The 27th annual Design Institute of Australia SA/NT Awards took place on Saturday 2nd November, recognising and celebrating the best of the state’s local design talent. The program is open to design professionals and students across built environment, product and communications categories and is the state’s premier awards program.
The Fish River Ranger Accommodation project by UniSA’s Design + Construct program was awarded Gold in the Built Environment: Residential category. Led by David Morris and Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Design + Construct offers hands-on project-based education with an emphasis on remote environments and communities. Noted for its approach to remote building limitations, judges highlighted the “clarity and beauty” of the project and lauded the impact of affordable and responsive structures in remote parts of Australia. The Fish River project has also been shortlisted in the Small Projects category at the upcoming Australian Institute of Architects national Awards to be announced this week in Brisbane.
Sara Threadgold and Stephanie Haarsma, students in the Bachelor of Interior Architecture program, were also commended for their outstanding design potential at the Awards. Sara Threadgold’s Hotel Derecho project was awarded Gold for its “impressive transition from concept to design development” and Stephanie Haarsma’s “innovative and clever” Tinker Taylor concept was awarded Silver.
UniSA’s Pridham Hall by JPE Design Studio with Snohetta and JamFactory was awarded Silver in the Built Environment: Education category for its “dynamic, democratic and robust” interiors. Taking out both a Gold award and the coveted Premier’s Award, presented by the Honourable Steven Marshall, was the University of South Australia’s Cancer Research Institute by Swanbury Penglase and BVN.
UniSA staff, students and alumni were well-represented as both entrants and judges. Chairing one of two built environment juries during a rigorous judging process was Professor Joanne Cys, Pro Vice Chancellor: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences. Associate Professor Jane Lawrence, Head of School of Art, Architecture and Design, was also invited to be a judge alongside other high-profile members of the built environment professional and educational community.
Professor Emeritus Bob Miller-Smith, founder of the world’s first dedicated Bachelor of Design degree (right here in Adelaide at the School of Art, Architecture and Design’s antecedent institution), formed part of the Communication jury alongside other UniSA alumni.
The ceremony was a fitting celebration of the impact and innovation of South Australia and Northern Territory’s design community and highlighted the strength of connections between professional industry and the University’s art, architecture and design programs.