T -4 weeks

April 11th, 2014

With just a fraction over four weeks until we depart, so things are heating up.

We have had plenty of confirmations from practices to visit, it’ a getting very exciting!

Tickets have been purchased to tour both Falling Water and Philip Johnson’s  Glass House; it will be great to compare the two, not only the architecture, but also geography, and as much as its a cliche, the journey to both of these places.

Feel free to make any music suggestions to play on approach,  however I can seem to get Simon and Garfunkel out of my head!

Keep up to date with the Twitter feed, as we post links to projects and practices that we are visiting, as they are confirmed.









2014 Dulux Study Tour

March 21st, 2014

Drum roll please….

The five winners of the 2014 Dulux Study Tour are……

The group will depart on May 10th, and will visit Chicago, Falling Water and New York.


Ben Milbourne, Victoria

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Having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in architecture, Ben Milbourne continues to enthusiastically and ambitiously invest in the profession.

Milbourne’s commitment to architecture includes mentoring and teaching at RMIT and Monash Universities. He has contributed widely to publications and exhibitions, and was a finalist in the 2013 Australian Timber Design Awards.

Since forming his own practice, Bild Architecture, in 2008, Milbourne has established a reputation for working collaboratively with his clients, colleagues and the broader industry to produce serious, bold and well-considered designs that integrate sustainability to minimize the environmental impact of the whole life of the project.

As a founding partner of Regional Associates, he has significantly contributed to community and conservation programs with extremely disadvantaged communities, producing real and tangible benefits for the local people and the environment in Uganda and Rwanda.

Milbourne’s personal commitment to architecture and the built environment impressed the jury, making him an excellent candidate for the 2014 Dulux Study Tour.



Michael Zanardo, New South Wales


Michael Zanardo graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2003 with first class honours and is a registered architect in New South Wales. His credentials in all of the Dulux Study Tour selection criteria – practice, design, education and community – are exemplary.

Zanardo has demonstrated a passion and commitment for architecture, in particular social and affordable housing. He has published several papers on affordable housing and regularly delivers lectures at public forums, universities, conferences, and professional CPD events. Zanardo has successfully combined practice and consultancy with an ongoing dedication to research and teaching activities. He has taught every year since graduation, first at UTS and now at the University of Sydney.

Zanardo enthusiastically contributes to the architecture community, particularly initiatives that engage with the public. A team member of Super Sydney, he has been actively involved in the Institute’s Architecture on Show series, has volunteered for Archikidz and is an active member of the New South Wales Chapter’s Built Environment Committee.

His focus on serving people and community through design was highly commended by the jury, who considered Zanardo an outstanding ambassador for Australia’s emerging architects and a worthy participant in the 2014 Dulux Study Tour.


Suzannah Waldron, Victoria

SuzannahWaldron_PhotoSuzannah Waldron has progressed quickly in her career, becoming widely recognized for her leadership within the profession in both practice and education. After graduating with first class honours from RMIT University in 2006, she gained valuable experience in the UK and in Europe with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). In 2007, she co-founded Melbourne-based practice Searle x Waldron Architecture, a firm which is engaged in public and cultural projects and has an international focus – a difficult path for many.

The studio’s built and unbuilt work is widely awarded and published, most notably the Art Gallery of Ballarat Annexe, which received the Institute’s Victorian Chapter 2012 Award for Public Architecture – Additions and Alterations and was the cover story for Architecture Australia. The studio has also won multiple competitions including MoCAPE in China and UN-Habitat spatial design competition for a mobility centre in Kosovo, and was shortlisted in the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s Fugitive Structures competition.

In practice, Waldron demonstrates a high level of professionalism, a sense of clarity in approaching design within complex cultural and civic contexts, and an ability to communicate with professionals and non-professionals.


Cherry Williamson, New South Wales

Self Photo B+WCherry Williamson received a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours from the University of Newcastle in 2008, and was a recipient of the University Medal. She also received the Architects Medallion from the NSW Architects Registration Board.

After working with Michael Marshman and Associates in Bega as a student, Williamson worked with Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp in Sydney for five years before joining the CKDS Architecture team in Gosford in late 2012. In her current role she is admired for her ability to read a project brief, assemble a team and inspire everyone – including the client – to deliver excellence in architectural services from design to completion.

Williamson has made a significant contribution to architectural education and to the Australian Institute of Architects as founder and co-chair of EmAGN Newcastle. Over the past eight years, she has mentored a number of students and graduates on their journey from university to employment. Williamson impressed the jury with her personal commitment to architecture practice and her enthusiasm for her role as a tutor, as well as her involvement with the Institute. The jury agreed that she is an excellent candidate and would benefit greatly from the experience of the Dulux Study Tour.



Jenna Rowe, New South Wales

Dulux_Study_Tour_Jenna_Rowe_BWJenna Rowe graduated from the University of Tasmania’s Masters of Architecture program with first class honours. She started her career as a research assistant in the office of the Tasmanian Government Architect, and is currently employed as a retail design manager at Terroir.

Rowe’s commitment to and passion for architecture and design is evident in the energy and focus that she has applied to extracurricular activities. She is very active with EmAGN, first in the Tasmanian Chapter and currently with the New South Wales Chapter, and she is also a prolific blogger and user of social media. As such, she is part of the next generation of architectural spokespeople, bringing the dialogue about the benefits of design to the broader community.

The jury agreed that Rowe would gain immensely from the Dulux Study Tour. Her enthusiasm for sharing information with the broader community means she is well placed to share her learnings from this invaluable experience. As her first overseas travel, the 2014 Dulux Study Tour will be of great benefit to the ongoing development of her career.


2014 Post Judging analysis

December 5th, 2013

The Jury met and reviewed the shortlist last week; five winners were selected after a through, rigorous judging process.

The winners will be announced at the AAAA’s, in Hobart, March 20 2014.

A number of you have been asking for feedback, we cant enter into an individual conversation with each of you, however an outline of what the jury are looking for is below.

The prize will be awarded to five emerging architects or graduates on the basis of their individual contributions to;

  • Architectural practice
  • Education
  • Design excellence
  • And community involvement

It is desired that the winning entrants:

  • will have held a significant responsibility on a variety of projects
  • will have demonstrated a strong contribution to their practice and the architectural industry
  • will have displayed exceptional; creative and critical thinking in relation to their projects
  • may have contributed to architectural education through tutoring or mentoring
  • may have been considered or nominated for design awards, prizes or competitions
  • will have shown leadership within the profession
  • will have been involved in Institute and/or community activities



2013 Alumni – Hobart

November 21st, 2013

Last week, 29 of the 30 Alumni members met in Hobart for an archi-marathon whirlwind; a pace we’re all used to!

On Thursday evening we had a candid discussion about MONA, from James Pearce, project architect on MONA from Fender Katsalidis, as well as a brief presentation from this years Alumni group.

On Friday, the group then caught an early ferry to MONA, nursing coffees after a late night in Hobart.

O device in hand, here we were treated to the subterranean delights on MONA, where we were let loose for two hours.

The visceral effect was too much for some, remaining above ground was wise a move.

Following a light lunch and wine tasting in the Barrel Room, we briefly visited Room 11″s Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park; a recent National Award winner for Urban Design.

The tour official concluded after GASP, however a good number of participants stayed on for the weekend to enjoy Hobart.

Peter Walker from the Alumni year 1, has collated information on the Alumni Group, ans started a tumblr blog so you all know who you are, there will be a pop quiz next year!

Tom Ferguson, from the 2010 Alumni has posted some amazing pictures on his flicker site here.

Thanks to every single one of you, and a special thanks to Phil for having  the foresight to make this such an amazing program.





2014 Shortlist

October 11th, 2013

Below is the shortlist.

If your name is not here, please don’t be dispondant.

Try again next year; the tour gets bigger and better…and the standard higher.

If you are here, congratulations!

Adrian Reveruzzi South Australia
Andew Boyne Western Australia
Andrew Daly New South Wales
Anthony Clarke Victoria
Ashley Lim New South Wales
Ben Milbourne Victoria
Brad Steinert South Australia
Casey Bryant New South Wales
Cassandra Stronach New South Wales
Catherine Ranger Victoria
Cherry Williamson New South Wales
Christie Petsinis Victoria
David Robinson WA
David Hanson Queensland
David Neustein New South Wales
Dominic Warland New South Wales
Duncan Maxwell Queensland
Ed Gordon Tasmania
Elchanan Brown Victoria
Elizabeth White Victoria
Emma Fenton Victoria
Ewen Wright New South Wales
Fiona Lew Victoria
Georgina Hoad Victoria
Gerard PInto Victoria
Hannah Slater Queensland
Hugh Maguire Tasmania
Jack Davies Victoria
James Kelly Victoria
James Thomas Barclay New South Wales
Jenna Rowe New South Wales
Jeremy Bishop Victoria
Joseph O’Meara New South Wales
Joseph Loh New South Wales
Joshua Morrin Victoria
Kate Abbett Queensland
Keith Westbrook Victoria
Louisa Gee Queensland
Luke Chalmers Queensland
Marina Bertinetto New South Wales
Mark Szczerbicki New South Wales
Michael Bernacki Queensland
Michael Zanardo New South Wales
Michael Ong Victoria
Michael Smith Victoria
Michelle Emma James Victoria
Mick Moloney Victoria
Nic Brunsdon Western Australia
Nicholas Martoo Queensland
Nikhila Madabhushi Victoria
Paul Focic Queensland
Peter Booth Tasmania
Phillip Nielsen Queensland
Rana Abboud New South Wales
Rebecca Naughtin Victoria
Robert Beson New South Wales
Suzannah Waldron Victoria
Tahmina Maskinyar Australia
Thomas Mckenzie Victoria
Thomas Bailey Tasmania


Media Opportunity

September 23rd, 2013

Dulux is refreshing their image library and want to feature some of Australia’s best homes. If you have an amazing Australian home that has been completed using Dulux products, then your projects could be featured throughout the new Dulux Colour collateral.

Contact rebecca.sacher@dulux.com.au


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Entries have now closed……………

September 20th, 2013


Thanks to all of you who entered in to the 2014 Dulux Study tour, again we have received 100+ entries.

The standard increases every year, it gives me great pleasure,  reading all of your entries; the future of the profession is in safe hands.

So who gets to go!

More information will be posted shortlist, once the Jury have their information packs.


Entries close today – 5pm AEST

September 19th, 2013

Follow this link for more information.










Falling Water, The Guggenheim, The Glass House, The High line,

Chicago Architecture foundation, Pizza, hot dogs and maybe even a ball game!


That’s where its at people ….stop dreaming and do….

Enter now, its simple and fast, you gotta be in the running.





Pecha Kucha Brisbane

September 6th, 2013

On the 4th of September, our 2013 Alumni member, Luke Pendergast, presented at Pecha Kucha Volume 34  at The Turbine Hall, Brisbane Powerhouse.

We are very proud of our Alumni members, especially when the are out spreading the Dulux Study Tour story.

Entries are still open, click here to enter.
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Process @ Loop

August 26th, 2013

On Monday 3 August, the three Melbourne based 2013 Study Tour participants – Amy Muir, Adam Pustola and Mel Bright  – presented at the VYAG  monthly event - PROCESS held at LOOP in Myers place.

The evening was recorded, so below, for yours viewing pleasure, is the presentation.