Bligh is proud of ef­forts

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AN AKUBRA hat and ‘‘wellies’’ were the at­tire of choice for one ar­chi­tect at the gar­den va­ri­ety-themed Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ Bris­bane Re­gional Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards. Awards were pre­sented in nine cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Res­i­den­tial Ar­chi­tec­ture - Houses, for which Akubra-wear­ing Chris Bligh’s com­pany had two projects com­mended. Bligh Gra­ham Ar­chi­tects’ Chelmer House and Cedar Creek House and Stu­dio were two of seven projects to re­ceive com­men­da­tions in the cat­e­gory and pro­ceed to the state-level awards to be held in June. Chelmer House, an ex­tended Queens­lan­der with a high­ven­ti­la­tion de­sign, was also com­mended in the Sus­tain­able Ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory. ‘‘We had two en­tered and ended up with three awards," Mr Bligh said. ‘‘It was a pleas­ing re­sult from our point of view." Cedar Creek House and Stu­dio

was built as the com­pany’s own res­i­dence and of­fice. All of the projects in the Res­i­den­tial Ar­chi­tec­ture - Houses cat­e­gory were stand­alone homes de­signed for do­mes­tic use but oth­er­wise var­ied greatly. Archibald Street House West End by Kevin O’Brien Ar­chi­tects was based on Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal con­cepts of coun­try and city; One Wy­be­lenna by Shaun Lock­yer Ar­chi­tects was a re­worked house in a mid-cen­tury Amer­i­can mod­ernist de­sign; Bis­ley Place house by James Rus­sell Ar­chi­tect in­cor­po­rated a u-shape lay­out; NA House Fair­field by Red­dog Ar­chi­tects Pty Ltd il­lus­trated a cost-ef­fec­tive and flood­resis­tant de­sign ap­plied to a prop­erty that was af­fected in 2011; and Taringa House by Lou­cas Za­hos Ar­chi­tects, named Bris­bane House of the Year, was a cen­tury-old worker’s cot­tage with con­tem­po­rary ad­di­tion. Mr Bligh, whose com­pany has been recog­nised in this cat­e­gory pre­vi­ously and won House of The Year in 2009, said the awards were mean­ing­ful both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. ‘‘Per­son­ally, it’s just great to have that en­cour­age­ment and recog­ni­tion from our peers," he said. ‘‘Pro­fes­sion­ally, it’s im­por­tant to have our pro­file up there and have as many peo­ple aware of us as pos­si­ble." Mr Bligh said the awards night was al­ways a fan­tas­tic event. ‘‘It’s a good chance to get to­gether with col­leagues and cel­e­brate the work done in the city," he said. ‘‘It’s also a chance to be aware of what’s go­ing on around you and catch up with old friends – it’s al­ways a good night."

WIN­NER: Bligh Gra­ham Ar­chi­tects’ Cedar Creek house and stu­dio. Pic­tures: Scott Bur­rows

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