Urban innovator HY William Chan of Cox Architecture has taken home the coveted title of ‘Future Sustainability Leader’ at the 2019 Sustainability Awards this month.
Presented by Architecture and Design magazine, the awards showcase the best and brightest in sustainable architecture and design.
Chan’s award winning design is a desktop tool that creatively up-cycles plastic waste in refugee camps, turning it into useful 3D-printed shelter elements. The life-changing tool simultaneously up-skills young people in the camps by providing a knowledge of environmental sustainability.
It was this ingenious and original idea that not only won over the judges of the Sustainability Awards, but also landed HY William Chan a spot on Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” in industry, manufacturing and energy list this year.
“HY William Chan’s ambition in the sustainable built environment industry is reflected in his influence and advocacy on the world stage, as well as his design innovations and projects globally,” the Sustainability Award judges explain.
“Chan has used the power of innovation, technology and sustainability to empower refugee youth to design their own built environments globally, making him an extremely worthy winner.”
The Sustainability Awards aim to build a better future — quite literally — through the acknowledgment of design excellence. Awards for Women in Sustainability and Emerging Architect of the year were also awarded, further showcasing the exciting future for sustainable building and design in Australia.
A focus on sustainable design and environmentally friendly dwellings is becoming prominent within Australia and around the world, and awards for the country’s most sustainable and environmentally friendly homes were also awarded at the Sustainability Awards this month.
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