Wellington PhD student Armano Papageorge wins $10,000 NZIOB Charitable Trust Scholarship Award
Armano Papageorge, a PhD student from Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Architecture has won this year’s New Zealand Institute of Building Charitable Trust (NZIOB Charitable Trust) scholarship.
The announcement was made last night at the NZIOB’s New Zealand Building Industry Awards dinner in Auckland.
The NZIOB Charitable Trust offers up to two $10,000 scholarships each year to recognise, encourage and financially support recipients from a trade, technical or professional role, who are proposing to pursue a project linked to building through research, practice or professional development.
Graham Stanage, NZIOB Charitable Trust Chair, said: “These scholarships were established to encourage aspirational thinking that has the potential to increase the building industry’s performance.”
“In selecting Armano Papageorge as the recipient of the 2019 NZIOB Charitable Trust Award, the judges considered a number of compelling entries that covered several research themes that are salient to current practices within our industry.
“The winning entry was seen as being particularly relevant to the advancement of an area that is likely to play a significant role in future – namely that of 3D printing in concrete construction and how it can be applied in a New Zealand context, notably to our current codes and practices.”
The $10,000 cash award will fund research into how 3D printing can influence and optimise different architectural and structural systems. It will fund Armano’s continued research with NZ’s Innovation Agency (Callaghan Innovation) that, with the use of their technical equipment, will develop a 3D printing workflow to produce structural concrete wall elements.
The award will also allow Armano to procure software and equipment to develop his systems and to engage with local consultants to further his research. It will also allow him to visit to Eindhoven University of Technology and other industry contacts in the Netherlands where the knowledge base of 3D printing is rapidly growing and is in wider use than here in NZ.
Armano Papageorge said, "I am extremely grateful to be a winner of this year’s award. It will help immensely in progressing my research to the standard and resolution that I have envisioned for it."
To be eligible for an NZIOB Charitable Trust Award, applicants must be New Zealand residents or citizens, actively involved in the building and construction industry, and be available for an interview with the selection panel.
Last year’s scholarship recipients were Emma Fell and Mikayla Heesterman, both Master of Architecture (Professional) students from the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington.
Graham Stanage said, “The NZIOB Charitable Trust warmly congratulates Armano on receiving the 2019 award and looks forward in the near future to hear how this award has enabled him to take his research to the next level and how the industry may benefit from his studies.”
About the New Zealand Institute of Building Charitable Trust
The NZIOB Charitable Trust was formed in 1985 to establish scholarships, prizes, and other awards to encourage the study of building and kindred matters, arts and sciences and research into innovations and inventions capable of being used by persons engaged in the building industry.
The NZIOB Charitable Trust is governed by six senior construction industry practitioners, who provide broad sector experience and professional expertise. The Trust Deed requires six trustees comprising the current NZIOB National President, three additional NZIOB members, and two non-NZIOB members. The current trustees are Graeme Birkhead (NZIOB National President), Phil Brosnan, Samir Govind, Chris Hunter, Sean McGuinness, and Graham Stanage (Chair).
The Trust is registered on the Charities Register, registration number CC32376.
About the New Zealand Institute of Building
The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) is the professional institute in New Zealand for building and construction professionals, those who are involved in the Design, Documentation, and Delivery of construction projects. The NZIOB is acknowledged for their ability to bring individuals together, who share a common interest; in improving the standing of the building profession, and a commitment to the practice of excellence in their career.
NZIOB members are skilled managers and professionals engaged in building practice in a managerial, technical, or administrative capacity in construction, installation, designs or survey, and for those engaged in the teaching, science and practice of building and building research.
The NZIOB is an articulate and reliable advocate for the construction industry and works with construction industry stakeholders, government, tertiary faculties, and media to promote the building profession.