MADA Students Meet The Governor

Eighteen third-year MADA Architecture students visited Victoria’s Government House on Monday (6 March) where they met with The Governor, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and her husband, Mr Anthony Howard QC.

Along with MADA lecturers Alysia Bennett and Wil Goodsir, they were there to survey a site that has been earmarked for transformation into a ‘Peace and Prosperity’ kitchen garden. The garden will provide vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers for use in Government House and by participants in a ‘Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden Program’ for migrant and refugee women. A key purpose of the Garden will be to serve as a location for community engagement activities.

Throughout Semester 1, MADA students will be working to design an entrance, gates, shade and garden furniture for the garden. These will then be presented to The Governor with selected elements to be built later in the year.

“We were keen to extend this opportunity to students, recognising the importance to Victoria of the design and creative industries,” the Governor said.

We are pleased to welcome these young designers into Government House and its garden, and look forward to seeing their creative responses to the task they have been set.”

For MADA, the project is the latest in Architecture’s Design-Make series. Previous Design-Make projects include the Sound Shell, built on Monash University’s Caulfield Campus, the Stawell Steps in Stawell, Victoria and the Heavy Metal Retaining Wall, created for the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania.

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