NZ Institute of Architects Graphisoft Student Design Award 2009

“Dunedin has some of the best old architecture in the country and even when I was at Otago Boys there was a great mix of old and new buildings.”
–Simon Harrison

### ODT Online Thu, 3 Dec 2009
Dunedin man NZ’s top architecture student
By Hamish McNeilly
Victoria University student Simon Harrison (33) won the New Zealand Institute of Architects Graphisoft Student Design Award 2009, which includes $5000 and a trip to Sydney. Mr Harrison said his work, Urban Neighbours, was influenced by a recent internship in Switzerland where he worked on high density housing, where “public private” spaces were designed to create genuine neighbourhoods.
Another former Dunedin man and fellow Victoria University student, Daniel Davis (22) was also a finalist in the annual competition, which invites four finalists from each of the country’s three schools of architecture.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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2 responses to “NZ Institute of Architects Graphisoft Student Design Award 2009

  1. Elizabeth

    For more information about the winner and finalists in the New Zealand Institute of Architects Graphisoft Student Design Award 2009, visit the NZIA website at and follow the links. Click on the student photos to glimpse their work.

    No doubt, a future issue of Architecture New Zealand magazine will feature the student projects in more detail.

    Graphisoft supplies software solutions to the building industry. Products include ArchiCAD, MEP Modeler, Virtual Building Explorer, Artlantis, Start Edition, EcoDesigner, Cinema 4D and ArchiCAD Tutorial.

    Sustainable architecture is the practice of designing, constructing and maintaining buildings in a way that their environmental impact is minimized. One of the most important aspects of sustainable design is energy efficiency – a drive to reduce the amount of energy a building consumes over its life-span. Graphisoft EcoDesigner enables architects to quickly and efficiently evaluate design alternatives based on energy consumption, carbon footprint and monthly energy balance.”


    Another student architectural competition, with detail shots of the winning and shortlisted project work:

    ### Dezeen December 2nd, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards 2009
    By Ruth Hynes
    These prestigious awards promote excellence in the study of architecture, rewarding talent and encouraging architectural debate world-wide.
    The main President’s Medals are: the Bronze Medal (awarded to the best Part 1 design project), the Silver Medal (for the best Part 2 design project) and the Dissertation Medal, which is awarded for the best exploration of different subjects, methodologies and presentations.
    A record 250 Schools of architecture from 50 countries were invited to nominate two of their best student design projects at Part 1 (first degree), two at Part 2 (second degree) and one dissertation. The awards achieved the highest number of entries ever in 2009, with over 70 schools of architecture from 25 countries accepting the invitation to submit entries.
    Read more +photos

    All entries can be seen on the President’s Medals website.

  2. Phil

    I saw a product today in an industry magazine. It might not be a new concept, but it was new to me. Essentially it involved turning one’s entire roof cladding into a giant air warmer.

    The system involved laying a black heat absorbing membrane over top of the existing roof cladding. A set of interconnecting tracks (looking a bit like a maze) were fitted over the membrane. About 25 mm thick. Finally the entire roof was clad with glass tiles. Looking exactly like a concrete tiled roof. Only black, of course.

    There were two small pumps in the house. One pumping cold air up into the roof canals, and the other pumping the, now heated, air back into the house again (or to a heat pump). The supplier claimed that the roof required no more than normal rain washing to be effective, and had a longer life span than traditional roof cladding materials. As the cladding itself became warmed, there was no risk of snow loading on the roof. Ideal for the south. I didn’t see any data on strength, but the pictures showed people walking around on it.

    Interesting lateral thinking.

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