Dulux Study Tour
National Prizes 2017
Australian Institute of Architects
We are delighted to announce that Louisa Gee, Morgan Jenkins, Alberto Quizon, Claire Scorpo and Imogene Tudor will be participating in the 2017 Dulux Study Tour. The jury had the demanding task of selecting these five from an enormously talented field of seventy-two young leaders and was deeply impressed with the achievements of all applicants. In making our critical judgement we have considered activities across the criteria of individual contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement. We also took into account the value to the participants of exposure to international projects and practices, and the diversity and balance of interests and experience within the selected cohort. Given the standard of applicants, the jury encourages those not selected and still eligible to submit again next year. Thanks are due to Dulux for its generous support and to my fellow jurors Cameron Bruhn, Jennifer Cunich, Marissa Lindquist, Ksenia Totoeva and Phil White for giving their insight and wisdom freely to the selection process. Congratulations to all five participants – our future as a profession is in good hands.
Ken Maher, jury chair
Louisa Gee graduated as valedictorian from the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Master of Architecture degree in 2009 and is a registered architect in Queensland. Her passion for developing the education of others is supported by her significant involvement in teaching both undergraduate and master’s programs at UQ. Gee’s contribution to architecture has also been recognized through the National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards for Wolston House Tea Terrace (2010) while at the Architectural Practice Academy. She has made many exceptional contributions as co-chair of EmAGN Qld programs and her interest in enhancing the architectural profession undoubtedly grew from early involvement in community programs based on volunteer builds, such as Gloucester Guesthouse (2004), Burst *003 (2005), Solomon Islands post-tsunami aid work (2009) and ongoing involvement in Whiptail – a straw-bale guesthouse. The learning and energy that Gee has gained from these achievements are evidently folded back into her own practice Louisa Gee Architects, her position at Partners Hill and her ongoing teaching engagements at UQ. Her genuine concern for “learning by doing” is also manifest in her studio practice development and community engagement. The jury is confident that participating in the Dulux Study Tour will undoubtedly assist Gee to further develop this learning and her ongoing contribution to the profession.
Morgan Jenkins is a sole practitioner based in Brisbane, Queensland. His practice, Morgan Jenkins Architecture, specializes in residential, commercial and retail projects. The practice’s award-winning built works deftly explore the connections between occupant, materiality, construction and place and are realized in collaboration with Nielsen Workshop. Together they have designed and built boutique residential and commercial projects, including the Taringa Pavilion, an elemental platform for living that responds to the seasonal occupation of the suburban site; and the North Lakes Office Fitout, which was recognized with multiple awards at the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards, including the award for Sustainability Advancement. Alongside his emerging architecture and building practice, Jenkins is the creative director of Vulture Street Industries, a small events company that initiated the End of the Line Festival in 2014. More than 15,000 people attended this free, annual street party in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba in 2016. The festival program includes music stages, market stalls, food trucks, projection art and children’s activities. The jury believes that as a hands-on, humble and dedicated architect who is passionately engaged with the craft of the profession and public activation, Jenkins will increase his contribution to the profession and the community through participation in the Dulux Study Tour.
Alberto Quizon completed his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2010. Currently an associate with CHROFI, he is also a passionate design teacher with UTS and in 2016 led CHROFI’s Master of Architecture design studio, exploring the possibilities of proactive architectural interventions in the built environment. Since joining CHROFI in 2011, he has become a key member of the practice and has made significant contributions to bespoke small-scale public projects, including a public sculpture at Barangaroo. He has also been a key participant in many of the practice’s competition wins, including Stamford on Macquarie, the Goods Line and the Ian Potter National Conservatory. In parallel with his project contributions, Quizon plays a critical role in the practice’s marketing and communications output, designing and managing the website and its content as well as the content of various social media platforms. Quizon is a gifted individual with exceptional design talent and a critical mind. He has a deep perception of how architecture can change the world. The jury considers that Quizon, as an emerging voice in our architectural community, will benefit greatly from the experiences that the Dulux Study Tour offers and in turn will contribute this value back to the profession and students.
Claire Scorpo graduated from RMIT University in 2013 with a Master of Architecture with Distinction and a Bachelor of Architectural Design. She is a director of Claire Scorpo Architects, having started her career at Edmond and Corrigan and NMBW Architecture Studio. Her approach to design is grounded in the belief that landscape shapes the way we plan our living spaces. Scorpo is passionate about challenging notions of what can be achieved on modest budgets and finding generosity within tight urban sites. She believes that quality architecture needs once again to be an accessible product. Scorpo’s commitment to education is evident through her contribution to teaching as an integral part of architectural practice. She has been leading design studios at RMIT since 2011, where her initial studios focused on volume housing. The jury believes that Scorpo, who won the Residential – Alterations Award at the 2015 ArchiTeam Awards, will gain significantly from participating in the Dulux Study Tour and will be influential in the future of the architectural profession.
Imogene Tudor is a born leader. Her experience and enthusiasm are evidenced by her many professional pursuits: she works across practice, teaching, community and journalism. A registered architect in New South Wales, Tudor graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2006 with First Class Honours. She went on to work at BVN, Staughton Thorne and DRAW. A recent career highlight was leading the team of architects working with Oscar-winning designer Catherine Martin of Bazmark on the refurbishment of an Art Deco hotel in Miami. Tudor is currently a senior architect with Sam Crawford Architects and leads their public projects. She complements her architectural practice with an active role in academia and architectural media. Over the last seven years, she has taught at the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne in design, communication, professional practice and digital fabrication. Her writing and photography have been widely published in Australian architectural media. As an advocate for architectural discourse in Sydney, Tudor co-founded Make-Space for Architecture – a not-for-profit association focused on public forums, workshops and exhibitions. The jury is confident that Tudor’s inclusion in the 2017 Dulux Study Tour will benefit not only her personally, but the profession as a whole, as she continues to teach, write, talk and design thoughtful buildings and public spaces.