Award entries CLOSE
3RD MAY 2019

Students’ Last Chance to Design With Brick to Venice

Think Brick Awards (14/12/2015)

A trip to the 2014 Venice Biennale and $1500 worth of cash prizes are on offer for architecture students at this year’s annual Think Brick Awards.

Students are encouraged to enter the  category at Australia’s richest design awards and the closing date for entries is fast approaching.

Think Brick CEO Elizabeth McIntyre said the Venice Biennale would give the winner the opportunity to see some of the best international architectural exhibitions and urged students to enter.

“The event is attended by thousands of the world’s most influential architects, designers and urban planners – it truly is something for our architects of the future not to miss,” she said.
Students will be required to create their own ‘Pholiota’ – the Melbourne home of Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony – to enter the competition.

They must also apply the same building technique used to construct the house – known as the Knitlock system – which involved interlocking concrete reinforced tiles.

NMBW Architecture Studio director and founder Nigel Bertram wrote the brief for the award which requires students to re-think the technique by applying it within a modern context.
“Students are encouraged to think deeply about processes of manufacturing, material properties and the way in which the various pieces might be handled and assembled,” he said.

The projects will be judged on their structural integrity, thermal performance and the use of both material and labour.

Entries for the About Face Student Award close Friday, May 17 2013 and submissions can be lodged online at

For more information contact media relations manager Hannah Jonkers on 02 8035 8609 or

The Think Brick Awards are Australia’s richest design and architecture awards. They recognise excellence and innovation within the clay brick and concrete masonry industry across eight categories including the Landscape Award; the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award; the Horbury Hunt Residential Award; Raise the Roof – Rethink Tiles Award; the Commercial Masonry Award; the Reuse/Recycle/Restoration Award; and the About Face Student Award.

The winner will be announced at the Gala Awards dinner on Thursday, August 8 2013 at the Intercontinental in Sydney.

Think Brick Australia represents Australia’s clay brick and paving manufacturers. Its purpose is to ensure clay brick is recognised as a pre-eminent building material by leading architects, developers, builders and property owners. Think Brick Australia is committed to promoting exemplary building and landscape design using clay brick and pavers.