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When Samantha Sorenson started her interior design course at TAFE Queensland she never dreamed her assignments could one day become a real life office space.

That dream is close to becoming a reality, thanks to a collaborative learning partnership between TAFE Queensland and QSuper in the bid to assist in the design of their new headquarters in Brisbane’s CBD.

As part of their course assignment, six TAFE Queensland Diploma of interior Design (MSF50218) students were given a brief from QSuper and required to create and present concepts guided by brand guidelines, sustainability, colour psychology, and ergonomics.

After many hours of research and planning, Samantha created a concept that includes lots of natural elements where teams can collaborate, enjoy a quiet reflective space, or meet with clients.

“My design details a modern work environment with aspects of accessibility and sustainability,” she said.

“I was nervous before presenting to the QSuper panel, but as soon as I walked through the doors they made me feel welcomed and supported which gave me confidence to apply all the skills and training I gained from my TAFE teachers in my presentation.”

Now a graduate and business owner, Samantha said the experience gave her a great insight into what to expect in the real world.

“Upon graduating I felt ready to start my own design business as the experience equipped me with the skills to liaise with clients, work to a brief, meet deadlines and how to confidently present my ideas,” she said.

Samantha said when the building opens in 2022 it would be amazing to see some of her design elements incorporated into the final space.

“I would be thrilled if QSuper decided to use any of my elements and see how they work in with concepts from other students in my class.”

The interior design students from the Coomera campus conceptualised their office space designs under the supervision of a Brisbane firm, Cox Architecture.

TAFE Queensland Bachelor of Games and Interactive Design (307JA.1) students also developed a Virtual Reality walkthrough which places the viewer in the room to get a feel for the design.

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson, said this had been an amazing opportunity for students to connect with design industry professionals.

“It is great to have our students applying their skills to real world projects and building networks and knowledge along the way,” she said.

QSuper Chief Financial Officer, Kulwant Singh-Pangly said QSuper was pleased to have partnered with TAFE Queensland.

“QSuper is absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with TAFE Queensland to provide this real work-experience opportunity for your Interior Design students,” he said.

“We view this opportunity as a win-win for both organisations, however more so we take great pride in knowing that your students are the true beneficiary.”

QSuper is scheduled to move to its new headquarters in 2022, consolidating its four Brisbane locations, including Central Plaza 2 and 3 in Eagle Street, a Member Centre on George Street and service operations at Nundah.


 

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