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How a den­tist can be­come an ar­chi­tect

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THE AP­PLI­CANT

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.

THE TRAINER

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.

THE EX­PERT

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.

THE EM­PLOYER

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.

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