2008 Design for Lockwood Winner

Design student Lara Mikocki succeeded against the odds, to win the 2008 Design for Lockwood Competition.

A futuristic and innovative design concept, Mikocki’s stylish biometric solution captures the kinetic energy of an opening and closing door to power electronic based access control technology.

The brief for this year’s award, organised by ASSA ABLOY’s iconic Lockwood brand and the Australian Institute of Architects, was to anticipate building design trends in 2020 and create a complimentary door opening solution that reflected that vision.

More than 45 professional architects and designers, as well as students from around Australia and New Zealand temporarily put aside their traditional work, to produce designs that addressed the criteria of originality, design aesthetic, relevance to the door environment, and sustainability.

Andrew Williams, Product Manager with ASSA ABLOY Australia and member of the judging panel said Lara’s winning design “captured the essence of the competition producing a truly innovative view of what the door environment may incorporate in 2020. A highly creative idea born of a keen sense for future requirements, Lara’s entry addressed increasing technological demands without increasing the total energy requirements of the system.”

This year’s finalists all demonstrated an impressive depth of creativity whilst maintaining a strong adherence to the competition theme and the judging criteria. Choosing the winner was a difficult process for the judging panel.

Lara, a second year industrial design student at RMIT is thrilled with her win. “I relish the manner in which my course enables me to direct my creative efforts towards concepts that have real world application, so to win this competition is absolutely fantastic” she said. Lara will receive a travel voucher valued at $10,000 from competition sponsor ASSA ABLOY.

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2008 Finalists

Paul Boyce Paul Boyce
North Adelaide

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Shaun Purcell Shaun Purcell
Student (Architecture)

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Robert Walsh Robert Walsh
Visualisation / design
North Sydney

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Mat Wright Mat Wright and Jaclyn Lee

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