Patrick Macasaet and Vei Tan of Superscale are the winners of the Open Agenda 2016. And with the enormous opening of the 20th Biennale of Sydney last weekend, their project initially titled "pink me!" has been installed on Cockatoo Island.

The advisory team is delighted to finally be able to announce Patrick Macasaet and Vei Tan of Superscale, gradutes of RMIT as the winners of Open Agenda 2016. Honorary Mentions go to Benjamin Reynolds and Valle Medina of Victoria, and Daniel Stukel Beasley and Jeff Tighe of Stukel Stone in NSW. Competition Chair, Professor Anthony Burke said,

"The 2016 field was a particularly strong one. The prospect of installing as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney is an obvious attraction for our emerging Australian and New Zealand architects who clearly have a passion for realising their designs in built form. Superscale have been an amazing practice to work with in firslty conceptualising and subsequently delivering the project which was developed considerably with the client in a very short delivery time."

The Superscale team (pictured in their footscray studio above) created a design based on the formal language of the docks on cockatoo island, that the jury felt was both visually lively, flexible and perfectly aligned to the thematic "embassy's" of the Biennale. The Superscale design operates as the education space on Cockatoo Island in building 124 and will be funtioning in different configurations for the duration of the Biennale. For more informtion on visiting the Instal got to the 20th Biennale of Sydney site.


Daniel Stukel Beasley and Jeff Tighe of Stukel Stone, The Hub, Embassy of the Real (above) is a script based, performative space.

Benjamin Reynolds and Valle Medina, (above), proposed a soft, lightweight theatre-like performance space



Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture in Australia and New Zealand. Open to recent graduates of Architecture (less than 10 years from graduation), Open Agenda is focused on developing the possibilities of design research in architecture and the built environment.

This national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm. An initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS, past winners have been graduates from Australian and New Zealand universities including, Sydney University, RMIT, Canberra University, UTS and Victoria University in Wellington, exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current Architecture discourse in Australia and beyond.

A new partnership

For 2015, Open Agenda is delighted to announce a new partnership with the 20th Biennale of Sydney and a new opportunity for recent Australian and New Zealand graduates of Architecture. The Biennale of Sydney was the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region and, alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and Documenta, is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind, attracting leading artists and thousands of visitors from all over the world. The Biennale is hosted on sites throughout Sydney, with a primary location at Cockatoo Island.


The opportunity

In 2015, Open Agenda will be revised: traditionally an opportunity for designers to develop research through architectural design, this new collaboration will provide an additional opportunity for the designers’ research based proposals to be realised as a built project within a 20th Biennale of Sydney exhibition venue.

This year, Open Agenda is calling for design proposals for the 20th Biennale of Sydney’s public program and education hub to be constructed on Cockatoo Island within the old Naval Store, building 124, as an opportunity to explore speculative research for architecture in built form. (See competition site documents attached.)

A construction budget and prize money/professional fees have been allocated for the project. The winners will also be supported with project development assistance, marketing and promotion as well as invitations to Biennale events. The winning proposal will become a significant and high profile venue within the Biennale of Sydney in 2016.


The Site, Interior Building 124 (Image courtesy of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust)




The Reward

Typically open agenda awards three winners seed money to develop their research. As Open Agenda 2015 is a design build proposition, one proposal will be judged winner of the competition and be supported to develop and install their proposal for the opening of the 20th Biennale in March 2016.

A construction budget for the installation of the hub is AUD$15,000, inclusive of all materials, fabrication costs, transport to site and all other costs associated with the project.

Professional fees of AUD$8,000 for the winning project will be awarded as prize money. The wining team has the right to negotiate with additional sponsors with the approval of the Biennale of Sydney to support the project. The winning proposal will be mentored through development and construction.

Two runner up schemes will be awarded AUD$500 each and have their proposals exhibited through Open Agenda.



Graduates from a professional Australian or New Zealand degree in architecture in the last ten years (including and after 2005) are invited to submit a proposal. The Open Agenda competition 2015/2016 brief, survey documents (here, here, here and here and here), registration form and proposal cover sheet can be downloaded here.

Submission Requirements
1. Registration for competition and $30 fee
2. Max 10 x A4 page illustrated proposal as a PDF (file size not to exceed 5MB) by 22nd January 2016, with cover sheet


Contact and terms and conditions

Terms and conditions here


Dec 22nd Press Release Here





Competition Schedule

Design Competition Opens                        21st December, 2015

Registration Closes                                    20th January

Competition Schemes submitted

22nd January 2016 (by 12 midnight EST)

Competition Judging                                      23rd-24th January, 2016

Winner notified                                                26th January 2016

Design Development
Feedback session-                                           TBC (with Sydney Biennale)
Final costing and client Sign off                     8th February 2016

Construction Prep-                                         8th Feb (off site and prefabrication)

Install begins-                                                     25th February 2016

PressReady-                                                        10th March 2016

Opening -                                                     15th March 2016

Public Opening –                                                18th March 2016


Anthony Burke, UTS Architecture

Competition Co-ordinator
Rebecca Thomas

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Advisory Panel

- Craig Allchin, Six Degrees

- Andrew Benjamin, Monash University

- David Burns, UTS Photography and Situated Media

- Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT

- Richard Goodwin, UNSW A+D

- Tim Hastwell, Co-Chair DARCH

- Adrian Lahoud, Head of School, RCA, London

- Nicolas de Monchaux, UC Berkeley

- Melissa Ratliff, Curator and Manager of Public Programs and Education, Biennale of Sydney

- Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University

- Professor Charles Rice, Associate Dean of Research, DAB, UTS

- Mike Smith, Exhibition and Venue Manager, Biennale of Sydney

- Marisa Yiu, CUHK


Competition Organisers


supporteded by

2015/16 Winning Proposals


Pink Me!
Patrick Macasaet and Vei Tan of Superscale


Gauze Platform
Benjamin Reynolds and Valle Medina of PalacePalace


The Hub: Embassy of the Real
Daniel Stukel Beasley and Jeff Tighe of Stukel Stone

2014 Winning Proposals

De-mechanized City - Regeneration as Type
Andrew Brett, Will Harvey-Jones, I-Wen Kuo, Benjamin Sheehan (as part of the design collective RIDe (Research In Design))

Urban Imaginaries: Centres for Resource Extraction
Briallen Roberts
Photography Credit: Tabby Kinder

Tōhoku Tabula Rasa
Andrew Brett, Will Harvey-Jones, I-Wen Kuo
Kali Marnane, Yohei Omura, Benjamin Sheehan (as part of the design collective RIDe (Research In Design))


2013 Winning Proposals

A () Holey Territory
Samaneh Moafi

Architectural Espionage and the Superpanopticon
Lucy Warnock

Refreshment Service (Self Obliterating Architecture)
David Neustein
Image credit : Kasia Werstak

The following projects were given an honourable mention - DeMechanised City from I-Wen Kuo, Andrew Bret, William Harvey-Jones and Benjamin Sheehan and After Mining : What happens next? from Langzi Chiu and Vesna Trobec


2012 Winning Proposals

The encounterculture
Timothy Moore, Jono Brener, Qianyi Lim, Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Alan Ting, Jane Caught, Jessica Brent

Atmospheres of  Architecture
Robert Beson

Bizarre Locations
Tina Salama

The following projects were given an honourable mention - The Acephalous Mouth from Samaneh Moafi and 8 bit lequeu from Jessica In and Gwyllim Jahn.


2011 Winning Proposals

Potential Futures for Architectural Practice
Rory Hyde (RMIT, 2005)

The Cars that Drank Lake Eyre
Nick Sargent and Mark Leong (Victoria University, Wellington 2005)

Greater Western Sydney Special Economic Zone
Daniel Fink (USYD, 2009)

The following projects were given an honourable mention - Vernacular Differentiation from Dirk Anderson, Eduardo de Oliveira Barata and Tim Manning, Flanuer's Delerium from Sebastian Hamilton and Barrington Gohns and Cell to Surface from Shayani Fernando and Miruna Sladescu


2010 Winning Proposals

architecture drawing
Byron Kinnaird and Barnaby Bennett (Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand graduates)

(in)human habitat
James Gardiner (UTS/RMIT graduate)

David Pigram and Iain Maxwell (University of Canberra/AA/GSAPP graduates)