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Mark Griffin Award – Student of the Year | 2020


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Mark Griffin Award  Student of the Year | 2020

First Prize: $1,000 cash transfer as well as an invitation, flights and accommodation to the CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards in 2021, when it's expected social distancing restrictions would have eased.

Finalists' Prize:   Finalists will be recognised with a certificate of achievement and be honoured at the online function.

Closing Date For Entries: 18 June 2020  EXTENDED TO 2 JULY 2020

Awards Presentation:  Winners will be announced at an online function on 8 September 2020, part of the 2020 ANZ Virtual Seminar, as well as across CIBSE’s communication channels.

The decision to move the function to an online platform this year was taken by the Awards Committee to protect the health and safety of our members and the industry in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.


  • Individual applicants only

  • Applications must currently be studying full-time or part-time and due to complete their degree no earlier than 30 June 2020.

  • Applicants must be CIBSE Student members. Not a member? CIBSE membership is free for full-time students by completing this application form.

  • Applicants must be enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand University.


Video Submission

Entrants are asked to submit a short video, up to 3 mins.


As a built environment practitioner, the climate emergency will affect the way you work. Moving past awareness of the issues, our industry, like many others has begun a search for the strategies and solutions that will have the smallest environmental impact on the world around us.

Contractors, architects, engineers and building owners are all seeking answers to the same questions as we move towards net zero emissions by 2030. The building services industry at large has a role to play in the impact new and existing buildings will have on our environment. New buildings and upgrades today need to keep this requirement at the forefront of all planning and design decisions. The current generation of up and coming building services professionals are key to discovering, developing, designing and implementing solutions for the built environment that will take buildings beyond 2030 with net zero or carbon positive impacts.

The 2020 Student of the Year will demonstrate an understanding of the global trends and the issues the industry faces and be able to consider the best solutions and strategies to overcome these.

Video Brief

Using your current interest in the built environment and review of global trends, what changes need to occur in planning the built environment today to help achieve a desirable, high-performing, sustainable built environment one decade on?

Response to encompass what you have learnt from your review.


  • Presentation Skills/ Clarity

  • Originality/Thoughtfulness

  • Drive/Passion

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Mark Griffin, 1962-2014

Mark hailed from North London and studied Building Services Engineering at what was then the Polytechnic of the South Bank. He worked in the UK, Sweden and South Africa, but made Sydney, Australia his home in 1991.

Mark picked up a temporary job with a fledgling building services consultancy ‘ VOS’ – and he remained with them for some 18 years, rising through the ranks to eventually become Director of Engineering.

In 2009, Mark joined AECOM, as their Building Services Leader, responsible for managing a highly skilled multi-discipline team, delivering iconic projects within Australia.

Mark was 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.