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For students of Architecture, Engineering and Design (in the Built Environment) in 3rd year or above.

In honour of the Sydney Opera House’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in October 2013, the Opera House and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, with the support of Australian and Danish sponsors, established the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange, or MADE by the Opera House. 

MADE by the Opera House will promote international and cross-disciplinary interaction between students of engineering, architecture and design (in the built environment). As well as providing multidisciplinary experience for Australian and Danish students, the program will foster cultural links between the two countries. This is particularly fitting as it complements the role that Danish architect Jørn Utzon played in the innovative design and construction of the Opera House.

Sponsors and contributors  

The support of industry organisations and foundations will foster closer collaboration between professionals and students in the area of the built environment. MADE by the Opera House is supported by:

  • Arup and Steensen Varming in Australia, which have strong historical relationships with the Opera House’s design, construction and maintenance, and support multidisciplinary collaboration in the built environment
  • The NSW Architects Registration Board, which supports collaboration between architectural students and professional bodies of the built environment
  • The Bikuben Foundation, which supports and develops high-quality social and cultural projects throughout Denmark and Greenland
  • The Dreyer Foundation, which supports projects and initiatives to promote legal and architectural development and interaction within Danish society
  • The Obel Family Foundation, which supports development-oriented,  sustainable organisations and initiatives within research, education, arts  and culture
  • The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, which educates architects, designers and conservators
The Program  

Each year, ten students in the fields of architecture, engineering and design (in the built environment) will participate in the MADE by the Opera House program. Five students from an Australian university based in NSW and five students from a Danish university will be selected for a six-week exchange program to Denmark and Australia respectively.

Australian students will travel to Denmark in January-February, and Danish students will travel to Australia in July-August. 

In 2014, the program for the Danish students will run from Monday 14 July to Friday 22 August and the curriculum will include:

  • A six-week placement at the Sydney Opera House's Building Development & Maintenance department
  • Completion of a multidisciplinary project at the Opera House 
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the Opera House’s Utzon Design Principles and Conservation Management Plan 
  • Collaboration with the Opera House, NSW Government Architect’s Office, Arup and Steensen Varming, which will provide  professional advice and mentorship to the assigned project 
  • A study tour to significant works of architecture 

All instruction will be conducted in English. An Australian MADE representative will provide ground support to the students, including opportunities to meet other students.


MADE by the Opera House is open to students enrolled in a relevant degree at an Australian University in NSW, or a recognised Danish tertiary institution. Applicants must have successfully completed the third year of an undergraduate degree in the discipline of architecture, engineering or design (in the built environment) prior to the commencement of the six- week MADE program they are applying for.


The five successful Danish students will be notified in late February 2014 and will be invited to attend the first Australian MADE students’ final presentation at Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen on 21 February 2014. Application dates for future Australian and Danish MADE programs will be posted here. 



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