[in]form - the 2008 graduate exhibition of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

25 November 2008

Friday the 21st of November saw the successful launch of [in]form, the 2008 graduate exhibition of works from final year students from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. The displays of work spill over two floors of the Wilkinson Building including the Tin Sheds Gallery, and showcases architecture's contribution to finding solutions to global issues such as climate change with energy efficient design and refining public infrastructure and cultural spaces. Students from the Design Computing degree offered glimpses of the future from wearable items, interactive technology, toys to a cyclone simulator.

Over 1500 guests attended the launch of the exhibition, which included an opening address by Peter Poulet, Assistant Government Architect and himself a graduate of the architecture program at Sydney.

Traditionally, the exhibition is held off campus but this year's event has made a welcome return to the Faculty's home at the Wilkinson Building. Uniquely displayed on cardboard modules developed by students and produced by Visy Glama, the exhibition showcases works by final year students from the Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Bachelor of Design Computing programs.

The Faculty's Chair of Architecture, Professor Tom Heneghan was particularly enthused by the exhibition. "Watching the transition of these students from fresh-faced school leavers to their graduation is highly gratifying - particularly with the depth of talent on display. The exhibition highlights not only the creativity and innovation of these students but the promise of great things to come."

Lecturer Dr Chris L. Smith was similarly delighted by the work of his students. "An exhibition is always a wonderful event. More than an 'event'; the 2008 Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning exhibition ... is ... a wondrous celebration! It was a celebration of the hard work, joyous investments and intensities of focus that occur across a student's time at Sydney University. The graduating year students organised a show that explored the rich diversity of the Faculty and the superb depth of interdisciplinary knowledge."

Dr Petra Gemeinboeck, the coordinator of the Design Computing program was happy with the growth in participation in this area. "This year's exhibition included selected works from over 40 students in Design Computing. The works on display showed the diverse range of media that our students engage with and included interactive environments, computer games, tangible interfaces, wearable technologies, video productions and animations. The number of participating students presents a record in the history of these three programs and we look forward to seeing an even bigger exhibition in 2009."

The [in]form exhibition is open until the November 30 and is located in the Hearth and Tin Shed Galleries located on level 2 of the Wilkinson Building (G04), 148 City Road Darlington, University of Sydney.