Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bond University’s new architecture school welcomes its first students

The doors of Bond University’s new world-class architecture school, the Abedian School of Architecture (ASA) were officially opened on Oct. 14, following a “sneak preview” tour of the premises by the building’s internationally renowned architects the week prior.

The $16.2-million architecture school is the result of a generous gift from Bond University alumnus parent and long-time supporter, Soheil Abedian.

Bond University Abedian School of Architecture
Study architecture at Bond University

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford said the university values its extensive network of alumni and their families and is very grateful for the continued support they provide to progress the university.

“It is through our relationship with our alumni and the generous financial support from our benefactors that Bond University continues to grow as a leader in education, offering students state-of-the-art facilities and global learning experiences,” Professor Brailsford said, adding that the the architecture school puts Australia and the university on the world stage and enables Bond to offer a unique architecture program at a time when internationally sustainable design is critically important.

The ASA’s features include an internal streetscape that runs the length of the building and “scoops” that provide individual workplaces for students to exhibit and critique their work, as well as dedicated environmental science laboratories.

Designed to promote creativity and inspiration for students who will be studying and learning in the architectural wonder, the building will also add to the depth of the Gold Coast’s cultural base as it will be made available for a wide range of community activities including the arts, music and special events.

Designed by globally renowned architects Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham from CRAB Studios in London, the new building is innovative, ultra-modern and bold in design, yet practical in function.

CRAB Studios won the commission to design the building after an international competition.

Sir Peter Cook, knighted for his contribution to architecture, took inspiration from Bond University’s original architect Arata lsozaki, as well as the natural surroundings when designing the building. “As a centre of education, it is very much based on 50 years of teaching experience, so hopefully the students that are taught here will be inspired and surprised and it will raise their own game,” Sir Peter said.

Soheil Abedian, founder of the Sunland Group, said he was delighted to see that Bond University has established an architectural school, which will be the centre of design excellence for students nationally and internationally.

“It is my ardent hope that the graduates will receive an education that will be fundamental in shaping the urban built form in Australia as well as contributing to international design innovation and excellence. I have no doubt that Bond has the vision to make its mark on an international level,” he said.

About the Bond University Architecture School

The unique design of the architecture school provides an exceptional student learning experience. The concept of the building aims to foster collaboration at all levels from undergraduates to postgraduates where architectural students and academics can learn, create and exhibit in an open plan studio environment. The striking design of the building also acts as a teaching tool where theory comes to life, and will inspire innovation and creativity in students. The floating mezzanine, spiral stair cases, and internal street are just some of the design features that will excite and stimulate a contemporary education space in which students, industry and the community can learn, gather, and exhibit.

Students will benefit from exclusive access to seven new design studios, computing and fabrication laboratories, a digital robotics laboratory, traditional workshops, reading and resource rooms, an atelier as well as impressive exhibition and event space. The school is one of a select number of architectural schools worldwide that incorporate architectural design through digital robotics, providing opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture.

The Abedian School of Architecture features one of the lowest student-to-staff ratio of any architectural program offered in Australia, ensuring unrivalled access to state of the art equipment, as well as personalized attention and mentoring.

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