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Building Services needs innovative young engineers willing to challenge the boundaries of human comfort and efficiency in the way buildings are designed and operated.  From the vantage point of the distinguished industry judges of the 2018 CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards the future of building services has never looked brighter.
Quality entries were supported by a variety of reputable employers this year including Aecom, Arup, Beca, Honeywell, Lucid, JHA, Norman Disney and Young, Northrop, Steensen Varming, Umow Lai, Waterman, Wood & Grieve and WSP. Universities also supported the CIBSE competition with student entries from Deakin University, University of Adelaide, University of NSW, University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney.
Entries across all three categories were received from Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney for this Australia and New Zealand CIBSE region-wide competition.
Considered decisions had to be made when scoring the range of criteria for each category but the judges have named their finalists.

Mark Griffin Award – Student of the Year finalists:

Sponsored by:

Sharyn Blakemore
Bachelor of Design Architecture

Andrew Edwards
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons)

Allan Soo
Mechanical Engineering and Business Management (Operations)


CIBSE ANZ – Graduate of the Year finalists:

Sponsored by: 

Melanie Finch
Project Engineer

Amanda Lam
Graduate Engineer

Sihui Wang
Graduate Mechanical Engineer


Jack Pirie Award – Young Engineer of the Year finalists:

Sponsored by: 

Brian Fung
Sustainability Engineer

David Mahony
Graduate Sustainability Consultant

Baoying Tong
Graduate Engineer

Read more about the finalists

 2018 Awards Judge Francesca Muskovic had this to say of entries:
“These young engineers have their fingers on the pulse of the technological innovation and the environmental and societal drivers currently shaping the future of buildings. It's great to see the next generation leaders so in tune with the challenges we face and the enormous opportunity technology presents.”

Submissions for all awards involved a great deal of consideration. For Graduates and Young Engineers, over and above the video submission, a written nomination was all requested, demonstrating the candidates innovation and the significance of contribution to building services as well as technical understanding of their discipline or the industry. CIBSE would like to thank all entrants for their thoughtful submissions. A big thank you also to members of the Awards Judging Panel for volunteering their time to assess and score all entries:


Roger Birchmore, Senior lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology

Roger has over 12 years experience lecturing with a focus on Building Services, Building Physics, Team and Project Management. Work includes researching the impacts of changes to conventional New Zealand Houses on the Internal Environment. Collaborative research with the Departments of Building Technology & Electrotechnology monitoring full scale house performance.

Manus Freeman, Director at Norman Disney & Young

Manus has 30 years of experience working in various roles across a range of engineering consultancies including Umow Lai, Lincoln Scott, SVM Partnership and Kennedy & Donkin.

Simon Green, Building Services Engineer at Arup

Having won the Jack Pirie Inspiring Excellence Award - Young Engineer of the Year in 2017, Simon has first-hand experience of the entry process.  Simon specialises in mechanical engineering design for the commercial sector and has an Engineering/Law degree from Monash University.

Francesca Muskovic, Policy Manager - Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia

Frankie plays a strategic role in the buildings are designed and how policy is shaped, she is passionate about driving diversity within the built environment and has 12 years of experience working in consultancy, Green Building Council of Australia and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Ashak Nathwani, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney

Ashak enjoys serving the community via involvement as Honorary Associate, & Senior Lecturer - Facilities Management & Building Services at the University of Sydney,  Director of ARBS Foundation, representing Australia on the World Green Building Council Technical Committee 2014 to address Health, Wellbeing and Productivity.

Thai Nguyen, Mechanical Design Engineer at VOS Group

Thai’s building services refurbishment plan for an office building upgrade won him the 2017 Mark Griffin Memorial Award for Student of the Year. He brings to the panel his experience as a recent student and his experience of the entry process.

The winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony part of the CIBSE ANZ Annual Cocktail Function at the Australian Museum, Sydney Thursday 21 June 2018.

Throughout the three hour function guests will enjoy eight courses of canapes, drinks, music and networking. The event will also include a presentation from the museum’s exhibition designer Aaron Maestri.
Limited places remain to book your ticket

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