2011 Faculty Alumni Awards Presentation Evening
Held in the Holme and Sutherland Room, Holme Building on 3rd August, the evening was a celebration of the tremendous achievements of the Faculty’s alumni members over 2010 and 2011.
Since the 1920s, the Faculty's alumni have led the fields of architecture, design and urban development. Their successes are manifest in the built environment both at home in Australia and around the world. For 90 years, our alumni have demonstrated not only the scope of their professional ambition and achievement but also the community spirit and egalitarianism that grounds their achievements.
The Alumni Awards recognize the outstanding achievement of the Faculty's alumni.
These awards represent an opportunity for the Faculty to gather together its alumni and congratulate them on their endeavours in the preceding year. The awards ceremony this year was twice as illustrious, presenting awards to the winners of two years of the events, 2010 and 2011.
2011 Award Recipients
Peter Tonkin and Brian Zulaikha – Professional Achievement
The Faculty congratulates Peter and Brian for their outstanding achievements in the professional field. Peter, who was acting chairman of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW last year, and Brian, who is the National President of the Australian Institute of Architects, represent the peak success of the University's alumni.
John Choi – International Achievement
John Choi is recognized as the recipient of the 2011 Award for International Achievement. His redesign of the TKTS booth in New York's Time Square has become a city icon, featured in contemporary music videos.
Mary-Anne Kyriakou – Community Achievement
Mary-Anne curated 24 of the light installations for this year's Vivid Festival. Her work as a light artist, curator and composer has spanned a number of countries and has been featured everywhere from Hong Kong to Polkolbin in rural NSW.
Mark Tyrrell – Young Alumni Achievement
Mark founded his own practice, Tyrell Studio in 2009 after graduating with degrees in urban design and landscape architecture. He is also a prolific writer, featured regularly in national and international architecture journals.
Somwrita Sarkar – PhD Achievement
The 2011 award for PhD Achievement was presented to Somwrita Sarkar for solving the problem in the relationship between the syntax and semantics of symbols and their 'meaning' in the design of artificial intelligence. Somwrita’s elegant solution can be used to address physically and biologically complex systems and the physics of complex networks in general.
William Chan – Undergraduate Achievement
William's participation on the University’s Studies Committee, Faculty and Academic Board and as a Student Ambassador underscores his commitment to the Faculty. Combined with exceptional academic results, the Faculty congratulates William on this most deserved reward.
Andrew Daly – Post-Graduate Achievement
In addition to excellent academic results, Andrew has contributed to the vibrancy of life in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He has made invaluable contributions to the Architecture Review, vivid Sydney and vivid Singapore.
2010 Award Recipients
Professor Philip Cox AO – Professional Achievement
Professor Cox is the founding partner of renowned firm Cox Architecture and is a professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales. He is presently active in major projects in Australia, the Middle East, Singapore, India, China and Malaysia. The breadth and depth of Philip's experience is indicative of the broad experiences enjoyed from a career in architecture.
Dr. Clive Lucas OBE – Community Achievement
Clive's contributions to conservation in Australia are recognised by this award. Clive is responsible for restoring and conserving over fifty landmark sites across the country.
Dr. Anna Rubbo – International Achievement
The Faculty recognises Anna's achievement as a founding partner of Global Studio with Columbia and Rome Universities. From 2002 until 2004, she was a member of the United Nations Millenium Project Taskforce to the Improve the Lives of Slum Dwellers, and is currently developing Global Studio India.
Ross Langdon – Young Graduate
Ross is awarded the 2010 Award for a Young Graduate for his impressive endeavours since graduating from Architecture in 2004. Most recently, he established regionally-based architecture firm LRA in the UK and is lecturing at the London Metropolitan University.