We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of the Honorable mention of our “Iceland Volcano Museum” competition - Tony Jemmott, Ruairi Roberts, James Cameron and Chris Wardle from Australia!

CG Team from Australia

CG team from Australia

Conrad Gargett is an award-winning design practice with over 160 staff across 6 studios. Founded in Brisbane in 1890, the practice now has studios in Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Ethiopia and undertakes master planning, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and specialist design advisory services across a range of project typologies.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where company/individuals have been involved?

Conrad Gargett’s key area of expertise is in social infrastructure; health, defence and education. The practice works across a range of scales, winning awards at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) for our smallest building, the Piano Mill (2018) and our largest, Queensland Children’s Hospital (2016). The team involved in this proposal are focussed on public buildings and bespoke residential projects. The team is currently delivering the headquarters of a not-for-profit organisation won in an international design competition.

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

Architecture has the ability to change society. It can shape the future and repair the past. Architects are in a unique position to imagine a more sustainable future for humankind.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Recently, we have been interested in participating in competitions for small projects that allow our team to take a break from the daily studio pressures and focus on unique design problems from around the globe. Resolving complex contextual and programmatic issues pushes creativity and generates robust discussion.

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

Spend a good amount of time researching and thinking. Generating the idea is critical. Then just commit. It is incredible what we are able to produce with current technologies in a short period of time. We can turn sketches into models and models into illustrations all in a matter of days. But they are only successful if they are based on a strong idea.

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