Unitec students shine at National architecture awards

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Congratulations go to top final year students in the Masters of Architecture programme at Unitec whose work was represented at the 2015 NZIA Cadimage Group Student Design Awards in Auckland on 2nd December. The judging followed two days of presentations by 12 final year students from the country’s three Schools of Architecture, which are departments of Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Auckland and Unitec.

A Highly Commended Award went to Unitec student Hannah Broatch who had drawn on her extensive research and fieldwork in India to design accommodation for migrant construction workers in Ahmedabad.

“The elegant and beautifully illustrated project reveals a palpable awareness of community sensibility and a realistic appreciation of what might be possible,” the judges said.

The four Awards finalists from each of the three Schools of Architecture submitted widely varying schemes.  From Unitec, John Belford Lelaulu presented a proposed building which, the judges said, “beautifully describes some of the processes and artefacts of Samoan culture and draws design inspiration from La Malofie, traditional Samoan tattooing.” The building is intended to showcase Samoan culture in its New Zealand heartland of south Auckland.   

Unitec’s Don Pengpala also submitted a scheme with a community focus. He proposed a system for providing clean water to his own family’s village in northern Thailand.

“Research into the rhythms of village life and techniques for improving the water supply are complemented by some wonderfully expressive architectural elements,” the jury said.

Kiri McKenna, also from Unitec, chose the grounds around Old Government House at the University of Auckland as the site for her project. She proposed removing fences and inserting lightweight, ephemeral structures to make using the grounds a more open experience.