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SuperStudio 2009

SuperStudio09 Winners off to Venice

Clare Kennedy, Brent Ford and Kylie Feher’s project, Self Absorbed City, is this year’s SuperStudio winner, selected from 20 national and New Zealand finalists. All are 3rd year students at Queensland University of Technology. The trio’s prize includes return airfares to attend the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010.

All SuperStudio09 projects are online at

SuperStudio09 acknowledges the generous support of Institute principal corporate partner, BlueScope Steel, and supporting corporate partner, Autodesk.

Superstudio is an ideas competition that values and fosters studio culture; networking and support between students of different universities and years of study; conceptual thinking; critique and analysis of topical subjects; and interaction between the architectural profession and the community. In these ways Superstudio achieves many things that SONA works toward most passionately. SONA is therefore excited that Superstudio is quickly becoming its flagship event.

Held as an annual event, this competition is an educatory vehicle. Its goal is to encourage debate, critique and investigation into an architectural issue, a most important part of which requires architects to think how it is that they communicate a spatial and environmental concept. Students are confronted with a challenging problem that is of broad relevance and work within a 24hour block over a weekend.  They are encouraged to respond conceptually, imaginatively, provocatively and with particular consideration for the future as well as to demonstrate a critical engagement with the issues inherent in the proposed problem.

In this competition students are issued with a copy of a brief at the beginning of the studio and have 24 hours to formulate a response.  To encourage the studio environment we will host lectures about the brief topic at the beginning of the studio; tutors to assist students throughout the studio and a jury to critique the student’s responses at the end of the studio.

After three successful years of SuperStudio as a national competition, SONA is pleased to announce that SuperStudio will continue in 2009 on Friday 31st July. We are also excited that the national winner of the event will receive the cost of a return airfare to attend the Venice Biennale in 2010 thanks to the support of BlueScope Steel and Autodesk.

Month of September SuperStudio digital exhibition of entrants and/or finalists at SONARAMA nationally and in New Zealand.
October 5th Finalists work to be distributed to National Jury – decision due 9th October
October 13th National winner announced

Guidelines for 2009 Participants

• The date for the event is Friday 31st July to Saturday 1st August 2009

Autodesk and BlueScope are major sponsors of this event

• The competition itself will run for 24 hours, however, the event itself can be longer at different venues with a variety of social events combined with SuperStudio

• Registration is FREE for SONA members, $30 per person for non- members

• Half price/half year SONA membership is available for $47.50 – Available for NEW members only or those not a member in 2008, renewing members to pay full year amount of $95.00 (as per Institute policy)

Sponsor’s Statements


Autodesk is a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. It has the broadest product portfolio to empower customers to digitally design, visualise, and simulate their ideas. This helps increase efficiency, productivity, and innovation for competitive advantage.

Autodesk design software, curricula, and learning resources for students and educators support the advancement of design education. From building information modeling (BIM) to Digital Prototyping and digital entertainment creation, Autodesk provides the technology behind industry trends practiced by design professionals worldwide. Autodesk’s powerful design software and innovative resources that help inspire the next generation of architects, engineers, and digital artists can be downloaded free* at   

Autodesk is delighted to sponsor SuperStudio to promote design innovation and inspire students to utilise cutting-edge software to design, visualise and simulate their ideas.

*Free Autodesk software is for personal use for education purposes and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user licence agreement that accompanies download of the software.


BlueScope Steel is proud to support the 2009 Super Studio. BlueScope Steel is a long-standing supporter of excellence in Student architecture. In addition to this event, we are excited to support the Glenn Murcutt Student Prize for 2009 and the COLORBOND® steel Student Biennale in 2010.

The building and construction industry is of major importance to the current and future success of BlueScope Steel. It is an exciting industry to be involved in. Managing complex issues evolving from smarter consumers, more astute investors, sustainability drivers and growing expectations of the quality of the built environment provide serious challenges and opportunities for all involved in delivering products and services to the industry.

Super Studio looks to foster teamwork, networking skills, conceptual thinking, critique and analysis of important societal issues. These are all important areas to develop as a student, to ensure successful interaction with the community, once practicing as an architect.

BlueScope Steel is committed to the promotion of good design, to assist in the appreciation and hence demand for good architecture. The future of good architecture lies with students, so BlueScope Steel Believe the support of student architecture initiatives is a sound investment in the future of the profession.

Superstudio09 Creative Directors have been appointed

James Francisco  and Dinah Zhang

from the University of Sydney

National and International Event to take place on Friday 31 July 2009 for 24 hours

Here is a list of venues for the event

  • Victoria – Monash University
  • NSW + ACT – University of Sydney
  • Tasmania – University of Tasmania
  • SA – University of South Australia
  • Queensland – Queensland University of Technology
  • WA – Curtin University
  • NT – Charles Darwin University
  • New Zealand – Victoria University, Wellington

24 hour ideas competition

Further questions –

This is the call out for Superstudio Creative Director/s for 2009 – published in PULSE March 2 2009

SuperStudio 2009

Are you the next Creative Director?

SuperStudio 2009 Creative Director

SuperStudio is a student studio based competition that takes place in each state of Australia and New Zealand. The event has grown and and developed since its inception in 2006. In 2009 SuperStudio will evolve even further with two new strategic improvements, they are:

  1. The appointment of a creative director selected from the SONA membership body; and
  2. A new 24 hour time frame to replace the existing 48 hour time frame

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for a SuperStudio Creative Director. This is an exciting opportunity exclusive to SONA members to take the steering wheel of the fastest grwoing student competition in Australasia.

As a creative director you can drive the competition in in a direction that you think is:

  • Relevant and topical to you and your peers
  • Amenable to creative solutions; and
  • Will heighten engagement between students, the profession and academics

In the driving seat you’ll be responsible for:

  • The theme
  • The brief
  • The graphics
  • Outcomes
  • Publications and Coverage

Your role as creative director will require your steady hands on the wheel from March through to November. You won’t be driving all the time, but there will be times of heavy traffic and sometimes you’ll need to do some extreme driving in the fast lane, but mostly it’ll be a scenic drive through your creativity and ingenuity.

This is an unique opportunity that will involve national exposure to the architectural student body and profession; event management and strategic planning experience; and to write the ultimate brief for you and your peers.

To apply for the role of Creative Director you need to submit the following:

Creative Director’s Submission

Brief CV – this should include:

  • University and year
  • previous involvement with SONA/local university social groups
  • software skills
  • preferable to have a referee

200 word statement on 2009 SuperStudio direction

200 word brief outline for 2009 SuperStudio including theme

  • explanation of relevancy

200 word personal statement

  • your experience of SuperStudio
  • why you would like to be the SuperStudio Creative Director
  • what you can bring to the of SuperStudio Creative Director 2009
  • a description or quick sketch of the SuperStudio graphic.

All applications to