Rob was selected to accompany students from the building design and interior design courses on an international exchange with the elite VIA University College in Horsens, where they were included in several classes and taken on many field excursions.
The trip, which was part of TAFE Queensland’s Study Abroad program, also allowed students to explore landmarks in Copenhagen such as The Royal Danish Playhouse and Royal Opera House.
Rob said he was excited to have the opportunity to learn more about the Danishes abstract views on modern architecture.
“Denmark’s modern architecture provides unique designs and construction techniques that we do not use in Australia with some very abstract and interesting uses of space and form,” Rob said.
“I love that they are driven by design and function, because in Australia we are certainly driven by budget and cost as well as industry codes and standards which I believe deeply influences our final building designs.”
“I also loved their innovative use of space, not just in the building but also how they incorporate the surrounding environment,” he said.
From a teaching point of view, Rob said the trip inspired him to bring some of the innovative and modern architecture influences back into his classroom to motivate his students to think outside the box.
“Many of our modern buildings in Australia tend to all look the same, even though attempting to differ; whereas in Denmark they create practical, functional and awe inspiring buildings that have purpose within the design.”
“More design teachers, students and industry professionals such as builders, engineers and architects would really benefit from a world tour.”
Rob said he hoped his students absorbed some knowledge on the trip and will use their Denmark experience throughout their studies and future careers.
TAFE Queensland offers students a variety of Study Abroad programs each year with over 80 students and eight vocational teachers engaged in overseas projects in 2019. By the end of 2019, 330 students will have studied overseas as part of their studies with TAFE Queensland since the program started in 2014.
TAFE Queensland International Executive Director Janelle Chapman said Study Abroad programs offer students incredibly rewarding and rare real-life learning experiences.
“All Study Abroad programs contribute to course requirements and credits towards qualifications and are a great way for students to gain valuable hands-on work experience,” Ms Chapman said.
“Our wonderful teachers also travel with students to not only assess their learning, but also to work alongside them and ensure they are safe, supported and set up for success.
“We are very proud of our students and teachers as they volunteer their time and take their skills abroad to help communities in need throughout the world,” she said.
Study Abroad students can expect a unique global study experience and perhaps even a life changing experience. Student grants are made possible with support from the Australian Government’s Australia Awards - Endeavour Leadership Program.