Studio Challenge Think Like an Architect with Louise O'Brien

Wed 20 Oct 21, 9.30am–11am

Past program


This program takes place virtually

Levels  4 –6

How do architectural designs transform an idea into reality? How are challenges such as sustainability addressed in the design process? Join designer Louise O’Brien to imagine, design and refine an architectural concept, inspired by the 2021 architectural commission Pond(er) and other works in the NGV Collection.

O’Brien will discuss her design practice and inspiration and lead students through scaffolded drawing activities. Students will develop a design for an interior space, inspired by works in the NGV Collection.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and discuss sources of inspiration in the 2021 NGV Architecture Commission, Pond(er) and other NGV collection works
  • Develop and articulate design concepts taking inspiration from a range of media
  • Establish and improve technical drawing skills and spatial thinking
  • Employ critical thinking capabilities to consider a design problem, considering  issues of sustainability

About the Designer:

Louise O’Brien is a highly regarded and successful designer and founder of Apsara Collective – a residential and building and interior architecture studio. She has more than twenty years’ experience in multiple sectors both locally and internationally. O’Brien’s passion for design and the opportunities it provides to inspire and empower young people has led her to education and she now lectures at a tertiary level and runs the ‘Architecture for Kids’ school based in Sydney.

This program is part of Creative Catalyst, a program for high ability students attending Victorian Government schools.

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The National Gallery of Victoria is a proud partner of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, an initiative of the Department of Education and Training (DET) that provides opportunities for high-ability students in Victorian government schools.

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