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, have 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 (of 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 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 in Denmark, which supports and develops high-quality social and cultural projects throughout Denmark and Greenland.
The Dreyer Foundation in Denmark, which supports projects and initiatives to promote legal and architectural development and interaction within society.
The Obel Family Foundation, which supports development-oriented,
sustainable organisations and initiatives within research, education, arts
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, which educates architects, designers and conservators.
Each year, ten students in the fields of architecture, engineering and design (of 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 Australian students will run from 6 January to 23 February and the curriculum will include:
Placement at various engineering and/or architecture firms to work in a collaborative team on a multidisciplinary project, including at Henning Larsen Architects
A visit to a performing arts or cultural centre
A visit to other significant works of architecture, including works by Jørn Utzon
Completion of a collaborative multidisciplinary project designed around the Utzon Design Principles
All instruction will be conducted in English. A Danish MADE representative will provide ground support to the students, including opportunities to meet other students.
Each student will be provided with the equivalent of AU$6,000 to cover international airfares, accommodation and living expenses during their visit. Students will be responsible for organising their own accommodation. However, MADE will provide assistance through information and advice.
MADE by the Opera House is open to NSW university students who will have completed their third year of an engineering, architecture or design (of the built environment) degree by 31 December 2013.
Applications will open on Monday 16 September 2013 and close on Tuesday 1 October 2013.
The five successful Australian students will be notified in October and will be invited to attend the official MADE by the Opera House announcement on 25 October 2013, as part of the Opera House’s 40th Celebrations.