Nabila Skymmar, Year 12 student from the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) entered the Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) Inaugural Architecture Competition last year, but little did she know her design on sustainability would impress the judges. She was successfully chosen to receive a AUD$4000 study grant for an architecture course at Monash University. 

The aim of this competition was to encourage students to showcase their drive and ability to pursue a professional degree in Architecture, as well as to recognise architecture education in Malaysia.

Nabila's entry was based on the question, 'Describe a problem that you have observed in your city. This can be spatial, social, cultural, economic, political, etc. Then, explain how you think architecture can help solve this problem.' She submitted a proposal to replace greenery lost on the ground with greenery in the sky, such as rooftop gardens and vertical gardens in apartments, malls, restaurants, cafes and schools, to promote environmental sustainability of the city. Nabila has had a keen interest in architecture as she has always wanted to try something new, and ended up developing a stronger passion for the skills involved. 

AISM provides students with an excellent holistic education in an inclusive learning environment, as well as a wide range of broader opportunities that will prepare them for life beyond AISM.