News and updates from PG Bison

1.618 Education Initiative – adapting to the “new normal”

Our third-year architecture and design students are hard at work on their 2020 entries for the PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Balance” and that’s exactly what we’re hoping to achieve. We’re finding ways to balance the safety of our students, lecturers and judges with the value we feel our initiative offers – without compromising on either.


Extended deadline

To start with, given the impact of COVID-19, we’ve extended the deadline from 12 August to 31 August 2020 to give our students two and a half weeks of extra time to work on their projects.


Digital briefing lectures

Lian Markham, Communication Manager at PG Bison, has also been giving briefing sessions via Zoom to those institutions that had not yet had them in person before lockdown.

If you missed the 1.618 Education Initiative at your institution, or you’d just like a refresher, you can view the video recording here:


New judging and submission processes

We’re working with our judges to create a digital judging process, to ensure they are able to take part from the safety of their offices or homes.

This means that students will submit their entries digitally, and will not be required to send hard copies, as in previous years.


Exciting new opportunities to connect

As we relook how the competition will be run, we’d love to connect with students and lectures around the opportunities to do things differently. For example, based on the success of our digital engagements with you, we plan to run more webinars and to encourage interaction on social media platforms.

Look out for communications from us over the next few weeks with more details! Keep up to date by following Bison 1.618 Education Initiative on Instagram and Facebook.

Chicky's Yard - the real-world site for which the students are designing their 1.618 Education Initiative entries

New and improved PG Bison Kitchen

Design Tool

Designing a kitchen – whether for your own family or for a client – is a big undertaking. It’s extremely helpful to be able to plan and visualise what you have in mind to ensure you manage costs and materials, and end up with a functional and attractive space. PG Bison’s free online kitchen design tool has been created to help you do just that. Now we’re excited to share a big upgrade to this tool that will make it even easier to use.

This new, improved version of our kitchen design tool does not need Flash player, which means it can be used on almost any device. In fact, we’ve focused on making it responsive, so you can design easily, whether you’re using a computer, a tablet or a smartphone.

Plus, you can save your design(s) to work on them later and once you’re happy, get them emailed to you in PDF format.

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