Leading Architecture Graduate Honoured In Launceston

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Thursday 28 October 2010


At a special exhibition of architecture students’ work in Launceston tonight, (Thursday 28

October) David Parsons was awarded the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects

Graduate Prize in Architecture at the UTAS School of Architecture & Design.  The prize, based

on a combination of academic performance, a portfolio of work and an interview, also recognises

the recipient’s preparedness for entry into the architectural profession and development


When awarding the prize, which includes $1000 in cash and two years graduate membership of

the Institute, jury panel member Mr Neal Mackintosh from Hobart firm JAWSARCHITECTS,

said that David’s work “shows an astute sensitivity and awareness of social, cultural and

environmental issues through a site responsive design approach in diverse settings”.

The jury panel, which included Associate Professor Leigh Woolley, and Todd Henderson

from Launceston firm Birrelli, noted that ‘David's ability to analyse and make strategic design

decisions is made more poignant through a well developed ability to express ideas through

drawing. This commitment to a rigorous design process and a competent ability to work across

scales, allows him to explore different ideas without it seems, being too precious about the

scheme, showing a confidence to change direction when one approach has been exhausted’.

Mr Mackintosh told the audience of academic staff, students and parents that “David is a very

worthy recipient of this prize, his maturity holding him in good stead to make a positive

contribution to any practice.

Five students completing their Masters of Architecture were short-listed for the prize.  “The jury

was extremely encouraged by the standard of the candidates, which made selection of a winner

more difficult”, Mr Mackintosh said.  He added: “With the range of skills and commitments

shown, all should look forward to fulfilling careers. Indeed if this is the quality of students

graduating, the profession will be well served.” 

The short-listed students were:

David Parsons (winner)

Clare Dunlop

Martin Green

Emma Robinson

Chloe Comino

Tasmanian Manager of the Institute, Janine Holt, when introducing the Prize, said the

Institute aims to influence and contribute to the development of architectural education so

that the future of the profession can be secured.

“It is very important for the Institute to develop a connection with architectural students and

graduates early in their careers and the Graduate Prize is one mechanism to achieve this” she

stated. She also thanked JAWSARCHITECTS for their generous sponsorship of the prize and

added that it was befitting to present the prize during National Architecture Week.


For information contact:

Janine Holt

Tasmanian Chapter Manager

PH 03 6214 1500

Mobile 0409 216 526

Trish Croaker, 

National Media/PR Advisor

Mobile 0408 756 163 trish.croaker@raia.com.au 

The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the architectural profession, representing more

than 9000 members across Australia and overseas.  The Institute actively works to improve the quality of

our built environment by promoting quality, responsible and sustainable design.

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