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Winner – Jeremy Priest

Jeremy Priest at the 2019 awards.

Photo: David St George

Jeremy Priest, from University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning , has won the 2019 NZIA Resene Student Design Awards with his project ‘Protest Academia’.

Project description

‘Protest Academia’ investigates how the materialisation of occupational protest may be utilised to defend and facilitate creative practice within future academic climates. The research has allowed for a body of work that discusses the importance of an architectural education’s physical environment, and autonomy over that environment.


This a thoroughgoing, fully thought-through and convincingly coherent exploration of a proposition. In an exercise in architectural protest, Jeremy takes as his starting point the closure by the University of Auckland of its School of Architecture Library. An insertion is shot up and through the School of Engineering, terminating in a cantilevered gesture to the School of Architecture. This insertion and its component spaces express what its author believes to be the present condition of the School of Architecture – an institution subject to the neo-liberal orthodoxies of the corporatised academy. This is a cold and clear appraisal; the dissent that motivated the project is channelled into articulate dissection and intelligent exposition.

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