Student designs called for Built Horizons Project
Built Horizons Project now open to Queensland secondary school students
27 March, 2015 3 min read
Design competition open to all Queensland Year 10, 11 and 12 students
Entries are now invited for the inaugural Built Horizons Project — a creative design competition which provides secondary school students with the opportunity to test their building and design skills.
Hosted in partnership by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and the Department of Education, Training and Employment, this exciting competition challenges students to design sustainable structures in one of three uniquely Queensland locations – Outback, Island or Inner City.
Students will be tasked with drawing up plans for a hypothetical family home in Longreach, youth housing in shipping containers along the Brisbane River and student accommodation on Heron Island.
The competition will see students embracing technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling, solar passive heating and rain water harvesting as well as utilising the latest sustainable materials.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said that a growing gap in the number of students enrolling in building design courses has prompted the industry to offer this creative and thought-provoking project.
“This project encourages creative young Queenslanders to take a ‘real-life look’ at the role that building designers play in construction,” Mr Schimming said.
“Building design is an exciting, varied and exceptionally rewarding career—however it is sometimes lost in amongst the enormous diversity of career pathways within the construction industry.
The top five designs for each design brief will be selected for display at the SEE Sustainable Experience expo to be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds June 18-20.
One winner for each design brief and an overall Project winner will be announced on the final day of the expo on June 20.
A panel of industry experts has been assembled to judge the top entries and they include Jeremy Mansfield from Lend Lease, Paul Hodgson from Construction Skills Queensland and Joshua Fisk from Rubix Modular.
Joshua Fisk is the Owner of Rubix Modular, a Brisbane based company that specialises in modular homes and buildings made of shipping containers.
“I wish there had been a competition like this when I was at school. I’m excited to see how the students design their shipping container homes, it’s great to be onboard as a judge”, he said.
Students can enter as individuals or as a consortium and must be current Year 10, 11 or 12 Queensland Secondary School Students.
Entry is free and the competition closes on 3 June 2015.