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Sydney Opera House BUILD

Creating a better world through the Built Environment

Sydney Opera House is an internationally renowned masterpiece and home of the performing arts where design, architecture, the built environment and creativity change the way people experience the world. The building was made possible through the collaboration between architects, engineers and builders. This includes architects Jørn Utzon and Peter Hall, and Sir Ove Arup who was an engineer, designer and philosopher.

To celebrate this collaboration, BUILD is a new Creative Learning program that uses the lens of the Sydney Opera House building, its site and its story to explore creative explorations around STEM and built environment perspectives, through the power of the arts and architecture.

BUILD is made up of three distinct programs. For year 9 and 10 students, BUILD aims to reposition STEM subjects for young people and the careers they could have, following on from interest in these subjects. For tertiary students, BUILD explores in a leadership program, how a socially engaged built environment practice can contribute to more sustainable futures. For the Public Program, BUILD explores new intersections between the built environment, design and the arts.

“I like to be on the edge of the possible.”

Jørn Utzon

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BUILD Programs

Secondary School Design Challenge

A unique Creative Learning program for year 9 and 10 students, exploring a holistic journey through STEM/STEAM subjects as inspired by the Sydney Opera House.

Tertiary Built Environment Creative Lab

A unique Creative Learning program for tertiary students, exploring the built environment through diverse design perspectives. Students tackle a future-facing design challenge by collaborating in interdisciplinary teams.

BUILD: Life Below Water

Conversation Series with Alex Goad and Danièle Hromek 

In an intimate night of conversation, explore new perspectives from design, architecture, engineering, science, the humanities and the arts to reflect on how these disciplines and design innovation can address the urgent issues of our times. In September we are in conversation with Dr Danièle Hromek and Alex Goad.

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Alex Goad and Danièle Hromek

Program Partner

Ove Arup Foundation

The Ove Arup Foundation and Sydney Opera House are working in partnership to enable BUILD over three years from 2021 through the Opera House’s 50th anniversary year in 2023. 

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