The Graphisoft Award is sponsored by Graphispoft Australia and awards a student with a perpetual licence to ArchiCAD STAR(T). The award valued at $5,000 provides the latest 2014 version which has the technology embedded in ArchiCAD 17 and enables the recipient to legally start their architectural business! This award mirrors the values of The Parker Fellowship awards and conversely supports and develops students computer aided drafting skills. More information regarding the ArchiCAD STAR(T) edition can be found on the ArchiCAD website.
The Launch will occur 1pm, Thursday 29th May in Red Square at the University of Newcastle. All students currently enrolled in architecture at UoN are encouraged to come along and find out how to apply for these amazing scholarships.
We also have a range of past scholars lined up to present their experiences on the Parker Fellowship and the value of the Commendation awards. Certainly an event not to be missed! First round applications for the 2014 awards will close Tuesday 29 July 2014. To apply for these scholarships visit the University Scholarships page.
I’m currently in Luang Prabang in Laos, an extremely beautiful city filled with old French architecture. My first month in Cambodia was an incredible experience- I cannot wait to return to Siem Reap in the future. The NGO I did my first placement with, Volunteer Building Project Cambodia, was so well organised and they really made some incredible changes in the villages surrounding the city. They have built 11 houses and during my 2 week stay we were repairing an existing village house. I absolutely loved the experience & I learnt so much about building techniques as well as the operation of the NGO.
For my second placement, completed last Friday, I was working in Vang Vieng in the North of Laos, with a company called ‘Fruit Friends’. I was initially supposed to be helping with construction work on a secondary school in Keo Kuang village an hour out of the city; however over the 2 week period I was only able to visit the site once. I didn’t quite have the experience with this NGO as I had expected (perhaps Cambodia set the bar a little too high) however I’ve gained some really valuable knowledge about the difficulties NGOs face in developing countries; in Laos a lack of communication is a huge problem.
In one weeks time I will be setting down in Nairobi for the next three month segment of my journey, which is a little scary but extremely exciting! I’m so lucky to be having this incredible life experience so I have to thank The Architecture Foundation again.
The Architecture Foundation now has a profile on Vimeo, and will be used as a forum to showcase the video content produced by our talented scholars to share their amazing opportunities and experiences!
There are currently two videos uploaded. The first was produced by Graphisoft, our latest sponsor, who interviewed our 2012 scholar Matthew Kelly. The second was produced by our current scholar, Shari Blanch, while on site in Cambodia.
Stay tuned for future content!
Shari Blanch is our 2013 Parker Fellowship travelling fellow.
Shari left for Cambodia during March on a five month adventure to research the role of process of Non-Government Organisations in the design and construction industry in developing countries. Shari’s journey will take her through Cambodia, Laos, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa.
Shari is recording her adventures and observations at shariblanch.wordpress.com.
Below is a presentation Shari created of her itinerary and the associated NGO’s she will be involved with. Shari will complete her travels with an architecture conference at Durban, South Africa.