2016 Dulux Study Tour Winners

And now to introduce the 2016 winners…!

Chris Gilbert | Archier, Tasmania


Chris Gilbert received a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from RMIT in 2011 after earlier completing a Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of Tasmania. At RMIT he was shortlisted for the Woodhead Student Prize and participated in the World Architecture Workshop in Lianyungang, China.

Gilbert started his career at Room 11 in Tasmania, progressing from third-year student intern to graduate architect. His willingness to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with colleagues and peers, combined with his dedication to quality design outcomes, made him an invaluable and dynamic member of the Room 11 design team.

In 2012 Gilbert and two friends established cross-disciplinary firm Archier. This innovative practice received its first Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Award in 2015 for Sawmill House – a project that captures many of the emerging interests of Gilbert, while also demonstrating a strong engagement with innovation and construction.

Gilbert impressed the jury with his personal contribution to architectural education. He has given guest lectures and presentations to educational institutions, architectural practices, charities and at Australian Institute of Architects events. The jury agreed that he is an excellent candidate for the 2016 Dulux Study Tour.

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Qianyi Lim
| Sibling, Victoria


Qianyi Lim has had an impressive start to her career since graduating with a Bachelor of Planning and Design in 2004 and a Master of Architecture in 2008, both from the University of Melbourne. In addition to participating in several international student exchange programs throughout her studies, she worked as an architectural intern at MRT Design in Shanghai and Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen.

In 2009 Lim became a graduate architect at McBride Charles Ryan, where she was an integral team member on projects including the Infinity Centre at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Melbourne and The Quays, a multi-residential development in Docklands, Melbourne. In 2012 she and four of her university friends established multidisciplinary design studio, Sibling. The practice has gone on to receive many accolades.

Alongside her practice work, Lim has been a tutor and lecturer for studios at the University of Melbourne, RMIT and Monash University, and has participated in many industry and community events promoting architecture and design to the community – in particular activities in support of gender equity.

Lim’s experience across a diverse range of architectural practices, and on projects ranging from exhibitions to installations and built works, makes her an ideal candidate for the 2016 Dulux Study Tour. The jury believes she will benefit greatly from the collaborative nature of the tour.

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Katy Moir
| Troppo Architects, Northern Territory


Katy Moir graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2012. Her passion for delivering architecture that is representative of culture led her to work for Troppo Architects in Adelaide. Moir is now working in Troppo’s Darwin office and, in her short time in the Northern Territory (NT), has become a respected leader within her community, chairing the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) NT.

Moir has environmental and economical sustainability at heart in her architectural pursuits and has a broader way of thinking about architecture in society. This is evidenced by her tireless dedication to voluntary activities, including the Winter Sleep-out for Homelessness, Housing for Health programs, and her self-initiated Talking Through Walls tours at the Darwin Festival that delivered an avenue for broader discussion about the built environment with the public.

Under the supervision of Michael Dickson, Moir was part of a research scholarship on micro housing that embodies affordable and sustainable principles, which has been developed into a funded pilot design/build UQ program for housing of adolescents leaving state care.

The jury is confident that Moir’s involvement in the 2016 Dulux Study Tour will further strengthen her knowledge on placemaking and, as a result of her fearless ability to communicate and share experiences, will empower a whole community.

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Hannah Slater
| Architectus,  Queensland


Hannah Slater has degrees in both interior design and architecture from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2012 Slater was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects QIA Medallion and the Board of Architects of Queensland Prize.

She is currently employed as a project architect with Architectus in Brisbane, where significant projects have included the Kerrisdale Gardens Aged Care Facility in Mackay, Queensland, the Pullenvale Office Block in Pullenvale, Queensland, and Masterplans for James Cook University Ideas Market in Townsville, Queensland and the Wodonga Cultural Precinct in Wodonga, Victoria.

Slater is an EmAGN committee member and a sessional academic at QUT. She also regularly contributes to academic publications, conferences and public lectures including presenting her research on the resilience of Australian cities at the 2014 International Union of Architects World Congress in Durban, South Africa.

Slater is particularly interested in the social impacts of architectural endeavour, an interest that has led her to volunteer for disaster aid work locally and in the Solomon Islands. In 2011 and 2012 she was involved in public exhibitions of emergency shelters to raise money for Red Cross Disaster Aid.

The jury was impressed with Slater’s beautifully articulated submission, which demonstrated her commitment to the research and practice of architecture, and agrees that she is an exceptional candidate for the 2016 Dulux Study Tour.

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Mathew Van Kooy
| John Wardle Architects, Victoria


Mathew van Kooy graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 with first-class honours and is now based in Melbourne, working at John Wardle Architects. In his final year at university, van Kooy was awarded the Karl and Gertrude Langer Memorial Design Prize, the Board of Architects Prize and the Queensland Institute of Architects Memorial Medallion. He has been a tutor and demonstrator at Queensland University of Technology, and tutor and guest critic at the University of Melbourne.

Van Kooy has previously worked at Studio505, LAB Architecture Studio and Hames Sharley, gaining experience on projects including the Pixel building and Wintergarden facades (both Studio505). He has also completed a hospitality fitout in Collingwood, Melbourne as a sole practitioner. Van Kooy joined John Wardle Architects (JWA) in 2012, where he is currently involved in the Batman Avenue Bridge and the 2015 NGV Summer Architecture Commission – important public projects that raise the profile of architecture in shaping the quality of the built environment. The jury agreed that van Kooy is a deserving candidate for the 2016 Dulux Study Tour, and that his experiences on the tour will have a lasting impact on the many users of his current and future projects.

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  • Jon Clements FRAIA (chair) – Australian Institute of Architects National President, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
  • Phil White – General Manager, Trade Division, Dulux Australia
  • Rob Henry RAIA – 2015 EmAGN National President Rob Henry Architects
  • Cameron Bruhn – Editorial Director, Architecture Media
  • Daniela Crawley Aff RAIA –National Membership and Development Manager, Australian Institute of Architects
  • Amelia Holliday RAIA – 2009 Dulux Study Tour winner, Aileen Sage Architects

The Dulux Study Tour is a collaborative initiative between Dulux Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and EmAGN (The Emerging Architects and Graduate Network). It is proudly supported by ArchitectureAU.com.

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The 2016 Dulux Study Tour Short List

And the 2016 Dulux Study Tour shortlist is…

  • Jesse Bennett (Jesse Bennett Studio)
  • Andrew Boyne (Andrew T Boyne Architect)
  • Alice Chambers (MODE Design)
  • Heiron Chan (Tanner Kibble Denton Architects)
  • Benjamin Cohen (Studio GL)
  • Paul Focic (Cox Rayner Architects)
  • Chris Gilbert (Archier)
  • Matthias Hollenstein (Stewart Hollenstein)
  • Lucy Humphrey (Lucy Humphrey Studio)
  • Sarah Lebner (Jigsaw Housing)
  • Ella Leoncio (Chamberlain Architects)
  • Qianyi Lim (SIBLING )
  • Rory Martin (dwp|suters)
  • Yvonne Meng (Von Atelier)
  • Katy Moir (Troppo Architects – Darwin)
  • David Neustein (Other Architects)
  • Amelyn Ng (Fieldwork)
  • Lara Nobel (Greg Thornton Constructions + The tiny house company)
  • Anna O’Gorman (Kieron Gait Architects)
  • Joseph O’Meara (BVN)
  • Nicholas Putrasia (Kerry Hill Architects)
  • Albert Quizon (CHROFI)
  • Hannah Slater (Architectus Brisbane )
  • Ksenia Totoeva (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer)
  • Mathew van Kooy (John Wardle Architects)
  • Andrew Volkman (Donovan Payne Architects)
  • Dino Vrynios (Grieve Gillett Andersen)
  • David Weir (David Weir Architects)
  • Thomas Winwood Mckenzie (Thomas Winwood Architecture)
  • Joshua Zoeller (CHROFI)

Congratulations to all those who entered – the entries were all of a particularly high standard, making the 2016 jury’s job very difficult!

And of course a big thank you to all who entered. We were overwhelmed by the response which exceeded all previous years’ entry numbers.

Now on to Round Two…

2016 Dulux Study Tour Competition – Now Closed

The is your final opportunity to be part of an exciting and coveted program that inspires and fosters Australia’s next generation of emerging architectural talent – the 2016 Dulux Study Tour.

Winners will embark on an exciting architectural tour of Istanbul, London and Madrid where they can experience firsthand some of the best architectural sites and practices.

Simply click here to enter.

Entry into the 2016 Dulux Study Tour is a two stage process:

Stage 1
To enter, entrants are required to submit their answers to four nominated questions, their contact details and details of their employer via the online entry system.

Stage 1 submissions must be lodged by no later than AEST 4pm Thursday 17 September 2015.

Late submissions will not be accepted. Entrants’ answers to the nominated questions will be judged, and shortlisted entrants will be notified to enter into Stage 2.

Stage 2
Shortlisted entrants must upload via the online entry system an A4 document that includes; one written employer reference, resume (maximum two pages), portfolio of works (maximum of four pages). Submissions for stage 2 will be open from Wednesday 14 October 2015 when shortlisted entries will be notified of outcome. The closing date for Round 2 is 4.00pm AEDT Thursday 5 November 2015.

2016 Dulux Study Tour Terms and Conditions

Process Event: Drive

Process in Melbourne kick starts the 2015 post tour talks…
When: 6.30pm, Monday 6 July
Where: Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne 3000
Speakers: Bonnie Herring, Monique Woodward and Mel Bright

What drives the best of us?
Awards recognise a person’s achievements and celebrates the output of their careers. With that comes a lot of hard work in the interim, though these don’t often take centre stage. Everyone has their own drivers – the motivations, inspirations, and influences which keep us going in some form or other. This month, PROCESS brings together three Victorian architects who have been recognised through this year’s Dulux Study Tour Award and Emerging Architect Prize. The event will delve into the things behind the scenes, and discuss projects, reflections, and projections.
Join us on July 6th to talk to these amazing ladies who are driving their careers sky high.


Day 9: Paris building

The last day of the 2015 Dulux Study Tour was upon us and I was already becoming nostalgic about its ending. Having spent more than fifteen hours together for the last eight tour and travel days, there was a fear of moving on from the carefully orchestrated Amazing (archi-)Race. Fear of being left to our own devices and that creeping feeling of ‘has this all been a dream?’

Jean Nouvel

Fuelled by croissants and caffeine, we travelled to the office compound of Ateliers Jean Nouvel that had over the last fifteen years, gradually occupied a series of adjoining buildings wrapped around a paved and pot planted courtyard. Following our visit to the politically embattled Philharmonie de Paris on the edge of the Parc de la Villette the evening before, we were very conscious of the elephant in the room. Jean Nouvel’s ‘Ambassador’ Manuel filled us in on the financial political, scheduling and legal fall out of a project turned sour. Certainly at that scale it is hard for any of us to fathom.

Jean Nouvel

Shifting to other points of discussion, we were surprised to receive a rather candid assessment of the practice evolution. It had become a pattern for the women architects to stick around, while their male counterparts had a tendency for itchy feet, many moving to start their own practices after learning the ropes. Though in Manuel’s case and for several others too, there was also a tendency to return once work became scarce or when they were willing to concede their design autonomy to the starchitect.

Next we visited LAN’s mixed use Homage to Haussmann in the 17th Arridosment. We were taken through cute pedestrianised streets lined with charcuterie, fresh produce and cafes that had us hankering for our next baguette fix.

LAN Architecture

Wedged between defunct rail infrastructure now being developed and an area of the traditional and iconic Haussmann housing with their hierarchical street walls, LAN borrowed from the desirable latter typology to design an adaptable apartment/office floor plate with externally load bearing and prefabricated facade that hinted little toward the primary residential use.

Renzo Piano

We made tracks to Renzo Piano’s recently completed Fondation Jerome Seydoux Pathe in the 13th where we were suitably impressed. The ‘little casper’ or silver ‘armidillo’ glazed bubble quietly rose up above the slate and zinc rooftops behind adjoining heritage facades, and was the first blobitecture we’d encountered on this trip. Surprisingly perhaps, we all immediately felt cocooned within its bow of curved timber ribs and perforated aluminium shingles. The project architect, Torsten, ran us through its sophisticated yet user operated ventilation system while we fought the urge to fall asleep in the womb like structure.

Renzo Piano

With some spontaneous hustle, we took the train to the 16th to the Fondation Le Corbusier at Maison la Roche for a speedy hit of Modernism before our final visit of the Dulux Study Tour. In disposable blue shoe covers we darted up and down the three stories ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the excessive circulation, modestly proportioned rooms and novelty of being able to track each other from almost anywhere in the building.

Maison La Roche

Content with our Corbusian diversion, we settled in at the Ordre des Architects to discuss the architectural scene in Paris over a beer, debating differences between established and aged starchitects (“who’s ego forbids them to retire”), and the smaller more collaborative studios that are still suffering from the 2009 economic downturn.

Lastly, from the austere modern of the Maison la Roche and stripped-back former convent home of The Ordre, we came to the distinctly Parisian, Train le Blieu that radiated grandeur and opulence. While we watched our dashingly dressed waiters and frescoed surrounds we reflected on some of the highlights: Fuji Kindergarten, Barbican, Fondation Jerome Seydoux Pathe, meeting with Astrid Klien and Kevin Carmody, and lowlights: bag snatchers in Paris, lack of sleep and plane food.

Never a dull moment on this premium trip. Thank you Dulux, AIA, AM and my exceptional archi peers, you’ve been an absolute delight.


– Bonnie Herring

Day 8: Paris practice (and parks)

Yesterday’s architectural tour of the outskirts of Paris left us with many questions about the mode of architectural practice in this city. First we enjoyed a long breakfast-cum-brunch at the opulent hotel buffet to prepare for a day of practice visits. We hoped to find answers. How did the 1980s building boom get so crazy? How does social housing really work in Paris? How does carrying a baguette make you look so damn cool?

AS.Architecture-Studio practice visit

Our first stop was AS.Architecture-Studio. All our questions melted away as we were seduced by the stunning renovation to the rear garden of a Parisian mansion. Behind a docile Haussmann elevation, an indoor tree sprouts from white marble floors, climbing up the traditional white timber framing, amongst staff sitting all around on three floors of mezzanine, to the glass roof above. Deeper into the office and across a courtyard we find a modern extension to the office, matching with tree, glass roof and mezzanine, differing through the use of steel and vinyl instead of timber. Deeper still and we are toured through the practice’s extensive history, displayed in model format in a brick vaulted basement. The stunning offices beside, the work of this international practice inspired questions of Paris’s historic values, over that of a blank canvas like China. Does a practice need to just divert its workflow towards foreign projects in order to get the freedom to design their ideal buildings? We left with no doubt of the quality and innovation of this practice and admired their ability to retain these values at the largest scale of architecture.

2015 DST crew

Upon departing AS.Architecture-Studio we treated ourselves to a short walk around the historic Marais district. Our first discovery, although not confirmed, seemed to be a perfect candidate for the role of prequel to New York’s Highline park. This elevated Parisian garden gave a new outlook on the surrounding buildings. The lushly gardened strip of about 4.5 km was frequented by runners and locals, and was a great insight into the city’s productive use of disused infrastructure. It also provided an idealistic backdrop for some Instagram-worthy group photos.

Place des Vosges

Further into the Marais and we picnicked at the Place des Vosges. The first planned square in Paris (and apparently Europe), the 140 m x 140 m grand square was bustling with locals. With our three-course breakfast still digesting, we tucked into some fresh baguettes. Eating and relaxing all day – how very French! The Place des Vosges was a refreshing change from modern and post modern architecture overload. Built in 1612, it is a classic example of Royalist architecture, but still seems very relevant to the city, and to place making. Hundreds of picnickers are testament to its urban success.

Our second practice visit for the day was to the offices of Manuelle Gautrand, where we were treated to a showing of her work, and an engaging discussion spawned on by our fore-mentioned questions. Manuelle told us about the 50s housing boom, the onslaught of “contemporary” tower and slab housing, and how it has forever jaded the French public against any and all new or contemporary architecture. She revealed the Parisian elite’s preference for inner city historic housing, and as result the amount of architectural work focussing on private dwellings is very limited. It also seems the
Paris regulatory context is similar in intensity to the Australian system but on speed. It was refreshing to hear of her dedication to working with and around these social constraints and political systems, embracing difficulties, only to make them into opportunities.

Parc de la Vilette

We departed and headed to Parc de la Villette, Bernard Tschumi’s 1980s grid of follies and floating infrastructure projects that define a precinct scale park and collection of public buildings. We sat and had our third picnic session for the day. The pace of the study tour had definitely changed to “croissant mode.” Set among the randomness of this project, again the locals seemed to flock here for their afternoon snacks, for exercise and a jukebox-fuelled park session.

Centre Pompidou

We left Parc de la Vilette and travelled to the Pompidou Centre. A third park typology, this urban square is also packed full of visitors, this time accompanied by mimes, musicians and the various array of creatives that inner city publicity promotes. Paris seems to run on and through it’s parks, and so it was great to experience the contrast between old and new, suburban and inner-urban. The tightly controlled and heritage influenced approach to contemporary architecture seems to encourage extensive use of the provided public spaces. And now we know that Parisians carrying baguettes are so cool because you know they are on their way to relax and converse in a nearby park.


– Casey Bryant