We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Mega Dunes Eco Lodges” competition – Thomas Harrington and Irwin Ho from Australia!

Irwin Ho and Thomas Harrington

Irwin Ho – I studied architecture in Singapore at the National University of Singapore and moving to Melbourne, Australia. My professional career has been focused on civic, multi-residential and justice projects.

Thomas Harrington – I studied building & construction + building design in Melbourne, Australia. My professional career is in the design technology area of architecture, and I currently work as a BIM Manager on a wide range of building 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 the company / individuals have been involved?

We have always been interested in exploring projects of various scales, typologies and materiality. From master planning to interior design, it is an endless learning curve.

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

Architecture has always been a tool for us to express the intricacies of human needs and marrying that with creativity and problem-solving skills to create an engaging and hopefully equitable built environment.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Competitions are a great way to challenge the norms of the industry and design freely again without the formal restrictions that we have become a little too familiar with.

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

You might have to go out of your way to make things happen but you can be assured the efforts do not go to waste. 

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