Arup and Western Sydney University partner to deliver architecture lecture series

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
31 August 2020

Arup consultants have delivered the first three lectures of a module sharing real-world insights into multidisciplinary, collaborative design with this semester’s Master of Architecture students at Western Sydney University.

The lectures showcased local and international projects where communication across disciplines, between stakeholders and the broader community was critical to achieving holistic design solutions.

The series was delivered virtually by Arup's multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers and planners and project managers including Joanne Carmichael, Danielle Ferrari, Thiru Ragupathy, Luke Smith, Belinda Parker, Lucy Guerin, and Maja Belic.

Joanne Carmichael, Arup’s Advisory, Planning and Design Leader NSW/ACT, said Arup is delighted to contribute to WSU’s Architecture program and to connect students with the professional design environment.

With greater focus on sustainability and resilience in cities and well-designed environments, designers must be confident to reach outside their own discipline for a more intimate knowledge of place and community needs. ”

Joanne Carmichael Joanne Carmichael Advisory, Planning and Design Leader NSW/ACT

“By sharing Arup’s multidisciplinary approach to projects, we encourage students to seek out opportunities for conversation - to listen and to take others on a journey towards great project and community outcomes in Western Sydney and further afield,” Joanne said.

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We are presenting virtual lectures on multidisciplinary, collaborative design to Master of Architecture students at WSU

Professor of Practice Architecture for WSU School of Built Environment, Peter Poulet highlighted that partnering in the delivery of these real-world lectures goes beyond industry connectivity. 

“Through sharing Arup’s exemplar cross-disciplinary way of working, we aim to give students a better understanding of collaborative design practice, and the opportunity to build skills that unlock real capacity to influence the shape our contemporary cities for the better,” said Peter.

Continuing the connection with this Masters class, each student will be paired with a mentor from Arup who will provide guidance, expert advice and real-life experience to help them shape their career paths.

Arup’s Architecture Leader for NSW/ACT, Belinda Parker said that having a collaborative mind frame as early as possible sets architecture students up to be attuned with this way of working and to be well-equipped for their professional life. 

It was a great privilege to partner with WSU to kick off this semester’s lecture series, to contribute to the real case studies and to share with the next generation of architects what is second nature to us at Arup. ”

Belinda Parker Belinda Parker Architecture Leader NSW/ACT