Architecture competition Iceland Trekking Cabins 3rd prize winners - TRIAS

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce the 3rd prize winners of Iceland Trekking Cabins competition - Jonathon Donnelly and Jennifer McMaster from Australia!

3rd prize winners from Australia: Jonathon Donnelly and Jennifer McMasterTRIAS is a design studio based in Sydney, Australia. The studio is founded on three principles: to create buildings that are solid, simple and beautiful. As designers, we advocate for less but better. TRIAS is led by Jonathon Donnelly and Jennifer McMaster, and was founded in 2016.

Jonathon studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours in 2015. He has worked across several design disciplines, including graphic design, architecture and furniture design. Jonathon is also a maker who frequently experiments with new technologies, building objects and prototypes. Jonathon has received the NSW Design Medal, awarded by the  Australian Institute of Architects.

Jennifer trained at the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours in 2015. She has gained experience with leading practices in Sydney and Copenhagen, and has worked on a range of residential and public projects. Jennifer is the recipient of the MADE by the Opera House Scholarship and the NSW Design Medal, awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. Jennifer currently writes for the Danish Architecture Centre, and is also teaching design at the University of Sydney.

TRIAS has primarily been involved in housing projects in Australia. Before starting the studio this year, both Jonathon and Jennifer worked on a range of public, commercial and residential projects.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society? 

To us, designing buildings is all about people, and improving their everyday lives. We aim to create places that bring meaning, comfort and joy to those who use them. We also see architecture as a part of our cultural continuum, so we weave the past with the present, and tradition with innovation.

In our society, architects help create culture. Through their work, they quietly provoke change in our cities, suburbs and landscapes. They encourage people to question how they live and consider how their life, and the world around them, might be different.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions? 

We participate in architecture vision competitions because we believe it’s important to challenge ourselves with different design briefs and situations. Competitions also provide us with an excellent opportunity to pursue ideas and research agendas that we might not have the chance to develop in day-to-day practice.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions? 

We would say to go for it! Competitions are all about honing your architectural skills and developing new ideas. They are also a really great way to create architecture that is imaginative yet grounded in research. We also find that competitions make great exploratory tools, as a lot of the thinking we develop in competition schemes makes its way into our other projects. Because of this, they also become emblematic of your design.

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The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 15
Jan 27
Apr 21
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Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Toronto

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 16
Jan 28
Apr 22
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Omuli Museum of the Horse

Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 14
Jan 26
Apr 23
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SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge

Fourth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 17
Jan 29
Apr 23
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project COMPETITION
Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

Design a series of sleeping pods for a Portugal yoga retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 18
Feb 01
Apr 27
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Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin

Design a meditation space in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 21
Feb 02
Apr 28
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Spirala Community Home

Create a community home for the Spirala Ecological Village

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 22
Feb 03
Apr 29
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Berlin Techno Booth

Bring back techno music to the streets of Berlin by designing individual dance booths

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Mar 23
Apr 20
Jul 06
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Modular Home Design Challenge 2021

Design a modular dream home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Mar 24
Apr 21
Jul 07
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essay COMPETITION
Essay: Modular Architecture

How modular design has impacted architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
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Mar 25
Apr 22
Jul 08
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Hospice - Home for Terminally Ill

Design a safe and supportive space for those struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Mar 30
Apr 27
Jul 13
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Romantic Cabin For Two

Design a romantic and secluded cabin for two in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Mar 31
Apr 28
Jul 14
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Monte d'Oiro Wine Hotel

Design a new hotel set within a beautiful Portuguese Monte d'Oiro vineyard

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Apr 01
Apr 29
Jul 15
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essay COMPETITION
Essay: Architecture of Illusions

Do you have something to say about illusions in architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
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Apr 30
Jul 16
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MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Sep 07
Nov 02
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Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Sep 07
Nov 02
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