The AIA has announced Jamileh Jahangiri (NSW), Emma Chrisp (VIC), Flynn Carr (NT), Simona Falvo (VIC) and Mike Sneyd (WA) as the winning candidates for the architecture tour of Tokyo, Berlin and Madrid in June 2024.

Jury Chair and National President, Stuart Tanner FRAIA, commented on the excellence among applicants, commending all for their success in an exceptional field: “We saw a profound level of expertise, talent, enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the architectural profession demonstrated by each submission.”

The AIA Dulux Study Tour is designed to give insights into a range of contemporary projects for early-career architects, and the prize celebrates the importance of experiencing architecture first-hand. It has been running since 2008 and has fostered the growth of some of the most promising architects in the nation. 

The jury comprised Stuart Tanner FRAIA (Chair and National President, Tanner Architects), Christina Earls (Colour and Commercial Marketing Manager, Dulux), Anna Svensdotter (QLD State Manager, AIA), Pete Wood (National Commercial Business Manager, Dulux), Katy Moir RAIA (past Dulux Study Tour Recipient), and Edwina Brisbane RAIA (EmAGN President representative).

“Emma Chrisp’s awareness of the potential for connection and wellbeing through spatial design and architecture is a pivotal attribute,” notes the jury citation. Her understanding of the potency of thoughtful and considered environments demonstrates an intellectual awareness of how people are moved by architecture. Her burgeoning thinking around how cities might become more community-focused is highly relevant in societies grappling with exponential growth and climate change.”

For Carr, the jury comments: “As a generalist architect based out of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Northern Territory, Flynn Carr has put into practice his passion for addressing inequality, cultural issues and climate change in remote communities. He completed a student internship at Foster and Partners, London before relocating to Alice Springs in 2016 to work with Susan Dugdale and Associates. While progressing from graduate architect to project architect and now associate at the practice, Carr has made significant contributions to several projects in Central Australia, including the Akeyulerre Healing Centre, the Northern Territory government’s Room to Breathe remote housing program, and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation (Congress) Health Hub.”

On Mike Sneyd: “Working in the remote, hot and highly sensitive environment of the Kimberley, he has shown resourcefulness and inventiveness to arrive at solutions that create social uplift in regional communities. He understands that the primary responsibility of architecture is to people. 

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Jamileh Jahangiri, meanwhile, completed her bachelor of architecture design at Hamadan University, Iran, and her master’s of architecture at the University of Sydney, she has practised in Iran with Maher and Associates, and in Australia with Gran Associates, TKD Architects and Cox, where she was project lead. As the founder of Studio Orsi, a research- and design-focused architectural studio based in Seaforth, NWS, and a sessional academic at the University of Sydney, Jamileh Jahangiri has made significant contributions to the architectural profession in Sydney and beyond. In 2023, Jahangiri was appointed as the Australian Institute of Architects’ Alternative Council Member to the International Union of Architects – Region IV.

In her influential role as a design educator, the jury notes, Simona Falvo “imparts not only technical skills but also a comprehensive understanding of the prospects and challenges awaiting her students as they enter the architectural profession. Her dedication to nurturing intellectual rigour in her practice and among her students reflects her commitment to cultivating a mindset that values critical thinking, creativity and attention to detail.”


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