We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winner of our "The Marker Design Challenge" competition – Tayla Clarke from New Zealand!

Tayla Clarke from New Zealand

Since completing my architectural studies at the end of 2020, I have been working as an architectural araduate for over a year in an architecture firm.

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 the company/ individuals have been Involved?

Within my role, I’ve been involved in a variety of typologies but mostly residential. Lately I’ve been working on a couple of new residential proposals and fit outs for commercial and educational spaces.

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

To me, architecture is an expression of history, memories, and experience reflected upon its users and local context. It can be reflective of a site or client’s story, bringing a real sense of belonging into a design. I believe that the role of an architect is to bridge a personal connection between people and places.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

As a recent graduate working in the industry, I participate in competitions to further develop my creative and design skill set. Competitions have also provided unique briefs and typologies that are intriguing as they aren’t as common in everyday practice. This has given me the freedom to explore new ideas, think outside the box, and not be afraid to be innovative. It is a way of fulfilling my creative passion for architecture as a young designer.

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

Go for it! Entering and participating in a competition is a win-win regardless of the outcome; it's a learning opportunity, especially for students and young designers. This shows that you’re passionate for the profession and it can be something to add to your portfolio.

The competition field is completely diverse in age, experience, and nationality, which results in a unique variety of design proposals. Through this, we get to view different perspectives on design and concept development. Additionally, competitions display a high level of visual and design quality that is both inspiring to obtain and compete with. This is a great way to improve, gain insight and confidence of your overall skill set.


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