Luke Pendergast from Conrad Gargett Riddel was named winner of a Dulux Study Tour Award at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAA), held at the newly opened National Arboretum in Canberra on Wednesday 20 March 2013.
The Dulux Study Tour recognises and rewards five emerging architects for their contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, by way of a ten day study tour abroad.
Pendergast will visit leading architectural practices and recent projects in London, Shanghai and Barcelona.
“Winning a spot on the Dulux Study Tour is a dream for any emerging architect. It presents the opportunity to visit leading practices and receive guided tours of world class architecture. I am particularly looking forward to visiting Ricardo Bofill’s home and studio conversion of a disused cement factory in Barcelona,” Pendergast said.
The awards jury praised Pendergast’s “commitment to and passion for architecture evident in the focus he has applied to his architectural career, since graduating in 2007”.
“His projects, first in the Queensland Government’s experimental Architecture Practice Academy, and then at Riddel Architecture (now Conrad Gargett Riddel), have developed rapidly from small to complex and are always delivered with thoughtful and meticulous execution,” the jury said.