Local firm stands out at Urban Design Awards

11 October 2011

Local architecture and urban design company – degenhartSHEDD – has been recognised at the 2011 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards for their involvement in the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) project.

As architects behind the development, degenhartSHEDD received a Special Mention for the project’s contribution to community enhancement, together with project manager and town planner, City Planners.

The Gold Coast Urban Design awards, a bi-annual event designed to coincide with the conclusion of the Gold Coast International Urban Design Conference, were held in late September and aim to recognise the best of the city’s built environment.

Located at Scottsdale Drive in Robina, the AITC is the Gold Coast’s first trade-orientated high school, culminating the vision of industry leaders that challenge the conventional notion of secondary school education.

The College offers young people the opportunity to undertake trade-based apprenticeships whilst also completing their senior studies.

The nominated urban design projects were assessed by an experienced team of judges including architect Bruce Medek, landscape architect Andrew Green, planning representative Dyan Currie, project director Brian McGuckin and engineering representative Bill Short.

The jurors said degenhartSHEDD were awarded the Special Mention as the precinct provides a unique community enhancement service.

“The College consciously and sensitively provides students with a built environment that creates a transitional space, from the schools the students have come from, to the workplaces they are heading towards,” they said.

In response to the honour, degenhartSHEDD director and architect Amy Degenhart said she was thrilled with the judge’s decision.

“This award is a lovely way to acknowledge that we have achieved our goal of providing an environment for the students that enhances their educational experience by staging their learning activities in a collegiate, professional and industrial space,” Ms Degenhart said.

“What I love the most about the project is the courtyard or quadrangle – although it is not accessible to the general public, I believe that this spaces adds real value to the community.

“The space activates the local area with the students, parents and staff that flow in and out of it, whilst it also perfectly represents the value of the void and celebrates the open spaces that our buildings serve to define.”

For more information, head to the degenhartSHEDD website www.degenhartSHEDD.com.au where you can view photos of the AITC project, as well as photos from the awards ceremony.

degenhartSHEDD is an award winning design practice that specialises in architecture and urban design, aiming to create successful places with a win?win result for clients, councils, and communities.

For more information, please contact:

Jodie Johnson
Marketing manager
Phone: (07) 5562 5100
Email: info@degenhartshedd.com.au

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