Bligh is proud of efforts
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