MADA Architecture Students Win Australian Institute of Architects AIA Award

Photo from left to right: Markus Jung, MADA Senior Lecturer; Alexander Lytas, MADA student & Architectural Student Ideas Competition winner; Jonathan Gardiner, Director Cox Architecture; Kyla Sabrina, MADA student & Architectural Student Ideas Competition winner; Yadamsuren Idenbayar, MADA student & Architectural Student Ideas Competition winner; Vanessa Bird, AIA Victorian Chapter President

Winners of the 2017 Architectural Student Ideas Competition – The Place of Transport were announced last week (7 September) with the entry by MADA Master of Architecture students Kyla Sabrina, Yadamsuren Idenbayar, and Alexander Lytas taking the top prize.

Organised by the Australian Institute of Architectures (AIA), the Competition asked students at Deakin, RMIT, The University of Melbourne and Monash to consider the design possibilities for the public land that will be liberated by the creation of an elevated railway line between Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs of Caulfield and Dandenong.

At Monash, sixteen students working under the direction of MADA Senior Lecturer Markus Jung collaborated to create proposals for a variety of sites along the railway line.

The winning entry from Kyla, Yadamsuren, and Alexander – “The School – 3174” – proposes a new educational facility be created to straddle the soon-to-be-elevated railway line at Noble Park. The area already hosts a secondary school and a pair of primary schools, but has limited nearby facilities for tertiary education. Their innovative proposal suggests creating a new type of school focussed around science, art, and technology, with facilities that can be booked by local residents and community groups.

The Judging Panel included representatives from Melbourne’s Level Crossing Removal Project, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, representatives from Cox Architecture and Aspect Studios, and members of the Australian Institute of Architects with experience in the design of community and transport facilities. Presenting the prize was AIA Victorian Chapter President Vanessa Bird and Jonathan Gardiner, Director at Cox Architecture (Melbourne).

Markus was enthusiastic about the competition. “Competitions like this one are a great opportunity for students to present their work outside the classroom setting and to have it considered and critiqued by industry leaders. The caliber of entries from all of the students was fantastic, and it’s a testament to their creativity and hard work to see Monash students taking the top prize.”

A gallery of the proposals created by MADA students can be viewed online at:

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