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MADE by the Opera House

Established at the Sydney Opera House's 40th Anniversary in 2013, MADE by the Opera House is an Australian-Danish exchange program that, in the lead up to the 50th Anniversary in 2023, will create an alumnus group of 100 students to continue the international and interdisciplinary links first forged by Jørn Utzon's masterpiece. 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.

Also known as the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange, MADE 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.

The aims of MADE are 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
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The Program

Five students will be selected for each program. The students will form a multidisciplinary team to collaborate on a 6-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 6 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 
  • Pending international restrictions, have the opportunity to reside at Jørn Utzon’s Can Lis residence in Mallorca, Spain, in the week prior to program commencement. 

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.

Applications for Danish University students are now open. Please click ‘ apply now’ to find out more.

Scholarship

For the 2022 program, each student will be 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 Danish students will takes place in Sydney for six weeks between July-August. The 2022 students from Australia have already been selected.

2022 Students from Denmark:

Residency at Jørn Utzon’s residence ‘Can Lis’ in Mallorca, Spain (optional) Sunday 2 July - Friday 8 July

Six-week MADE Program in Sydney, Australia

Monday 11 July - Friday 19 August 2022

2023 dates: to be announced in due course. Dates may be subject to change, check the website for regular updates. Please subscribe to our newsletter updates on the main MADE by the Opera House page to be notified.

Partners, Sponsors and Contributors

Founding partners: 
Arup   
Steensen Varming
NSW Architects Registration Board
The Bikuben Foundation
The Dreyer Foundation
Henrik Frode Obel Foundation

Sponsor: 
AMP Capital Quay Quarter Sydney Development (2015 – 2021) - the first Danish architectural commission in Sydney since the design of Sydney Opera House, drawing inspiration from Utzon’s philosophy and legacy.

Contributors: 
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Henning Larsen Architects - Host Firm for Danish Program 2014
Hassell - Host Firm for Australian Program 2014
COBE - Host Firm for Danish Program 2015
Arup - Host Firm for Australian Program 2015
3XN - Host Firm for Danish Program 2016
Grimshaw - Host Firm for Australian Program 2016
Spektrum Arkitekter and Steensen Varming – Host Firms for Danish Program 2017
BVN – Host Firm for Australian Program 2017
C.F. Møller  and Utzon Center – Host Firm for Danish Program 2018
COX Architecture and Meld Studios – Host Firms for Australian Program 2018
ADEPT Architects – Host Firm for Danish Program 2019
SJB Architects – Host Firm for Australian Program 2019
PLH Arkitekter – Host Firm for Danish Program 2020
PTW Architects - Host Firm for Australian Program 2022
Airbnb - For generously funding accommodation for the Australian and Danish MADE students in 2016 – 2018.
Etihad Airways - For generously funding flights for the Australian and Danish MADE students in 2019

Many thanks also to:
Contributors in Australia

  • His Excellency Børge Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to Australia
  • Carsten Rosendahl, Consul General & Trade Commissioner of Denmark to Australia
  • Prof. Adrian Carter MAA, Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University
  • Broger's End, Kangaroo Valley 
  • CPP Wind Engineering & Air Quality Experts
  • Danish Trade Council in Australia
  • Frost Urbanite
  • Meld Studios 
  • Michelle Tabet
  • PTW Architects
  • Richard Johnson, JPW Architects 
  • University of New South Wales, Faculty of the Built Environment

Contributors in Denmark

  • Mary Ellen Miller, Ambassador of Australia to Denmark
  • DR Byen (Danish Broadcasting) 
  • Erik Nørgaard, Fredensborg Houses
  • Lindsay Johnston, Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury and Glenn Murcutt, Architecture Foundation Australia & Glenn Murcutt Masterclass
  • Jan Utzon, Utzon Associates Architects
  • Jørgen Ellegård Frederiksen, Bagsværd Church
  • Jørgen Jørgensen, Kingo Houses 
  • Lars Nørgaard, Musikkens Hus, Aalborg
  • Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg
  • Spektrum Arkitekter
  • Utzon Center, Aalborg
  • Utzon Foundation
  • Aalborg University

Meet the 2021 Australian MADE students

Linh Nguyen

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil Engineering) and Bachelor of Music Studies, University of Sydney

"I am passionate about good design at every level, and my focus is on structural engineering and how it interacts with architecture, design and other engineering disciplines. As a musician, I am also interested in creating art and experiences through our built environment."

MADE Student Linh Nguyen looks at the camera in front of a blue-grey background

Cedric Danso-Boame

Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) Honours and Bachelor of Science (Medical Science), University of Sydney

“At the nexus of art, design, science and engineering, we expand the boundaries of what we as humans, thought possible. The radical change in thinking that is enabled through interaction of these disciplines presents novel and effective solutions to our greatest problems. I am interested in bio architecture, as a new approach to transform our buildings into ‘living’  buildings.”

MADE Student Cedric Danso-Boame looks at the camera in front of a white background

Rhys Grant 

Master of Architecture, University of Sydney 

“Collaboration within the built environment field is key to well-crafted designs that push the possibilities of structural form. I strive to create buildings that respect the surrounding history and culture. I wish to contribute to Australian design that is sensitive to this climate and topography. ”

MADE Student Rhys Grant looks at the camera in front of a black background

Jatin Midha

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) with Architecture, University of New South Wales

"In diverse experiences and shared spaces, there are many opportunities to learn and grow. I am passionate about playing my part in such environments, where our ideas and actions as engineers and architects have the potential to create a positive legacy. "

MADE Student Jatin Midha looks at the camera in front of a white background

Arissara Reed

Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Sydney

“My interest in the built environment is rooted in the exploration of space and its latent capacity to reveal existing and new realities of the places we inhabit. I believe design has the potential to transform conditions of living and re-imagine how we can live. I am committed to a place-making and place-valuing practice with embedded social, cultural and environmental reciprocity.”

MADE Student Arissara Reed looks at the camera in front of a blue-grey background

Meet the 2021 Danish MADE students

Niklas Munk-Andersen

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

"I am an Architecture student with an engineering background. Fascinated by holistic design, founded in different disciplines, woven together by sustainable solutions and socially responsible architecture."

MADE Student Niklas Munk-Andersen looks at the camera in front of a white brick wall

Elise Aida Cappelen Schultz 

Master of Arts in Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

"I am interested in developing built environments and urban strategies based on historical, contextual and organisational needs of a population. This requires collaboration among a variety of fields, and I find that it is important to use research and tools such as visualisations, mappings and modeling to have an inclusive discussion."

MADE Student Elise Aida Cappelen standing in front of a white background

Viktor Lukas Müller Thomsen

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Design & Innovation), Technical University of Denmark 

"I am a design and engineering student with focus on sustainability and user-centered design. I like to combine technical problem solving with inspiration from nature."

Black and white photograph of MADE Student Viktor Lukas Müller Thomsen stands in front of a brick wall

Amalie Dokkedal Jensen

Master of Science in Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University

"I am passionate about the idea that HVAC engineering and building design in general can improve the quality of life for others.  This inspires me a lot. I see it as a great responsibility to create sustainable buildings, and I believe that with great design, sustainability does not require compromising between low energy use and high human comfort."

Black and white photograph of MADE Student Amalie Dokkedal Jensen looking at the camera in front of a white background

MADE Alumni

Upon completion of the project, students will become part of the MADE by the Opera House Alumni group. By the Opera House’s 50th Anniversary in 2023, this one hundred-strong group will form a living legacy of MADE Alumni who will have a deep understanding of international design practice across disciplines and hemispheres.  

The MADE Alumni is a community and a professional network that collaborates, supports  and mentors each other to become the next generation’s best leaders. Beyond the professional context, the alumni group is naturally evolving on a social level – friendships for life are being formed across Australia and Denmark.  

The MADE Alumni are actively engaged beyond their own six-week MADE program,  ‘giving back’ and supporting MADE in many unique ways, such as:

  • Promoting the MADE program through lunchtime talks at their universities, their professional networks and through social media;
  • Assisting in the recruitment process of new MADE students;
  • Actively participating in future MADE programs to welcome the new MADE students, participate in masterclasses, show the visiting students around their city, and  plan social trips, and
  • Collaborating with the MADE program partners in extra-curricular events and projects that promote multidisciplinary collaboration.

The opportunities and possibilities that the MADE Alumni can create together are endless!

2014

Laura Craft
Robert Martin
Jennifer McMaster
Olivia Savio-Matev
Matthew Wells

Caroline Richardt Beck
Jakob Holmqvist-Larsen
Pernille Krieger
Jonas Snedevind Nielsen
Karina Korsgaard Jensen

2015

Alex Crowe
Julianne Lipman
Alasdair Mott
Nina Tory-Henderson
Nicholas Werrett

Arnþrúður Gísladóttir
Signe Møller Rosendal
Birthe Wohlenberg
Mai Alexandra Bogø
Mathias Ørum Nørgård

2016

Callum Coombe
Lachlan Finn
Deirdre Mair
Adriana Prasnicki
Andrew Weetman

Sofie Angelie Bendtsen
Nanna Rose Broch
Daniel Miroslaw Krajewski
Michelle Kühl
Jack Perry

2017

Eleanor Gibson
Jacob Levy
James Hansen
Awkar Ruel
Nicola Shear

Antonia Szabo
Charlotte Ea Brandt
Emma Helene Rishoej Holm
Mads Kjaer
Tobias Skov Pedersen

2018

Matthew Burnett
Rose Montgomery
Jaime Painter
Jeffrey Tighe
Daiming Zhu

Cuong Van Tran
Henriette Friis
Rune Wriedt
Sebastian Enevoldsen
Rasmus Hansen

2019

Billie-Grace Dunk
Jack Jeffries
Josephine Nicholas
Tom Dufficy
Nicholas Bucci

Andreas Sommer Kjærgaard
Asbjørn Eriknauer
Morten Juhl Stistrup Nielsen
Signe Skytte Madsen
Stefan Ekelund Perriard

2020

Bobbie Bayley
Irene Clark
Aislinn King
Muthu Kumaran
Stephanie Palmer

FAQs

1.     What is MADE by the Opera House?

MADE by the Opera House 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. Each year, five students from a NSW university in Australia and five students from a Danish tertiary institution will participate in the program in Denmark and Australia respectively. The students will form a multidisciplinary team to collaborate on a six-week project aligned with the Utzon Design Principles.

2.     How did MADE by the Opera House originate?

In honour of Sydney Opera House’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in October 2013, the Sydney Opera House Trust and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, have developed MADE by the Opera House: a Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange program. MADE is also supported by Arup, Steensen Varming, the NSW Architects Registration Board, The Bikuben Foundation and The Dreyer Foundation.

3.     Who can apply?

  • You must be enrolled in a recognised university or tertiary institution in Denmark or Australia (NSW);
  • Be undertaking a degree in the area of architecture, engineering or design (in the built environment);
  • have successfully completed the second year of an undergraduate degree in the discipline of architecture, engineering or design (area of study in engineering and design must be within the context of the built environment) by:

a. (For Australian NSW Applicants) 31 December of the year before the relevant year of the Program
b. (For Danish Applicants) 30 June of the same year of the Program
c. Return to their studies after participating in the MADE program.

4.     I have completed my undergraduate degree – can I still apply?

Yes, but you must provide an official offer of admission from the university/tertiary institution, or if this is not available, a Declaration of Honour written by the applicant stating the intended university, degree title, expected commencement date of studies and applicant’s signature. This applies if the applicant is:

  • not enrolled in a degree at the time of application (for instance undertaking a sabbatical year or work placement) and intends return to study after completing the Program, or;
  • in the final year of their undergraduate degree at the time of application and intends to commence a new degree after completing the Program (for instance an Honour or Master degree)

5.     I have completed my Master’s degree – can I still apply?

No. However, students undertaking a Master degree are allowed to apply – except if they are in their final semester of their Master degree. That is, if they will have graduated with a Master by the time the program starts then they cannot apply.

6.     I’m an international student – can I still apply?

If you are enrolled in a NSW or Danish tertiary institution and meet the requirements outlined in the MADE Application and Program Terms & Conditions you may apply.

7.     I don’t hold permanent residency status in Australia – can I still apply?

If you are enrolled in a NSW or Danish tertiary institution and meet the requirements outlined in the MADE Application and Program Terms & Conditions you may apply.

8.     When can I apply and when do applications close?

For Australian students applications typically open March and close at the beginning of May each year. For Danish students applications typically open September and close at the beginning of November each year.

9.     Am I too old/young?

There is no age limit for MADE by the Opera House, however, demonstrated ability for future achievement in and contribution to your particular field is taken into consideration.

10.  Does MADE by the Opera House allow me to obtain any tertiary qualifications/credit points?

No. Scholarships are not awarded to enable the applicant to gain or contribute towards any tertiary qualifications.

11.  Can the scholarship allow me to gain work experience overseas. E.g. an internship?

No. MADE by the Opera House will not enable an applicant to work overseas. However, the support of industry organisations and foundations will encourage closer collaboration between professionals and students in the area of the built environment.

12.  Do I need any qualifications to apply for MADE by the Opera House?

The applicant must have successfully completed the second year of an undergraduate degree in the discipline of architecture, engineering or design (in the built environment).

13.  I have applied for MADE by the Opera House in the past – can I apply again?

Yes. If you have previously submitted an application and were unsuccessful, we encourage you to apply again and to be sure that you check your eligibility before re-applying.

14.  I am already overseas – can I still apply?

Yes. However, you must be available to personally attend an interview (in person or via video call). Also if successful, you are required to be available for the entirety of the six week program period.

15.  If I am called for interview but can’t make it can I be interviewed at an alternative date?

No. Interview schedules are set by Program Coordinators and must be adhered to. For applicants who are unable to make the interview in person, a video or phone call option may be offered. If you can’t make an interview you may be asked to reapply in a future year.

16.  How much is the MADE by the Opera House scholarship worth?

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

17.  Will you tell me where to go and what to do?

Yes – 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.  

18.  Can I submit more than one application?

No. You may only submit one application per year in the country where you reside. If you are not successful you can reapply in future years.

19.  Can I put in a late application?

No. The selection process follows a strict time line and therefore, no late applications can be accepted.

20.  If I am successful, when is the expected travel time and dates?

If successful, Australian students will depart to Denmark beginning of January and return mid-February. Danish students will depart to Australia beginning of July and return mid-August. 

News Archive

15 May 2020
How MADE students are proposing to revitalise the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Opera House Digital

10 June 2020
MADE Australian Alumna Presentation in the Joan Sutherland Theatre

15 May 2020
Australian students journey to Denmark to learn from an icon, Create Digital Magazine

20 January 2020
Four Australian exchange students talk about their learning with Multidisciplinary work at PLH Arkitekter (in Danish), PLH Arkitekter

13 January 2020
PLH Arkitekter is hosting the Danish-Australian exchange programme ‘MADE by the Opera House’, PLH Arkitekter

25 September 2019
2019 MADE by the Opera House wraps up with Utzon-inspired design showcase, Arup

16 August 2019
Danish engineering talent characterise the future of the Opera House (in Danish), Aarhus University
 

8 July 2019
MADE by the Opera House , SJB Architects  
 

3 September 2018
Sydney students awarded 2019 MADE by the Opera House scholarships, University of Sydney
 

4 May 2018
UNSW Built Environment makes his mark in Denmark, University of New South Wales
 

15 March 2018
UTS DAB students? They’ve got it MADE, University of Technology Sydney
 

26 September 2017
In Profile: Alex Crowe, Street Furniture Australia
 

24 August 2017
C.F. Møller architects involved in celebrating Jørn Utzon’s centenary, C.F. MØLLER
 

12 December 2016
From Syria to Copenhagen, Sydney Opera House
 

31 January 2016
Students propose to revitalise Sydney Opera House in 2015 MADE Program, Arch Daily
 

18 June 2015
Danish students’ project: turn Sydney Opera House truck stop into culture magnet, The Sydney Morning Herald
 

3 March 2015
Five Danish students to contribute to modernization of Sydney Opera House, Danish™
 

22 August 2014
Students MADE the grade, Architecture AU
 

2 July 2014
Genial minds make the MADE Program, Australian Design Review
 

12 April 2014
Exchange build bridges, The Sydney Morning Herald
 

24 February 2014
Danish students modernize the Sydney Opera House, Bygnet
 

13 January 2014
Inaugural winners of MADE by the Opera House head to Denmark, Architecture & Design
 

13 December 2013
Four Sydney Uni students head to Denmark on inaugural MADE by the Opera House exchange, University of Sydney
 

25 October 2013
Crown Prince couple present at the launch of student exchange program, The Danish Monarchy
 

25 September 2013
Opera House’s new look can be up to Danish youth, Berlingske - Kultur

 

 

 

 

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