Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the NATSPEC Architecture Student Prize 2023.

After careful deliberation, the 2023 Jury has awarded the following prizes:


Lauren Eden
‘Kayak Store On The Swan River’
Lauren Eden – University of Notre Dame

To view the submission 'Kayak Store On The Swan River' by Lauren Eden, please click on the provided links below.

Life Cycle Assessment Criteria
Construction Drawing Set
0323 Sea-weed Cladding
Architects Instructions


‘Utopic Construction’
Noah Watson and Jonathan Le Chung – University of Canberra

2023 Judging Panel

Anthony Burke

Anthony Burke

headshot Kathlyn Loseby

Kathlyn Loseby

Rebecca Moore headshot

Rebecca Moore

Tony Kemeny Portrait

Tony Kemeny


Judges’ Comments on the 2023 winning entry
“NATSPEC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 NATSPEC Student Competition.  The competition is open to Master of Architecture students at Australian Universities, and up to three awards are provided with prize money to the winning team of $8,000.

"The 2023 Winner is Laura Eden from the University of Notre Dame, and Commendation was awarded to the team of Noah Watson and Jonathan Le Chung from the University of Canberra.

"2023 saw an excellent representation of student entries from 9 universities from all around Australia. This year the jurors were impressed with the breadth and the commitment to both innovation and sustainability across all the reviewed schemes. The annual student competition is intended to illustrate and emphasise NATSPEC’s objective to improve quality of construction (materials, products, systems, assemblies, and execution) and address the negative impact of the construction industry on climate change.

"With that aim in mind, the jurors felt the depth of research and clarity of application demonstrated by the awarded schemes was truly impressive. Equally important in the judging criteria is the capacity to clearly communicate to a broad audience the many challenges for architecture and construction more generally in this space. This year, we saw students presenting research documents, video files, drawings, sketches, VR scenarios, specifications and documentation of material experiments."