Winning local architect bound for Europe

One of five recipients of the Dulux DIAlogue Tour prize for 2016, local architect Neil Cownie will soon be heading off to London and Stockholm to meet and learn from European and Scandinavian design talent.

The winners will engage in open discussion and share ideas and viewpoints with their European hosts while showcasing the talent coming out of Australia, before returning home with a taste of inspiration to reinvigorate their own design style and career.

Neil says that he has deliberately broadened his involvement in areas paralleled with the pursuit of architecture.

“Along with being a DIA member, I am also a member of the RAIA (Fellow), the ACA and HIA, and a current board member of the Architects Board of Western Australia,” he said. “I feel that it is important for me to span these various design bodies to help steer a better and more unified direction and outcomes for design in general.”

The tour presents an opportunity to reenergise, focus and reinforce the ideas and ideals that Neil is currently pursuing in his own work, which includes engaging with the creative community to incorporate the work of local artisans and artists into the fabric of the building rather than just adding objects at the end of construction.

“I feel that I have the level of experience to know what I am looking for, what to ask and how to learn from such an opportunity,” he said. “Not only will it be fantastic to experience the work of the design talent of London and Stockholm, but equally exciting to share the tour with the amazing talent of my fellow tour winners.”

Those fellow winners include Carole Whiting (Whiting Architects), Matt Gibson (Matt Gibson Architecture + Design), Keri Cunliffe (Studio 106 Architect), and Scott Bagnell (One Alliance Project Consulting).

“The intention of the tour is for the five of us to not only visit completed works but to also meet the designers in their studios to discuss and debate our mutual design philosophies.

“There is so much design and built architecture information available via the internet these days, but to walk around recently completed contemporary projects and feel the textures, light and shade, and understand the scale and context is something that can’t be gleaned from photographs.”

This news of the Dulux DIAlogue Tour prize for Neil comes on the back of being named a finalist in the Good Design Awards for both the Residential Architecture category and the Interior Design category for Inside Outside House.

The Good Design Awards has been promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the world, and finalists are permitted to use the ‘Good Design’ trademark.


Neil Cownie

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