacey Mountfort

  • Gerard Finch (HIGHLY COMMENDED)

UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND - School of Architecture and Planning

  • Lucy Vete (WINNER)

  • LiWen Choy (HIGHLY COMMENDED)

  • Mustafa Mora

  • Ayla Raymond Roberts

 Central Innovation is once again the generous sponsor of this event in 2017.

 

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