Two Graduates from NBRSARCHITECTURE ENVISION Program Nominated for Architects Medallion

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Tiffany Liew & Luen Samonte

NBRSARCHITECTURE has a strong connection with schools of Architecture. Our architecture students are encouraged to engage in critical design thinking mixed with real studio work. For the past six years, NBRS has engaged with students from all Sydney universities in the thought leading ENVISION Research Program. The ten-week paid internship has produced research material in areas such as Learning Spaces, Wellness in Architecture, and the Workplace of the Future. This year, we have had two of our ENVISION graduates nominated for the prestigious NSW Architects Registration Board Architects Medallion: Tiffany Liew (USYD) and Luen Samonte (UNSW).

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Embodication design by Luen Samonte

Since 1942, The Architects Medallion has been awarded every year to an architecture graduate who has ‘achieved distinction in their subject area at the final level and distinction throughout the last two years of their five-year degree’. The top graduate from each of the four schools of architecture are eligible for the award. This year, for the first time in history, all of the candidates were female.

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Embodication design by Luen Samonte

The project for which Luen was nominated, titled ‘Embodication’, examines the relationship between education and architecture through a progressive design boarding school located in Annandale NSW that teaches students by fostering “curiosity, discovery and incidental meetings”. Luen notes that “the architecture anticipated through Embodication explores spatial awareness and social experiences at an urban scale”. NBRS has been able to partner with these students during their time at university and for Luen that relationship has continued as a valuable part of our team.

NBRSARCHITECTURE is a fertile platform for leading the way in student partnership and ensuring that our practice is design forward and research based.


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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