Monique Woodward has won the National Emerging Architect prize at the 2018 National Architecture Awards.

Monique graduated from RMIT University in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Architecture, where she was awarded the Glenn Murcutt Student Prize. Since then she has gone on to establish her own firm Wowowa, culminating in her victory at the National Architecture Awards this year. Monique established Wowowa in collaboration with her husband in 2011. The brand celebrates Australian culture, with their colourful and socially sustainable homes widely awarded at a state and national level.

Since 2011, Monique has combined tutoring design at RMIT and Monash University with various Wowowa projects. She is recognised for her entrepreneurial spirit and exploration of alternative modes of project procurement and advocacy, including self-initiated projects and Wowowa’s recent work on their Nightingale Housing development. In 2014, Monique was involved with the #buildquality campaign in Melbourne, championing minimum apartment standards and design incentives like in Sydney to deter developers from building future slums. The campaign echoed Wowowa’s ideology of a house being a part architectural story and part celebration of its residents, with the firm’s Forever House in Surrey Hills becoming a reworking of the clients’ existing house and making anew that which was not.

The National Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1981. They are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry and recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture.

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