Lecturer wins key award in national architecture and design competition

A vision for medium density housing has earned UniSA lecturer Dr Damian Madigan a significant win in a national design competition.

Dr Madigan, Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, won the category to design a Manor House in the Missing Middle Design Competition, which called on architects and building designers to showcase their visions for the future of medium density housing in NSW.

The awards showcase how better quality design will ensure new low rise medium density housing is socially sustainable while contributing to the housing supply needs of established suburbs.

A jury of six industry experts reviewed and judged the anonymous entries for the competition, which was run by the NSW Office of the Government Architect and NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Dr Madigan’s work was cited as “an innovative, practical and ethical idea to make clever additions and alterations to two existing houses that makes four houses from two. The arrangement and variety of housing types within the four houses allows for flexible intergenerational living”.

Entrants were required to test the NSW Government’s new Medium Density Design Guide for Sydney’s middle suburbs by designing a complying medium density development and then demonstrating how the design could be made even better by breaking or challenging the rules of the guide.

Dr Madigan says: “I decided to enter the competition because the design research work I do looks at villas and cottages in Adelaide, and how we can keep them and work with them without knocking them over and without losing mature landscape. The competition provided the opportunity to demonstrate that this local knowledge around alternative suburban infill is transferable to other cities.”

Dr Madigan’s win recognises his standing nationally across the architectural industry and academia. His success will have direct ;and tangible impact on government policy in NSW, and on housing in that state.

See his winning design on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.

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