School of Architecture

Monday 27 November 2017

Masters of Architecture final year student, Christina Solomon, has been awarded one of two $15,000 grants as part of the second round of inaugural Philip Y Bisset Planning (Architecture) Scholarship, supported by the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.  

"My proposal exposes me to a diverse range of techniques exhibited by works of Lina Bo Bardi in Sao Paulo, conservation initiatives by UNESCO in Rabat, restoration strategies by Carlo Scarpa in Venice and theories and practices of change translated in a conference hosted by DOCOMOMO in Ljubljana," Christina said. 

'Since undertaking a year of professional practice, postgraduate studies at the University of Queensland and semester abroad at Lund University, I am grateful to have found my passion for adaptive reuse and heritage architecture. The notion that we as architects can design and build within the constraints of an existing structure or framework to insert a new use is inspiring.'

'Winning the Philip Y Bisset Planning (Architecture) Scholarship will allow me to further expand my practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of adaptive reuse and conservation practices," Christina said.

Established in honour of Life Fellow Philip Bisset who left a generous bequest to the Queensland Chapter, the scholarship is now on its second year of a new philanthropic strategy for architectural education in the state focusing on continued growth and vitality.

"On behalf of the Queensland Chapter I would like to once again express our sincere gratitude to Mr Bisset and his estate for this incredible bequest and opportunity to advance architectural education for Queensland students. This bequest, and subsequent scholarships, will maintain an ongoing educational program that will see a perpetuity of investment in our young Queensland architects for many years into the future. In turn, it will help to foster the highest quality of design of our state’s built environment,’ Queensland Chapter President Bruce Wolfe said.

Philip Yeats Bisset had a distinguished career spanning over 60 years. His most notable projects include St Vincent’s Hospital in Toowoomba and the Mater Hospitals in Townsville and Bundaberg, among a total of 63 hospital projects, in addition to facilities for the Salvation Army and the Federal Government, and Darwin’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.

This year's esteemed selection panel consisted of Elizabeth Watson Brown (Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland), Paul Fairweather (former Adjunct Professor, Griffith University), Christopher Gee (ASA Committee, Bond University) and Kevin O’Brien (former Professor, Queensland University of Technology).