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Jack Pirie Award – Young Engineer of the Year | 2021




Jack Pirie Award – Young Engineer of the Year | 2021

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Finalists' Prize: Finalists will receive an invitation, flights and accommodation to attend the Awards function. They will be recognised with a certificate of achievement and have their achievement celebrated on social media and across CIBSE's communication platforms.

First Prize: The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, trophy, and have their achievement celebrated on social media and across CIBSE's communication platforms.

CIBSE ANZ Annual Cocktail Function and Awards Presentation:

Winners will be announced at an Awards function at 6pm, 22 July 2021, at Parliament of NSW, Sydney.

If social gathering restrictions due to COVID prevent us from hosting the ceremony in-person, the Awards ceremony will be held online. A decision will be made closer to the event date.


The applicant must:

  • Have completed study before 1 Jan 2019, but not have more than 7 years of building services industry experience.
  • Be employed within the Australia and New Zealand region as a building services engineer or as building services professional.
  • Be a CIBSE Member
    Not a member? See which grade is right for you and apply online In many cases employers will cover the cost of your membership to a professional institution, so it's worth checking.

The applicant can be self-nominated, but a statement from senior management will be required to support the application.


A written and video component of the entry form must be submitted to CIBSE, addressing the Assessment Criteria for the award.

Written Submission
The applicant can be self-nominated, but a statement from senior management will be required to support the application, addressing:

  •   What the young engineer has achieved academically and/or in practical projects (answer in 250 words max)

  •   Why your nominee would make a good ambassador for the building services profession (answer in up to 250 words max)

Video Submission

For the video component of the entry, the overarching theme this year is Preparing for the unknown.

Young Engineer entrants are asked to submit a short video, up to 3 mins, addressing the following question:

What have you learnt about how buildings have changed in the way they operate and how could this have been addressed through design? Looking forward, how do we create spaces designed to last several generations while retaining the flexibility to change according to physical requirements, technology, and cultural trends?

Response to encompass what you have learnt and your contribution to industry.


The written and video submissions will be weighed equally. For the written submission, nominees will be assessed in accordance with their ability to demonstrate the following:

  • Significance of Contribution to Building Services

  • Demonstration of exceeding best practice standard

  • Demonstration of technical understanding of either their discipline or the industry

For the video submission, nominees will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  •   Presentation Skills/ Clarity

  •   Originality/ Thoughtfulness

  •   Drive/ Passion

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Prateek Alkesh

Mechanical Engineer AECOM & 2020 Jack Pirie Young Engineer of the Year

"Getting started itself is daunting – it was for me too – but that’s genuinely the hardest part. Start with a broad idea in mind, then let your research and interest guide you to the final destination. Back yourself, and once the ideas start flowing, your entry will fall into place with minimal effort."







The Jack Pirie Inspiring Excellence Award

Jack Pirie had a long and successful career in the Building Services Industry and was a CIBSE member for more than fifty years. Jack was very actively involved with the ANZ Region serving on the committee for six years and being the Chair from 2001 to 2003.

Even after retirement he was always prepared to provide assistance and wise counsel when asked to do so.

Jack had the outstanding qualities of being a thoughtful, pragmatic and generous person but if there was only one quality that he could hope to install in a young engineer, we believe that it would be the quality of never being too afraid to take a chance.

Jack was extremely passionate about building services engineering and an inspiration to his many colleagues and friends, so it is fitting that this award is named in his honour.