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Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student

This year saw the Student Category expanded, and contenders vied for two awards: Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student and Best Digital Presentation by a Student.

The brief was to design a 75-place childcare centre and related exterior works such as access, parking and landscaping on a predetermined common site.

The Judges were very impressed with the high standard of finalist entries, with all being of a significantly high standard to be suitable for presentation to a client in the professional world. The judges noted the natural integration of environmentally sustainable design features within all of the finalist submissions, and they commented that it is greatly encouraging to see the designers of the future include these features with equal importance to form, function and cost.

Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student

Winner – Kristen Pincott
Kris’s entry was a great all round presentation in all the criteria considered. He was highly articulate in his verbal explanation of rationale behind his design and how he arrived at the final solution with its roof shape based around the helical, circular shape of a beach shell. Kris undertook on-site research by visiting child care centres and discussing the design needs with the stakeholders. He used the whole of the site to achieve the maximum usage. Materials selected for the building fabric were simple yet effective. ESD principles were embedded within the design from its inception and not retrospectively added to ‘green-wash’ the design. His graphic presentation was easy to read, yet informative and colourful.

Second Place – Sonja Torode
Sonja’s entry impressed the judges on a variety of levels. Her passionate explanation showed the judges how her design was derived from interviews with child care centre staff and resulted in a highly functional and stylishly attractive design. The flow of uses within the building had a logical layout based around a central functional core. Sonja not only satisfied all the needs of the design brief, but also found room to add an outdoor amphitheatre for children’s performances.

Third Place – Alexander Aris Karsarian
Ari’s design captured the playfulness of the child and embodied it within his design. His solution was graphically well presented and his use of numerous colours and shapes in his building exterior resulted in a joyful and inventive design. Ari utilised a wide range of innovative materials from which to construct the building, and also featured a repeatable modular format that would enable adaptation of similar buildings on other sites.

Special Commendation – Jacqui Stewart
Jacqui produced her design in a very short time and with minimal support. Her enthusiasm impressed the judges. Jacqui undertook an extremely thorough process in reaching her design solution, which included features not seen in other student entries. For example, her entry was the only one that included pedestrian pathways within the car park for the children’s safety. She demonstrated a design maturity usually seen in more experienced designers.