Sustainability and Urban Planning students gather to kick off new year

Semester 1 began this week at RMIT and to celebrate, Sustainability and Urban Planning hosted a great event to welcome new and returning students and to celebrate the achievements of the 2022 graduating classes.

The event was attended by more than 60 people, including many of our industry partners, with catering generously supported by Tract Consulting.

As well as providing an opportunity for new, continuing and graduating students to meet each other, teachers and industry members, it also allowed students to be recognised for their achievements.

Awards were given out to students for Outstanding Academic Achievement in all degree programs (Bachelor of Environment and Society; Bachelor of Environmental Science; the Environment and Society/Environmental Science degree; Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning; and Master of Urban Planning and Environment), recognising students who achieved high results in their graduating year across all of their courses.

Liam Gook in the Bachelor of Environment and Society was the recipient of the Environmental Thinker and Achiever award for a student completing their first year in 2022.

Award winners Hannah Rutherford (far left) and Liam Gook (far right) with course leaders Ascelin Gordon and Melissa Neave.

Hannah Rutherford won the Robert Ritchie Prize for an outstanding Bachelor of Environment and Society student project in 2022

Jean Zhang received the David Turnbull Memorial Prize for an outstanding student in the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, presented by David’s widow Suzane Becker whose invaluable support led to the initiation of this prize in 2021.  The prize recognises Jean’s academic excellence as her well as her contribution to student life.

Assoc Dean, Sustainability & Urban Planning Andrew Butt with prize winner Jean Zhang and David Turnbull’s wife Suzane and daughter Alice.

Ella Sutton received the Ethos Urban Prize for academic excellence in the Master of Urban Planning and Environment – our thanks to Ethos Urban for their generous sponsorship of this prize.

Ethos Urban Director Tim Peggie with prize winner Ella Sutton, last year’s Ethos Urban prize winner Alexia Yacoubian, and Evie Davidson (Ethos Urban).