On Friday 30 November at a gala dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, final year Landscape Architecture student, Laura Thwaites, was awarded the WA Undergraduate Water Prize (as part of the Australian Water Association (AWA) Water Awards 2012). The awards are hosted by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation and the WA Undergraduate Water Prize 'encourages and rewards students for excellence in the field of water studies and research and provides a forum for students to display their academic excellence and research findings to future employers and clients'.
The three finalists including Hani Mohamad (studying Engineering at UWA) and How Zuo Tong (studying Chemistry at Curtin University) presented on their work for 20 minutes at a separate judging evening earlier in the week. Thwaite's final year project on 'Fluid Terrain: resiliency in water management design for a potential large park on Perth's urban fringe' was judged the winner. (The project is currently part of the End of Year Exhibition at the Cullity Gallery until Dec 11.)
For this she receives a three-year membership of the Young Water Professional Network and flights, accommodation and registration to Ozwater 2013 where she will present her designs as part of the conference program. (The national winner's paper will be published on AWA's website and in AWA's Water Journal.)