Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    WA students to design the future of housing

    16/04/2015 12:00 AM
    • Teams of four to six to compete for a total of $17,500 in prize money
    • $10,000 first place prize
    • Winners recognised at a national housing conference in October

    The State Government has launched an exciting architectural design competition for tertiary students in Western Australia.


    The [design]ability competition encourages students to submit innovative affordable housing concepts for a study site in Fremantle.    


    Housing Minister Colin Holt said students had the opportunity to take part in a competition normally targeted towards established firms and professionals.


    "This is a great opportunity for students to gain real world experience and team up with others from a range of disciplines," Mr Holt said.


    "Students are the future professionals who will deliver affordable housing and they can offer a unique perspective on design - not limited by existing industry norms and conventions."


    Although the design, materials and construction methods are the focus, students will also need to consider other requirements such as sustainability and financial viability. 


    More than 200 tertiary students have registered to take part in [design]ability and they have until August to submit their concepts for shortlisting.


    Winners will be announced in October at the National Housing Conference 2015 in Perth, hosted by the Department of Housing and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.


           Fact File

    • The competition is open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students from the Central Institute of Technology, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, The Notre Dame University Australia and The University of Western Australia
    • The competition does not commit or oblige the Department of Housing to redevelop the study site based on the winning design
    • It provides the department with the first rights to build the design, should it meet the department's needs
    • For more information, visit http://www.housing.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6100