This year and for the first time ever, the 36 diploma projects nominated from the Faculty of Architecture were presented on their own website and were thus accessible to a wider audience. This year's jury of experts, consisting of Karla Kowalski (SZYSZKOWITZ.KOWALSKI + PARTNER), Michael Salvi (Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten) and Bettina Götz (ARTEC Architekten) met at the beginning of October for the jury meeting at Graz University of Technology to take another look at the books and models in order to then award the six prizes.
First prize was sponsored this year by Land Steiermark, Department 16 - Fachteam Baukultur and awarded to two diploma projects. According to the jury, Jakob Vinzenz Zöbl (“PALIMPSEST“) and Danijel Zorec (“The Living Bridges of Vienna“) produced “two excellent projects within their respective fields which are clearly formulated and are both convincing in their own way.” Jakob Zöbl’s project, supervised by Andreas Lechner (Institute of Design and Building Typology), focuses on the architectural potential of infrastructural buildings in the border region of the Hohe Tauern National Park, and is characterised by its sensitive and poetic nature. Daniel Zorec’s project, supervised by Roger Riewe (Institute of Architecture Technology), depicts an urban cluster in the form of several habitable bridges over the Donauinsel (the Danube Island in Vienna) and it convinced the jury with a radical and socially relevant design approach.