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ARCHENG STUDENT WORKSHOP

ARCHENG IV GOES MATERIALS NEUTRAL IN 2015

The ArchEng (architecture/engineer) three day student workshop expanded in 2015 to also involve the timber and steel industries. Originally a CCANZ initiative, the workshop now falls under the BRANZ umbrella, but continues to bring together the best architecture and engineering students to experience the value of cross disciplinary collaboration.

Twenty two students participated in the event, which was hosted by Victoria University. Responding to a simple brief to design ‘an iconic waterfront project’, inspiration came from the keynote speech by Sean McGuiness, of construction company LT McGuiness, in which he outlined the construction challenges associated with the Clyde Quay Wharf development.

The 2015 prize-winners were Simon Gourley (Architecture, Victoria University) and Ashley Jones (Engineering, University of Auckland), who created The Outcrop, a movable floating walkway designed to extend 150 metres into the Wellington harbour.

A subsequent site visit was conducted by the project designers Martijn van der Tol of Athfield Architects and structural engineer Ryan Clarke of Dunning Thornton. Martijn and Ryan impressed upon the students that a successful project is founded on effective collaboration.


"You have to be in it together from the outset, from the very first conversations. The broader the design team the more beneficial the outcome will be for the public." - Simon

"Don't hesitate to be involved, it’s a great experience." – Ashley

ASHLEY & SIMON [with Hon. Jo Goodhew]
2015 Winning Team


The Hon. Jo Goodhew, Associate Minister for Primary Industries, hosted this year’s prize giving at Parliament House on July 10th 2015.

Along with BRANZ and CCANZ, other associations represented at the event included IPENZ, NZ Institute of Architects (NZIA), Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), the NZ Timber Design Society (NZTDS), the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association of NZ (WPMA), and Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA).

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2015 Event Owner


WORKSHOP GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH - 2014 EVENT

The third CCANZ ArchEng workshop was held at the Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) in Christchurch with the support once again of principal sponsor BRANZ.

The 2014 challenge was focused on the theme of resilience, with each team having to design a structure that could be rapidly repurposed after a significantly disruptive event to provide a service to the community.

The event was enhanced by a keynote presentation from the University of Canterbury’s Chris Hawker, the director of the university’s Centre for Risk, Resilience & Renewal (UCR3).

Chris Wilson (of Wilson & Hill Architects) and Grant Coombes (of Engenium) conducted a guided tour of the recently completed Solid Energy building, which has received a 5 Green Star certified rating for office interiors from the NZ Green Building Council.

Chris and Grant highlighted many aspects of the build that required careful dialogue and management between the two disciplines, reiterating to the students that their professional careers will, in many instances, rely heavily on this form of interaction.

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"Working with an architect was so new and different from what we are taught to focus on as an engineer....it is exciting." - Vivienne

"I was surprised how creatively minded Vivienne was as an engineer. We worked together and built on each others ideas." - Kim

VIVIENNE & KIM
2014 Winning Team


For the students involved, the workshop was a very intense experience, particularly as it was from a standing start and with a team-mate they have just met.

While one team walked away with the $5,000 first prize, the students as a whole remarked how much they had learnt from their partner and how they will take the experience, and new friendships, with them into their careers.

The winners of the 2014 event, Vivienne (University of Auckland engineering student) and Kim (Unitec Institute of Technology architecture student), designed a multi-purpose medical facility that could be easily re-commissioned post-disaster.

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2014 Gold Sponsor

THE WINNING DESIGN
 Winner


TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL - 2013 EVENT

Building on the inaugural 2012 proof-of-concept event in Wellington, the 2013 ArchEng student workshop was hosted by Auckland University’s School of Architecture.

Once again the over-riding objective was to bring together architects and structural engineers in-training to collaborate on a design project that utilised unique vision and modern construction techniques.

Working in teams comprised of an architecture and engineering student, the 20 participants from across the country gained extra motivation through the $5,000 first prize.  As a result, the quality of the team’s final design on a Mt Eden site was outstanding.

The 3-day ArchEng workshop is a large part of the CCANZ drive to engage with early career professionals, and assist in promoting concrete as a premium construction material to the next generation of designers and construction experts.

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"The most successful projects are the result of collaboration between the two disciplines." - Anthea

"I definitely think that we should interact more often, and have this opportunity to work together in a pressured situation." - Lynette

ANTHEA & LYNNETTE
2013 Winning Team


At the 2013 event CCANZ took the opportunity to invite the Auckland Council, PrefabNZ, the NZ Green Building Council and Darcy Polychrome to be involved.  BRANZ generously supported the event as principal sponsor.

The students were also lucky enough to be shown around Auckland’s Q Theatre, a new performing arts facility that uses concrete to help achieve its design and build goals through the re-use of a concrete framed building on Queen Street. The tour was conducted by Pip Cheshire - NZIA’s architect of the year in 2012.

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2013 Gold Sponsor

A SELECTION OF DESIGNS
   
 Winner Design A Design B

PROOF OF CONCEPT – 2012 EVENT

CCANZ organized the inaugural ArchEng workshop as an initiative to encourage aspiring construction specialists to work together to incorporate the best insights and latest technology into a building design.

Bringing together 5 architecture students from Victoria University and 5 engineering students from the University of Canterbury, the workshop created a relaxed and collaborative environment.

Faced with a brief to develop a preliminary design for an inner city Wellington cultural centre with concrete as the primary building material, the students worked in cross-disciplinary teams of two.

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"The ArchEng project is about connecting the future architects and engineers who will be responsible for shaping our built environment. The better we can make them work together now the better the outcomes will be for everyone."

JOE GAMMAN
CCANZ Education & Development Manager


The workshop ran over 3-days, and included site visits to outstanding concrete buildings in Wellington. These were the Alan MacDiarmid Building which utilizes PREcast Seismic Structural System (PRESSS), and the Meridian Building, New Zealand’s first 5 star Green Star building.

The site visits were guided by practicing engineers and architects who were involved in the design and build at each site. While the teams were ultimately competing for a first prize, the workshop created plenty of opportunity for networking.

The judging panel included representatives from BRANZ and the Ministry of Building Innovation and Employment (MBIE), both organisations keen on increasing productivity and communication in the construction sector.

The 2012 ArchEng workshop was a success, with feedback from all participants extremely positive.  Encouraged by the overall response CCANZ made the decision to implement the workshop as an annual event to foster contact between early career professionals specialising in different areas for better concrete outcomes.

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"You get to look at a construction problem from a different angle than we are used to at university." - Cam

"ArchEng was a really useful experience, and encouraged a strong collaborative effort." - Grace

CAM & GRACE
2012 Winning Team


A commitment was also made to ensure that future ArchEng events:

  • showcased design and build opportunities in Auckland and Christchurch, as well as promote increased productivity in the building and construction sector;

  • allowed industry associations to promote the benefits of working collaboratively between disciplines and inform and educate the next generation of professionals; and

  • allowed employers to participate in a creative event and meet and interact with New Zealand’s top graduating engineers and architects.
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A SELECTION OF DESIGNS
Winner Runner-Up Design A