Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Think Brick Awards

Think Brick Awards (14/12/2015)

Think Brick has officially launched its 2011 Awards in Perth today at an industry cocktail event at the Burswood Convention Centre. The Think Brick Awards are one of the richest design awards in Australia, created to encourage architects, as well as students to consider the artistic, environmental, and versatile features of clay brick practice.

The Think Brick Awards 2011 includes: the About Face and the About Face Student Awards, alongside the newly launched Open Face Award - conceptual design competitions - and the Horbury Hunt Award - celebrating built projects. Think Brick encourages all entrants to follow the Yellow Brick Road to riches and showcase their wizardry with Brick!

Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO of Think Brick Australia explains "In 2011 the Think Brick Awards continue to evolve. Broadening the scope to include a new award - the Open Face, in which all architects and designers can participate. Think Brick hopes to achieve greater engagement among architects and students with the enticement of the architectural equivalent to the Emerald City - the Venice Biennale 2012. For the first time, the About Face Award concepts are likely to be built given the smaller construction brief". Winners will be announced at the Think Brick Gala Award Dinner on 19th August in Melborne.

The inaugural Open Face Award is a design competition intended to elicit sophisticated speculations for the future of the Australian suburb. This award calls for architectural projects that envision a future for the Australian suburb that embraces increased densities whilst accepting our established desire to engage with suburban life. The focus of the Open Face Award is the private realm - the design of a sustainable suburban house. The winner of the 2011 Open Face Award entry will receive two business class airfares to Milan, Italy and five nights accommodation to attend the Venice Biennale 2012.

The About Face Award is an invitation-only design competition for innovative Australian architects to push the boundaries of traditional brick design by presenting original ways of using brick in a contemporary environment. Think Brick has invited six innovative architects from around Australia to

envisage a future for the Australian suburb:

Ian McDougall, ARM Architecture of VIC
Olivia Hyde, BVN of NSW
Chris Bosse, LAVA of NSW
Trent Woods and Jennie Officer, Officer Woods of WA
Adrian Spence, Richards & Spence of QLD
Thomas Bailey, Nathan Crump, Aaron Roberts and James Wilson, Room 11 of TAS and MEL.

Entries are also now open for the About Face Student Award, which aims to support and encourage conceptual design from a new generation of architectural visionaries using brick. The winner of the About Face Student Award will receive one economy class airfare to Milan, Italy and 3 nights accommodation for the period of the Venice Biennale 2012. Three highly commended prizes of $500 cash will also be awarded.

Think Brick’s Horbury Hunt Award ultimately celebrates the amazing things that can happen when architectural vision combines with engineers, landscape architects, builders, masonry contractors, and brick manufacturers working together as a team for built projects within the past year.

Award entries close on 31st May 2011, don’t miss out on your chance to win a trip to the Venice Biennale 2012.

Think Brick Australia, representing the Australian brick industry, is committed to bringing together architects, builders, and bricklayers to ensure clay brick construction remains at the forefront of modern design for many years to come. For further information on how to enter the Think Brick Awards, please visit www.thinkbrick.com.au.