Holdmark, in partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU), is pleased to launch the inaugural Urban Transformation Summer School, an innovative new course aimed at educating and empowering the next generation of urban designers and transformers.
Designed by the Chair of WSU’s School of Architecture Paul Sanders, this year’s course will focus on the influence of Powerhouse Parramatta’s design on the local area’s urban environment.
Students will hear from world-leading architects and the designers of Powerhouse Parramatta, Nicolas Moreau & Hiroko Kusunoki (Moreau Kusunoki) and Steve Toia (Genton) as well as Abbie Galvin (NSW Government Architect) and leading urban planner Kelly van der Zanden (City of Parramatta). Students will also work on real-world design, engineering and architecture challenges alongside industry professionals, giving them the chance to apply their knowledge in a practical setting.
Founder and Chief Executive of Holdmark Sarkis Nassif said the company is thrilled to be partnering with Western Sydney University on this unique program to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to make a real impact in the world of urban design and transformation.
“As our cities continue to grow and evolve, it is more important than ever to have a new generation of professionals who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges and opportunities of urbanisation,” said Mr Nassif.
“I am confident that the students who participate in this program will emerge with a deeper understanding of the complexities and opportunities of urban design, and a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to creating liveable and sustainable cities.”
“Western Sydney University is proud to partner with Powerhouse Parramatta and Holdmark to deliver this innovative summer school program, which will simultaneously develop students’ design thinking capability and advance practical solutions for issues directly identified by the local Western Sydney community,” said Professor Barney Glover AO Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University.
“Fostering sustainable design excellence is of paramount importance for Powerhouse. It is our great privilege to play a role in supporting and enabling designers across their careers, as they reimagine urban development and cultural infrastructures for future generations,” said Lisa Havilah, Powerhouse Chief Executive.
The summer school initiative follows a $10 million commitment to Powerhouse Parramatta by Holdmark Property Group, which supports the establishment of the Holdmark Gallery and a new biennial exhibition focusing on innovation in design, engineering, and architecture. The commitment has also seen Holdmark become the principal partner of Sydney Design Week.
For more information on the summer school course, visit: WSU website