The 2013 UNSW Built Environment Awards and Prizes Ceremony took place on 17 April and provided the Faculty with the opportunity to recognise the academic achievements of its highest performing students in the 2012 academic year.

Prize and Award recipients and their families were invited to attend the Ceremony at the Science Theatre, along with alumni, industry sponsors, donors, former members of academic staff and Faculty Advisory Council members. The event recognised over 80 awards, prizes and scholarships, and also gave an insight into the other student achievements acknowledged by the faculty throughout the year. Deputy Dean and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Urbanism Professor Alan Peters oversaw proceedings and gave the audience an insight into the different prizes and awards offered by Built Environment (BE). Students were invited to the stage to receive their Prize and Certificate from the respective BE Program Director and Prize donor and receive the personal congratulations of Dean Professor Alec Tzannes.

In the 2012 academic year, 10 new prizes were awarded across a number of disciplines and looking forward, in 2014 BE will have two additional new prizes awarded, one of which is the Faculty’s first prize in sustainable high rise architecture and is supported by Architectus and the 1 Bligh Sydney design team.

Nicholas Collishaw, Former Managing Director, Mirvac and Built Environment Advisory Council Member gave the Ceremony’s Occasional Address.

Dean Professor Alec Tzannes closed the Ceremony thanking all those who contributed to the achievements of the Faculty including BE’s award-winning teaching and learning academic staff. He went on to stress that the celebrations were simply the beginning of students’ careers in the wider workplace and, ultimately, the start of a long affiliation with BE as alumni;

“Having heard tonight the breadth and quality of our student’s achievements, I have been both impressed and greatly encouraged by what I see as the next group of architects and designers, planners, project managers and allied professionals pursuing careers in Built Environment fields.  It’s in good hands. Our Faculty alumni have excelled in their professions and I look forward to one day hearing of your achievements as a Built Environment alumnus.”

To conclude the evening all in attendance were invited to a reception; a fitting display of the appreciation that underpinned the event.

If you would like to find out more about the range of awards and prizes available to BE students  or view the list of this year’s successful recipients, please see the booklet below.