Cemintel 9 Dots winner recounts Asian architectural trip

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24 November 2014
Cemintel 9 Dots winner recounts Asian architectural trip
The 100-Step Garden, Awaji Yumebutai, by Tadao Ando. Photo by Sam Daysh.

2014 CSR Cemintel 9 Dots Award winner, Sam Daysh, won the 17-day architectural trip to China and Japan based on his bo9ld design titled ‘The Block House’. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as Sam recounts the architectural highlights of his Asian journey.

"The Travelrite Architecture Study Tour of Japan and China was an incredible 17-day experience and an amazing prize for the 2014 Cemintel 9 Dots Awards.
As the vast majority of my professional experience was based in the UK, I was extremely keen to adapt my skills and knowledge to suit my future in the Australian architecture industry.
I entered the 9 Dots Award because it seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain valuable design experience in an Australian environment, whilst improving my technical abilities with a major Australian building products company, such as CSR Cemintel.
When I found out that I had actually won the 9 Dots Awards I felt like I had hit the architectural jackpot. Not only had my first attempt at a completely autonomous design exercise for an Australian setting proven successful, but I was going on an amazing tour of truly spectacular architecture.
It was an October departure. There were almost 30 people on the tour including 18 returning guests. It was also great to see that many of the travellers in the group were not even architects, purely people with a great enthusiasm for architecture, hence the group was far more diverse than I had envisaged, and made for a great, interesting bunch of people which enriched the whole tour experience.
Being able to discuss each building or place with both professionals and hobbyists was fascinating and provided a dynamic forum for discussion. In particular the tour leader, Malcolm Carver, one of the four 9 Dots Award Judges, was a brilliant inspiration as an architect and an artist, and it was a great pleasure to accompany him to each site on the trip.
It was near impossible to identify a ‘standout’ location as the whole trip was so fascinating, but as an architect and a tourist, Kyoto was my personal favourite. It had a wonderful balance of contemporary and traditional architecture, endless interesting districts to explore and a vibrant street scene and nightlife.
It was excellent to see and tour many traditional buildings in both Japan and China. These are very historically significant and were fascinating both architecturally and culturally. I was equally keen to see the traditional buildings as well as the contemporary buildings on the trip; I found the modern buildings to be professionally inspiring, and found the traditional ones to be personally enriching.
The trip was a holistic experience, one which I truly thank CSR Cemintel. The variety of architecture, the bewildering places, captivating cultures, foreign foods and the great friends and mentors on the trip, was an absolutely wonderful adventure and an invaluable professional experience. It has undoubtedly reinvigorated my passion for good architecture and something I would love to do again in the future."

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