How a dentist can become an architect
Name: Samuel Jeyaseelan Former position: Director, General Practice Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital; 5th Year Co-ordinator, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Adelaide. Skills: Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Architectural Studies, currently studying Master of Architecture Dream job: To be a part of a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice that sees architects, industrial designers, graphic and web designers working together to develop and improve housing, civic spaces and living conditions around the world. Working with Hassell has given me such an insight and has really helped develop my passion for integrated design. As an international organisation, Hassell offers me the unique opportunity to work on projects of all scales.
Name: Professor Ian Mcdougall Experience: Has taught with the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, at the University of Adelaide, for five years, previously RMIT. The course options: University qualifications in architecture such as Bachelor of Design Studies or a Master of Architecture. Skill tips: To work in architecture, you have to have a degree from an accredited school. Fundamental for a good architect is a passion for buildings and the city, an absolute love of what buildings are about and how they work in a city. People come to it from different angles, a good sense of design and a good visual sense. You have to be a good listener – to listen to what the client wants and what they are saying they want and have a sixth sense about what they actually want.
Name: Bruce Medek Position: Immediate past-president, Australian Institute of Architecture (QLD branch) Experience: A practising architect with more than 20 years’ experience. Skill tips: One of the biggest things is a strong need for communication skills. You are often trying to get across quite complex concepts in drawings and being able to express a big idea is a pretty good start. Being able to get across their message in drawn form also is good. They should have a strong sense of culture and history relating to site and the city for which they are designing. They might be working from a different city but they need to understand the cultural significance for certain things. You must go to university to receive an accredited qualification and be registered with the state board of architects.
Name: Chris Watkins Position: Architecture principal, Hassell Experience: Has worked in the architecture industry since graduating from university in 1993. Skill tips: When I’m looking to hire a student or graduate of architecture at Hassell, the first thing I look at is their attitude. While the right qualifications, a design sensibility and passion for architecture are of course important, a desire and enthusiasm to learn and develop is essential. Sometimes this means not immediately being given the lead design role on the most highprofile project in the studio. We have a great team at Hassell that works extremely hard to meet the high expectations that are placed upon it. We have a culture that encourages trust and mutual respect and we often have a few laughs along the way.