As the student who produced the winning design, Liang was awarded $2000 and the opportunity to work with Relaxhouse to make her sketches a reality.
“This was the most valuable experience, a really great part of the program,” said Liang.
“We got to know all aspects of the industry from scope limitations, such as the budget, to the design process, all the way through to managing the relationships between clients and sub-contractors- you can only learn this through a live industry project.”
Associate Dean of Vocational Education, Michael Goss emphasized how important industry partners like Relaxhouse are in preparing students for the future,
“In these work integrated learning situations, industry works together with the University to create genuine, authentic experiences, and also to provide collaborative guidance,” said Goss.
“It is very good to see these initiatives take place as collaborations with external agencies give students an extended and enlarged experience.”
Liang was announced as the winning designer at a presentation evening held in conjunction with Relaxhouse.
Co-owner of Relaxhouse, Brett Parnham reflected on the success of the collaborative project,
“It has been fantastic- we had no idea how great this project was going to be, we were really overwhelmed with the response from the students.”
Liang has begun working with Relaxhouse to bring her design to life.
Story: Maddy Pattison