Inspired student visions for Sydney architecture

University of Sydney students unveiled their big architectural visions for a series of landmark cultural buildings and public spaces in Sydney and regional NSW in a final graduate exhibition that opened on Nov. 24.

It is recognised as one of the most influential student architecture shows of the year, drawing thousands of visitors on opening night. The annual showcase reveals the bold and intelligent ideas of a new generation of architects.

Inspired student visions for Sydney architecture
Master of Architecture student Dong Ho Lee’s vision for a Town Hall public library that acts as an extension of the future pedestrianised George Street, to improve the experiential quality of Town Hall by introducing an internal public space. (Image: University of Sydney)

Elizabeth Carpenter, an alumna of the University of Sydney and Managing Principal of fjmt, said.

“We are inspired by the ideas emerging from the new generation. These ideas are our future. For the ongoing viability of the profession, recent graduates are vital in maintaining our relevance in a rapidly changing world.”

The work on display comes from eight graduation studios, where Sydney Architecture students spent four months creating their design and model in their final year of study. Each studio gives students a fictitious brief to develop designs for landmark Sydney cultural institutions and public spaces, as well as regional community projects that reflect on an Australian identity.

“The synthesis of research and design excellence cultivated by our staff and students fundamentally re-envisages what architecture is, tackling the complex challenges of contemporary life with intelligence and vision,” said Dr Sandra Löschke, Director of the Masters architecture program at the University of Sydney.

A show highlight is 150 exquisite architectural models that capture the design skill that students have mastered during their studies, supported by the unrivalled modelling and fabrication workshops in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

“The exhibition’s ‘model highways’ quite literally transport these visionary ideas into mainstream culture and allow us to make a fundamental difference,” added Dr Löschke.

Master of Architecture students present unique designs for a Sydney square at Town Hall, an Observatory and Planetarium at South Head, a museum for the Australian Institute of Architects incorporating the historic Tusculum building, and a cultural institution on the site of The Goods Line behind the ABC, now the new Ultimo Pedestrian Network. Travelling west to Wiradjuri country, another group envisages a series of cultural and community buildings lining the main street of Dubbo.

Inspired by the work of Jørn Utzon, Bachelor of Design in Architecture students provide innovative designs and models for a monumental performance space to fill the void behind the Sydney Mint on the edge of the Domain.

“Each piece of work speaks eloquently of the commitment, vision and just plain hard work of our students, tutors and staff,” said Michael Muir, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Design in Architecture undergraduate program.

University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Degrees
Master of Architectural Science (several streams to choose from)
Master of Architecture
Master of Heritage Conservation
Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts
Master of Urban Design (Architectural & Urban Design)
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Urbanism (several majors to choose from)

Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is currently ranked #1 in Australia for architecture according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Degree: Master of Architecture
Location: Darlington Campus, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March and July each year
Application deadline: January 30 and June 29; however, it is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

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