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July 25, 2016

Leo John Showell wins student award

Leo John Showell is the winner of the 2016 Cameron Chisholm Nicol Award for Architectural Design. The annual prize is awarded to the University of Western Australia student judged to have submitted the most outstanding architectural design project in the Master of Architecture course.

The purpose of the award is to fund travel for further studies. Leo will use the $2,500 prize to continue his research into architecture’s role in indigenous museology.

“I am planning to use part of the award money this mid-year break as I travel to the United States, and will be undertaking a photographic survey of indigenous representations in museum architecture across the South-West and at the Smithsonian in DC. Afterwards I will be returning to Perth to do my Honours studio, designing a theoretical series of structures to house the Berndt Museum collection. During the project I plan to use the second half of the prize money to travel to the Kimberly to explore further ideas of the ‘ecomuseum’, and explore ideas of what architecture could do to help celebrate the cultural history of the region.”

We congratulate Leo on his achievement, and wish him every success with the interesting work he is undertaking and in his future endeavours.