Aug. 11, 2011

6:30 p.m.

Surry Hills Library and Community Centre


Following the recent announcement of the 2011 NSW Emerging Architect Prize, the winner Matthew Chan of Scale Architecture will give a presentation about his career progression, mentors and contribution to the professional community.

The prize is designed to recognise an outstanding contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and involvement in the profession through leadership. The evening will be hosted by Janne Ryan, an ideas curator and executive producer of the recent TEDxSydney event, followed by a question-and-answer session, where fellow emerging architects, students and graduates are free to ask the difficult questions, focusing on mentoring and teaching. Janne Ryan works on the ABC By Design team and is architecture writer for The Australian's Wish magazine. She also co-produced the ABC-TV series, In The Mind Of The Architect. 

The short-listed entries for the 2011 NSW emerging Architects Prize will be exhibited in the Surry Hills Library Foyer throughout August. 

Jury Citation: 
The Emerging Architect Prize recognises overall excellence in practice, research or education, and involvement in the profession through leadership.  Matt Chan excels in all these areas. During his studies at the University of NSW, Matt participated in an exchange program with Sweden. Continuing his interest in research in an international context he later completed a thesis at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, a post-academic laboratory for design-based research in architecture and urbanism. He received a number of scholarships in recognition of this, and exhibited his work in the public realm.

Matt’s contribution to the public discourse includes exhibitions, talks and other media. He participated in the ‘Abundant Australia’ exhibition for the 2008 Venice International Architecture Biennale, was invited to present and exhibit a future vision for Sydney at the Institute’s 2008 National Conference, was part of the exhibition ‘Art + Architecture 11: Home- Real and Ideal’ (Boutwell Draper Gallery ) and SONA’s Rehab Conference 2009, and regularly presents at the Chapter’s Tuesday Night Talks at Tusculum. 

Matt’s commitment to teaching is also outstanding and he takes great pride in the achievements of his students. Since 2003, as a Design Studio tutor and leader (primarily at the University of Sydney), he has helped students explore issues of urbanism, digital representation, civic buildings and the future of the suburb. In his own practice, Scale Architecture (established in Amsterdam in 2002, Sydney 2004), he challenges conventional models by basing the studio on collaboration - with local and international practitioners, students and recent graduates - tapping the potential of new thinking and perspectives. Some notable measures of success with this approach include: Australia Street Infants School COLA, awarded a Small Project Architecture Commendation at the Institute’s 2010 Architecture Awards; the ‘Infinity Forest’ installation for Sydney’s 2009 Laneways By George! project; and a winning submission for Automated People Mover Stations at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. His experience in large practice at Cox Richardson and EDAW/ AECOM also provided Matt opportunities to work at a larger urban scale, such as contributing to the second prize-winning Beijing master plan competition.

In awarding the 2011 prize, the jury also recognised that with the opportunities he has created to develop thinking through teaching, research, discourse and speculative work, as well as collaborative practice, Matt Chan has great potential to continue this contribution to the profession, well into his career.

Jacqueline Connor, DARCH Chair
Tamara Donnellan, 2010 Emerging Architect Prize winner
Matthew Pullinger, NSW Chapter President


FREE for RAIA member, $10 for non-members


Cherry Wiliamson