US architectural illustrators honour Miyuki

Futuristic architectural design for a Gold Coast bridge
The winning image from Miyuki Suzuki's 'green bridge' design concept, entitled gatheRING

Plaudits continue to come the way of final year Griffith University Architecture student Miyuki Suzuki.

An image arising from Miyuki’s already award-winning gatheRING, a “green bridge” design concept for the City of Gold Coast, has received the Student Award of Distinction from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI).

The selected image will now be published in ASAI’s annual Architecture in Perspective catalogue and may be included in a travelling exhibition linked to the catalogue.

Architecture in Perspective is regarded as the pre‐eminent exhibition of architectural illustration in the world and Miyuki’s image is one of 15 selected from a field of 125 international student entries. It is also one of 87 images chosen from an overall field of 506 professional, observational and student entries.

Final year architecture student, Miyuki Suzuki
Final year architecture student, Miyuki Suzuki

“This is such a great honour that reflects the support I have received during my studies at Griffith University and it serves as another incentive to continue my journey towards a career as an architect,” says Miyuki.

gatheRING imagines a bridge between Chevron Island and the proposed Gold Coast Cultural Precinct at Evandale. Its standout features include a striking use of Corten Steel latticework and an arch that, when reflected in the water below, gives the appearance of a ring.

After gatheRING won the 2014 French Embassy Award — conducted through Griffith University and City of Gold Coast — Miyuki travelled to France and spent two weeks working alongside Masters students at the renowned Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Strasbourg.

“It was such a rich and intense experience,” she says. “The Strasbourg students were doing their final year projects and I was able to help them and learn from them.

“I saw different approaches to design, as well as emerging trends and ideas, and this is already having a big influence on my own work.

“The ASAI distinction is an extension of that and has given me more confidence to keep improving and diversifying my skills while in my final year at Griffith and then beyond.”