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SA's 2017 Emerging Architect Prize Winner: Esther Chew

SA's 2017 Emerging Architect Prize Winner: Esther Chew

The Emerging Architect Prize recognises new members of the profession who have made a substantial contribution to architecture in South Australia. This year the jury awarded the prize to Esther Chew of Grieve Gillett Andersen.

Chew graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2007 and registered as an architect in 2014. After graduating, she worked at Mulloway Studio Architects for eight years before moving to Grieve Gillett Andersen where she has worked for the past two years.

During her time at university she was the SONA (Student Organised Network for Architecture) representative and she served on SONA’s National Committee as the Director of Publications and was the editor of TERRA. After graduating, she participated in New Architect Group (NAG) activities and established a quarterly event called ‘15’ that created a platform for designers to share ideas. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects, National Australia Women in Construction and Open Architecture Network.

Some of the projects she has been involved in include the Hart’s Mill project and the Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk, which won several awards this year. She has completed a Masters in Development Studies and is currently working with an NGO in Nepal, master-planning a girls’ Bible College.

(Photo: Sam Noonan)

The jury commented: “Esther has continuously shown a willingness to contribute to things which are not tied back to furthering her own professional position but rather directly focused on delivering the benefits of her architectural knowledge more broadly.”

When asked about her motivation for carrying out pro-bono work, Chew commented, “Architecture has the ability to make life better, and we have a responsibility to carry that out.”

The jury concluded: “As a contribution through leadership we think that Esther’s demonstration of a successful career, raising children, still contributing to pro bono projects and being able to lead high profile outcomes is a worthy exemplar to other young practitioners. We are pleased to be able to recognise her continuing contribution to the practice of architecture with this award.”


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