C.F. Møller Architects involved in celebrating Jørn Utzon's centenary

Names from left to right: Matthew Burnett, Rose Montgomery, Daiming Zhu, Jaime Painter, Jeffrey Tighe. - C.F. Møller Architects involved in celebrating Jørn Utzons centenary - C.F. Møller. Photo: Jacquire Manning

24.8.2017 | Danish-Australian exchange programme to celebrate the centenary of Jørn Utzon's birth and C.F. Møller Architects is joining forces with the Utzon Centre to celebrate by hosting five Australian students.


To mark the centenary of Jørn Utzon's birth, as well as the Sydney Opera House's 45th anniversary, in 2018 there will be special focus on Jørn Utzon and his working methods, when the Utzon Centre and C.F. Møller Architects host five Australian students who will come to Denmark under the cross-disciplinary exchange programme MADE by the Opera House. The names of the Australian students were announced by the Sydney Opera House on the conclusion of the six-week MADE by the Opera House programme, which recently took place in Australia.

The five Australian students are the ninth team in the series totalling 100 Danish and Australian students who, up to the Sydney Opera House's 50th anniversary in 2023, have been on exchange trips to Denmark and Australia, respectively, under the MADE by the Opera House programme.
96 students from architecture, design and engineering education programmes in New South Wales have applied to participate in the Danish MADE by the Opera House programme. Five students have been selected, based on their professional qualities, interest in the cross-disciplinary working method, and good communication and collaboration skills. The five Australian students are:

- Jaime Painter, Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Sydney
- Daiming Zhu, Bachelor of Engineering Honours & Bachelor of Design in Architecture, The University of Sydney
- Jeffrey Tighe, Master of Architectural Studies, University of Technology, Sydney
- Matthew Burnett, Bachelor of Architectural Studies, The University of New South Wales
- Rose Montgomery, Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design & Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney


The Australian students will come to Denmark during the January-February 2018 period, and during a six-week programme they will gain experience from cross-disciplinary working methods by collaborating on a project that presents architectural, engineering and design-related challenges. In 2018, to mark the centenary of Jørn Utzon's birth, and the Sydney Opera House's 45th anniversary, the programme will have special focus on Jørn Utzon and will therefore start up in Aalborg before continuing in Copenhagen.

The project will be developed in close cooperation between the year's hosts, C.F. Møller Architects and the Utzon Centre, and two of the programme's partners, firms of engineers Steensen Varming and Arup, which will all serve as mentors to the students throughout the programme. The group has been carefully selected and in overall terms will contribute a very high professional standard, a deep anchoring in the Nordic design tradition, great understanding of Utzon, and experience from cross-disciplinary working methods.

The names of the Australian students who are to come to Denmark were announced in conjunction with the presentation of the recently concluded MADE by the Opera House programme in Australia. On this occasion, five Danish MADE students proposed their ideas for innovation of the presentation of the Sydney Opera House by establishing a welcome centre. This is a cross-disciplinary project in which all disciplines and expertise are included on an equal footing in the development work throughout the process.


MADE (Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange) by the Opera House builds on the special connection which arose between Denmark and Australia concerning Jørn Utzon's masterpiece, the Sydney Opera House. MADE by the Opera House is about continuing the cross-disciplinary method which formed the basis for Australia's most famous building, adding an international outlook, breaking down professional barriers, and strengthening the cultural links between Denmark and Australia.

The participants in the six-week exchange programme will be architecture, engineering and design students – the same disciplines that contributed to developing the Sydney Opera House. Students will be able to work with a cross-disciplinary project in a Danish or Australian architecture, engineering or design enterprise, and use this experience to contribute to creating even more innovative design and construction processes.
The programme will run for a ten-year period and will culminate with the celebration of the Sydney Opera House's 50th anniversary. During this period, 100 students in total will have taken the programme and be part of a MADE alumni network.

MADE by the Opera House involves the Sydney Opera House Trust, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), the Bikuben Foundation, Dreyers Foundation, Det Obelske Familiefond, Steensen Varming, Arup and The NSW Architects Registration Board. The programme is also supported by AMP.



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