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Siena Design Experience

Last week saw five Year 11 students, Ruby Housakos, Thaisha O’Neill, Sienna Ectoros, Olivia Piccoli and Natalie Decarne partake in the Siena Design Experience offered by Amanda from Williams Ross Architects. This experience allowed the students an insight into this industry as they spent a full day with Amanda Meiklejohn in Fitzroy at the firm and listened to the various professional women with roles within the firm talk about their career journeys. The students then formed two design teams and worked with Amanda for the rest of the week back at Siena to redesign an area of Siena College that is presently being earmarked for redevelopment. The teams acted as clients for each other and developed a brief for each to work too.

Throughout the week, the girls developed skills in working to a brief, developing concepts and creating plans. Under the guidance of Amanda and Michelle Dammous (also an architect from Williams Ross), they learnt the importance of site visits, existing infrastructure, design plans and working collaboratively. On Friday, the girls presented the 'pitch' of their designs to each other and the school community, including members of the College Board, parents and special guests from Williams Ross Architects. The girls worked extremely hard all week and their presentations were excellent, demonstrating very creative responses to the brief and most of all showing their engagement with the project and the knowledge and understanding they had gained.

The girls are to be congratulated on their effort and Siena College would like to thank Amanda and the team from Williams Ross Architects for their generous time and expertise offered to the students.

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