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The LSAA was founded at the University of NSW back in 1981.

The recent Conferences have been hosted at a number of Universities in Melbourne (Monash and Swinburne) and UTS in Sydney.

Swinburne, University of Melbourne and RMIT are creating the Inaugral Student Design Award at the 2024 event.

Draft Details of the Design Brief, Rules for Teams and the delivery product follow on here (April 30 2024)
You can download a PDF of the document HERE

Student Competition Design Brief Connecting to tomorrow

This new award is open to small teams of students currently enrolled in a tertiary institution to develop and present a conceptual design that embodies the principles of lightweight structure and emphasises sustainability and the need to address social and climate change issues. This year's event raises awareness of the human-environment-future relationship.

Site, location, and context

Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Victoria 3004. Set in the Kings Domain Gardens, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with its 2000 seats and spawling lawn, is a popular outdoor venue that has been part of Melbourne’s entertainment scene since 1959. Administered by Arts Centre Melbourne, the Bowl also stages an annual free summertime concert series presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


This design competition aims to inspire students to challenge the traditional purpose of temporary outdoor structures. Participants are encouraged to showcase innovative design ideas and interventions that provide shade, seating and support for festivals held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The designs should offer a respite from the sun and promote the creation of a welcoming atmosphere. The designs must be transformable and reusable as interim, temporary shelters in the aftermath of disasters and crises to promote the use of existing capacities, resources, and social networks.

The pavilion(s) must fulfil all the below requirements:

LSAA 2024 Design Awards - General Details

LSAA Members and non-members may enter (different fees apply).

The 2024 Awards are for completed structures since May 2022 and are open to companies or individuals who have acted as the main designer, fabricator or installer. 
The "project" may be part of larger facility - e.g. an Atrium, Facade, Entrance, Roof.

However only one entry per project will be considered.

Draft 2024 RULES and ENTRY FORMS can be downloaded. Closing Date is August 14 2024

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.