Architecture

MADE by the Opera House exchange winners announced

December 18, 2013

The five New South Wales students heading to Copenhagen in January to take part in the inaugural MADE by the Opera House student exchange program between NSW and Denmark have been announced.

Four of the MADE delegates are architecture and engineering students from The University of Sydney – Laura Craft, Robert Martin, Jennifer McMaster and Matthew Wells – while Olivia Savio-Matev is undertaking a Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design at the University of Technology Sydney.

Established in honour of the Sydney Opera House’s 40th Anniversary celebrations last October, the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange – or MADE by the Opera House – was created by the Opera House and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, with the support of local and Danish sponsors.

Celebrating the role that Danish architect Jørn Utzon played in the innovative design and construction of the Opera House, MADE by the Opera House aims to promote international and cross-disciplinary interaction between NSW and Danish students of engineering, architecture and design (of the built environment).

The students will visit Utzon’s World Heritage-listed house, ‘Can Lis’, in Majorca, Spain, before being hosted by international architecture firm Henning Larsen Architects at their Copenhagen headquarters from 13 January to 21 February 2014.

USyd’s Laura Craft, said: “It will not only be amazing to see so many of Jørn Utzon’s built projects in Denmark, but to stay in one of his buildings for a week in Majorca will be quite surreal.”

Originally a student of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, Laura’s fascination with the possibilities of form through integrated structural knowledge led her to transfer to the combined degree with Civil Engineering in 2010.

“Utzon’s Sydney Opera House exemplifies the innovative potentials of integrated design in its endeavor for ‘total architecture’, which is now prevalent in more recent ground-breaking projects such as Beijing’s Watercube,” Craft said.

“As one of the first groups of students to graduate from a combined Architecture and Engineering degree in 2013, the Denmark exchange will be an incredible start to my fulltime career,” she said.

Robert Martin, who has just completed his third year in a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, said he wants to “be part of a new generation of architects who embrace design as a collaborative field, rather than an autonomous artistic realm. Whilst MADE by the Opera House builds alliances between architecture and engineering, I believe there is the potential to expand this to an even wider, multi-disciplinary approach to include specialist fields such as horticulture, ecology, sociology and psychology.”

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