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Sydney graduates project Ligo wins the 2016 NSW Design Medal

7 June 2016
Future of design in safe hands of emerging architectural talent
University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning graduates were among the award winners honoured at the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards.
Simulation picture of Ligo, with arching wooden ceiling and wide space

University of Sydney graduates Hope Dryden and Robin Lloyd (MArch ‘15) were awarded the NSW Design Medal at the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards.

The duo received the award for their project Ligo; a library and cultural hub for architecture that transformed the Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Chapter offices. The project took inspiration from the intersection between the traditional contents of libraries – liber (books), and the physical matter from which books are made – lignum (pulped wood).

The awards night recognised some of the best projects and emerging architectural talent from NSW's four major schools of architecture. Awards were given out across four categories: Digital Innovation in Architecture, Structural Innovation in Architecture, the First Degree Design Award, and the NSW Design Medal. A number of University of Sydney graduates and students were recognised on the evening. They include:

First Degree Design Award (Runner-up)
Sarah Mae-Siew Yap, Bachelor of Design in Architecture ‘12

Structural Innovation in Architecture Award (Runners-up)
Zaever Mand, Master of Architecture (second year) and William Marshall, Master of Architecture (second year)

Masters Graduate of the Year Prize
James Moulder, Master of Architecture ‘15

First Degree Graduate of the Year Prize
(Awarded to the most outstanding student graduating from the first degree Bachelor program of each NSW School of Architecture)
Sarah Mae-Siew Yap, Bachelor of Design in Architecture ‘12

Construction and Practice Prize
(Awarded to the student who receives the highest aggregate marks in the discipline areas of Construction and Practice of each NSW School of Architecture)
Isobel James, Bachelor of Design in Architecture ‘16

History and Theory Prize
(Awarded to the student who receives the highest aggregate marks in the disciplines of History and Theory of each NSW School of Architecture)
Robin Lloyd, Master of Architecture ‘15

The judges comprised Alex Kibble (Jury Chair, TKD Architects), Michael Zanardo (Studio Zanardo), Penny Fuller (Silvester Fuller), Dr Ceridwen Owen (University of Tasmania), and Associate Professor Chris Knapp (Bond University).

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