2019 Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour Winners

“The Institute is pleased to announce that Carly McMahon, Jennifer McMaster, Phillip Nielsen, Ben Peake and Alix Smith have being selected to join the Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour 2019.  The jury was impressed by the depth of skill, engagement and dedication to their profession. We congratulate all for their success from such a competitive field of applicants. We encourage those eligible members not successful this year to reapply in the future. The award acknowledges the activities and achievements across the criteria of individual contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement. The Institute’s Dulux Study Tour is one of our most coveted awards that celebrates the importance of experiencing architecture first hand by our most promising emerging practitioners. Thanks are due to Dulux for their generous support, and my fellow jurors; Richard Hansen, Michael Linke, Carrie Field, Emily Ouston and Thom McKenzie for their rigour and insightful contribution to the selection process.”

– Clare Cousins, Jury Chair 

Carly McMahon | Liminal Studio (TAS)

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Originally from rural Victoria, Carly made Tasmania her home when she enrolled at the University of Tasmania to study architecture. After graduating in 2010, Carly worked at Architecture Matters in Melbourne and then relocated back to Tasmania in 2013.  Carly now works as a Registered Architect at Liminal Studio, a globally connected, creatively agile studio, noted for creativity and their embrace of collaboration.  Carly is active in the advocacy and development of the architectural profession across Tasmania. Her drive to make a difference and contribute more broadly to the profession is noted through her participation as a Chapter Councillor for the Tasmanian Chapter of the Institute and EmAGN Tasmania. This has led to organisational roles for the local architecture symposium, A Weekend Away, being appointed to the 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury, and selected as the Tasmanian Architecture Awards Creative Director for 2016 and 2017. Her participation demonstrates leadership, her generous spirit and ambition to interact with and propel the profession across multiple platforms.  Carly’s involvement in leading projects has intensified as one of the key team members delivering ‘The Hedberg’, a $96M performing arts project for the University of Tasmania, the State Government and operators of the Theatre Royal, the oldest continually operating theatre in Australia.  The jury believes Carly will greatly benefit from taking part in the Dulux Study Tour and this opportunity will expand and strengthen and reward her ongoing and generous contribution to the Tasmanian architectural community.   

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Jennifer McMaster | TRIAS (NSW)

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Jennifer graduated with Honours at the University of Sydney and is now the Director of TRIAS, founded in 2016. She is deeply passionate about the role that architecture plays within our culture and has a strong desire to continually provoke change in our cities, suburbs and landscapes by inspiring residential occupants and mentor younger architecture graduates. While TRIAS has a short 2 year history, Three Piece House, led by Jennifer has humbly received the 2018 NSW AIA Architecture Award and the 2018 Sustainability Award in the Newcastle Chapter and is an exceptional example of simplicity, strength and beauty in a residential area. Jennifer is a devoted writer and architectural advocate with a strong belief in quality over quantity. She is not afraid to challenge the status quo and is eager to learn and share her experiences with those around her by creating content for magazine features, blogs and radio programs. She endeavours to contribute to the open conversations and continue to use different mediums to educate and inspire. Assuredly Jennifer’s participation in the Dulux Study Tour will allow her the unique opportunity to investigate and share her involvement with the wider community, encouraging graduates to pursue their careers with curiosity and courage.

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Phillip Nielsen | Regional Design Service (NSW)

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Phillip is a registered architect and co-founder of Regional Design Service, an architecture and design practice based in the Murray River region on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. Phillip has over ten years’ experience working in architectural practices across Australia including HASSELL and K.P.D.O. Driven by a desire to promote design and strategic thinking beyond Australia’s major urban centres, Phillip and his partner Aaron Nicholls moved to the region in 2017 and set up shop in an empty storefront on the Main Street of Corowa. Phillip has become a familiar face in the community; to its individuals, community groups and local governments alike. Phillip’s service to the region is diverse and broad-ranging; he assists local councils and community groups in project creation, strategic planning, instigating public design events, and securing project funding. One significant example is the Wangaratta Placemaking Project, realised in collaboration with consulting studio Projectura. 21 rural townships were consulted during a series of consultations with individual community members, uniting the individual towns into five Rural District Plans capturing their aspirations for the future. This resulted in the doubling of project funding allocated to 21 small townships in the 18/19 calendar year.

The jury commends Phillip’s drive and initiative and is confident the Dulux Study Tour will propel his contributions to regional Australia’s built environment and its people.

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Ben Peake | Carter Williamson Architects (NSW)

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Ben is an associate at Carter Williamson Architects. Since graduating in 2015 with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Ben has tutored in various UTS subjects including The Profession, where students are asked to consider the role of the architect. For Ben, the role is more than delivering quality projects for people. Architects have a civic responsibility – a moral and professional obligation to work towards the public interest. Nowhere is this more apparent than with Ben’s advocacy for Save our Sirius – a campaign to protect the Brutalist apartment building in The Rocks, Sydney. As campaign manager, Ben helped crowdfund a successful legal challenge against the NSW Heritage Minister, co-authored the book Sirius and organised events and protest marches to garner further support for the cause. The profession needs advocates and leaders to speak out on behalf of communities and the built environment. While still a graduate architect, Ben is one of these leaders. The jury is confident that Ben’s participation in the Dulux Study Tour will provide experiences to further his passion as a positive influencer within the profession. 

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Alix Smith | HASSELL (Vic)

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Alix is an associate at Hassell where she began as a graduate architect.  She is a registered architect and graduated from the University of Melbourne.   With exceptional leadership within the profession Alix is involved in promoting gender equity, mentoring and indigenous engagement through the establishment of Hassell’s Women in Design Group, Global Intern Program and Indigenous Engagement Initiative and through collaboration with Parlour. Alix is the Design lead for a number of large and complex projects at Hassell including Melbourne Metro, Level Crossing removal projects and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.  Through these projects she has demonstrated exceptional design skills and talent, advocacy for responsible and high-quality design and highly collaborative and generous leadership skills. Alix’s involvement in education and mentoring extends beyond Hassell to running Masters of Architecture design studio, presenting a number of times at the University of Melbourne and involvement in the Institute of Architects including as a member of the 2018 Victorian Chapter Sustainability Jury. The jury believes that Alix’s remarkable design and professional skills on projects of the highest level of complexity combined with her effective advocacy, mentoring and leadership will be enriched and expanded through her participation in this year’s Dulux Study Tour.

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Clare Cousins FRAIA (Chair) – President, Australian Institute of Architects | Director, Clare Cousins Architects
Michael Linke – General Manager, Australian Institute of Architects
Richard Hansen – General Manager – Dulux Trade, Dulux
Caroline Field – National Commercial Manager, Dulux
Thom McKenzie RAIA – EmAGN President | Director, Winwood McKenzie
Emily Ouston RAIA – Past Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour Winner | Architect, Core Collective Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects 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

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2019 Dulux Study Tour Shortlist

And the 2019 Institute’s Dulux Study Tour Shortlist is…..

Evie Blackman, NAAU Studio (Vic)
Ryan Brown, Kerry Hill Architects (WA)
Matt Chamberlain, Elenberg Fraser (Vic)
Nathan de Leeuw, Gray Puksand (NSW)
Vlad Doudakliev, Fieldwork (Vic)
Nicholas Flatman, CKDS Architecture (NSW)
Gertjan Groen, Kerry Hill Architects (WA)
Daniel Hall, Bligh Graham Architects (QLD)
Adriana Hanna, Kennedy Nolan (Vic)
Kirsty Hetherington, Neeson Murcutt Architects (NSW)
Jenna Holder, GHDWoodhead (SA)
Claire Humphreys, Kerstin Thompson Architects (Vic)
Yuri Leong-Maish, May + Russell Architects (ACT)
James Loder, John Wardle Architects (Vic)
Patrick Macasaet, Superscale/RMIT University (Vic)
Kali Marnane, University of Queensland & Self-employed (QLD)
Carly Martin, Casey Brown Architecture (NSW)
Carly McMahon, Liminal Studio (Tas)
Jennifer McMaster, TRIAS (NSW)
Yvonne Meng, Circle Studio Architects (Vic)
Phillip Nielsen, Regional Design Service (Vic)
Ben Peake, Carter Williamson Architects (NSW)
Chloe Rayfield, TKD Architects (NSW)
Simon Rochowski, studioplusthree (NSW)
Kristina Sahlestrom, Luigi Rosseli Architects (NSW)
Alix Smith, HASSELL (Vic)
Tahnee Sullivan, Sullivan Skinner (QLD)
Tamarind Taylor, Conrad Gargett (QLD)
Ksenia Totoeva, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects (NSW)
Bek Verrier, Bence Mulcahy (Tas)

Congratulations to all those who were shortlisted! The jury were certainly impressed with the high number of quality entries received. If you didn’t make the shortlist, we strongly encourage you to enter again next year as the program continues to grow with new and exciting destinations on the horizon. 

Now on to stage 2… 

2018 Dulux Study Tour winners announced!

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“The Institute is pleased to announce that Kim Bridgland, Leah Gallagher, Jason Licht, Joseph O’Meara and Dirk Yates have being selected to join the Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour 2018. We congratulate all for their success from such a competitive field of applicants.  The jury was impressed by the depth of skill, and dedication to their profession by all who submitted and strongly encourages those eligible members not successful this year to apply in the future. The award acknowledges the activities and achievements across the criteria of individual contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement. The Institute’s Dulux Study Tour is one of our most coveted awards that celebrates the importance of experiencing architecture first hand by our most promising practioners. Thanks are due to Dulux for their generous support, and my fellow Jurors Jennifer Cunich, Richard Hansen, Adam Pustola, Natalie Ruuska and Ksenia Totoeva  for their guidance and insightful contribution to the selection process”

– Richard Kirk, Jury Chair

Kim Bridgland | Edition Office  (VIC)

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Kim is a director and co-founder of Melbourne based-practice Edition Office. He is a registered architect and graduated from the RMIT Master of Architecture program in 2013. He also has a background, and on-going practice, in the visual arts which continues to inform his architectural approach. While Edition Office has a short history, it has with Kim’s leadership developed an outstanding body of award-winning residential projects and small public projects. Kim has contributed to projects in different Australian states and the challenges of working across the country has informed his engagement with questions of the Australian landscape and engagement with site. The clients of key projects, such as the Fish Creek House and Gertrude Contemporary attested to Kim’s ability as a highly engaged and collaborative design leader who was able to exceed the client’s expectations of the project. The practice has held initiated an exhibition and publication of its work. Kim has been active in university teaching and with emerging architects’ forums. This level of critical reflection will contribute to the group’s experience. The jury is confident that Kim, as an emerging designer, will benefit greatly from the Study Tour and will channel these experiences into the practice’s wider design discourse.

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Leah Gallagher | Kin Architects (QLD)

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Leah Gallagher graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 with a Master of Architecture. Her genuine and infectious enthusiasm for the built environment and the people who inhabit our cities has led to her involvement with advocacy and social justice issues. As co-chair of QLD EmAGN (2015-17) and a council member of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Chapter, Leah was a critical part of the public campaign to achieve better heritage and public domain outcomes for the controversial Queen’s Warf Redevelopment in Brisbane as well as working to develop a register of significant QLD buildings that do not have heritage protection. The knowledge and experience Leah has gained from these achievements is shared with students through her significant contribution to teaching at both Bond University and the University of Queensland, where she recently taught a social outreach studio in Far North Queensland Indigenous communities. Leah is a registered architect and recently established Kin Architects, a small Brisbane based practice. Having spent seven years working alongside Keiron Gait on several award winning boutique residential projects, Leah is now defining her own direction. She brings with her a keen interest in the creation of new domestic narratives within existing dwellings and in the process of intensive collaboration with clients. The jury believes that Leah will greatly benefit from the experiences and insights of the Dulux Study Tour and don’t doubt that these will inform and strengthen her practice position and continue to inspire her volunteer work in the profession.  

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Jason Licht | Cumulus Studio (TAS)

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Jason completed a Master of Architecture in 2008 and is an Associate at Cumulus Studio in Tasmania where he has worked for the past four years. In 2013 Jason was awarded a Rotary Vocational Scholarship to Italy and this opened his eyes to the power of the architecture of tourism. Jason’s work at Cumulus has consolidated his passion for tourism related architecture, working on projects such as the Cradle Mountain Master Plan and as a member of the Devil’s Corner project team that won several awards. This passion has been recognised by Tasmania’s professional and tourism industries, identifying Jason for leadership programs within their organisations. His exceptional contributions both as Vice President of the Australian Institute of Architects Tasmania Chapter and Chair of Emerging Architects of Tasmania programs are notable and many and he continually strives to give back to the broader community. Undoubtedly, Jason’s participation in the Dulux Study Tour will further his passion, desire for learning and continue his ongoing contribution to the profession.

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Joseph O’Meara | BVN (NSW)

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Joseph O’Meara is an Associate at BVN Architecture. He is deeply committed to the profession and our built environment and this is evidenced through his many diverse pursuits. Joseph’s interest in the fields of sustainable design, innovation and new materials and technologies led to him gaining Green Star accreditation and being appointed site project lead on a significant new research facility for the CSIRO. A graduate of University of Sydney in 2009, Joseph has continued his involvement with education through various tutoring and lecturing positions, including at his alma mater, University of Sydney and Billy Blue College of Design, and for the Australian Institute of Architects’ Practice of Architecture Learning Series. His gift for teaching and broad practice knowledge has led Joseph to take an active role in BVN’s in-house architectural education program where he established a highly successful mentoring program and a preparatory architectural registration workshop series. As co-chair of EmAGN NSW (2016-17) Joseph both led and assisted with a range of events across education and advocacy, with a focus on building and construction tours. Joseph is a registered architect who alongside BVN maintains a private practice. He pursues architectural photography semi-professionally and has had his photography exhibited. The jury believes that Joseph’s developing leadership role in one of Australia’s largest practices and his long-term interest in innovation will be greatly advanced by his participation in this year’s Dulux Study Tour; it will allow him the opportunity to consider the future challenges confronting the profession in Australia through a global lens.

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Dirk Yates | Speculative Architecture (QLD)     

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Dirk Yates is a graduate from multiple disciplines and has combined careers in architecture and creative arts. He graduated from the University of Queensland’s Master of Architecture program in 2009 and from Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 2001. Dirk is a registered architect and has practised and collaborated with local firm m3architecture for over ten years. His involvement with the practice commenced as an artist, and then evolved into an architectural role over the course of his studies and beyond. His referee highlighted Dirk’s contribution to several award-winning projects. Most recently, he was a project architect on the significant Nudgee College Learning Centre. Throughout, his capacity and resolve to translate ideas between disciplines is evident. He has contributed to journals as an editor and writer, has been a board member for arts organisations and an Australian Institute of Architects awards juror and tutored at universities. His volunteer contribution, again in a dual capacity, to the Media Arts Asia Pacific organisation was also highly valued. The jury believes that Dirk will be an intriguing member of the Study Tour and will bring a unique perspective to the experience. His ability to act as a mentor and engage a broad audience will ensure that the lessons learnt will be shared with his creative communities.

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Richard Kirk (Chair) | National President, Australian Institute of Architects
Jennifer Cunich | Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Architects
Richard Hansen| Dulux
Natalie Ruuska | Dulux
Ksenia Totoeva | President, EmAGN
Adam Pustola | Dulux Study Tour Alumni

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.


2018 Dulux Study Tour Shortlist

And the 2018 Dulux Study Tour shortlist is…

  • Evie Blackman (Bild Architecture + Hinge Architects)
  • Kim Bridgland (Edition Office)
  • Ryan Brown (Kerry Hill Architects)
  • Phil Burn (Matt Gibson Architecture + Design)
  • Jessica Edwards (NT Government – Design Office)
  • Leah Gallagher (Kin Architects)
  • Steve Hunt (Owen Architecture)
  • Nancy Ji (Bates Smart Architects)
  • Phuong Le (MPA Construction Group)
  • Amy Learmonth (O’Neill Architecture)
  • Yuri Leong-Maish (YL Architecture)
  • Jason Licht (Cumulus Studio)
  • Adam Markowitz (Self employed)
  • Carly McMahon (Liminal Studio)
  • Jennifer McMaster (TRIAS)
  • Yvonne Meng (Circle Studio Architects)
  • Natalie Miles (Austin Maynard Architects)
  • Phillip Nielsen (Regional Design Service)
  • Joseph O’Meara (BVN)
  • Viet Pham (Pham Tuan Viet Architects)
  • Christopher Schofield (Studio Schofield)
  • Tamarind Taylor (Conrad Gargett)
  • Rebekah Verrier (Bence Mulcahy)
  • Elizabeth Walsh (Cumulus Studio)
  • Rebecca Whan (Jackson Teece)
  • Alexandra Wilson (Andrew Burges Architects)
  • Emily Wombwell (SJB)
  • Dirk Yates (m3architecture)

Congratulations to all those who entered – the entries were all of a particularly high standard, making the 2018 jury’s job very difficult!

Now on to Stage Two…