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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

A new state-of-the-art Digital Media Hub was launched Jan. 24, 2017 at Bond University in the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre (MLC), providing unprecedented access to the latest multimedia technologies for students and staff.

The Digital Media Hub, which was co-funded by the Balnaves Foundation and Bond University Student Association (BUSA), will be used for academic-led classes, development of pod/vod casts, as well as independent learning by students out-of-hours.

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

The new digital media hub at Bond (Photo credit: Bond University)

It consists of three main zones:

  • The micro studio for content creation and production, featuring a green screen, HD remote controlled PTZ cameras, three-point production lighting, a teleprompter and monitors, Apple Mac, quality audio capture and playback facilities and virtual reality (VR) hardware.
  • Study lounge areas featuring individual or group-based learning spaces, USB charging stations, BYOD capability to support streaming platforms.
  • Individual digital media workstations with access to a range of software based digital media production, editing, 3D modelling and animation and CAD software plus 12 high-end PCs and Mac Pros.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the purpose-built facility had been created to meet the needs of both students and academics for an interactive, multimedia learning space.

“Along with the growing use of virtual reality teaching apps and technologies by academics in our classrooms, comes the need for all our students to access these technologies to study, learn and create in their own time,” Professor Brailsford said.

“For example, our Health Sciences and Medicine students are creating 3D models of organs and general anatomy; our Film and Television students are creating and editing films; our Architecture students are using CAD for modelling their designs; our Advertising and Journalism students are creating audio and video media for online distribution; and our Interactive Media students are creating mobile applications, software and games.

“Furthermore, our students and academics will be able to use the micro studio to edit podcasts and vodcasts, and deliver lectures and attend seminars anywhere in the world, at any time, via virtual reality and cloud-conferencing.

“We are very grateful to the Balnaves Foundation for their continued generosity and support. This extension to the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre will ensure Bond remains at the cutting-edge of educational technology and we continue to provide our students with world-class facilities.”

Balnaves Foundation General Manager Hamish Balnaves said the foundation was proud to be part of the continued evolution of the award-winning Multimedia Learning Centre.

“The Digital Media Hub will further enable Bond’s academics to deliver a combination of personal interaction and digital learning 24-7, and ensure its students are well equipped to enter the modern global workforce,” Mr Balnaves said.

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Bond University Architecture Lecture Series

The unique landscape of the Gold Coast is set to be a topic of discussion at the first event of the Bond University Architecture Lecture Series for 2016, with a seminar that brings together notable landscape architects from across Australia and internationally to examine the relationship between landscape and built environment.

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Bond University Architecture Lecture Series for 2016 will be held Feb. 19 (Image credit: Bond University)

Titled “Catalysts, Connections and Interventions,” the event will feature a broad range of approaches to understanding and working with landscape, with international guest speakers Sofie Willems and Joan Maria Raun Nielsen, principal landscape architects at Spektrum Arkitekter in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss citizen engagement and activation in design work.

The seminar will take place at Bond University’s award-winning Abedian School of Architecture building on Feb. 19 and is free to members of the general public to attend.

It will launch the Bond University Lecture Series for 2016, a free regular event hosted by practitioners and academics helping to expand and explore the definition of architectural practice and its role in creating the contemporary built environment.

Kevin O’Brien, Principal Architect of Kevin O’Brien Architects (KOA), will open the Catalysts, Connections and Interventions seminar with a discussion into ritualised landscape as an origin for architecture, followed by Gerard McCormick, Principal Landscape Architect for Cardno, who will discuss how the use of open space on the Gold Coast makes the area unique.

The theme of landscape architecture as a catalyst for change, will be discussed by Professor Sue Anne Ware, Landscape Architect and Head of School of Architecture and Built Environment at University of Newcastle.

The event will be further complemented by Dan Plummer and Belinda Smith of Plummer and Smith and locally based Danish landscape architect Marianne Kristensen Carter, who will discuss their approach to landscape design and the work of their respective practices.

Professor Adrian Carter, Head of Architecture at Bond University, said he encouraged anyone with a keen interest in the relationship between the built and natural environment to come along to the first lecture of the series on Feb. 19.

“We are thrilled to be hosting such an impressive group of landscape architects and architects for the first seminar of the Architecture Lecture Series for 2016,” he said.

“Landscape informs and defines our sense of being and identity, both individually and collectively. Our appreciation of landscape and the interventions that we make within it connects us to the natural environment, binds together our built environment and sets the stage for the narratives that define our culture.

“We are very fortunate to be able to welcome our Danish guest speakers Sofie Willems and Joan Maria Raun Nielsen from Spektrum Arkitekter in Copenhagen, whose work linking urban planning, the built environment and landscape design has gained much recognition.”

Presenting as part of the successful lecture series later this year will be Richard Hassell of Singapore-based architecture practice WOHA at the Asia Pacific Architecture Symposium in Brisbane and Jimenez Lai of Los Angeles firm Bureau Spectacular.

Professor Carter said the Architecture Lecture Series had grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2013, with an outstanding line-up of world-renowned architects set to take the stage in 2016.

“We are particularly excited to announce that Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular in Los Angeles will be taking part in this year’s series. His work has been widely acclaimed and is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and will be a centrepiece at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California,” he said.

“Mr Lai’s provocative and colourful, non-conformist approach to architecture has garnered much attention, and his presentation in September will certainly be very visually fascinating and thought provoking.”

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Find out more about studying architecture at Bond University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Bond project management degrees first with accreditation trifecta

Bond University is currently the only tertiary institution in Australia recognised by all three peak industry bodies for its project management degrees, after receiving its latest accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Bond University Professor of Construction and Facilities Management Craig Langston (Photo credit: Bond University)

The PMI, which is one of the largest professional bodies worldwide with 600,000 members, has fully accredited Bond University’s Master of Project Management and Master of Project Management (Professional) degrees, after a year of extensive review and auditing.

The PMI decision applies to all nine of Bond University’s project management combined degrees, which include construction practice, business administration, sports management and architecture.

It means the university’s project management degrees now possess the trifecta of recognition from leading industry bodies PMI, Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Bond University Professor of Construction and Facilities Management, Craig Langston, said the university had joined an elite group of Australian universities to have received PMI accreditation.

“The accreditation is a clear mark of quality that signifies to the global community that our programs are of international standing,” he said.

“In particular, the Institute was impressed with Bond University’s innovative teaching methods across all core subjects, including assessment gamification, digital badging, flipped classroom and problem based-learning, and use of online resources that supplement traditional classroom interaction.

“Our approach to blended learning, which we define as ‘the harmonious integration of various student-centred learning experiences to enrich traditional face-to-face teaching, also set Bond University apart.”

Professor  Langston said along with the accreditation, the PMI (Queensland Chapter) supported Bond University through sponsorship of its premier graduate award each semester, with student Damon Barbaresco the inaugural winner for his ‘outstanding performance’.

He said Bond University also hosts monthly industry seminars for both PMI and AIPM on the Gold Coast enabling students to access practitioner expertise and to network with potential employees.

Master of Project Management

The Master of Project Management program provides a comprehensive business-ready foundation that will equip students from any background with the knowledge required to develop a career and expertise in project management. The Master of Project Management features four distinct study themes including strategy, sustainability, managing complex problems and teams, and virtual teams and global working. The curriculum addresses a range of topics including conflict resolution, effective integrated planning, management, market performance, portfolio management, public and private sector investment and risk identification. External speakers from leading investment banks, credit agencies and portfolio fund managers contribute to case studies and workshops.

Program: Master of Project Management
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 1.3 years (4 semesters)
Semester intakes: January, May, September

This degree will provide you with the ability to progress into a wide range of career pathways in project management, in all areas of industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. Opportunities include architecture, construction, facilities management, IT and property, with skills also applicable to related sectors such as civil engineering and mining. You will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable practices, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.

Apply to Bond University Architecture School!

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Find out if the Master of Project Management program at Bond Architecture School is for you. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Bond Abedian School of Architecture opens its doors to the public

Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture will feature in the City of Gold Coast’s inaugural Open House on Saturday, October 17, giving locals and visitors a behind-the-scenes look at buildings not typically on display to the public.

Bond Abedian School of Architecture

Bond Abedian School of Architecture (Photo credit: Bond University)

The award-winning Abedian School of Architecture, designed by globally-renowned architects Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham from CRAB Studios in London, officially opened its doors in February 2014 and is now home to Bond University’s innovative architecture program.

Open-plan, ultra-modern and bold in design, the Abedian School of Architecture provides a unique education experience to Bond University students by acting as a teaching tool to inspire innovation and creativity in the next generation of architects, and is the only studio-based architecture school in Australia.

The building was honoured with a State Award in the Public Building category at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Awards in 2014.

Also featuring in the Gold Coast Open House will be the old Southport Drill Hall constructed in 1890, the Hot Tomato on-air studios in High Street and the iconic ’80s Paradise Waters mansion of Gold Coast pioneer Keith Williams.

Twenty-five properties are listed for the inaugural Gold Coast Open House, and Chair of Gold Coast Open House 2015 and Chair of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ branch of the Australian Institute of Architecture, Greg Ewart, said the list was impressive and diverse.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response and enthusiasm we have received for the first event and hope Gold Coasters get behind Gold Coast Open House with the same enthusiasm shown for Brisbane Open House, an event that has grown to more than 100 buildings over the past five years,” said Mr Ewart.

“Open House will provide a snapshot of the future of urban design on the Gold Coast as well as a journey into the past, with a collection of both contemporary and historic architecture open to the public.

“The buildings this year will appeal to all ages and people from all walks of life, from those with an interest in architecture and sustainable design to the inquisitive and creatively inclined.”

Bond University’s Professor of Architecture, Adrian Carter said the Gold Coast Open House was a rare opportunity for locals to walk through and experience outstanding buildings that are not usually so accessible to the general public.

“The Abedian School of Architecture is an iconic building designed to inspire the architects of tomorrow,” said Professor Carter.

“The building is highly sculptural and innovative in terms of construction, with ‘scoops’ forming an integral part of the interior which are free-form in shape and rise to a height of three-storeys.

“The Abedian School of Architecture is also home to a number of original artworks by one of Australia’s best known Indigenous artists Sally Gabori, courtesy of patron Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, which will be on public display at the event.

“Open House is a fantastic chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Gold Coast’s most fascinating buildings and I encourage anyone with an interest in our built environment to take this opportunity to satisfy their curiosity.”

Gold Coast Open House also offers a children’s program with free and entertaining activities available at many of the buildings open to the public.

About the Bond University Architecture School

The Master of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture is designed to develop the emerging architectural professional to be fearless in their design ability, as well as possess the confidence to change the world and the habitats of the future through their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking and technical proficiency.

Delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare students for the commercial world of architectural practice.

Degree: Master of Architecture
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. It is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to Bond University Architecture School!

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Find out more about Bond Architecture School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Gabori book launch at Bond Abedian School of Architecture

The work of one of Australia’s best known Indigenous artists, Mrs Sally Gabori, was unveiled at Bond University, with the launch of the book Gabori: The Corrigan Collection of paintings by Sally Gabori.

Bond University Architecture School

Inside the Bond Abedian School of Architecture

Mrs Gabori started painting in her eighties and gained international acclaim for her bold and emotive artwork which has been featured in renowned galleries across the world, including the National Gallery of Australia, Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in The Netherlands.

The Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University houses 20 original Gabori pieces courtesy of patron Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, which served as the backdrop for the event on Friday, May 8.

Mrs Gabori’s paintings pay homage to her traditional homeland on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, an island inhabited by the Kaiadilt people for thousands of years.

Art collector Dr Patrick Corrigan AM has acquired a significant collection of Gabori’s works, which provided much of the material for the book, Gabori.

“The first time I saw her artwork I was blown away. Her paintings are so powerful and emotive,” said Dr Corrigan.

“This book follows Gabori’s earlier island life and later career as an artist of international repute, providing a unique opportunity to learn about and revel in the colour and spontaneity of the artist and her art.

“Sally Gabori put her soul on the canvas, and this book hopes to provide a window into her story and how she came to paint in the last decade of her life.”

Mr Mark Ella AM, Wallaby legend and International Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, was also in attendance to officially launch the book.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Bond Architecture lights up skies at Glow Festival

Students from the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University have spent six months creating a light installation inspired by the mangrove tree, that was illuminated as part of the Glow Festival at Evandale Parklands April 11.

Made up of six interlocking branched structures, each measuring over two metres in diameter and between 3.5 metres and 5 metres in height, the installation is designed so that children can play within its ‘roots’ while adults wander through the larger ‘grove’ the structure forms.

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Inside Bond Abedian School of Architecture

Led by Abedian School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jonathan Nelson, Assistant Professor Chris Knapp and visiting Associate Professor Andrew Kudless from the California College of the Arts, 15 students have worked on creating the complicated installation since late last year.

Assistant Professor Nelson said the students developed the concept from prototype through to the completed product, which would be carefully pieced together on site.

“The genesis of the concept was from the mangrove tree and the way the roots spread out and reach into the water,” he said.

“The weaving of the roots creates a unique ecosystem, a calm and safe environment that is home to young fish and other wildlife.

“The idea of our installation is that children can weave in and around the roots in the same way, while adults walk through the glowing branches as they transform in colour.”

The Bond Architecture School Assistant Professor Nelson said the piece was designed using digital fabrication and made of HDPE plastic, the same material milk cartons are produced from.

“It is made up of 650 individual pieces that are riveted together, each lit from within with LED lights that slowly change colours,” he said.

“Each of the pieces is quite complicated, with compounding curves, but through the use of digital fabrication techniques they have been developed so that they fit together seamlessly.

“The opportunity to work on this project from conception to completion has been extremely valuable for our architectural students. It’s given them project management experience as well as the satisfaction of seeing their work at full scale.”

Assistant Professor Nelson said the students were also working on a new installation for the Vivid Light Festival in Sydney in May, called Arclight, on the back of the successful showing of Cellular Tessellation at last year’s event.

Master of Architecture program at Bond University

Part of the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, Architecture, the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University offers a Master of Architecture program.

Delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare students for the commercial world of architectural practice.

Apply to Bond University Architecture School!

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Find out more about studying architecture at Bond University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to find out how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

New Head of Bond Architecture School appointed

The Abedian School of Architecture has appointed internationally known architect and academic, Professor Adrian Carter, a recognised expert on the work of Sydney Opera House designer, Jørn Utzon, to head the burgeoning Bond Architecture School.

Bond Architecture School

Study architecture at Bond University

Professor Carter has relocated from Aalborg in Denmark to take up the position of Professor of Architecture and will assume the role of Head of Discipline of the university’s Abedian School of Architecture from next year.

He has more than 30 years’ experience working across the globe and is recognised internationally for founding and heading the Utzon Research Center, establishing the Utzon Symposiums and realising the Utzon Center building in Aalborg, which was designed in collaboration with Jørn Utzon.

He also worked as Associate Professor at the University of Aalborg before taking up his tenure at Bond University.

Bond University’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Society & Design Professor Raoul Mortley said it was a coup to attract such a highly respected figure on the international architecture scene to head the new Abedian School of  Architecture, which was officially launched in January (2014).

“Growing our architecture program is a key focus in the coming years, as well-planned and sustainable design becomes an increasingly important focus of society,” said Professor Mortley.

“We opened the doors to a true state-of-the-art architecture facility earlier this year, which allows students to learn in an inspiring and creative space.

“The appointment of an architect of the standing and reputation of Professor Carter to head the school is the next step in making the program a leader, not just in Australia but internationally.”

Professor Carter’s extensive portfolio of major architecture projects includes the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, Sief’s Palace in Kuwait, Tampere Library in Finland, Aker Brygge harbour development in Oslo, housing proposals for Walsh Bay in Sydney, the Storebælt Suspension Bridge in Denmark and the European Embassies of the European Union in Nigeria.

He was also an advisor and contributor to the Australian Government in its nomination of the Sydney Opera House for inscription on the World Heritage List.

About the Bond University Architecture School

The Master of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture is designed to develop the emerging architectural professional to be fearless in their design ability, as well as possess the confidence to change the world and the habitats of the future through their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking and technical proficiency.

Delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare students for the commercial world of architectural practice.

Degree: Master of Architecture
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2015 and May 2015
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. It is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to Bond University Architecture School!

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Bond Master of Construction Practice: First in Class

Bond University is pleased to announce its Master of Construction Practice and Master of Construction Practice (Professional) are the first postgraduate degrees in Australia to secure coveted Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) accreditation.

Bond Masters of Construction Practice

Study construction practice at Bond University

Graduates are now eligible to join nearly 50,000 other chartered members worldwide, opening up opportunities for practice in over 50 countries where CIOB credentials are highly respected.

CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

According to Associate Professor of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Rick Best, who developed the programs, the CIOB accreditation—together with Bond University’s existing Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation—places Bond construction courses firmly on the world stage.

“Bond was also the first university in Australia to achieve CIOB accreditation for its undergraduate degree in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. Since then Deakin, Newcastle and RMIT University have followed in our footsteps,” Dr Best said.

Bond’s courses are also accredited by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) and meet the educational requirements set by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) for the granting of an Open Builders Licence.

“We are now seeing unprecedented demand for these programs, with sixty new entrants in the pipeline for the next two intakes,” Dr Best said.

“Construction will soon be the largest postgraduate course offered by the Faculty of Society and Design.”

A new combined degree of Construction Practice and Project Management was also approved last month. This pathway enables two separate degrees to be earned in six semesters (even less for Australian students choosing an ‘accelerated’ program) and provides additional accreditation from the Australian Institute of Project Management.

The 108-week program looks set to become very popular with international students.

Professor Craig Langston, who is responsible for project management courses at Bond University, said project management was an enabling discipline and in this instance leads to a career as a construction project manager.

“We are pursuing a strategy of further combinations, covering the emerging disciplines of development management, sustainable development, integrated design management and strategic portfolio management,” Professor Langston said.

“Breaking down and working across professional boundaries is crucial. At Bond we want to equip our graduates with the ability to solve complex problems via a wider understanding of the world within which these solutions are ultimately sourced.”

What is Construction Practice?

Construction is a fast paced and evolving industry, with sustainability a prominent concern for both the private and government sectors. Roles within the construction industry can be applied to practitioners such as estimators or contract managers, or as professionals such as quantity surveyors or project managers. Graduates equipped with the skills to apply innovative and adaptable solutions within complex environments are highly sought after.

The Master of Construction Practice program covers a comprehensive range of subjects in the field of construction practice, focusing on the management and delivery of complex construction projects. The curriculum addresses a range of topics including building plans and processes, building structures and soil mechanics, construction techniques, contract administration, finance and cost planning, project management, refurbishment and retrofitting, and risks. It also contains a strong sustainability theme which equips graduates with distinctive skills that are highly sought after in the built environment.

Program: Master of Construction Practice
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 1 year 4 months full-time (4 semesters). This program is delivered in intensive mode.
Application deadline: While there is no official application deadline, it is recommended that you apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of any undergraduate degree or relevant qualifications / professional experience deemed equivalent by the Dean of the Faculty. Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed course outlines/subject descriptions for each relevant subject.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Bond Abedian School of Architecture wins State Award

Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture (ASA) was honoured with a State Award in the Public Building category at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Awards ceremony on Friday, June 20.

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Inside the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond

The innovative, ultra-modern new building was designed by globally renowned architect and Bond visiting academic Sir Peter Cook and partner Gavin Robotham from CRAB Studios in London, and was built by ADCO Constructions.

This recognition puts the building in the running for National Building of the Year when projects from all states are considered in late 2014.

Architecture students and members of the Faculty of Society & Design and Bond community should be very proud of this achievement, which designates Bond’s teaching environment one of the best places in the nation to study.

Congratulations also to Assistant Professor Matthew Eagle whose Dolphin Court Residence in Palm Beach received a State Commendation at the awards.

In March this year, the Abedian School of Architecture was named Gold Coast & Northern Rivers ‘Public Building of the Year’ and Assistant Professor Eagle’s Dolphin Court residence was recognised as Gold Coast House of the Year, at the AIA’s Regional Architecture Awards.

Master of Architecture program at Bond University

Part of the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, Architecture, the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University now offers a Master of Architecture program.

Delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare students for the commercial world of architectural practice.

Apply to Bond University Architecture School!

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Find out more about the Master of Architecture program at Bond University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to find out how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Bond architecture research project wows at Vivid Festival

After almost 12 months planning, Bond University Architecture teachers and students have finally seen their light installation, Cellular Tessellation, come to life at Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival.

The S-shaped pavilion, measuring 9 metres long and up to 3.3 metres high, proved to be one of the stand-out attractions of the 2014 Vivid Light Festival, which on opening night alone attracted an estimated 100,000 people.

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Inside the Bond Abedian School of Architecture

“The public response to our installation has been overwhelming,” said Assistant Professor Chris Knapp from the Bond University Abedian School of Architecture.

“On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights there was a queue of one hundred people or more waiting to get inside and experience our pavilion.”

Throughout the Festival, which ran from 23 May to 9 June, was viewed by an estimated 800,000 festival-goers as part of the Vivid Light Walk that extends from the Opera House around Circular Quay to The Rocks area.

Cellular Tessellation was made available for sale after its showing at Vivid and the Bond team is hoping it will eventually find a home on the Gold Coast.

The geometric architectural installation is a complex structure made up of 380 individual cells that each perform a slightly different function so that the surface can curve in different directions.

The project was constructed by Bond University Architecture School staff and students in the workshop and also foyer of the Abedian School of Architecture and then transferred to Sydney, where 21 architecture students from the University of NSW, University of Sydney and UTS helped to assemble it on site.

“It was fantastic to see the architecture community come together to support the project and bring the exhibit to life,” Professor Knapp said.

“Our key challenge was to utilise a novel software application, firstly to test and validate our design theory and then to create digital templates for each individual piece to be laser-cut and CNC-routed in the workshop,” he said.

“The construction phase was the moment of truth. We had to fit together 1,200 uniquely shaped pieces and 3,000 bolts and plywood spacers with absolute precision.

“No two cells in the entire piece are the same shape and size—a bit like the markings on a giraffe—but, using the advanced design and fabrication technology we’ve developed, they all fit together perfectly.”

The tunnel-like pavilion was threaded with 200 metres of strip LED totalling around 4,500 lights and sealed with a covering skin of weather-resistant HDPE plastic.

Professor Knapp worked on the concept and design with fellow Assistant Professor Johnathan Nelson, Masters student Michael Parsons and Fabrications Laboratory Manager Nathan Freeman at Abedian School of Architecture, in collaboration with Byron-based consulting engineer, Phil Wallace.

Three Bond University students who have started up their own workshop in nearby Mermaid Beach were also brought into the fabrication stage of the project.

“Aside from the prestige of being accepted for the Vivid Light Festival and the excitement of seeing the public respond so positively to the installation, the most exciting aspect of this whole project is that the techniques and systems we’ve been researching can be universally applied to other, bigger structures and buildings,” said Chris.

“There are very few people in the world doing this kind of work and only a handful adapting it to a project of this scope and size.

“We’ve pushed the boundaries to find techniques that offer a better way to design and fabricate complex forms and we’ll continue that development by exploring how it can next be achieved using robotic fabrication and assembly through our new robotics lab here at the university.”

Have a look at Bond’s light installation, Cellular Tessellation.

Did you know? The Abedian School of Architecture was voted “Public Building of the Year” at the 2014 Gold Coast & Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards on Feb. 28.

About the Bond University Architecture School

The Master of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture is designed to develop the emerging architectural professional to be fearless in their design ability, as well as possess the confidence to change the world and the habitats of the future through their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking and technical proficiency.

Delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare students for the commercial world of architectural practice.

Degree: Master of Architecture
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January and May
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. It is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to Bond University Architecture School!

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Find out more about the Master of Architecture program at Bond University Architecture School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to find out how you can study in Australia!