Victoria University of Wellington’s Emily Newmarch has won the top prize in the annual competition for final year students at New Zealand’s three Schools of Architecture.
The Student Design Awards programme, which is staged by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) with the support of Resene, is contested by four fifth-year architecture students from each of the University of Auckland, Unitec (Auckland) and Victoria University.
The two-day event, in which students present their work to a panel of three judges, was this year held at St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland, on 28 and 29 November.
Emily Newmarch’s winning project, ‘Climatic conscience for dwelling design’, investigated the energy and thermal performance of houses in the rapidly growing Central Otago region.
The Awards judges – NZIA President Tim Melville, Nelson architect Rachel Dodd and Sydney architect and academic Iain Maxwell – said Emily’s work “ably reconciles the pragmatic requirements and poetic possibilities of architecture”.
“The project exhibits an impressive command of technical issues built on a thoroughgoing commitment to meaningful research to produce admirable architecture as exhibited in convincing and beautifully made models.”Emily grew up in Timaru and attended local Roncalli College after her family emigrated to New Zealand from Zimbabwe when she was five. She will put part of her $5,000 cash prize towards a trip to Hong Kong, where she next week will present a paper based on her research at international conference on sustainable architecture.