Five students have been crowned Queensland’s most innovative young building designers in the inaugural Built Horizons Competition.

The competition, hosted in partnership by CSQ and the Department of Education, Training and Employment, invited students across the state to design sustainable structures in one of three uniquely Queensland locations. 

Tymira Rogers (Year 12) took on a brief for the Whitsundays, designing short term accommodation for school students visiting Heron Island. One of the main considerations for this brief was that all materials needed to be shipped to the island. The accommodation facilities also needed to include capacity for rainwater harvesting, solar panels and a grey water treatment system.
 
She was flown to Brisbane and announced as the design brief winner and the overall grand competition winner (across all categories) at a special ceremony at the SEE Sustainable Experience Expo on Friday 19 June. 

Tymira said she was very excited to win the competition.

“I have been working very hard for the past few weeks on this project and to be named as the winner is very overwhelming.

“My goal was to develop a design that used new technology but still looked quite traditional.

“I have learned a lot during the last few weeks about building design and working with different software.

“I’m very keen to have a long term career in the industry and would like to study architecture or drafting,” she said.

Tyler Santos (Year 10) designed short term accommodation for at risk youth on the Brisbane River, using shipping containers, and was named as the winner of his category. His goal was to develop a design that used sustainable technology but was also functional with a courtyard space. 

Steven Jones, Nick Knight and Matt Duff, Year 10 students from Morayfield State High School, took on the challenge of designing a sustainable home for a couple in Longreach. Their design included office space, a pool and outdoor entertaining area, imaginative storage ideas and a vegetable garden.
 
The team were named as winners of their category. 
 

The growing gap in the number of students enrolling in building design courses has prompted the industry to offer this creative and thought-provoking project.

CSQ’s CEO Brett Schimming praised the students for their efforts. 
 
“Congratulations to all of the winners in what was a very competitive field of entries.
 
“Looking at the designs you can really see the level of thought and detail that has gone into the entries, and I encourage everyone to visit the State Library in Brisbane during August to see them on display,” he said.
 
Mr Schimming said the competition had been successful in helping to promote building design as a cutting edge career. 
 
“Building design is an exciting, varied and exceptionally rewarding career. However it is sometimes lost among the enormous diversity of career pathways within the construction industry.
 
“This project encourages our creative young students to take a ‘real-life look’ at the role that building designers play in construction,” he said.

For more information visit the The Built Horizon’s Project page.  

The winners:

Design for the Outback: Steven Jones, Nick Knight, Matt Duff from Morayfield SHS

Design for the Whitsundays: Tymira Rogers from Townsville SHS

Inner City Sustainable Design: Tyler Santos from Marist College Ashgrove