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MADE by the Opera House, or Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange, is an extra-curricular program offered to Australian and Danish students of architecture, engineering and design (in the built environment) in their 2nd year of study or above.

MADE by the Opera House was established in honour of the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in October 2013 and will run for 10 years to the 50th Anniversary in 2023. Each year, five students from a NSW university and five students from a Danish tertiary institution will participate in the program in Denmark and Australia respectively.

MADE by the Opera House aims to:

  • Promote international and multidisciplinary interaction between students of architecture, engineering and design (in the built environment);
  • Foster cultural relationships between Denmark and Australia; and
  • Support the knowledge and understanding of Danish architect Jørn Utzon and the Utzon Design Principles.



The Program
Five students will be selected for each program. The students will form a multidisciplinary team to collaborate on a six-week project, developed by the MADE by the Opera House program partners and aligned with the Utzon Design Principles.

The five MADE students will:
Be placed at a host firm for six weeks to work as a multidisciplinary team on an assigned project;


  • Collaborate with various prestigious built environment professionals, who will provide technical advice and mentorship; 
  • Participate in study tours, masterclasses and workshops relevant to the program;
  • Submit a group project report and individual reflection statements at the end of the program; and
  • Have the opportunity to reside at Jørn Utzon’s Can Lis residence in Mallorca, Spain, in the week prior to program commencement.

Upon completion of the program, MADE students will become part of the MADE by the Opera House Alumni group, acting as mentors to the future MADE students and helping to shape future MADE programs.

Each student is provided with the equivalent of AU$6,000 to cover international airfares, accommodation and living expenses during their visit.

Program Dates
The annual program for the Australian students will take place in Copenhagen for six weeks in January-February. The program for the Danish students will take place in Sydney for six weeks in July-August.

Refer to the Key Dates section for further details.

Language of Instruction
All instruction will be conducted in English. A MADE by the Opera House representative will provide ground support to the students, including opportunities to meet MADE alumni.

Partners and Contributors
MADE by the Opera House has been collaboratively developed and is supported by our program partners:

  • 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 and culture; and 
  • The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, which educates architects, designers and conservators. 

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a recognised tertiary institution in Denmark or NSW;
  • Be undertaking a degree in the area of architecture, engineering or design (in the built environment);
  • Have completed their 2nd year of study before the commencement of the MADE program for which they are applying ( students who have completed a Master’s degree by the program’s start may not apply); and
  • Return to their studies after participating in the MADE program.

Refer to the MADE Application and Program Terms and Conditions for full applicant eligibility.

Applications for Australian (NSW) students to participate in the MADE by the Opera House program in Denmark in January 2016 are now open.

Applications are open to Australian students enrolled in a NSW tertiary institution and who will have completed their 2nd year of an architecture, engineering, or design (in the built environment) degree by 31 December 2015.

Applicants on leave or study break at the time of applying or participating in MADE by the Opera House must be able to document their intention to return to study after completing the program. This could be an official offer of admission from a university/tertiary institution or a declaration of honour written by the applicant.

Applications close on Thursday 9 July 2015 at 9am (AEST).

The successful Australian students will be notified in mid-August 2015 and invited to attend the farewell event for Danish MADE participants at the Opera House on Friday 21 August 2015.

MADE Live Updates
Visit the MADE by the Opera House Facebook page to read about news and updates about MADE by the Opera House, which will run between the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary in October 2013 and 50th Anniversary in 2023.

To stay informed on the latest updates about MADE by the Opera House,please email


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