Sydney Opera House today announced the five inaugural participants in a new tertiary student exchange program, MADE by the Opera House (Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange). In collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, the exchange offers five Australian students the opportunity to travel to Denmark and five Danish students to Australia for each of the next ten years. It further strengthens the profound cultural and professional links between the two countries first forged by the Opera House. Participants in the six-week exchange have been drawn from the disciplines that collaborated in the Opera House’s construction – architecture, engineering and design – and will work on a multidisciplinary project in the host country.
Attended by the Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary, official Patrons of the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary, the launch featured speeches from Louise Herron AM, CEO of the Sydney Opera House; George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality & Racing and Minister for the Arts; Marianne Jelved, Danish Minister for Culture; Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney; and HRH Crown Prince Frederik.
The five Australian winners are:
Laura Craft – Combined Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Design in Architecture, University of Sydney
Robert Martin – Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Sydney
Jennifer McMaster – Master of Architecture, University of Sydney
Olivia Savio-Matev – Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design, University of Technology Sydney
Matthew Wells – Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce, University of Sydney
MADE by the Opera House is a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, and is supported by the Arup Group and Steensen Varming, both of which have been associated with the Opera House since construction began, the NSW Architects Registration Board, and three Danish foundations, The Bikuben Foundation, The Dreyer Foundation and The Obel Family Foundation.
Photo Credit: Prudence Upton