NZIOB Charitable Trust announces winners of two $10,000 scholarships
The winners of the New Zealand Institute of Building Charitable Trust’s (NZIOB Charitable Trust) inaugural Scholarship Awards were announced last night at the NZIOB Awards of Excellent dinner in Auckland
The two winners, who each received a $10,000 cash prize, are Professor Robyn Phipps from Massey University Auckland and Gerard (Ged) Finch, a post-graduate student from the School of Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington.
Gina Jones, NZIOB Charitable Trust Chair,
The Trust established the Awards to
A panel of three NZIOB past presidents reviewed 15 entries and selected the two winners.
“The panel was impressed by the quality of the entries and Robyn and Ged
Professor Robin Phipps has qualifications in building science and
New Zealand because there are no home-grown courses of study available, so they have had to obtain their qualifications and experience overseas.
Professor Phipps, who is
Ged Finch is a Student Member of NZIOB, has a Bachelor of Architecture Studies and is currently completing a Master of Architecture degree. He has worked as an academic research assistant in New Zealand and for architectural firms overseas.
Ged is currently researching how best to avoid waste at the end of a building’s lifecycle. This research is significant given that some 50% of all New Zealand’s waste (amounting to 1.6 million tonnes annually) is generated by the construction sector. His proposition is that planning and designing for the disassembly of buildings at the end of their useful lives has the potential to greatly reduce the quantity of waste produced.
The NZIOB Charitable Trust Award will enable Ged to conduct full-scale tests of structural and architectural systems that have been designed to eliminate construction waste. This will effectively amount to a ‘real world’ test of those systems.
To be eligible for a 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 if required.
Looking forward, the NZIOB Charitable Trust wants to offer these scholarships annually and has an active fundraising
“The NZIOB Charitable Trust congratulates Robin Phipps and Ged Finch. The research proposals they submitted are well aligned with the aim of the Awards, which is to better the construction industry and the built environment,” Gina Jones said.
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
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
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.