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Distinguished Curtin alumni recognised at annual achievement awards

Media release

An internationally renowned artist-jeweller, historian and author has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Curtin University Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony held last night.

Alumni Achievement Award winners
Alumni Achievement Award winners

Dr Dorothy Erickson, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) now Curtin University, has staged more than 40 solo exhibitions and 250 group exhibitions worldwide.

Over her 55-year career, Dr Erickson has been committed to documenting and promoting Western Australia’s art, craft and design history as well as Australian jewellery internationally.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Cordery congratulated Dr Erickson and all the recipients of this year’s Alumni Achievement Awards.

“Each year the University recognises Curtin alumni who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the community. I am delighted to recognise this year’s award winners who have been instrumental and impactful in their own fields and made a lasting contribution to the community since leaving Curtin,” Professor Cordery said.

“Dr Erickson, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award last night, is an influential leader and artist in Australia’s arts and craft community. Dr Erickson, along with the other award recipients, are outstanding examples of Curtin alumni who have used their degrees to make a difference both in Australia and around the world.

“Curtin is proud to reconnect with its alumni at these awards and celebrate their achievements alongside their fellow graduates.”

The Community Service Award was presented to registered architect Mr Richard Hammond from RH Architects. Mr Hammond has worked as an architect, educator and project manager for more than 40 years, with both international and national experience.

Executive Director of Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), Ms Kate Brown was awarded the Global Impact Award, while Professor Mochamad Ashari from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Surabaya, Indonesia, was awarded the Innovation Award.

The Young Achievement Award was presented to Mr Marcus Wong – a young photographer and film maker who used his degree and skills to tell powerful stories of social injustice.

Dr Andrew Robertson, Mr Abdul Abdullah, Mr Nigel Dennis, and Mr Marquis Pohla were each presented a Professional Achievement Award for their outstanding accomplishments and exceptional standard of excellence in their chosen fields.

More information on the awards can be found online here.