“Thinking About Your Future” – Brookfeild Multiplex, Wolf Architects, Aurecon Group, Housing Institute of Australia

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The purpose of this event was to get students thinking about their career and the path they want it to follow over time as well as provide the students with content highlighting important things to consider if they are to be working within the built environment.

  • Andrew Deveson, Construction Manager at Brookfield Multiplex  – Andrew provided an insight into why he loved his job as a construction manager, alongside it’s challenges. He called for students to choose a path they love as this is one of the most certain path to achieving success.
  • Taras Wolf, Director of Wolf Architects  – As a practicing architect and academic Taras explored his path to directing an award winning architectural firm. From architect to dance instructor (and dance champion) and back to architect he highlighted transferable skills which lead to his success. He imparted students with three principles which, if applied, will put them on the road to success.
  • Paul Sirant, ESD Engineer at Aurecon Group – Paul discussed the importance of sustainable practices within the built environment. With sustainable practices in demand, consideration of ESD is also something for students to align themselves with as this may make them stand out to employers. Paul left students with one core value – leave the world better than you found it. 
  • Gil King, Regional Executive Director at HIA – Presenting students with economic history and trends he highlighted to students that the building industry is a great industry to enter. As the future of the industry it was great for student to hear that there was a future in it for them – and a bright one at that! Another interesting point of this presentation was Gil’s own non-traditional career pathway, which tied the event together nicely and hopefully achieved in getting students to think outside the box as they look to begin their career.

The Architecture and Building Association extends its thanks to all presenters and their respective teams who helped coordinate this event. We sincerely hope that all students attending take away what they heard on the day and apply it to their own careers as it is too valuable not to!