23 November 2012

UQ’s School of Architecture and architectural firm Studio Mitt will provide high school students insights into studying architecture at university at a two-day workshop.

Tailored to high school students of varying ages and skill levels, the Architectural Design Workshop will be held at UQ’s St Lucia Campus from 21-22 January 2013.

UQ graduates Fiona McAlpine and Kahn Neil who established Studio Mitt with fellow director Alexandra Brown, will host the workshops.

Ms McAlpine said the workshops would give prospective students an opportunity to work in the architecture studios at UQ.

“During our time studying architecture at UQ we developed skills in creative and collaborative problem solving, under the guidance of inspirational educators,” Ms McAlpine said.

“We were fortunate to be educated by passionate and knowledgeable architects.

“This experience motivated us to be involved in architectural education where we can help inspire students to pursue architecture as a profession.”

Ms McAlpine said she had found through her teaching experience that many high school students who were considering studying architecture might not have been exposed to graphics, art or manual arts at school.

“The workshop introduces students to drawing techniques and the design process,” Ms McAlpine said.

“We focus on the type of problem solving they will engage with in architectural design courses.

“This can help them decide if studying architecture is right for them.”

Mr Neil said the workshops would provide students hands-on learning experiences.

“Over the course of two days we introduce students to a variety of skills, through a series of activities and the design of their own architectural project,” Mr Neil said.

For more information on the workshops on offer, please contact info@studiomitt.com.au or download the flyer for the next workshop here.

For any UQ related inquiries, please contact Courtney Griffin (c.griffin2@uq.edu.au)

Media: Madelene Flanagan (m.flanagan@uq.edu.au or +61 7 3365 8525)