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University of Queensland Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize, Australia for 2023

Application is now open for the Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize at the University of Queensland. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Queensland and Scholarship

On April 16, 1910, the first candidates for the first UQ Senate were officially nominated and the institution of Queensland, the state’s first institution, was effectively created. An act of the State Parliament from 1909 created it. In 1911, schooling was first introduced at Brisbane’s Old Government House on George Street. Three faculties—Arts, Science, and Engineering—had 83 students in the first year, 60 of them men and 23 of them women. The University soon outgrew its location in the central city after the First World War. The Medical School is currently housed in Victoria Park, where a second location was acquired in 1922. 

The University and the Queensland Agricultural College, the State’s two oldest institutions of higher learning, combined in 1990 in what is now Gatton, 80 kilometers west of Brisbane. The two oldest institutions of higher education in the State were united, considerably increasing enrollments. The two schools have worked together on teaching and research initiatives since the former Queensland Agricultural College’s first students were accepted in 1897.


The old Challinor Centre mental health hospital space was used by UQ to build a sizable campus in Ipswich, the provincial capital, in 1999. UQ taught at the USQ Ipswich location until 2016 to assist some students in completing their degrees. However, the University of Southern Queensland acquired ownership of this campus in January 2015. 

The institution also holds top rankings in several engineering fields. Its positions in the fields of chemical engineering, civil engineering, material science and engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, and mining and minerals engineering are as follows: third globally, 76-100 globally, 76-100 globally, 101-150 globally, and 76-100 globally, respectively.

UQ was ranked #1 in the world for biodiversity conservation and in the top 10 universities globally for 13 other areas in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) inaugural global subject rankings based on the number of research articles that were published in reputable journals.

Since the Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize was established in 2007, Conrad Gargett Architecture has supported it with an annual grant.

Details about the Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: Conrad Gargett Architecture/University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: $2,500, plus a $1,000 contribution to travel, a $250 book voucher, and a 1-year membership to the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA)

Number of awards: Varies

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

Eligibility Criteria for Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize

Applicants are advised to meet the below requirement to be eligible Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize at the University of Queensland:

  • are finishing up their Master of Architecture degrees or have already finished them in the year of the award.

Selection Criteria

  • A Master of Architecture design project that most effectively demonstrates the principles of architecture and its relevance to the public domain.
  • A suggestion for a domestic trip that will help the recipient comprehend and learn more about how public architecture shapes cities and communities.

Application Process for Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize

Interested and qualified applicants should fill out the online application form and then attach the following documents:

  • a CV
  • a copy of one of your MArch design projects

Use these tips for putting together a great application to help you through this process.


Conrad Gargett Public Architecture Prize Rules (PDF, 98.77 KB)

Note: If the admissions office shortlists your application, they may contact you to arrange an interview. You will receive an email with your application’s outcomes as well.

The Submission Deadline is: 31 August 2023

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