Lyons Graduate, Ashlee Murphy, wins the AIA VIC Graduate Prize

Lyons Graduate, Ashlee Murphy, wins the AIA VIC Graduate Prize

Last week, Lyons Graduate, Ashlee Murphy, was awarded the 2021 Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Graduate Prize.

The prestigious award provides recognition and encouragement for graduating architecture students as they embark on their professional careers. Selected from a pool of graduates across all Victorian accredited universities. Ashlee was awarded for ‘From the Broken’, submitted as part of her Masterclass Project at Deakin University.

‘From the Broken’ tells a story about a shelter for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. The architecture takes its inspiration from ‘Kintsugi’, a Japanese art form which aggrandizes the repair of a broken object, through re-bonding with gold. The project expresses how something broken does not infer destruction, but healing, growth, and an opportunity for something beautiful to take its place.

Here’s what the AIA jury had to say:

“The jury commends the sensitivity, clarity, and level of resolution exhibited in “From the Broken”, a holistic and resolved project, which elegantly navigates a complex and sensitive topic proposing a considered place of respite and sanctuary for those escaping domestic abuse. This human-centred project aims to remove stigma and instil dignity to a group often under-represented in architecture. And rigorous research and conceptual clarity has resulted in a carefully considered architectural response.”

“The jury commends the sensitivity, clarity, and level of resolution exhibited in “From the Broken”, a holistic and resolved project, which elegantly navigates a complex and sensitive topic proposing a considered place of respite and sanctuary for those escaping domestic abuse.”

Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter Jury

“The architecture is a series of fractured pieces which are bonded together through communal decking, and the idea is that this communicates that experiences which might leave a person feeling broken don’t define them, and that there’s strength and beauty that comes from healing.”

Ashlee Murphy, Lyons Architectural Graduate

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We invite you to join us in congratulating Ashlee, winner of the 2021 Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Graduate Prize.

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