Arch Design Day
The University of Newcastle hosts a Design Day with activities for year 8 students introducing them to Architecture and Industrial Design.
Our facilities are considered to be among the finest in Australia providing 24 hour access for students to the Architectural Design Studio, state-of-the-art Architectural Design Workshop and cutting edge Digital Design Studio.
From the beginning of their degree, students work on projects that reflect real design problems met by architects in practice and use them to develop the knowledge and competence required of a graduate entering the profession.
Working usually in small groups with tutors, as in a design office, students learn to creatively integrate the contributions of various disciplines to the effective practice of architecture. The Architecture Design Studio provides students with personal work-stations, computer network connections and 24-hour access to allow participation in the synergy of a shared learning experience.
2010 saw the opening of our brand-new 840m2 workshop located only metres away from the Architecture Design Studio building.
Once inducted, students have the opportunity to combine high-end technologies with traditional workshop tools to realise their design projects. The School has invested in the latest prototyping technologies including 3D Printers, a 10-tool CNC router, a fully-automated vacuum former and a large-format laser cutter (that can cut up to 25mm acrylic) to provide the best opportunity to create the highest quality of models.
The workshop includes a teaching classroom, student storage area, dedicated spray booth and a specialty room to use advanced materials such as carbon-fibre, kevlar and mylar. Computing facilities are also available within the building.
Our team of experienced workshop technicians have extensive knowledge and expertise across a wide-range of materials and processes to assist you in creating the professional-standard model you've always wanted to produce.
The Digital Design Studio is equipped with world leading computational design technologies including haptic modelling devices, 3D scanning devices and interactive graphic interfaces.
High-end computer software such as free-form modelling applications, parametric design applications and BIM have been installed in all student computers within the School. These advanced tools will contribute to the newly developed computational design strength of the School, preparing designers for the digital era.